Joel Heger is a native of San Gabriel Valley and graduated from medical school at USC. His post-graduate training was completed at the University of Southern California and the UCLA Harbor General Hospital. He is a clinical professor of medicine at USC.
Dr. Heger is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Interventional Cardiology. He has been voted as one of "America's Top Doctors" yearly since 2000. He has published 5 editions of his textbook in Cardiology which has been translated into five foreign languages.
His medical focus has been patient care in both clinical and interventional cardiology. He developed the initial acute interventional program for myocardial infarction in 1982 at Huntington Hospital. He has been an active participant and former director of the catheterization laboratory at the Arcadia Methodist Hospital.
Joel started painting when he was 7 years old, with Mexican fine arts painter Effren Aldana, from his hometown of El Monte, California. He began painting again 10 years ago, after a long hiatus, during which he pursued a career as a cardiologist.
Today, Joel is a full time painter. His present-day favorite artists are Rou Li, Mian Situ and Kevin Macpherson. He is active in a number of painting organizations, including the California Art Club, the American Impressionists Society, and Oil Painters of America.
Joel loves to travel, and has traveled extensively in the US, South America, Europe, and multiple countries in the Pacific Rim. He is an avid sports fan, loves music, movies and reading.
Joel lives in South Pasadena with his wife Jennifer and the their three dogs Clyde, Madison and Pip.
"I'm honored to be a part of Art Ambassador for a Colorful World."