Dr. Joe Lex, FAAEM, has been involved in Emergency Medicine for almost 40 years, initially as an Army medic with the 25th Infantry "Tropic Lightning" Division in Vietnam. He spent several years as an Emergency Medicine Technician and Certified Emergency Nurse before beginning Medical School at age 35. After an Emergency Medicine residency, he was a community "pit doc" for 14 years before joining the staff at Temple University in Philadelphia. He was Chair of Education for the American Academy of Emergency Medicinefor five years. The AAEM honored him by renaming the Educator of the Year award the "Joe Lex Award." He has been an invited speaker at more than 250 conferences regionally, nationally, and internationally. He has been a featured speaker numerous times on Audio-Digest Emergency Medicine, Practical Reviews in Emergency Medicine, and Emergency Medicine Reviews and Perspectives (EMRAP).
Among his honors are the Vickrey Award for Outstanding Contributions to Emergency Medicine Education from York Hospital, the Excellence in Teaching Award from Temple University Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Program, the Outstanding Educator Award from University of Maryland Emergency Medicine Residency Program, the Visiting Professor Award from the Department of Emergency Medicine, Mayo Medical School, the Holt Award for Student Leadership from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and the Combat Medic Badge for service in Vietnam. Dr. Lex serves on the Editorial Board of EMedHome and is an Advisory Board Member for Prescribers' Letter and the Foundation for Education and Research in Neurological Emergencies. His extensive involvement in International Education has led to numerous distinctions, including honorary memberships in both Polskie Towarzystwo Medycyny Ratunkowej and Sociedad Argentina de Emergencias.
Dr. Lex is currently working with the International Federation of Emergency Medicine to development criteria for Continuous Professional Development programs acceptable for Emergency Practitioners around the world.