Joseph was born and raised in Miami, Florida with traditional Cuban roots, surrounded by 3 siblings and 15 first cousins (practically brothers and sisters). Growing up he always appreciated the palpable Miami-Cuban culture, which strongly shaped his upbringing. In high school, he played competitive volleyball, was named Scholar Athlete of the year and received athletic scholarships to play collegiate volleyball. After sustaining a series of knee injuries though, he elected to matriculate at the University of Miami and focus on his pre-medical education. He studied chemistry, led the pre-medical student organization on campus, played volleyball for the club team and obtained advanced open water SCUBA certification. After graduating Summa Cum Laude, he continued his medical education in Miami, where exposure to cardiology, nephrology and rheumatology peaked his interest in internal medicine. During undergraduate and medical school, he worked actively at a local free health clinic serving impoverished Latino immigrants. Just after residency interviews, he married his wife Arianne, as her relentless love and support was paramount in his medical school success. During his free time, Joseph loves to share meals with family and friends, cultivates a collection of orchids and bonsais, plays soccer and enjoys the outdoors. Surrounded by wonderful new friends, Nashville has become their new home. They enjoy taking their dog on long walks (favorite spot is McCabe park), bike rides with friends (Nashville greenway, through Shelby bottoms), exploring new restaurants (Husk is a must) and attending Nashville Predators games. They are looking forward to the years ahead, as they continue sharing experiences and enjoying time with close friends made possible by the Department of Medicine at VUMC.