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Joel Betesh, MD

Joel Betesh, MD Physician

Medical Informatics Officer, Pennsylvania Hospital Pennsylvania Hospital Liaison, Center for Evidence-Based Practice Clinical Professor of Medicine

Dr. Betesh is employed by Penn Medicine.

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Overall Ratings

Clinical Specialties


  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Internal Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Geriatric Medicine, 1988
  • Internal Medicine, 1980

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

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

Education and Training

Medical School: Drexel University Center City Hahnemann Campus
Residency: Hahnemann University Hospital


American College of Physicians, National American Geriatrics Society, National American Medical Informatics Association, National Penn Medicine Institute for Biomedical Informatics, Local Pennsylvania Medical Society, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Betesh is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Betesh J, McGreevey J, Xu Kai: Seize the Moment: Promotion of lean principles in moving from Paper to Electronic Provider documentation in an Academic Medical Center American Medical Informatics Association, Clinical Informatics Conference Proceedings : 2018.

Mitchell MD, Betesh JS, Ahn J, Hume EL, Mehta S, Umscheid CA: Transfusion Thresholds for Major Orthopedic Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis J Arthroplasty 32(12):3815-21 : 2017.

Mitchell MD, Betesh JS, Mehta S, Umscheid CA: Systematic Review of Restrictive Transfusion Thresholds in Major Orthopedic Surgery Health Technology Assessment International, Poster Presentation,2016 Annual Meeting, Tokyo : 2016.

Guidi JL, Clark K, Upton MT, Faust H, Umscheid CA, Lane-Fall MB, Mikkelsen ME, Schweickert WD, Vanzandbergen CA, Betesh J, Tait G, Hanish A, Smith K, Feeley D, Fuchs BD: Clinician Perception of the Effectiveness of an Automated Early Warning and Response System for Sepsis in an Academic Medical Center. Annals of The American Thoracic Society 12 (10): 1514-1519,2015.

Umsheid CA, Betesh J, VanZandbergen C, Hanish A, Tait G, Mikkelsen ME, French B, Fuchs BD: Development, Implementation, and Impact of an Automated Early Warning and Response System for Sepsis. Journal of Hospital Medicine 10 (1): 26-31,2015.

Joel Betesh, MD: Opioid-Induced Sedation Scales An Evidence Review from Penn Medicine's Center for Evidence-based Practice : 10,2014.

Betesh J, VanZandbergen C, Fuchs BD, Tait G, Hanish A, Fishman N, French BC, Umscheid CA: The Impact of an Automated Early Warning System for Sepsis Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC : 125,2013.

Betesh, J., Mitchell, M., Umscheid, C.: An Evidence-Based Practice Center in an academic Medical Center Supports continuing Quality Improvement IHI National Forum : 2012.

Betesh, J.: Practical Strategies in Outpatient Medicine Annals of Internal Medicine 119 : 639-640,1993.

DePace NL, Betesh JS, Kotler MN: Postmortem' cesarean section with recovery of both mother and offspring. JAMA 248 (8): 971-973,1982.

Academic Contact Info

Delancey Medical Associates
Penn Medicine Washington Square
800 Walnut Street, 17th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 829-3523
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)