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Joseph Irwin, MD, FAAFP

My Locations

WellSpan Family Medicine - West Main Street
1635 W. Main St., Suite 700
Ephrata, PA 17522
(717) 738-2468
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About Me

Why I chose to pursue a career in healthcare:

Medicine attracted me because it blends so many things. It is, first and foremost, a science. I continue to study the human body in all of its complexities and variations. It has been humbling in that the learning never really ends. It is also an art: I learned how to deliver a baby, listen to the heart, or make a diagnosis. Medicine involves years of training and being able to sift through infinite shades of gray. It is a humanity; communicating with patients is imperative, which guides asking the right questions, AND listening to their answers. That can often bring you to the diagnosis before an examination takes place.


What I want my patients to know about me:

I am a good listener. I really like to make diagnoses, especially rare ones. I think outside the box. I view patients as partners in health where mutual decisions can be made. I am non-judgmental.


What I do when I'm not seeing patients:

I love being with my family. We like to hike, travel, eat-in, and play games. I also love classical music. I have a wonderful piano that I play for relaxation. My favorite composers are Debussy, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Liszt. I am an intermediate player and extremely bashful about playing in public (something I am trying to work on). I also like to drive really really fast. Fortunately, I can take this passion to the track where I race my car a few times a year. I am an avid gardener. I am studying the sustainability techniques set forth by Rainer and West.


Clinical Interests

  • Addiction to Cigarette Smoke
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Contraception
  • Dermatology
  • Diabetes
  • Health & Wellness
  • Hypertension
  • Joint Aspiration/ Injections
  • Mental Health
  • Neonatal - Perinatal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Skin Lesions
  • Soft Tissue Injections
  • Women’s Health
  • LGBTQ Health
  • Transgender

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Family Medicine | Family Medicine

Education & Credentials

  • Medical School: University of Pennsylvania
  • Internship Program: Lancaster General Hospital
  • Residency Program: Lancaster General Hospital | Family Practice

WellSpan Hospital Affiliations

  • WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital
  • WellSpan Ephrata Hospital

Health Plans Accepted

WellSpan Financial Assistance Program participant

  • Advantra Medicare (Aetna)
  • Aetna
  • Aetna Better Health
  • Amerihealth Caritas PA
  • Capital BlueCross
  • Cigna Healthspring
  • Cigna/Greatwest
  • Gateway Highmark Wholecare
  • Geisinger
  • Health Partners Plan
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Humana
  • John Hopkins Health Care
  • PA Medical Assistance
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care
  • Railroad Medicare
  • South Central Preferred
  • Tower Health PPO
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare Community Plan
  • United Healthcare/ Mamsi
  • UPMC Health Plan
  • Vibra Health Plan

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