Joseph E. Scherger, M.D., M.P.H., is a family physician with Primary Care 365 at the Eisenhower Health Center in La Quinta, CA, and core faculty with the Eisenhower Health Family Medicine Residency Program. He is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Scherger is a leader in transforming office practice and has special interests in nutrition and using lifestyle change to reverse disease. 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 (Third Edition, 2019). Dr. Scherger is a Senior Fellow with the Estes Park Institute.
Originally from Delphos, Ohio, Dr. Scherger is a graduate from the University of Dayton in 1971 and the UCLA School of Medicine in 1975. He completed a Family Medicine Residency and a Masters in Public Health at the University of Washington in 1978, and served in the National Health Service Corps in Dixon, California, as a migrant health physician, from 1978 – 80. 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, and was the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and the Associate Dean for Primary Care at the University of California Irvine from from 1992 – 96. From 2001-2003, Dr. Scherger served as founding dean of the Florida State University College of Medicine.
Dr. Scherger was recognized as a “Top Doc” in San Diego for 6 consecutive years (2004 – 2009), and was voted the Outstanding Clinical Instructor at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine (1984, 1989 and 1990). In 1992 he was Family Physician of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the California Academy of Physicians, and also elected to the National Academy of Medicine (Institute of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences in. 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. He was the 2017 President of the Riverside County Medical Association.
Dr. Scherger served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Quality of Health Care in America from 1998-2001, and he served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Board of Family Medicine. He currently serves on the editorial board of Medical Economics and 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 has been a medical provider at CVVIM since 2012. In addition to his Director role on the Board of Directors, Dr. Scherger will serve on the Clinical Care Committee.