John Pepen is a physician, serving as the current medical director of the Trinitas Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine as well as an emergency general surgeon at the Overlook Regional Medical Center.
John, the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, was born and raised in Jersey City. He graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University in 2005 with a B.A. in Physics. Subsequently, he received his Medical Degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2009. He then underwent training in general surgery at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, followed by additional training in surgical critical care at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA.
Following his medical training, he completed a Master in Public Policy in 2016 at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he took courses in economics, domestic politics, and health policy. Passionate about economic and social justice, he sought to leverage his education into progressive political change. Living in New York City at the time, he served as the co-chair of the Healthcare task force for the Manhattan Young Democrats, helping to develop a public education campaign on state health policy. He then joined the Hell's Kitchen Democrats and served on the Executive Committee, aiding in the development of local political strategy for the club. In addition, he was appointed to serve on the County Committee of the Manhattan Democratic Party and was elected to serve as a Judicial Delegate in 2019, where he was part of a group of delegates tasked with selecting judges to serve as Democratic nominees for the New York State Supreme Court.
In his free time, he volunteers as a board member of a nonprofit aimed at assisting first-generation Americans reach and succeed in higher education. John also enjoys mountaineering and spending time with his beautiful wife and dog in their apartment in Jersey City.