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 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.