Dr. Joel Michael Ingegno passed away at home in Tampa, Florida, surrounded by his family, on November 7, 2018. He was 81 years of age. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1937, he is survived by his wife, Rita (Scardapane), of 59 years, son, Joel (wife Teresa), daughter, Christianne, grandson, Christopher, and brother, Alfred.
A 1958 graduate of Hamilton College, Dr. Ingegno received his MD degree from SUNY Downstate in 1962. He served as a resident in Medicine at Long Island College Hospital from 1962 through 1966, and later trained in gastroenterology at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan.
In choosing this specialty, he followed in the footsteps of his father, Alfred P. Ingegno, MD, a 1933 graduate of the Long Island College of Medicine, and for many years Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at the Long Island College Hospital.
After practicing in Brooklyn for a brief period, he moved to Poughkeepsie, New York, where he was Director of Gastroenterology at St. Francis Hospital. He later moved his gastroenterology practice to Beaufort, South Carolina, and in 2016 retired to Tampa, Florida.
Dr. Ingegno was the recipient of The Franciscan Award, St. Francis Hospital Physician of the Year award, and the Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Contributions in Gastroenterology from the Alumni Association of SUNY Downstate College of Medicine.
While at Hamilton College and Downstate, Joel drove a 1932 black Packard convertible with a rumble seat. It attracted great attention as he drove through the streets of Brooklyn. He also had a mischievous sense of humor that was in evidence no matter the occasion.
Joel Ingegno will always be remembered for his brilliance, dedication, kindness, and caring. During medical school and afterward, he was greatly admired for his steadfast devotion to family, friends, and patients.
Written by: Classmate, Pascal Imperato, MD ’62