Joseph Procaccino Jr., JD

Joseph Procaccino Jr., JD

Name: Joseph Procaccino Jr., JD

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty


Mr. Joseph A. Procaccino, Jr. is an attorney licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in both Classical Humanities and also Political Science from George Washington University. He received his Juris Doctor degree from American University and a Masters degree in Forensic Medicine from George Washington University.

 Mr. Procaccino is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the Department of Defense’s Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences (USUHS) where he teaches Medical Jurisprudence and Bioethical issues. He has been on the faculty at USUHS since 1991. He is also on the faculty of the Defense Department’s Medxellence Program.

 Mr. Procaccino has served as the Legal Advisor to the Surgeon General, United States Air Force, and Senior Counsel for Health Affairs for the Air Force Judge Advocate General from 1993 until his retirement from that position in 2017. Prior to that, he was the Senior Medical Law Counsel for the Tort Claims and Litigation Branch of the Air Force Legal Operations Agency. He also served as the legal representative to the Surgeon General’s Medical Practice Review Board and Clinical Investigation Review Committee, and participated in the Department of Defense Health Affairs Committee for Risk Management and Quality Assurance. He has been designated as a lecturer on Bioethics at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and spent twenty years as Medico-Legal Editor of “The Reporter”, the journal of The Air Force Judge Advocate General. Mr. Procaccino has accumulated over 42 years of federal service.

Mr. Procaccino is the recipient of the James O. Wrightson Award as the outstanding civilian attorney for the Air Force and holds both a Distinguished Educator Award and the Outstanding Service Medal from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is also the recipient of the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, and the Air Force Outstanding Career Service Medal.

In addition to his government service, Mr. Procaccino has been appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor teaching Health Law at the University of Maryland Graduate School, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University, teaching ethics and medical law.  He has been on the faculty of Georgetown University’s Healthcare Leadership Institute teaching professional ethics during its eleven year tenure, and served as an elected member of the Alexandria Hospital Corporation and the New York Academy of Sciences.  Mr. Procaccino has published numerous articles and lectures internationally to healthcare and legal groups on the subjects of health law, medical liability, and bioethics.  He is also editor of the book “Thesaurus of Medical Word Roots.”

Mr. Procaccino was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1973.  He subsequently served in the U.S. Army Reserve in both the Signal Corps and Military Intelligence Branch.

He was born in the Bronx, New York and is married to the former Margaret Ann Cizler.  They have two daughters, Cristina Marie and Carla Teresa.


(Current as of January 2017)