Joel is a Cincinnati native and a proud graduate of Oak Hills High School. He studied Zoology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and then attended medical school at The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, he served as president of his medical school class all four years, was elected into the academic honorary, Alpha Omega Alpha, and received the American College of Physicians award given to the graduate with the strongest academic record who is pursuing a career in Internal Medicine.
Following Ohio State, Joel completed a three year residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was during this time that he developed an interest in clinical research, particularly in the field of cardiovascular medicine. He left Virginia to pursue a three year general cardiovascular fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. While working as a fellow, Joel was actively involved in clinical research, and was chosen to serve as Chief Fellow for the program. He ultimately accepted an offer from the Cleveland Clinic to remain an additional two years to complete an advanced fellowship in coronary and peripheral vascular intervention. During those two years, Joel received extensive training in complex interventions, continued his clinical research, and served as the Chief Interventional Fellow. During his time at the Cleveland Clinic, he presented research at several national meetings, and published numerous abstracts, journal articles, and book chapters.
At the completion of his training in 2003, Joel chose to return home to Cincinnati to establish his cardiovascular practice. He remains involved in clinical research, and has enjoyed working on program development at The Christ Hospital. He serves as the Medical Director for the Advanced Vascular Program at Christ, and his recent efforts have focused on developing a cutting edge "high risk" coronary intervention program with a focus on the treatment of chronic total occlusions involving the coronary arteries.
In his spare time, Joel enjoys spending time with his wife, Sherry, and their three teenage children. His leisure activities include exercise, hiking, skiing, attempting to play golf, and reading.