Dr. Mario Ciocca has served as a team physician at the University of North Carolina since 1996 and was appointed Director of Sports Medicine in January 2010. He is currently the head primary care physician for football, baseball, and men's soccer teams.
Dr. Ciocca earned a B.S. in biochemical engineering from Columbia University in 1989 where he was a member of the intercollegiate baseball team. He then received his MD in 1993 from New Jersey Medical School and completed his residency in internal medicine in 1996 and a sports medicine fellowship in 1998 at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Ciocca is board certified in internal medicine and has a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine. He is an active member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Ciocca is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Orthopedics at UNC and is involved with the lecturing of students and residents at the undergraduate school as well as the medical and nursing school. He has authored journal articles and book chapters on subjects including cardiac conditions, concussions, creatine, medications and supplements, psoriatic arthritis, pneumothorax, heterotopic ossification, and vascular conditions in athletes.
Dr. Ciocca and his wife Cindy have four children, Luke, Jack, Michael and Gabrielle.