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About Joseph Tannous, MD

Joseph Tannous, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine physician who provides primary care for adults, including preventive care and diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diseases. He treats adults through the concierge medicine program at UC San Diego Health. Concierge medicine is a primary care option that requires an annual fee and offers enhanced services, extended amenities and 24/7 access.

Dr. Tannous's passion is driven by the bonds he builds with his patients over the course of their lives and the enjoyment he holds in keeping them healthy and well. He has always had passion for educating medical students, residents, and also his patients; he believes a patient's full understanding of their own health and medical concerns are a key factor in formulating a strategic care plan together with them for optimal outcomes.

Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. Tannous practiced internal medicine at Palomar Medical Center. He has over 20 years of experience in this field. Dr. Tannous has also practiced at major hospitals in the California Central Valley with a large focus on improving quality of patient care, experience with medical informatics and leading several quality improvement projects.

Dr. Tannous has served repeatedly on high-end clinical education committees responsible for maintaining education requirements for his colleague physicians, created board exam questions for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and spoke at several medical conferences.

He completed his internal medicine residency at Mercy Hospital and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also completed fellowships in complex hypertension and hyperlipidemia management. Dr. Tannous earned his medical degree at Damascus University School of Medicine in Syria.

When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his kids and playing sports with them. He particularly enjoys soccer, basketball and swimming. He also has a passion for pencil drawing and arts; from time to time you will find him sketching something on the sides of paper spontaneously. He speaks Arabic and Spanish fluently.

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UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
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Medical Degree

  • Damascus University, School of Medicine, Damascus, Syria

Residency

  • University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Fellowship

  • University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Gender

  • Male

Languages

  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Date Joined Staff

  • 2020-04-07

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine

Conditions and Treatments

  • Adult Medicine
  • Primary Care
  • Overall Health and Well-Being
  • Wellness Care
  • Concierge Medicine
Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted