50 Notable Alumni

Joseph R. Lex, Jr, M.D.

Retired, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Associate in Applied Science



Dr. Lex has a very impressive list of professional accomplishments, awards, honors, publications, speaking engagements, and volunteer services considering his only other degree, aside from his Associate’s in Nursing at Parkland – which he attended as a Viet Nam veteran on the GI Bill - was receiving an MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center in 1986.

He also took Premedical courses at Richland Community College in 1982, and had an Internship (1986-1987) and Emergency Medicine Residency (1987-1989) at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Among his most recent appointments at Temple University School of Medicine were Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine (2013-2016) and Director of the Department CME (2003-2016).

Just a very few of the many awards and honors he received are the Ky Niem Chuong Vi Suc Khoe Nhan Dan (“A Medal for People’s Health”) from the Health Minister of Viet Nam (first American to receive this award) in 2016; the “A Nuestro Maestro” (“Our Teacher”) from La Sociedad Argentina de Emergencias in 2016; the Fellow of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine from the International Federation for Emergency Medicine in 2016; the EEM Lifetime Achievement Award from HIPPO Education/Essential of Emergency Medicine in 2016; and the GEMA Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine in 2014.

He has been associated with many professional organizations throughout his career, including Board of Directors for American Academy of Emergency Medicine (2015-2016); Editorial Board of the Polish Journal of Emergency Medicine (2008-2016); Founder and Chair, Oral Board Review Course for the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (1994-present); Member and Fellow for life of the American College of Emergency Physicians (2007-present); Member of European Society for Emergency Medicine (2006-present); and Charter Member of African Federation of Emergency Medicine (2009-present) among many others.

In addition his publications list – both peer reviewed, non-peer reviewed, author, commentator, and editor – is extremely extensive.