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    Joseph E. Scherger, MD


    • Family Medicine
    La Quinta
    Indian Wells

    Location Details

    Eisenhower Medical Associates
    45280 Seeley Drive
    Argyros Health Center, Second Floor
    La Quinta, CA 92253
    Eisenhower Medical Associates
    45210 Club Dr
    Indian Wells, CA 92210

    Joseph E. Scherger, MD


    • Family Medicine
    Joseph E. Scherger, MD, MPH, is a primary care physician  working with rhw Eisenhower Health primary care residency program. Dr. Scherger is a leader in transforming office practice and has special interests in nutrition and wellness. He is the author of two books, 40 Years in Family Medicine (2014) and Lean and Fit: A Doctor’s Journey to Healthy Nutrition and Greater Wellness (2016, 2017). He is the 2017 President of the Riverside County Medical Association.

    Originally from Delphos, Ohio, Dr. Scherger graduated from the University of Dayton in 1971, summa cum laude. He graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine in 1975, and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed a Family Medicine Residency and a Masters in Public Health at the University of Washington in 1978. From 1978-80, he served in the National Health Service Corps in Dixon, California, as a migrant health physician. From 1981-92, Dr. Scherger divided his time between private practice in Dixon and teaching medical students and residents at UC Davis. From 1988-91, he was a Fellow in the Kellogg National Fellowship Program, focusing on health care reform and quality of life. From 1992-1996, he was Vice President for Family Practice and Primary Care Education at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego. From 1996-2001, he was the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and the Associate Dean for Primary Care at the University of California Irvine. From 2001-2003, Dr. Scherger served as founding dean of the Florida State University College of Medicine.

    Dr. Scherger has received numerous awards, including being recognized as a “Top Doc” in San Diego for 6 consecutive years, 2004-2009. He was voted Outstanding Clinical Instructor at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine in 1984, 1989 and 1990. In 1989, he was Family Physician of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the California Academy of Family Physicians. In 1986, he was President of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. In 1992, Dr. Scherger was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (Institute of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences. In 1994, he received the Thomas W. Johnson Award for Family Practice Education from the American Academy of Family Physicians. In 2000, he was selected by the UC Irvine medical students for the AAMC Humanism in Medicine Award. He received the Lynn and Joan Carmichael Recognition Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine in 2012. In 2016 Dr. Scherger received the Desert Health Integrative Practitioner Wellness Award.

    Dr. Scherger served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Quality of Health Care in America from 1998-2001. Dr. Scherger served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Scherger currently serves on the editorial board of Medical Economics and was an Assistant Editor of Family Medicine from 2010-1017. He is a Senior Fellow with the Estes Park Institute. He was the Men’s Health expert and a consultant for Revolution Health, 2006-09, and he has covered California for eDocAmerica since 2003. He was Editor-in-Chief of Hippocrates, published by the Massachusetts Medical Society, from 1999-2001. He was the first Medical Editor of Family Practice Management. He has authored more than 500 medical publications and has given over 1000 invited presentations.

    Dr. Scherger enjoys an active family life with his wife, Carol, and two sons, Adrian and Gabriel. He has completed 38 marathons, ten 50K and five 50 mile ultramarathon trail runs.

    Professional Details

    • English
    • 46 years
    • 14 years

    Professional Education

    • Washington University of Public Health
    • University of Washington School of Medicine
    • University of Washington School of Medicine

    Board Certification

    • American Board of Family Medicine
    Publication Date: July 17, 2024