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Peter F. Cronholm, MD, MSCE

Peter F. Cronholm, MD, MSCE Physician

Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Cronholm is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Peter F. Cronholm

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2015 – 2017

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's May 2018 Top Docs issue

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

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Clinical Specialties


  • Family Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Family Medicine, 2001
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2012

Clinical Expertise:

  • Annual Examination
  • Annual Gynecological Examination
  • Anxiety
  • Arthralgia
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Camp Physicals
  • Cholesterol Disorders
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Cold
  • Cough
  • Depression
  • Flu Shot Vaccination
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Health Screening
  • Hypertension
  • Hypothyroidism (Underactive Thyroid)
  • Immunizations
  • Minor Injury
  • Multiple Chronic Illnesses
  • Physical Exams
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Skin Disorders
  • Sore Throat
  • Sports Injury
  • Sports Physical
  • Thyroid Disorders
  • Tobacco Smoking Counseling
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
  • Vaccines
  • Weight Problem
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

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

Education and Training

Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


Academy on Violence and Abuse, National American Academy of Family Physicians, National In January 2014, the Obama Administration announced the Promise Zone initiative as a new effort to support neighborhoods that lack resources and face challenges associated with persistent poverty. This federal initiative targets a small geographic area in select urban, rural, and tribal communities, giving local partners the support and resources they need to work together toward revitalization., Local Lutheran Settlement House's (LSH) Domestic Violence program provides intervention via the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline, counseling, relocation services, and community, school, and workplace trainings. LSH's Men Can empowers men to prevent family violence through educating themselves and others and promoting non-violent ways of dealing with conflict. The Men Can campaign also acknowledges that intimate-partner violence does not discriminate and can happen to anyone regardless of gender, sexuality, race, or class., Local Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, Local Prevention Point Philadelphia is a private nonprofit organization providing harm reduction services to Philadelphia and the surrounding area. Prevention Point offers services including: Syringe services, free medical care, medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), HIV/HCV testing, case management, Drop-In Center, legal clinic, overdose prevention and reversal training, free meals, mail services, linkage to drug treatment, wound care clinic, and housing services., Local Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, National The Lutheran Settlement House (LSH) Bilingual Domestic Violence Program Research Advisory Board (RAB), made up of community members, including IPV survivors and STOP IPV clients, hospital partners, research partners and LSH staff has been convened to provide assistance and guidance in the research development and interpretation and dissemination of research findings. The purpose of the RAB is to reflect and incorporate stakeholder interests throughout the research process., Local The Philadelphia ACE Task Force (PATF) is a network of more than 100 individuals from pediatrics, behavioral health, education, law, philanthropy, and others who are committed to building a resilient Philadelphia. PATF’s Research Committee includes professionals in pediatrics, behavioral health, adolescent medicine, and epidemiology who developed the Philadelphia Expanded ACE Survey., Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Cronholm is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: On the medical staff, but does not have privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Peter Cronholm, MD, MSCE, FAAFP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. His research interests have focused on health services regarding: 1) integration of trauma-informed care and primary prevention strategies into systems of primary care; and 2) developing novel mixed methodologies and patient-centered outcomes into research paradigms. Dr. Cronholm serves as the Co-Director of the Mixed Methods Research Lab (MMRL: The goal of the MMRL is to foster the use of qualitative and mixed methods research methodologies with a focus on integrating key stakeholder perspectives and goals into research designs. The MMRL is a University of Pennsylvania Service Center that supports investigators in the development of conceptual and methodological approaches for community-based and clinical research questions. Qualitative, mixed methods and action research are uniquely suited to capture the contextual, socio-cultural, and experiential factors that contribute to health disparities. Dr. Cronholm is an Affiliate Faculty member in the Graduate Program in Public Health Studies, a Senior Fellow in the Center for Public Health Initiatives, a Senior Scholar at the Leonard Davis Center for Healthcare Economics, an Associate of the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center, a Senior Fellow of the Center for Health Behavior Research, and an Affiliate of the Evelyn Jacobs Ortner-Unity Program in Family Violence at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Cronholm is an Associate Program Director and the Director of Community Programs for the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, coordinating and evaluating the didactic and experiential components of the community medicine curriculum for the department's residency program. Dr. Cronholm has served as Co-Chair of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s Group on Violence Education and Prevention and is a member of the Board of Directors and past-Chair of the Education, Research and Scientific Programs Committee for the Academy of Violence and Abuse whose mission is to advance health education and research on the prevention, recognition, treatment and health effects of violence and abuse.

He is actively involved in community programs addressing family violence, having served as a Clinical Consultant, Director of the Men's Council on Family Violence, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Institute for Safe Families (ISF has worked to prevent family violence and to offer an alternative vision for wholeness, healing, family health, and personal empowerment). He has served on the Board of Directors for the Men’s Resource Center (founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1979 to provide counseling services for men going through transitions - including relational, anger management and domestic violence issues) and Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR - founded in 1971 and incorporated in 1973 WOAR is America’s first rape crisis center. WOAR is a non-profit organization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania whose mission is to eliminate all forms of sexual violence through specialized treatment services, comprehensive prevention education programs, and advocacy for the rights of victims of sexual assault.).

Selected Publications:

Cronholm PF, Fogerty CT, Ambuel B, Harrison SL: Intimate Partner Violence Am Fam Physician 83 (10): 1165-72,2011.

Jaeger JR, Spielman D, Cronholm PF, Applebaum S, Holmes WC: Screening male primary care patients for intimate partner violence perpetration J Gen Intern Med 23 (8): 1152-6,2008.

Cronholm PF: Intimate Partner Violence and Men's Health Prim Care 33 (1): 199-209,2006.

Keeshin B, Cronholm PF, Strawn J: Physiologic changes associated with violence and abuse exposure: An examination of related medical conditions. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse 13 (1): 41-56,2012.

Cronholm PF, Shea JA, Werner RM, Miller-Day M, Tufano J, Crabtree BF, Gabbay R: The Patient Centered Medical Home: Mental Models and Practice Culture Driving the Transformation Process J Gen Intern Med : 1-7,2013.

Gabbay RA, Friedberg MW, Miller-Day M, Cronholm PF, Adelman A, Schneider EC: A Positive Deviance Approach to Understanding Key Features to Achieving Diabetes Clinical Improvement in the Medical Home Ann Fam Med 11 (Suppl 1): S99-S107,2013.

Cronholm PF, Ellison W, Mazzella S, Witherspoon M, Bowman Lim J, Lapp T, Coleman G: Fathering agency staff members' perspectives on domestic violence perpetration Am J Men's Health 5 (1): 47-56,2011.

Cronholm PF, Bowman MA: Women with safety concerns report fewer gender-specific preventive healthcare services J Women’s Health 18 (7): 1011-8,2009.

Cronholm PF, Margo K, Bazelon G, Bream KDW, Bennett IM, Barg FK: Student attitudes: Potential barriers to implementing a community medicine field activity Fam Med 41 (1): 22-7,2009.

Tomoaia-Cotisel A, Scammon DL, Waitzman NJ, Cronholm PF, Halladay JR, Driscoll DL, Solberg LI, Hsu C, Tai-Seale M, Hiratsuka V, Shih SC, Fetters MD, Wise CG, Alexander JA, Hauser D, McMullen CK, Scholle SH, Tirodkar MA, Schmidt L, Donahue KE, Parchman ML, Stange KC: Context Matters: The experience of 14 research teams in systematically reporting contextual factors important for practice change Ann Fam Med 11 (Suppl 1): S115-S123,2013.

Nguyen GT, Cronholm PF: The annual female pelvic exam: Preventive time not well spent Am Fam Physician 87 (1): 8-9,2013.

Holmes N, Cronholm PF, Duffy AJ, Webner D: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use in American collegiate football players Clin J Sport Med 23 (4): 283-6,2013.

Cronholm PF, Ismailji T, Mettner J: Academy on Violence and Abuse: Highlights of Proceedings from the 2011 Conference, “Toward a New Understanding” Trauma, Violence, and Abuse 14 (4): 271-281,2013.

Cronholm PF, Klusaritz H, Farhat N: Culturally Competent Approaches to Identifying and Responding to Intimate Partner Violence in Arab Communities Ann Fam Med : 2012.

Cronholm PF: Too much too late: Primary care frustrations Fam Med 45 (6): 434-5,2013.

Cronholm PF, Fogerty CT, Ambuel B, Harrison SL: Qualitative Benefits of Screening for Intimate Partner Violence Am Fam Physician 85 (10): Online,2012.

Webner D, DuPrey KM, Drezner JA, Cronholm PF, Roberts WO: Sudden cardiac arrest in United States marathons Med Sci Sport Exer 44 (10): 1843-5,2012.

Cronholm PF, Bair-Merritt MH: Physicians, healthcare providers, and domestic abuse In: The Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence and Abuse : 402-7,2013.

Cronholm PF, Bair-Merritt MH: Health effects of domestic abuse In: The Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence and Abuse : 195-7,2013.

Cronholm PF, Nicklin DE: Is spinal manipulation an effective treatment for low back pain? No: Evidence Shows No Clinically Significant Benefit Over Watchful Waiting Am Fam Physician 85 (8): 763-4,2012.

Strom BL, Schinnar R, Jones J, Bilker W, Weiner M, Hennessy S, Leonard C, Cronholm PF, Pifer E: Detecting Pregnancy Use of Non-hormonal Category X Medications in Electronic Medical Records J Am Med Inform Assn 18 : i81-6,2011.

Lenahan P, Reilly J, Crawford LK, Cronholm PF, Wong RY, Baldwin C, Metal M: Hard Lives: Trauma from Abuse and Violence In: Cinemeducation - Using Film and Other Visual Media in Graduate and Medical Education 2 : 216-36,2012.

Mao JJ, Cronholm PF, Stein E, Straton JB, Palmer SC, Barg FK: Spiritual change and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among cancer survivors Integr Cancer Ther 9 (4): 339-47,2010.

Ismailji T, Callahan M, Mettner J: Academy on Violence and Abuse, Highlights of Proceedings from the 2009 Conference: Sowing Seeds of Academic Change-Nurturing New Paradigms Trauma Violence Abuse 11 (2): 83-93,2010.

Cronholm PF, Lapp T, Cronholm LS: Dealing with perpetrators In: Family violence - What health care providers need to know : 199-207,2012.

Cronholm PF, Nguyen GT, Barg FK: The health service burden of "low-impact" Direct-to-Consumer Advertising Ann Fam Med : 2009.

Cronholm PF, Singh V: Health service collaborations in the engagement of intimate partner violence perpetration Ann Fam Med : 2009.

Cronholm PF, Barg FK, Pailler ME, Wintersteen MB, Diamond G, Fein JA: Adolescent Depression: Views of Health Care Providers in a Pediatric Emergency Department Pediatr Emerg Care 26 (2): 111-7,2010.

Nicholson JM, Cronholm P, Kellar LC, Stenson M, Macones GA: The association between increased use of labor induction and reduced rate of cesarean delivery J Women's Health 18 (11): 1747-58,2009.

Pailler ME, Cronholm PF, Barg FK, Wintersteen MB, Diamond GS, Fein JA: Adolescents' and Caregivers' Beliefs about Depression Screening and Referral in the Emergency Department Pediatr Emerg Care 25 (11): 721-7,2009.

Cronholm, PF, Straton JB, Bowman MA: Methodology and Outcomes of a Family Medicine Research Fellowship Acad Med 84 (8): 1111-7,2009.

Thornton E, Cronholm PF, McCray LW, Webner D: Does marathon training adversely affect baseline anxiety levels? J Am Med Athlet Assoc 21 (3): 5-13,2008.

Nicholson J, Caughey A, Stenson M, Kellar L, Cronholm PF, Bennett IM: The Active Management of Risk in Multiparous Women at Term: an association between a higher preventive labor induction rate and a lower cesarean delivery rate Am J Obstet Gynecol 200 (3): 134-40,2009.

McCray LW, Cronholm PF, Bogner HR, Gallo JJ, Neill RA: Resident physician burnout: Is there hope? Fam Med 40 (9): 626-32,2008.

Mao JJ, Palmer S, Straton JB, Cronholm PF, Keddem S, Knott K, Bowman MA, Barg FK: Cancer survivors with unmet needs were more likely to use complementary and alternative medicine J Cancer Surviv 2 (2): 116-24,2008.

Bream KDW, Margo K, Cronholm PF, Bennett IM, Barg FK: Building empathy? Reinforcing classism? An RCT of a mandatory community field experience in Family Medicine Teach Learn Med 20 (1): 84-5,2008.

Nicholson JM, Caughey AB, Stenson M, Kellar LC, Cronholm PF: The active management of risk in multiparous patients at term: an association between a higher preventive induction of labor rate and a lower cesarean delivery rate Am J Obstet Gynecol 195 (Suppl): S99,2006.

Straton JB, Bogner HR, Cronholm PF, Gallo JJ: Older primary care patients worry about advance care planning discussions J Am Geriatr Soc 51 (4): S154-5,2003.

Nicholson JM, Kellar LC, Cronholm PF, Macones GA: Active management of risk in pregnancy at term in an urban population: an association between higher induction of labor rates and lower cesarean delivery rates Am J Obstet Gynecol 189 (Suppl 1): S131,2003.

Cronholm PF, Pittman K: Domestic violence In: Essential Evidence : 2009.

Cronholm PF, Witherspoon M: Child abuse and neglect In: Essential Evidence : 2009.

Cronholm PF, Straton JB: Know what the basic statistical terms mean In: Avoiding common anesthesia errors : 852-7,2008.

Cronholm PF, Mao JJ, Nguyen GT, Paris RT: A dilemma in male engagement in preventive services: Adolescent Males’ Knowledge and Attitudes towards Testicular Cancer and Testicular Self-Exam Am J Men's Health 3 (2): 134-40,2009.

Barg FK, Cronholm PF, Straton JB, Keddem S, Knott K, Grater J, Houts P, Palmer SC: Unmet psychosocial needs of Pennsylvanians with cancer: 1986-2005 Cancer 110 (3): 631-9,2007.

Cronholm PF, Straton JB: Practical statistics for the ICU clinician In: Avoiding common ICU errors : 777-83,2007.

Cronholm PF, Straton JB, Jaeger JR: Intimate partner violence: Identification, treatment and associations with men's health In: Intimate Partner Violence - A Resource for Professionals Working with Children and Families : 285-302,2010.

Cronholm PF: Domestic Violence In: Essential Family Medicine [Student Consult], 3rd Edition : 2006.

Nicholson JM, Kellar LC, Cronholm PF: How to prevent caesarean deliveries deserves more study. [Comment] Brit Med J 330 (7494): 790,2005.

Bennett I, Cronholm P, Neill R, and Chism L: Confidential reproductive care for adolescents Am Fam Physician 69 (5): 1056-8,2004.

Cronholm PF, Straton JB: Chronic Pain In: In a Page - Symptoms and Signs : 34,2003.

Cronholm PF: Continuity Care and Domestic Violence Ann Fam Med : 2005.

Cronholm PF: The primary care management of intimate partner violence: A health services issue Ann Fam Med : 2005.

Cronholm PF: The importance of relapse [in domestic violence] Ann Fam Med : 2004.

Frosch DL, Krueger PM, Hornik RC, Cronholm PF, Barg FK: Creating demand for prescription drugs: A content analysis of television Direct-to-Consumer Advertising Ann Fam Med 5 (1): 6-13,2007.

Bogner HR, Wittink MN, Merz JF, Straton JB, Cronholm, PF, Rabins PV, Gallo JJ: Personal characteristics of older primary care patients who provide a buccal swab for Apolipoprotein E testing and banking of genetic material: the Spectrum Study Community Genet 7 (4): 202-10,2004.

Nicholson JM, Kellar LC, Cronholm PF, Macones GA: Active management of risk in pregnancy at term in an urban population: An association between a higher induction rate and a lower cesarean delivery rate Am J Obstet Gynecol 191 (15): 1516-28,2004.

Cronholm, PF: Chronic pain syndromes In: Musculoskeletal Medicine : 225-33,2003.

Cronholm PF, Bennett IM, Neill R: Effects of mandatory parental notification on adolescents' use of sexual health care services. [comment] JAMA 288 (23): 2970,2002.

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