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John H. Turco, MD

Professor of Medicine


Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, MD 1974
Harvard University, BA 1970

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Dartmouth Medical School
HB 6143
Hanover NH 03755

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John (Jack) H. Turco, MD is Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, a staff physician at Dartmouth Health focused on Adrenal Disorders, Osteoporosis, Pituitary Disorders, Thyroid Disorders, and Transgender Hormonal Therapy, and director of Dartmouth Health’s Transgender Program. His specialties are: Endocrinology; Endocrinology – Cancer; Cancer / Oncology; Endocrine Tumors; and, Transgender Medicine. Turco joined the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School/Geisel School of Medicine and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic in 1979 after serving as an Intern and Resident in Internal Medicine and Fellow in Endocrinology at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He was medical director of the Dartmouth College Health Service for over three decades where he oversaw all student health issues including Sports Medicine and served as a leader in the Ivy (League) Plus Medical Directors Group.

Turco graduated with honors from Harvard College (Biology) and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2013 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation/Geisel School of Medicine for his significant contributions to underserved populations including: regional patients who are LGBTQ+; local individuals who lack medical insurance and seek free care at the Good Neighbor Clinic in White River Junction, Vermont; children with juvenile diabetics participating annually in the American Diabetes Association’s Camp Carefree in New Hampshire; and impoverished people in rural regions of Nicaragua (through his role as Medical Director of the Dartmouth College Tucker Foundation's Cross Cultural Education Program). A former standout college athlete (baseball and ice hockey), Turco received the Distinguished American Award from the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 2008.