Joshua J. Joseph, MD566 McCampbell Hall, 
1581 Dodd Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Fax: 614-366-0345

Joshua Joseph, MD, MPH, FAHA is an associate professor of Internal Medicine and the Endowed Professor for Research in Internal Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He is founder and medical director for the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s Healthy Community Center, which focuses on nutrition and wellness on the near east side of Columbus. Dr. Joseph’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the U.S. Department of Defense. This research focuses on advancing prevention and treatment of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease through a health equity lens with four pillars:

  • Examining the role of stress hormones in cardiometabolic disease
  • Health system to community partnerships
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Quality improvement science

Dr. Joseph is recognized nationally for his work on academic, community, government and industry (ACGI) partnerships to advance health through community-based interventions. His ACCELERATE research group’s work has been featured nationally and internationally, including in USA Today and Time, and on Sirius XM Doctor Radio, CBS News, NBC News, ABC News and PBS Newshour. 

Clinically, Dr. Joseph treats patients with diabetes and cardiovascular disease at his community-based clinic. Nationally, he is chair of the Endocrine Society Clinical Affairs Core Committee, chair-elect of the American Heart Association Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Diabetes committee and president-elect of the Central Ohio American Heart Association Board. He has been recognized for his science, community engagement and clinical impact with several awards including election to Alpha Omega Alpha, National Minority Quality Forum 40 under 40, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation, along with being awarded the 2019 Columbus Education Association Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, and the “Philanthropist of the Year” Pillar Award by the Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service in 2021. 

Clinical Focus

Endocrinology with specific focus on diabetes and obesity.

Research Focus

Dr. Joseph's research focus is to understand risk factors for the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes in diverse populations. His group examines the role of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, specifically aldosterone and cortisol, in the development of diabetes and obesity using data from longitudinal observational cohorts. He has also been working to shed light on racial and ethnic differences in the association of physical activity and other lifestyle factors in the development of diabetes using large multi-ethnic observational cohorts including the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) and the Jackson Heart Study. The hypotheses generated using epidemiological approaches is used to design and execute detailed metabolic clinical studies to uncover explanatory mechanisms as potential targets for preventive interventions for diabetes and obesity.


  • Connecticut State Medical License (#50981), 2012 - 2013
  • Ohio State Medical License (#35.129258), 2016 - 2018
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine (#332279), 2013
  • Diplomate, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, American Board of Internal Medicine (#332279), 2015


Fellowship: Christopher D. Saudek M.D. fellow in Diabetes Research Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism –Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Primary Mentor: Sherita H. Golden, MD, MHS, 2013 - 2016
Internship and residency: Department of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, 2009 - 2012
Clinical research fellowship: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Bethesda, Primary Mentor: Michael N. Sack, MD, PhD, 2006 - 2008
MD: Boston University School of Medicine, 2003 - 2009
BS: Morehouse College, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, 1999 - 2003

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