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.

Dec 07, 2017

I have been a patient at Vanguard for 25 years so it wasn't even Vanguard at the time. I really know that I will be well taken care of no matter who I see there.

Dec 06, 2017

The PA examined me and determined that I was having difficulty breathing. My chest was tight and he immediately ordered a breathing treatment right there in the office. The Nurse/Assistant came in immediately and hooked me up to the machine. The PA came in once treatment was complete and examined my breathing which improved drastically. He prescribed meds and I now today, 12/7/2017, feel alot better.

Dec 02, 2017

I was hesitant to use someone other then Dr. Cerillo, but he was booked for 3 weeks, so I choose someone available and was very happy

Nov 04, 2017

Joseph is great!

Oct 24, 2017

All excellent

Oct 02, 2017


Sep 28, 2017

Joe was very much on top of my medical issue.

Sep 17, 2017


Sep 14, 2017

it turned out that I had allergies something new to me (seasonal) so he advised me to wait before I got my flu shot.

Aug 30, 2017

Most of my care was actually delivered by the medical assistant since I needed wax removed from my ear. She was great. PA was in and out quickly.

Aug 25, 2017

Joseph is great! Engaging, engaged, personable, professional.

Aug 20, 2017

very thorough and professional. very kind as I've had a rough 2 years with medical issues. I would make an appt w him again.

Aug 08, 2017

Diagnosis of the health problem was arrived at quickly

Aug 03, 2017

Always seems like he is in a hurry.

Aug 03, 2017

Everything was excellent, even though it was not my regular doctor, I felt very comfortable, and we'll take care of.

Aug 01, 2017

My first encounter with Joe. He was wonderful! Great sense of humor, caring, informative. I look forward to seeing him again. Then a nurse gave us shots and those were really well done.

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!