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Stromís career looks like an interesting example of multitasking, parallel
processing, and perhaps a sociological interpretation of the Heisenberg
Uncertainty Principle. (EP and physics majors should relax since this is
supposed to be humorous.)
A quick review of his resume reveals that heís had 15 academic
appointments, 27 medical school and hospital appointments, 3 board
certifications, 4 medical licensure, 5 editorial board appointments, 2 pages
worth of research study sections and committee appointments while holding 24
professional memberships and achieving the rank of Major in the USAF Medical
Corp. Heís managed 32 funded research projects, authored 102 publications, 6
conference proceedings, 41 book chapters and review articles, 159 abstracts,
given 75 invited lectures, and has one 1 patent pending. He has received the
Frieda and Herman Saporta Fellowship in Cardiology and the 2003 Alliance for
Academic Internal Medicine - Merck Executive Leadership Program Award. His
career has taken him from Syracuse to Manhattan, to San Antonio, to the Bronx
and (finally?) to Tampa Florida with some backtracking and looping in between.
In view of all of
these accomplishments itís interesting to note that he considers his greatest
achievements to be (in this order):
1) Being married 41 years to the same woman (Brown í67).
2) Fathering two children in wedlock, the first (NYU Tisch '91) who is trained
as actress and chef who went to London to find her fortune and did! She has a
husband (M.A. Oxford) and three children. The second (Brown '94) is an IP lawyer
who is married (husband: Grinnell College) and has two children.
3) I have not been jailed for financial misconduct.
Since Joel was never a CEO nor a politician, the last point may not seem
that impressive to some. (All classmates who are CEOís or politicians please see
above note to physics majors.)
What is surprising is that he is currently Professor of Chemical and
Biomedical Engineering at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida,
never having received any formal education or degree(s) in Chemical Engineering
or Biomedical Engineering. He did receive from Cornell both a B.S. and M.Eng in
Engineering Physics and also an M.D. from the SUNY Medical Center. Clearly his
professional successes speak well of his educational experiences at Cornell.
Joel and family members on the Vomit
Commit. Joel has thought about retirement, but forgot the word.