Some Hold Loyola Hospital Partially Responsible For Dr. Joseph L. Giacchino Jr. Retaining Authority To Issue Narcotics
Dr. Joseph Giacchino started his medical career in the 1970s working as a surgeon for Loyola Hospital in Maywood, Illinois. Kidney transplantation quickly became the main focus of Giacchino’s career in those days.
Dr. Giacchino explained to me that he first met Chicago Mob Boss Jackie “The Lackey” Cerone during his employment at Loyola Hospital. In a short time Giacchino and Cerone became close pals. Dr. Giacchino told me that sometime prior to his abrupt departure from Loyola in the early 1980s Jack Cerone introduced him to a Greek man by the name of Gus Alex (one of Cerone’s criminal colleagues). Giacchino mentioned to me that the connection was made for the purpose of fixing the kidney waiting list for a Greek organization. This group was willing to pay $50,000.00 in cash per patient, provided that a kidney was received immediately.
According to his story, Giacchino attempted to corrupt his own supervisor in order to make the plan work. Giacchino quickly discovered that his supervisor reported his criminal intentions to the President of Loyola Hospital.
Thanks to the good work of the supervisor, Dr. Giacchino was caught before he ever had a chance to blatantly sell kidneys like some back alley Tijuana butcher. Giacchino refers to this experience as the best thing that ever happened to him. Since he was forced to resign from Loyola because of this incident, he decided to go into private practice which eventually made him a very rich man. Giacchino told me that, because Loyola was purportedly worried about a scandal, he avoided being reported to law enforcement. The gut-wrenching truth is that Giacchino was never held accountable for his despicable actions.
Today, Giacchino still has his medical license. Despite one suspension of his license relating to a narcotics indictment in the 1980s (fixed by Mob Boss Jack Cerone via Anthony Erbacci, a family member of his son’s law firm), Giacchino and his convicted drug dealing wife, Maria Luisa Gil-Giacchino, live the American dream in a mansion with their own Bentley automobiles.