Dr. Lonnie Joe, Jr. is a product of the Detroit public school system and a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. His career has been devoted to patient care and the concerns of the physician community. He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary diseases and furthered his career by completing the John Hopkins Business of Medicine Program. As evidence of his commitment, to date, Dr. Joe has been the longest-serving president of the Detroit Medical Society. In addition to a busy practice, Dr. Joe serves in the following capacities: board member, State Medical Society; board member, University of Michigan Medical Alumni Association, board member, National Medical Association; member, Novo Nordis Advisory Board; member, Southfield Institutional Review Board; board member, American College of Physician Executives; board member, Greater Detroit Health Council; and board member, Health Care Coalition.

In 2008, Dr. Joe was elected the Physician of the Year by the National Medical Association in Washington D.C., and in 2009 he was elected secretary of the House of Delegates of the NMA. In addition, Dr. Joe serves as a trustee of the New Bright Star Church.

The NMA promotes the collective interests of physicians and patients of African descent. We carry out this mission by serving as the collective voice of physicians of African descent and a leading force for parity in medicine, elimination of health disparities and promotion of optimal health.