Supported by more than 50 years of expertise in medicine and academia, Dr. Antonio Cocchiarella is a native of Udine, Italy, having immigrated to the United States in 1956. Currently, he has been serving as a senior attending physician at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York since 1965. Concurrent to this position, he has also been a clinical professor of rehabilitation and regenerative medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons since 1999. Holding myriad other positions throughout the State of New York, he is a past attending physiatrist at the Jacobi Medical Center and a past assistant attending physiatrist at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, as well as a past medical director of rehabilitation services at Cabrini Medical Center, for whom he founded the inpatient unit. Earlier in his career, he was a physician for the Abbott Union School, attending physiatrist at Westchester Square Hospital and medical director of rehabilitation services at Phelps Memorial Hospital.
Likewise, Dr. Cocchiarella excelled in such positions as a consultant physiatrist for the Children’s Asthmatic Foundation for 18 years and was a visiting attending physiatrist for Brandywine Nursing Home for 21 years. Formerly affiliated with the Blythedale Children’s Hospital, he also served as a clinical investigator for anti-rheumatic drugs at Dow Chemical. He commenced his career in 1964 as an attending physiatrist at Yonkers General Hospital. Furthermore, he upheld a private practice in New York City from 1965 to 2017.
Prior to his relocation to the United States, Dr. Cocchiarella notably served as a flight lieutenant in the Medical Corps of the Italian Air Force between 1953 and 1956. He is licensed to practice medicine in Italy, as well as in the states of New York, New Jersey and Indiana. Additionally, he is board-certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
To attest to his success, Dr. Cocchiarella was recognized with a plaque for outstanding patient care and teaching at Columbia University in 2008. In 2012, he was the recipient of a Certificate of Achievement, where he was ranked one of the 100 Smartest Neurologists in the USA by Smartest Doc. Impressively, he earned a 25-Year Club Award from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in light of his myriad years of dedication to the prominent organization. Honored with the 2020 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, he has further been listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in the World.