Meet Dr. Robert DiMaio
Robert D. DiMaio, DO, Pennsauken native, has been practicing family medicine in the South Jersey area for over 30 years. He completed his internship and residency at what was then-Kennedy Memorial Hospital – Stratford, and is happy to come back and practice at Cherry Hill Primary & Specialty Care.
Why did you go into medicine?
In high school, some of my favorite subjects were anatomy and physiology. I was also really interested in Tom Dooley, who was a physician and missionary who worked a lot in third world countries. This made me realize that I wanted to pursue a career where I could truly help others.
Why did you choose the Family Practice specialty?
To me, a generalized specialty is appealing because it covers so many different areas. I’m really glad that I chose family practice; it has been so much more rewarding than I could have ever thought. Looking back, I’ve gotten to see generations of families. They’ve become like my own extended family. I’m treating people that I really care about.
What are your areas of expertise?
When I first went into practice, I saw pediatric patients. Now, I tend to see an older population, so, I treat a lot of diabetes and hypertension cases. I also enjoy working with infectious diseases.
What has shaped the way you practice?
I think of the original “oath” of a physician, which is to “do no harm.” That’s our main goal, no matter what we do. When I practice, I enjoy educating my patients about generalized lifestyle recommendations or modifications, because this can really benefit all aspects of their health, psychologically and physically.
Is there a question you wish patients would ask more?
People really need more education about what they’re putting into their bodies, so I wish they would ask how to read nutrition labels. Specifically, I try to help my patients become more aware of what is in processed foods.
What do you do during your downtime?
I enjoy the gym, playing sports, going to the shore and birdwatching. I have three biological children, one adopted daughter, and a 4-year-old grandchild who I love to take to the indoor trampoline park.
How are you involved with the community?
I was involved with the Oaklyn School District as the school physician for many years, overseeing check-ups and vaccinations. I also volunteered at St. Anthony’s Church in Camden for about 10 years, where there was a monthly clinic for people without insurance. I also travelled to Romania one summer and volunteered at a clinic there. It was an incredibly rewarding experience.
What drew you to join Jefferson Health in New Jersey?
I grew up in this region, so I have some pretty deep roots here. During my internship and residency, I created bonds with many physicians in the network. It’s always held a special place in my heart. Also, part of what compelled me to join was my respect for Jefferson Health and its mission.
It’s been a really great experience joining the team. Everyone at the office is friendly, welcoming and supportive. You can’t ask for much more.
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