Joel Hirsh, MD
Associate Professor, Medicine-Rheumatology

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Washington School of Medicine (1996)
Residency:
  • University of Colorado, Internal Medicine (1999)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado, Rheumatology (2001)
Languages: English
Department: Medicine-Rheumatology

Professional Titles

  • Associate Professor, Medicine-Rheumatology
  • Chief, Rheumatology Division, Denver Health

Recognition & Awards

  • Outstanding Clinician Award, Denver Health (2018)
  • Excellence Matters Award, Denver Health (2018)
  • Top Doctor, 5280 Magazine (2018)
  • Excellence Matters Award, Denver Health (2017)
  • Top Doctor, 5280 Magazine (2017)
  • Top Doctor, 5280 Magazine (2016)
  • Top Doctor, 5280 Magazine (2015)
  • Pillar Award, Denver Health (2015)

Research Interests

Dr. Hirsh's area of research interest is the impact of health literacy on rheumatologic diseases. Health literacy is the match between the literacy skills of individuals and the expectations and demands of health systems. He has published on the mismatch between the literacy demands of patient education materials and how health literacy affects the discrepancy between patient and provider assessment of rheumatoid arthritis disease activity. Dr. Hirsh and his colleagues at Denver Health plan ongoing research regarding the predictors of this discrepancy and what interventions might help doctors and patients achieve concordance.

Practice Locations

Denver Health
777 Bannock St
Denver, CO 80204
303-436-6000

Hospital Affiliation
  • Denver Health Medical Center
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Rheumatology, Board Certification
  • Internal Medicine, Board Certification
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, American College of Rheumatology, Specialized Training (2012)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Immune System - Autoimmune Disorders
  • Symptoms and Manifestations - Pain
  • Immune System
  • Symptoms and Manifestations

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Washington School of Medicine (1996)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado, Internal Medicine (1999)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado, Rheumatology (2001)
Languages: English
Department: Medicine-Rheumatology
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