Joe Picardi graduated from Maryknoll College, Glen Ellyn, Illinois in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and from Maryknoll Seminary, Ossining, New York in 1972 with a Masters of Divinity Degree in Theology. In 1974 he graduated from New York Medical College/Pace University in Pleasantville, New York with a Master of Science Degree in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. After courses in Spanish he studied Midwifery and Anesthesia and then he spent the next eight years practicing in the high altitude area of Bolivia known as the Atliplano in and around the town of Achacachi, not far from the shores of the famous Lake Titicaca. During his last three years in the area he was also the administrator of Juan Uriona Hospital, a small hospital built by the Bolivian government and he oversaw its outlying public health clinics.
After his his return to the United States he worked in various administrative positions at the center of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers near Ossining, New York, including Supervisor and then Director of Nursing at the group’s skilled nursing facility and as the Center Coordinator.
In 1987 he accepted the position as director of a home care agency operated by the New Community Development Corporation in Newark , New Jersey and in 1990 he moved to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark as the Study Coordinator for the Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Infectoius Diseases. There he was involved in HIV/AIDS clinical research involving children and pregnant women. For the last fourteen years before retiring in 2007, he practiced in the field Infectious Diseases here in South Jersey. His last position was with AltanticCare Regional Medical Center’s Outpatient Infectious Diseases Clinic.
He and his partner Art Burlington have lived in Brigantine since 2003.
They are members of the Brigantine Elks Lodge and deliver for Meals on Wheels.
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