Mario R. Velasco Jr., MD, FACP
Medical Oncology / Hematology
Dr. Mario R. Velasco Jr., medical oncologist, joined Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois in February 2001. Dr. Velasco primarily sees patients at our main office at the Cancer Care Center of Decatur, but also sees patients at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Velasco received his M.D. degree from the University of Santo Tomas Medical School, Manila, Philippines, in 1992. He completed a clinical internship at Medical Center Manila, Philippines, where he received “Outstanding Intern” awards in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Velasco completed his residency in Categorical Internal Medicine with the Seton Hall University Program at St. Elizabeth Hospital, New Jersey, in 1998, and went on to complete a fellowship in Medical Oncology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas.
Dr. Velasco is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. He has special interests in gastrointestinal malignancy, renal cell carcinoma, and melanoma. In addition, Dr. Velasco has been very active in cancer research. He published a book chapter on “Primary Gastrointestinal Lymphoma” and has had several abstracts presented at national meetings.
Medical Oncology Fellowship
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX, 2000
Internal Medicine Residency
Seton Hall University, St. Elizabeth Hospital, South Orange, NJ, 1998
M.D., University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, 1992
B.S., Biochemistry, University of Santo Tomas, College of Pharmacy, Manila, Philippines, 1988
Medical Oncology – American Board of Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine – American Board of Internal Medicine
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American College of Physicians (Fellow)
Illinois Medical Oncology Society
Illinois State Medical Society
ASCO Clinical Trials Participation Award, 2011 & 2015