Joel Willis, DO, PA, MA, MPhil is an Assistant Professor at George Washington Universities, Medical Faculty Associates (in Washington, DC). He is currently acting as interim Medical Director for 3 of G.W.’s Immediate and Primary Care Clinics where he serves as a Family Medicine Physician. He was the inaugural Health Policy Fellow for the ABFM’s Center for Professional and Value in Health Care (2019-2020). He completed his Family Medicine Residency at Cleveland Clinic (2019) and attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in an accelerated Physician Assistant to D.O. program. In addition, he currently serves as an ABMS Visiting Scholar (2020-2021) exploring “Telemedicine in the Ambulatory Primary Care Space: Implications for Patient Safety, Diagnostic Error, and Preventable Diagnostic Harm.” As a P.A. working in a family medicine residency program he was engaged in specific research focused on community outreach and fall risk in elderly populations. He holds an MPhil from Cambridge University and a M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben-Gurion University in Israel.
During his year as a Health Policy Fellow Joel established himself as a special guest researcher with two governmental agencies, — Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Likewise, he has co-authored a book chapter and submitted articles to several journals on prescient topics ranging from a Chart Book on the status of U.S. primary care to the intersection of telemedicine, diagnostic error and primary care.