Dr. Lo Dolce grew up in central Connecticut, and migrated to Upstate NY after attending college and Medical School in New York City. He came to Central NY in 1973 to begin his postgraduate Family Medicine training at the St. Joseph’s Hospital Family Practice Residency program in Syracuse.
After his first year in residency, he worked full time in the Schuyler Hospital Emergency Room in Watkins Glen from 1974 - 1976, and then returned to the St. Joseph's Hospital Family Practice Residency program for his 2nd and 3rd year of residency training. He began his Family Medicine practice in 1976 out of his farmhouse in the hills of Otisco, while completing his residency training.
In 1978, he founded the Lafayette Family Health Center in Lafayette, NY. In 1987, he sold his practice to Health Services Association (also known as PHP) and continued as director of the Health Center under the new ownership. During his employment with PHP, he served as Chairman of the Department of Family Practice. In the early1990's, with the assistance of Crouse Hospital, PHP, and SUNY Health Science Center, Dr. Lo Dolce founded, developed, and directed Family Medicine Residency Training Program at the Lafayette Family Health Center, which was a rural electronic based training program for medical students and young doctors in training. Unfortunately, this program was closed a few years after its inception when Crouse filed for bankruptcy. Dr. Lo Dolce subsequently left his teaching position, and, after a two-year interim stent as an Emergency Room Physician at Cortland, Hamilton, and Fulton Hospitals, began working at St. Joseph’s Physicians Centers. Dr. Lo Dolce began working at Northeast Medical Center the day the doors of the center opened in 1998 and since then has continued to practice full time at that location.
In his medical practice, Dr. Lo Dolce espouses wellness including ongoing exercise and proper diet for all members of the family (Dr. Lo Dolce has himself been a vegetarian for 15 years and exercises daily). While Dr. Lo Dolce is an expert in the field of home care and Geriatrics, he also manages all ages of pediatrics including newborn care. He has a particular interest in the management of Diabetes.
Dr. Lo Dolce is a strong proponent of electronics in Medicine. In 2007, Dr. Merola appointed him to the position of Director of Medical Informatics, and charged him with spearheading the transition to an electronic medical record (EHR). In 2010, Dr. Lo Dolce was also appointed EHR Project Manager.
Dr. Lo Dolce has a diverse and full home and family life outside of Medicine. He and his family ran a sheep farm for many years in Otisco, NY until the mid-1990s. His four grown children are scattered around the country involved with their own professions including teaching, nutrition, engineering, and parole management services. He continues to enjoy tending to his large vegetable garden. When he and his wife are not caring for patients, they can be found on their Freedom Sailboat on Lake Ontario, on one of the many Central NY golf courses, or at SU basketball and football games.