Joe Lex was involved in Emergency Medicine for more than 49 years – as a Vietnam combat medic, ER Tech, Certified Emergency Nurse, and Emergency Physician. For five years he was Education Chair for the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, which renamed their Educator of the Year Award the “Joe Lex Award.” After 14 years in the community, he joined the Emergency Medicine faculty at Temple University in Philadelphia. He is a “godfather” of free electronic open-access medical education and his website (www.FreeEmergencyTalks.net) taught thousands of people worldwide.
Since he retired in 2016 as a Professor of Emergency Medicine, he does a weekly radio show called “Dr. Joe’s Groove,” featuring 60-year-old news and jazz. He writes an occasional blog called “Notes from Nam” based on 170 letters he wrote home in 1968 and 1969. He is also an amateur cemetery historian and volunteer tour guide for Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia and West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, in addition to researching and producing their monthly podcasts “All Bones Considered: Laurel Hill Stories” and “Biographical Bytes from Bala: West Laurel Hill Stories.”
Joe and his wife Andrea celebrate 50 years together in June. His publicity picture is quite old – add 15 years and 40 pounds.