Joe Riffe
ePatient Scholar; Paramedic

About Me

Joe Riffe is also known as the Prosthetic Medic. He literally fell into his role as an ePatient and amputee activist when he fell 110 ft off of a waterfall. After several surgeries to save his limb, Joe was told that his only option was to have the knee and ankle fused. He refused, fired that doctor, and voluntarily had his left leg amputated above the knee in January 2012. 

Since then, Joe has been on the ePatient Honor Roll; spoken to the Kentucky House of Representatives; and is currently petitioning the President to push Prosthetic Insurance Fairness nationally.

At Medicine X 2015

Saturday, September 6 4:20 pm (Plenary Hall)
The price of mobility
Sunday, September 7 11:00 am (LK 102)
Unmasking invisible illness: What does pain look like?
Unmasking Invisible Illness: What does pain look like?Watching the 2013 MedX ePatient panel, I was struck by the gasps from the audience when Emily Bradley disclosed her current pain level was a 9 on the... Read more
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