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
American Academy of Physicians Assistants
New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants
Basic Life Support
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
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.