Dr. Jose Javier Provencio
I am an intensive care doctor in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit at the the University of Virginia. After receiving my medical degree in 1993 from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania, I completed residencies in neurology and internal medicine, plus clinical fellowships in Medical and Neurological Critical care at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Currently my time is spent in caring for patients with neurological critical illnesses and heading a translational science laboratory. In addition, as the Associate Director of the Neurocritical Care fellowship, I have the privilege of teaching post-residency fellow physicians, residents and medical students.
My clinical and research interests include treating patients with ruptured brain aneurysms, supporting families in end-of-life decisions and teaching the rising crop of future leaders in our field. In addition, I am the chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Committee.
I have been at the University of Virginia since August of 2015 after having spent 13 years at the Cleveland Clinic iun Cleveland Ohio (where the book was written). I am married with three children who contributed the cover art for the book and the website. My family is part of the community of Charlottesville, Virginia.
If I were to write my life story, it would have to be fiction, because otherwise no one would believe it. I’ve been an auto mechanic, mechanic and crew chief for a racecar team; then driven a race car, too. (I was the first female [but non-NASCAR] to race at Talledega Motor Speedway – in 1969.) I’ve driven 18-wheelers, and sold them for GMC, and been a traveling salesman in Ohio and the contiguous states for heavy duty truck parts.
But always, I wanted to be a writer. Two of my books were published in the early 1990s; they’re historical romance novels set on Mackinac Island in the 1800s. They’re currently available in print and e-book format, as are the other three books published seven years ago. I write a blog that deals with writing and publishing.
During the first decade of the new millennium, I branched out into more free-lance, shorter articles about classical music, opera and women’s football, among other topics for nearly every communication method in Cleveland. In addition, on occasion I teach writing workshops and do editing/coaching on a free-lance basis. I’m now single, and my adult son lives in Colorado.