Media release: Dr. Gary E. Voccio has been named health director for the 10-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District headquartered in Rome. As district health director, Voccio oversees 10 county health departments and various district-wide public health programs.
He is retired from private practice in pulmonary and critical care medicine with Harbin Clinic, the largest privately owned multispecialty medical clinic in Georgia, where he was chairman of department. Voccio concurrently served as medical director of respiratory therapy for Redmond Regional Medical Center, medical director of respiratory tech for Georgia Northwestern Technical College, and as tuberculosis consultant for the Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District.
He previously served as chief of staff and chief of medicine at Redmond Regional Medical Center and as a clinical instructor for Floyd Medical Center Family Practice Program. He was also assistant professor of family and community medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine. He served as director of tuberculosis control and prevention for the Georgia Department of Human Resources.
Voccio is affiliated with Floyd Medical Center and Redmond Regional Center in Rome. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Valdosta State University, the Medical College of Georgia, and completed his internship, residency, and fellowship at Prisma Health Richland Hospital and William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Columbia, SC. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with dual certification in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine.
Voccio is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Thoracic Society, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. He has held numerous chairmanships of committees at Floyd Medical Center, Redmond Regional Medical Center, and The Specialty Hospital.
Dr. Voccio is married (Linda) and has three children and six grandchildren.
About the Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District: The Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District works to track and prevent the spread of disease; promote health, safety, and wellbeing through education and communication; and prepare for, respond to, and ensure our communities are ready to handle public health emergencies, thereby improving the quality of life for individuals and families in ten northwest Georgia counties: Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Paulding, Polk and Walker. Our county health departments provide a variety of medical services; monitor area environmental safety, including restaurant inspections; and help ensure their communities are prepared for disasters. Find us on the web at www.nwgapublichealth.org. Follow us on Facebook to receive news, emergency messages, and health-and-safety information at www.facebook.com/NorthwestHealthDistrict