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Joel Tsevat, M.D., MPH


M.D., Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Residency, Internal Medicine
Emory University Affiliated Hospitals

Fellowship, Clinical Decision Making
Tufts Medical Center


Joel Tsevat is a general internist and a professor of population health and medicine at Dell Medical School. He is director of the Center for Research to Advance Community Health and director of the Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) KL2 program at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

A past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making, he is recognized internationally in health-related quality of life research, in particular health status vs. utility assessment; spirituality/religion; cost-effectiveness analysis; and decision analysis. He has published more than 170 peer-reviewed papers, reviews, book chapters and editorials. He currently serves on the CTSA Steering Committee at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. In 2007, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his medical school.

He has served as principal investigator on multiple federally funded grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, including as one of the two principal investigators on the University of Cincinnati’s CTSA grant, and as principal investigator of the University of Cincinnati’s BIRCWH K12 and NIH K30 clinical research curriculum award.

He has mentored numerous trainees and junior faculty members, serving as primary mentor on six NIH or VA career development awards, and he won an award for a short course on mentoring from the Society for Medical Decision Making.

Professional Affiliations
  • Society for Medical Decision Making
    Past-President 2001-02
  • American College of Physicians
  • Society of General Internal Medicine
  • Association for Clinical and Translational Science
Awards & Honors
  • Eugene Saenger Award for Distinguished Service, 2004
    Society for Medical Decision Making
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2007
    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Joaquin G. Cigarroa, Jr., M.D., Distinguished Chair
    Long School of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2018