Nirmal Joshi, MD, FACP
Nirmal Joshi, MD, is an experienced physician executive and internal medicine physician, with an extensive background in clinical quality and patient safety. He has served as system chief medical officer, with System Quality and Safety reporting to him, over the last four years at Mount Nittany Health. Prior to that, he was senior vice president medical affairs and chief medical officer for Pinnacle Health System in Harrisburg; in this role, he was responsible for providing physician leadership to the large and growing organization.
Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Dr. Joshi as one of their “100 Hospital and System Chief Medical Officers to Know” in 2016. He currently serves as chief medical officer for Population Health at Mount Nittany Health system in State College, Pennsylvania, and as president of Joshi Health Foundation in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania—a nonprofit charitable organization that he founded two years ago with the intent of providing free care to those unable to afford care.
After graduating from medical school, Dr. Joshi specialized in internal medicine and infectious diseases, and for over 20 years has served roles in clinical medicine, teaching, and research, as well as leadership. During his career he has helped start new healthcare systems in India as well as served key leadership roles in several health systems in the United States. In his academic role, he developed various new training and testing methods for medical students. In his leadership roles he has served as chief operating officer of both small and large hospital systems. In all his roles, his primary interest has always been to keep the patient at the center of care. To this end, he has helped implement novel and innovative methods that improve doctor-patient communication and remains strongly interested in humanism in healthcare. In addition to his leadership role, he continues to enjoy practicing clinical medicine.
Dr. Joshi has served the Harrisburg community in various roles. He has served on the board of Asian Indian Americans of Central Pennsylvania, a large nonprofit community service organization; Hindu American Religious Institute (HARI); and the Harrisburg Academy, an independent school system in Harrisburg. He also served on the State Board of Medicine in Harrisburg. He and his wife, Renu, who is also a physician, regularly deliver free medical seminars to the community.
Dr. Joshi has written and produced two full-length, amateur digital films, one focusing on the medical malpractice problem existing at the time. His various contributions to culture, diversity, and medicine in the Harrisburg area led the Harrisburg SusqueCentennial Commission to recognize him as one of 150 Living Legacy contributors, individuals who “through thought, word, and deed have contributed to the growth and well-being of the Capital City and have served a vital link from its proud past to its shining future.”
Dr. Joshi and Renu have raised two children, Disha and Rajat, a clinical psychologist and physician respectively. They also continue to enjoy the company of a large extended family in the area, whose presence in their lives they truly cherish.
Dr. Joshi was appointed as chair by the Governor pursuant to MCARE Act Section 303(b)(1).