MEET DR. RACHAEL MOROCCO
"I am not a career politician, I am a mom, wife, and pediatrician who is passionate about being a voice for our children, families, neighbors, and future"
I was born and raised in the Cleveland area by two hard-working parents. My mother was a nurse, before becoming a social worker, and my father was a small business owner and local mayor. I attended Mt. Union College for my undergraduate degree in Biology and then obtained my medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. I met my husband, Frank, in college and we married in 2007.
I have always felt drawn to caring for children and spent many hours over the years volunteering with children’s organizations. This led me to choose pediatrics as a career, and I completed my residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. My husband and I moved to central Ohio in 2011 where I began working for Nationwide Children’s Hospital and have been there for the last eight years. I currently work as a lead physician in the Westerville Primary Care Center.
Frank and I settled in Lewis Center about a year after moving to central Ohio, knowing it was the place we wanted to put down roots and raise a family. We are parents to two wonderful sons, Dominic (age 9) and Dylan (age 5). I am also now a professor at The Ohio State University teaching in the medical school.
I have spent my career developing relationships with my patients and their families and helping them find solutions to the struggles they face. Over the years, I’ve encountered problems that, as a physician in a clinic setting, I couldn’t fix. Issues with health care, the education system, affordable childcare and the opioid crisis, to name a few. Being a fighter and a problem solver by nature, I eventually realized I could do more to help. As a physician, I can only treat individual problems one patient at a time, but as your state representative, I can change policies that will positively affect children and families across the whole state.
I will be a representative that listens to the needs of the people of District 67 and work towards finding evidence-based solutions that provide more educational and economic opportunities, safe and healthy communities, and the best quality of life for your children, your families, and mine.