Joel M. Temme, MD

My Philosophy and Approach to Wellness...

I was drawn to the practice of internal medicine because it allows me to get to know my patients beyond what brings them into my office. Given the nature of primary care, I knew that I would find great rewards in caring for my patients on a regular basis, and in turn, patients would be able to rely on me for help and guidance. Internal medicine allows for a holistic approach to the patient - a surgeon operates, a radiologist diagnoses, a pathologist examines, but an internist is privileged to listen, to think, to ponder, to know the patient. MDVIP has enabled me to spend the amount of time with patients necessary to fully understand their personal medical needs and concerns. My practice is about the individual patient and all the facets of that patient’s life, with the emphasis on wellness.
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Physician Profile


Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
Bachelor of Arts, Biochemistry 1974
Medical School
University of Virginia, School of Medicine
Charlottesville, VA
Doctorate of Medicine 1978
University of Virginia Medical Center
Charlottesville, VA
Internal Medicine 1978
University of Virginia Medical Center
Charlottesville, VA
Internal Medicine 1981-1983

Military Service

St. Albans Naval Clinic, Long Island, NY, Senior Medical Officer 1979-1981
Naval Submarine Medical Center, Groton, CT, Staff Internist 1983-1985

Professional Affiliations and Appointments

INOVA Alexandria Hospital, Chairman, Utilization Review Committee 1986-1997
Member-at-Large, Medical Executive Committee 1997-1999
President-elect of Medical Staff 2000-2001
President of Medical Staff 2001-2003
Chairman, Quality Council 1999-2001, 2004-present
Chairman, Professional Medical Subcommittee, American Heart Association/INOVA Health Systems, Operation Stroke 1999-2003

Honors and Awards

John Dunn Senior Resident Award, University of Virginia 1983
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
Washingtonian Magazine Top Doctors 1991, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2008, 2010
U.S. News Top Doc 2011


American Board of Internal Medicine

Patient Testimonials

  • Member: Carol

    Saved me from mental health demise. Can never thank him enough..I was an RN that could barely function. I have a strong hx.(family...

  • Member: LaVerne

    I appreciate Dr. Joel Temme more than words can say. It's a real comfort in knowing I can reach him for medical care when ever I n...

  • Member: Wolfhard

    Twenty years ago, when I first started to see Dr. Temme, I looked forward to (dreamed of) a retirement with my wife, Barbara, that...

  • Member: Barbara

    We began seeing Dr. Joel Temme over 20 years ago and followed him into his MDVIP association. The years alone reflect our respect...