Joseph Nachef, PA-C

Family Medicine



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Biology, Minor in Mathematics, Summa Cum Laude, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ


Molecular Biology, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ


Master of Science, Physician Assistant, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY

Professional Associations:

American Academy of Physicians Assistants

New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants


Basic Life Support

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support

Accepts New Patients
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Joseph Nachef Focuses on Patient Education and Health Promotion

“If a patient doesn’t leave our office with a thorough understanding of what’s going on with his or her health, then I haven’t done my job.”

Mr. Joseph Nachef knew the moment he walked in the door that he and Vanguard were a fit. “The mantra of ‘patient-centered medicine’ is how I was trained; finding a group that practiced in that manner was where I wanted to be,” he says.

What he enjoys most about primary care is that it’s one of the few specialties where providers can spend the time to get to know their patients. “People want a safe space where they can confide their concerns,” he says. “I try to spend the appropriate time with my patients so that I can get to know them. I work to build a trust, which is so important to improving patient experience and outcomes.”

Mr. Nachef spends a large percentage of his time educating and motivating his patients during visits. “Patients are smart and want to do the right thing,” he says. “It is my duty to ensure that they have the correct and most up-to-date recommendations, as well as the tools to live up to their potential.”

When he’s not caring for patients at Vanguard, he enjoys promoting the physician assistant profession through teaching at local universities and mentoring future PAs. He also enjoys working out and spending time with his family.

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The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our independent rating system, the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Learn more about our patient satisfaction survey.

Jul 09, 2017

great experience

Jul 09, 2017

Excellent overall.

Jun 29, 2017

First experience with this PA vs. MD - he was very appropriate, professional & responsive.

Jun 27, 2017

He was great!

Jun 16, 2017

Joseph was very informative and showed genuine concern.

Jun 15, 2017

very impressed about the quality of information

May 27, 2017

ALL Good

May 25, 2017

Didn't choose the highest score for 9 and 10 only because this is my first time visiting with him. Need to see how things go.

May 24, 2017


May 24, 2017

Excellent care.

May 20, 2017

Joseph was very professional and thorough and very helpful to me. He called me right away with my test results and I would recommend him.

May 11, 2017

Great experience.

May 10, 2017

very impressed with his knowledge & professionalism

Apr 28, 2017

very friendly, helpful and knowledgable

Apr 27, 2017

I have extreme white coat and the PA made me feel relaxed.

Apr 25, 2017


Apr 20, 2017

very happy with this practice

Apr 08, 2017

Honestly, I have no complaints.

Mar 22, 2017

I had seen this PA before but he was maybe having an off day on this visit. He seemed more rushed and disengaged. The nurses and reception staff were more compassionate.

Mar 10, 2017

My primary care physician is Dr. Cerilo in his absence PA. Joseph was seen. His professionalism balanced well with his enthusiasm and knowledge.