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Meet the first Emergency Physician, Joe Heck, DO, elected to Congress

Posted Feb 27 2011 8:15am


Joe Heck, DO is the only DO physician among a few other MD physicians to serve in the U.S. Congress. He represents Nevada’s 3rd congressional district and is a member of the Republican Party. He was a State Senator of Nevada.

From Wikipedia:

"Heck was born in Jamaica, New York in Queens and raised in Pennsylvania. In 1992, he moved to Clark County, Nevada. He graduated from Penn State University in 1984 with a degree in Health Education. He received his Doctor of Osteopathy in 1988 from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and obtained a residency in Emergency Medicine in 1992 at the Albert Einstein Medical Center . He earned a Masters of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College in 2006."

"Heck is a Colonel in the United States Army Reserve and commands a Medical Readiness Support Group overseeing more than 2,000 soldiers in 6 western states. He continues to serve in this capacity while in Congress. He has served in Operation Joint Endeavor , Operation Noble Eagle , and Operation Iraqi Freedom . His last deployment was January, 2008."
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