Greensburg Native Comes Home to Practice Sports Medicine

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Greensburg Native Comes Home to Practice Sports Medicine


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Dr. Jacob DiCesare has lived and worked in Los Angeles. He also studied medicine and psychology in Erie and Pittsburgh.

His closest ties, though, are to his hometown of Greensburg, where he is the latest doctor to join Excela Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

DiCesare is a son of Kathy and Pat DiCesare. His father is an entrepreneur and concert promoter, who brought the Beatles to Pittsburgh and established DiCesare Engler Productions.

Although his dad sold the company to Clear Channel Communications 10 years ago, patients still ask DiCesare: "Are you related to the concert guy?"

"That's what's really great about Western Pennsylvania ... people have a real passion for their music and sports. I love it when people want to swap stories about my dad's concerts and events," the physician said.

After high school, DiCesare moved to Southern California, where he graduated from Pitzer College. He wanted to pursue a service- oriented career and had started graduate work in clinical psychology at Duquesne University. DiCesare earned a master's degree in psychology, but he decided to take that dream a step further and obtain a degree in medicine.

"I always had an interest in health, nutrition and personal growth," DiCesare said. "I felt that pursuing a medical career would be the best way to use those interests to help others."

He studied osteopathic medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

"I wanted to learn manual medicine so that I could use my own two hands to diagnosis and treat people," DiCesare said.

He completed a family-medicine residency at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital near Aspinwall.

Following his residency, DiCesare was awarded a primary-care, sports medicine fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. …

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