Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati. He completed his undergraduate degree in biology at THE Ohio State University before returning to the University of Cincinnati to get his MD. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at IU in 2011.
Joe works as a staff physician at both Methodist Hospital and Eskenazi Hospital. In 2012 Joe was named statewide clerkship director for the Emergency Medicine Core Clerkship. In 2016 he took a position as assistant residency program director and in 2023 he was named Program Director of the IUEM Residency Program. He has won a number of awards for teaching including the Faculty Teaching Award from the residents, IUSM’s Scholar Educator Award, CDEM’s Young Educator of the Year Award, EMRA’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and ACEP's Emergency Medicine Faculty Teaching Award.
Joe's peer-reviewed publications reflect his wide academic interests including resident and medical student education, simulation, communication, and airway management. He also hosts an annual IU Emergency Medicine party known as the "Nerd Party" and founded the program's Nerd Pod.
Outside of work he enjoys playing guitar, watching football, being a beer snob, and taking Ben Hunter's money in poker.