Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Center for Research in Medical Education & Health Care

Gonnella, Joseph S.

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Joseph S. Gonnella, MD

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1015 Walnut Street
Curtis Building, Suite 320
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-5492
(215) 923-6939 fax

Medical School

MD, Harvard Medical School - 1959

Board Certification

Part I, Board of Internal Medicine - 1966

University Appointment

Distinguished Professor & Dean Emeritus & Director
Department of Medicine

Research and Clinical Interests

Research interests have focused on the relationships between knowledge, capabilities and actual clinical performance. The results have led to instruments which have been used to evaluate educational programs, measure severity of illness (Disease Staging) and assess quality of care and costs.

Dr. Gonnella is Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Dean Emeritus of Jefferson Medical College, and founder and director of the Center. Dr. Gonnella received his B.A. from Dartmouth College (summa cum laude) and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He has been awarded the Commendatore dell’ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana in 1978; the Grande Uffi­ciale in 1995 by the President of Italy; the Dongbaeg Medal by the President of Korea; the Presidential Medal by Dartmouth College; and the Presidential Citation by Thomas Jefferson University. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Chieti, Italy; SoonChun­Hyang University in Seoul, Korea, Widener University, the University of Minho in Portugal, and the International Medical University of Malaysia. He has also received an honorary professorship from Tianjin Medical College in Tianjin, China, and a Distinguished Fellowship from the International Medical University, Malaysia. In 1998 he received the Abraham Flexner Award from the Association of Ameri­can Medical Colleges (AAMC). Dr. Gonnella’s research has focused on the relation­ship be­tween knowledge, capabilities, and clini­cal per­formance. He has developed a Disease Staging evaluation system that is used in the U.S. and internationally to assess the quality and costs of health care.


Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. In Reply to Quinn and Zelenski
  2. What Matters More about the Interpersonal Reactivity Index and the Jefferson Scale of Empathy? Their Underlying Constructs or Their Relationships with Pertinent Measures of Clinical Competence and Patient Outcomes?
  3. Eleven years of data on the jefferson scale of empathy-medical student version (JSE-S): Proxy norm data and tentative cutoff scores
  4. Predicting risk of hospitalisation or death: A retrospective population-based analysis
  5. Personality assessments and outcomes in medical education and the practice of medicine: AMEE Guide No. 79
  6. Editorial: Empathy and Health Care Quality
  7. Psychometrics of the scale of attitudes toward physician-pharmacist collaboration: A study with medical students
  8. Physician lifelong learning: Conceptualization, measurement, and correlates in full-time clinicians, academic clinicians, and medical students
  9. Measurement and correlates of empathy among female Japanese physicians
  10. The Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy: A preliminary psychometric study and group comparisons in Korean physicians
  11. Medical education, social accountability and patient outcomes
  12. The relationship between physician empathy and disease complications: An empirical study of primary care physicians and their diabetic patients in Parma, Italy
  13. Physician lifelong learning: Conceptualization, measurement, and correlates in full-time clinicians and academic clinicians
  14. A brief instrument to measure patients' overall satisfaction with primary care physicians
  15. AM last page. The Jefferson Longitudinal Study of medical education.
  16. An instrument for measuring pharmacist and physician attitudes towards collaboration: Preliminary psychometric data
  17. Empathic and sympathetic orientations toward patient care: Conceptualization, measurement, and psychometrics
  18. Physicians' empathy and clinical outcomes for diabetic patients
  19. Career satisfaction and professional accomplishments
  20. Rebuttals to critics of studies of the decline of empathy