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Joseph Rocco Elia, MD

Office Location(s):
NW Portland

Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics
Education: MD – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Pediatric Internship: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Pediatric Residency: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

I strongly recommend fully vaccinating kids against preventable diseases on the schedule approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). I do not support nonmedical vaccine exemptions.

Care Philosophy

I believe my role as a pediatrician is to work with families as a team to raise healthy and well-rounded children from birth to young adulthood. I feel this is best accomplished with listening and clear communication in a warm and caring environment. I strive to learn something new from every child and family I see, which continues to aid me in taking care of others."

– Joseph Rocco Elia, MD


Dr. Elia lived in various places growing up, including Scotland and North Carolina, and after many years at UNC Chapel Hill (completing his undergraduate coursework, medical degree, and working in the Hematology lab), he was ready for a change and put down roots in Oregon. His internship and residency brought him to Oregon Health & Science University, where he fell in love with the city of Portland and future wife, Alison.

Dr. Elia enjoys spending time with his family – his wife, two daughters, cat, and dog. He’s often found in the company of friends, traveling to North Carolina to see family, sampling Portland cuisine, tending his vegetable garden and fruit trees, reading science fiction, playing board games, or dabbling in carpentry.

Outside of Metropolitan Pediatrics, Dr. Elia continues to feed his passion for taking care of others by moonlighting at Randall Children’s Hospital, seeing hospitalized patients from all over Oregon.


"My son has grown up with Dr. Rocco, aka Dr. Elia….aka Dr. Joe (and any other alias he uses, lol!), along with the amazing Ms. Rebecca! The medical care is always top notch, but it is the authenticity in which it is delivered that means the most to this mama! Through all the fears, tears, anxiety and ups and downs of parenting, Metro Peds NW has provided HEART❤️, EMPATHY, JOY and LAUGHTER. Thank you to the entire Metro Peds family!!!"

– Kristin M.

"It's always great when we can get in to our favorite doctor (Dr. Elia) on short notice! He's so wonderful with our sons. He gives us lots of time and answers all our questions. Best decision when we moved our sons' care to Metro Peds many years ago! Can't recommend them enough."

– Jill W.

"Dr. Elia is the best. From the beginning, he has shown so much care and patience with my family. He truly and genuinely cares for his patients. He is incredibly knowledgeable and helps us always to make informed decisions. We are so grateful that he is our son’s doctor as we really feel like he is in the best hands and trust him so much."

– Veronica T.

"We have LOVED our experience with Dr. Elia. The only downside is that everyone seems to love him, and you do have to schedule in advance. Dr. Elia and the front desk and nursing staff all take time to listen to our questions and concerns. We have never felt rushed or like the workers are distracted when talking to us. We have recommended other families join as patients, too. Parking easy (validated) right across from Good Sam; they also have other locations available that we've used for testing or drive-thru flu vaccines."

– Julie B.

"We have switched Pediatricians 5+ times and finally we found a keeper! In the past, we have struggled with not feeling listened to and pediatricians not agreeing with our delayed vaccine schedule or our crunchy ways of parenting. Dr. Joseph Rocco Elia a.k.a Dr. Rocco as my son calls him has been amazing. He makes us feel heard. We trust him and are able to have discussions. Our kids love him, especially when he pretends to be a robot. The rest of the staff are always a joy as well. They are also fast! We are never waiting for long. My son loves the people at the front desk where he always gets his stickers. We appreciate Metropolitan Pediatrics and will continue to go here. (:"

– Amanda R.

"Dr. Elia is such a great pediatrician, he takes time to put my kids at ease, ask meaningful questions, answer any questions I have. The rest of the staff have been great as well, and even during this pandemic I’ve felt safe going there seeing all of the precautions they take."

– Kristin L.

"HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend Dr. Elia. We had thankfully and luckily crossed paths with him while having complications after delivering my son. He was the on call Ped that night. He created such a warm and comforting feeling when we didn't know the end result of the situation we were in. We immediately switched our pediatrician to him. I could go on and on about how much we love Dr. Elia and his personality and quality of care but I'll just say, I suggest finding out for yourself just how lucky you will be to have him as your child's pediatrician."

– Kait S.

"Dr Elia has been such an amazing doctor for my boys! Very genuine and caring. We never feel rushed. He always has great new insight for the developmental stage that we are going through. Great parenting and behavioral tips. We love him!"

– Patricia P.

"Dr Elia and everyone at metro pediatrics are absolutely amazing!They’ve taken such wonderful care of our daughter from day 1. They always get us in promptly regardless of the problem, front office and billing staff are friendly and competent, nurses are caring and engaging and every doctor we’ve seen has gone above and beyond to help us with our concerns. Our daughter looks forward to her visits, and I appreciate them from the bottom of my heart! Great people all around!"

– Kayleigh Z.
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