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Joan M. Von Feldt, MD

Joan M. Von Feldt, MD Physician

Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • Spanish

Dr. Von Feldt is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. Joan M. Von Feldt

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014

Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine's 2002, 2012-13 Top Docs issues

Clinical Specialties


  • Rheumatology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Internal Medicine, 1984
  • Rheumatology, 1990

Clinical Expertise:

  • Health Literacy
  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Description of Clinical Expertise

Systemic Lupus Erythamtosus
Rheumatoid Arthritis and other Inflammatory Arthritis

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Rheumatology

    Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine South Pavilion, 1st Floor 3400 Civic Center Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-PENN (7366)

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Medical College of Pennsylvania
Residency: Wilmington Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American College of Rheumatology, National Philadelphia Rheumatism Society, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Von Feldt is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Current research projects in Medical Education:
Diagnostic Error and Cognitive Bias in Internal Medicine Residency Training
Health Literacy and Numeracy in a Rheumatology Population

Selected Publications:

Baker JF, Von Feldt JM, Mostoufi-Moab S, Kim W, Taratuta E, Leonard MB.: Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 and Adiponectin and Associations with Muscle Deficits, Disease Characteristics, and Treatments in Rheumatoid Arthritis. J Rheumatol 11 : 2038-45.,2015.

Baker JF, Von Feldt J, Mostoufi-Moab S, Noaiseh G, Taratuta E, Kim W, Leonard MB.: Deficits in muscle mass, muscle density, and modified associations with fat in rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care Res 24 : [Epub ahead of print],2014.

Rhee RL, Von Feldt JM, Schumacher HR, Merkel PA.: Readability and suitability assessment of patient education materials in rheumatic diseases. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 65 (10): 1702-1706,2013.

Reilly JB, Ogdie AR, Von Feldt JM, Myers JS: Teaching about how doctors think: a longitudinal curriculum in cognitive bias and diagnostic error for residents. BMJ Qual Saf : 2013.

Ogdie A, Myers J, Von Feldt J.: In reply to Kunimatsu and Yoshizawa. Acad Med 88 (4): 436,2013.

Reilly JB, Von Feldt JM.: In the real world, faster diagnoses are not necessarily more accurate. Acad Med. 88 (3): 297-298,2013.

Baker Joshua F, Mehta Nehal N, Baker Daniel G, Toedter Gary, Shults Justine, Von Feldt Joan Marie, Leonard Mary B: Vitamin D, metabolic dyslipidemia, and metabolic syndrome in rheumatoid arthritis. Am J Med 125 (10): 1036.e9-1036.e15,2012.

Ogdie AR, Reilly JB, Pang WG, Keddem S, Barg FK, Von Feldt JM, Myers JS.: Seen Through Their Eyes: Residents' Reflections on the Cognitive and Contextual Components of Diagnostic Errors in Medicine. Acad Med. 87 (10): 1361-1367,2012.

Baker JF, Baker DG, Toedter G, Shults J, Von Feldt JM, Leonard M.: Associations Between Vitamin D, Disease Activity, and Clinical Response to Therapy in Rheumatoid Arthritis. In Press, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology Clin Exp Rheumatol. : 2012.

Baker JF, Zhang L, Imadojemu S, Sharpe A, Patil S, Moore JS, Mohler ER 3rd, Von Feldt J.: Circulating endothelial progenitor cells are reduced in SLE in the absence of coronary artery calcification. Rheumatol Int. 32 (4): 997-1002,2012.

Academic Contact Info

Philadelphia Veterans Medical Center, Rm 866
3900 Woodland Ave.
Rheumatology Office at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
1st floor, suite 300S

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-2454
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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