Dr. Bocko was raised in San Diego, California. Prior to his medical training, he attended SanDiego State University graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Subsequently, he attended the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco and graduated with his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) in May of 1994.
Dr. Bocko then completed a three year residency at Stanford University Medical Center and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Palo Alto, California. His residency focused on medicine and surgery of the foot and ankle, with emphasis on reconstructive rear-foot and ankle surgery. During his final year of surgical residency, he had the distinction of being appointed chief resident of his program at Stanford and was voted “Resident of the Year” by his peers in the community.
After completing his surgical residency, Dr. Bocko then completed a year long Fellowship in Sports Medicine and Surgery at Sports, Orthopedic, and Rehabilitation Medicine Associates (S.O.A.R) in Menlo Park, California. During this intense year, he had the opportunity to work with both collegiate and professional athletes in the Bay Area. He has published numerous articles in several podiatric and sports medicine journals which were the result of much research during his residency and fellowship. In addition, Dr. Bocko has been the author of chapters in several textbooks.
Dr. Bocko is Board Certified in Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery with a separate Certification in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and has surgical privileges at several area hospitals. He enjoys meeting and treating all types of patients, but has special interest in evaluation and treatment of athletes and children, as well as in geriatric medicine and arthritis of the foot and ankle. Dr. Bocko serves on multiple hospital committees and local boards. He was recently honored to be appointed by the Governor to serve on the North Carolina Board of Podiatry Examiners.
Dr. Bocko opened Chapel Hill Foot and Ankle Associates, P.A. in May of 2003 after working in other private practices in the Chapel Hill, Durham, and Wake Forest areas. He has been in practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina since late 1998, and very much enjoys the lifestyle and people in this eclectic college town. Dr. Bocko has been an avid athlete all his life, and enjoys running, mountain biking, hiking, and many other sports on a regular basis. He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife, two beautiful daughters, and three happy dogs.
August 1985-May 1990-San Diego State University, Bachelor of Science in Biology
August 1990-May 1994-California College of Podiatric Medicine, San Francisco, California, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Post Graduate Training:
August 1997 thru July 1998-Sports Medicine and Surgery Fellowship, Sports, Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Medicine Associates, (S.O.A.R.) Menlo Park, California
July 1996 thru June 1997-Chief Resident Podiatric Surgical Residency (PSR-24), Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California
July 1995 thru June 1996-Podiatric Surgical Residency (PSR-12), Veterans Administration Health Care Systems, Palo Alto, California, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California
July 1994 thru June 1995-Podiatric Surgical Residency (PGY-1), Veterans Administration Health Care Systems, Palo Alto, California Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California