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Joseph A. Nicholas, M.D., M.P.H.

Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine

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Administrative: (585) 341-6776

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentNot Accepting New Patients

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Dr. Nicholas is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and Preventive Medicine. He is a geriatrician hospitalist and provides palliative care services to patients at Highland Hospital as part of the Highland Hospital Geriatrics Group. He also serves as Associate Medical Director at the Highlands at Brighton Transitional Care Facility.

Highland Hospital Geriatrics Group website
The Highlands at Brighton website

Dr. Nicholas also serves as the lead Clinical Architect for the URMC electronic health record. His academic interests include co-management of geriatric surgical patients, medical cognition and decision making, and medical education.

Dr. Nicholas completed his medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and residencies in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester and Preventive Medicine at the New York State Department of Health.



  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Preventive Medicine/Occupational Environmental Medicine - American Board of Preventive Medicine
  • Pediatrics


BA | Cornell University
Biological Science

MD | Univ Pittsburgh Sch Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2003 - 06/30/2005
Fellowship in Preventive Medicine at New York State Department of Health

07/01/1998 - 06/30/2001
Residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/1997 - 06/30/1998
Internship in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center

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