After a career as a mechanical engineer, Dr. LaRocca pursued medicine and received his medical doctorate from The Jefferson Medical College of the Thomas Jefferson University (now the Sidney Kimmel Medical College). He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Albert Einstein Medical Center, which included specialized training in pediatric scoliosis at the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia, PA.

He then continued further specialized training and completed a fellowship in complex spinal reconstruction and clinical management of disorders of the neck and back at the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. LaRocca’s training is international, having had the privilege of visiting with the distinguished and world-renowned spinal surgeon, Professor Jurgen Harms at the Klinikum Karlsbad-Langensteinbach in Karlsbad, Germany. Dr. LaRocca has authored and presented research at national meetings, including the North American Spine Society. He has been in private practice since 2001.