Dr. Theodore A. DaCosta came to Saint Michael's Medical Center in Newark as a resident in 1990 after graduating from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Nearly 30 years later, DaCosta has come full circle.

He was recently appointed to head the department where he learned how to be a practicing physician.

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"It's an honor to serve as the Director of Medical Education in the same hospital where I grew from a young medical school graduate into a practicing gastroenterologist," said DaCosta. "Saint Michael's is a great teaching hospital and I'm looking forward to carrying on the great legacy of medical education."

Every 30 years or so, Saint Michael's has hosted a DaCosta in its residency program.

His father, also named Theodore, was a resident from 1960 to 1962 at Saint Michael's, where he met his wife, who was a nurse at the hospital. The younger DaCosta and his three siblings were all born at the hospital.

The elder DaCosta was an attending at Saint Michael's for more than 60 years, only retiring recently from practicing medicine.

DaCosta's son, Theodore III, is continuing the 30 year cycle. He is a second year resident at the hospital and his daughter, who attends the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, is doing her clinical clerkship at Saint Michael's this summer.

"I am proud that our family is very much part of this hospital and part of this community," said DaCosta, who maintains a private practice in West Orange.

Saint Michael's residency program is affiliated with New York Medical College. Each year, some 20 newly graduated doctors become residents at Saint Michael's, where they spend three years under the tutelage of experienced doctors. Saint Michael's is a member of Prime Healthcare.

After completing his residency, DaCosta served as chief medical resident at Saint Michael's for a year before beginning a three-year fellowship in gastroenterology, also at Saint Michael's.