OKLAHOMA CITY – Inspired by a family he met during his undergraduate studies and his two grandfathers — one a former physician in the U.S. Army during World War II and radiologist in Tulsa and the other a former pilot in the Army Air Corps in World War II — Dr. Daniel Pascucci answered the call to serve his country and his community.
Pascucci recently joined Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City as a hospitalist, where he provides specialized care to hospital patients and often serves as patients’ primary doctor during their hospital stay.
While attending Washington University in St. Louis to earn his bachelor’s degree, Pascucci began working with a family on the weekends as a respite care provider for two children with Aicardi-Goutieres syndrome, which is a disorder of the brain that often results in severe mental and physical handicap. It was his work with this family that led to his decision to become a doctor.
“I strive to treat my patients in a way that I’d want my family members to be treated,” he said. “I don’t consider it my job to make decisions for my patients, but rather, it is my job to stay up-to-date on the most accurate evidence-based medicine so I can give my patients the information they need to make an informed decision about their health.”
Although he was raised in Texas, Pascucci moved to Oklahoma — the state of his birth — to attend the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Tulsa, where he earned his medical degree prior to following his grandfathers’ footsteps by joining the military. He served as a squadron flight surgeon during his four years in the Air Force, completing two deployments in the Middle East.
After his four-year military commitment, he went back to the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa and completed his internal medicine residency this year.
In his spare time, Pascucci enjoys running, working on home improvement projects and spending time with family in Norman and Tulsa.
Mercy is the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 34 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, three rehab hospitals and one orthopedic hospital, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.