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Antonino Cavataio

Antonino Cavataio, MD

Specializing in Hospitalist
  • One Health
Year joined staff:


My mother and father moved to the US in the 80s when my mother was pregnant with me and opened an Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria. I also have three sisters. I just had my first child, Vincenzo Cavataio on March 15th of this year with my girlfriend, Sabrina Cupp. My parents have worked tirelessly their whole lives to ensure that my sisters and I had the opportunities that they did not. They instilled a great work ethic and gratitude in me at a very young age.

I am most proud of the Golden Apple award given to me in residency for excellence in teaching and being valedictorian of my high school class.

I am trained in internal medicine and practice as a nocturnist, caring for patients at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital during the overnight hours.

When I am not at work I enjoy sport shooting, triathlons and hiking. However, most recently I have been doing a lot of diaper changing and baby rocking.

Education & Training


  • Blackburn College, Pre-medical Biology, 2008
  • Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Medical Degree, 2013


  • Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Internal Medicine, 2016

Teaching or Professional Positions

  • 9/2008 - 8/2009 Certified Cardiac Monitor Technician: Biomedical Systems, Maryland Heights, MO
  • 8/2007 - 4/2008 Phlebotomist: Carlinville Area Hospital, Carlinville, IL
  • 8/2006 - 6/2007 Academics Department Manager: Blackburn College, Carlinville, IL
  •  8/2005 - 5/2007 Teaching Assistant and Tutor: Blackburn College, Carlinville, IL

Professional Memberships

  • 8/2009 - 5/2013 American Medical Association
  • 8/2009 - 5/2011 Illinois State Medical Society


  • 9/2010 - 9/2011 Enos Health Fair, continued volunteering at Springfield middle-schools
  • 7/2008 - 1/2009 Hope Center Clinic, organized food donations from area supermarkets
  • 8/2006 - 5/2008 Habitat for Humanity Blackburn Chapter, project coordinator

Honors, Awards, etc.

  • 2019 President's Award Recipient
  • 6/2015 "Golden Apple" award for excellence in teaching
  • 3/2014 Certificate of Achievement for volunteering in medical student teaching
  • 4/2011 2nd place in the 21 '' Annual Trainee Research Symposium SIU-SOM
  • 5/2008 The Samuels-Werner Biology Prize: highest biology GPA at Blackburn College
  • 5/2006 - 5/2008 Alpha Chi Honor Society: inducted for exemplary community involvement while maintaining GPA in the top 10% of the class
  • 5/2007 - 5/2008 Who's Who among students in American Universities and Colleges

Research Interest

Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor marker:

4/2012 - 2/2011 Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine; composed a clinical outcome review of Ki-67 and its role in predicting disease recurrence in resected pancreatic
neuroendocrine tumors.
• Published in the journal, Surgery
• Oral presentation at the Academic Surgical Congress

6/2009 - 3/2009 Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, composed a comprehensive pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor staging criteria from over 500 documented cases at Barnes-Jewish hospital.
• Oral presentation at the Missouri Chapter of American College of Surgeons
• Poster presentation to the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association

Octogenarian risk of GI complications following cardiac surgery:

10/2010  -7 /2011 Memorial Medical Center and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine; investigated increased risk of octogenarians presenting with gastrointestinal complications after cardiovascular surgery.
• Oral presentation at the Annual Trainee Research Symposium SIU-SOM

Optimized peptide vaccine for pancreatic cancer:

5/2007 - 8/2008, 7 /2008 Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine; investigated modification of mesothelin epitopes in hopes of creating a murine model of vaccination in which to base a human model.
• Oral presentation at the Siteman Cancer Center, St. Louis MO

Efficacy of mesh reinforcement in decreasing pancreatic leakage after distal pancreatectomy:

3/2008 Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. Collected case studies of distal pancreatectomy (2000 to 2007) performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, documented the efficiency of mesh reinforcement when placed over the transected edge and the decreased incidence of pancreatic leakage thereafter.
• Poster presentation at the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliaty Association

Independent bachelors-level research project:

10/2005 - 8/2006 Blackburn College. Performed a ten month study on the ontogenetic decline of Salmonella in captive bred Corn (Elaphe guttata) and captive bred Milk snakes (Lampropeltis triangulum)

• 1/2007 Poster presentation at the Society of integrative and Comparative Biology Conference