I grew up in New York, on the south shore of Long Island. My father (aka Joe Senior), was a life-long pharmaceutical salesman. My mom, Agnes, was a medical secretary. Between both my parents, I was exposed to the medical world from day 1 of my life. As a kid, I cut out pictures and x-rays from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and pasted them on my bedroom walls. Becoming a physician was on my mind since grade school.
After a successful run in grade school and high school, I attended college at Syracuse University, where he met my long-time friend, and regular contributor to Your Health First, Chuck Garcia.
After Medical School, I did specialized training in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Hepatology (liver) between medical centers in New York and Nebraska. Since 1994, I have been a leader in the Texas Medical Center organizing the Liver Transplant programs at University of Texas, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, and The Methodist Hospital. Currently, I am the Medical Director of the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at The Methodist Hospital, located in the world famous Texas Medical Center.
For the past 8 years, I have hosted Your Health First, the most consumer oriented health program on radio. The opportunity to share health and wellness information with the public is a great thrill for me. As Medical Expert for KTRH, I regularly contribute to the medical news stories that are aired, working closely with the on-air hosts and reporters.
In my spare time, I enjoy making pizza, backpacking, and spending time with my family.