In Memoriam: Dr. Matthew John Bicocca
Matthew Bicocca, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, died March 28, 2022. He was 36 years old.
Born and raised in California, he graduated from Willamette University and earned his medical degree at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. He completed his ob/gyn residency at McGovern Medicine/Methodist Hospital, where he was elected chief resident during his final year. He completed a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at McGovern and had just accepted a position on faculty here.
Within the first month of his faculty position, he was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma, which proved untreatable.
He is survived by his wife Yvonne; stepson Samuel de Llano; grandmother Dee Dee Bicocca; parents, Vince and Barbara Bicocca; brother and sister-in-law Vincent and Caridad Bicocca; niece and nephew Sophia and Vincent Bicocca; and many uncles, aunts and cousins.
A celebration of life was held Saturday, May 14, 2022, in San Andreas, Calif. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology held a remembrance at the Medical School May 11.
“There aren’t enough words to describe Matt as a person, physician, researcher, and above all as a decent human being, said Baha Sibai, MD, professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences. “Matt excelled in every task we asked him to do and exemplified the role model of a fellow in maternal medicine due to his unique attributes. He was inspiring and always excited about being a fellow and available to help others in their research design, data analysis, and preparing for presentation.”
The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences has established the Dr. Matthew Bicocca’s Fellow Excellence in Research Award, which will be granted each year on his birthday to a UTHealth Houston maternal-fetal medicine fellow who demonstrates excellence in clinical research.
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