Meet the physicians at Pediatric Alliance!


Joseph Aracri, D.O., F.A.A.P. – Pediatric Alliance — Greentree Division — Past-President, Pediatric Alliance, P.C.


Birthplace:  Greetree, PA – born and raised.  Yes, the restaurant on Greentree Road was my dad’s and is now run by my brothers (Aracri’s Greentree Inn).

Education: Canevin High School/ Allegheny College (Psychology major, Biology minor)/ University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) — School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Training:  Pediatric Residency – UPMC Mercy.

Hospital Affiliations/Teaching:  St. Clair Hospital/Magee-Womens Hospital/ UPMC Mercy/ Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.  Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at University of Pittsburgh Medical School.  I also teach students from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Professional Interests:  Childhood Obesity, Developmental Pediatrics, Sports Medicine.

My Hero:  My Dad, who showed me that anything can be done with hard work and, also, it isn’t work if you love your job.

School Memories:  Between classes in medical school, I did research as a drug addiction counselor and, also, worked as a banquet waiter.

Funniest Thing A Patient Has Said:  “Man, your nose is much bigger than my Dad’s!”

What Parents Can Do To Improve Their Child’s Health:  Keep them moving, playing, running.

Favorite Patient Age:  I like taking care of premature babies but I have a large group of teenage guys that I care for. 

Hobbies:  Spending time with my whole family, hiking, eating, and beaching!  I also like running and skiing.  I’ve coached soccer the last eight years!  I consider myself to be a great cook!

Playing On My iPod:  Green Day and U2.  I listen to hard rock and metal, but I do have a soft side for Billy Joel and James Taylor.  Secretly, I have a long playlist of show tunes that I sing in the car with my daughter!

Who Plays You In The “Joe Aracri Story”?  Tom Hanks, as in the movie “BIG”!

Favorite Vacation Spot:  I am a beach person who enjoys the sun a little too much.

Favorite Book:  I’m not a big reader but I have read the Harry Potter series twice.

Always In The Fridge:  Ice cream!

What People Don’t Know:  I married my best friend from college!  We got engaged 10 years after we met — a real “When Harry Met Sally” kind of thing!