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Joseph Mendes

Lecturer of Surgery (Administration); Executive Director, Digestive Health


Joseph received his undergraduate degree in Respiratory Therapy from the University of Hartford and his Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Pacific University in Oregon. He began his career at Yale New Haven in 2002 as surgical physician assistant with the Department of Surgery, Section of Otolaryngology. Since 2009 he has been in progressive leadership roles within the Department of Surgery and Yale New Haven Hospital, most recently serving as the Director of Surgical Services and Trauma Programs. In December of 2019, Joseph was promoted into a new role as Executive Director of Clinical Program Development for the newly created Digestive Health Service Line. In his new role, Joseph is providing operational and strategic leadership for the administration and business development of the Digestive Health service for Yale New Haven Health. Joseph works closely with the physician leaders and administrators from Digestive Diseases and Surgery in the community and from Yale Medicine.

Among some of Joseph’s notable accomplishments include creating and developing a comprehensive cancer screening and outreach program, developing a unique provider based team models for inpatient and outpatient programs and creating a partnered approach to opioid diversion for clinicians in New Haven. Joseph served as the Vice President for the Connecticut Head and Neck Cancer Alliance. He continues to serve as a mentor and resource for clinical initiatives and still teaches at the Yale Physician Associate Program. Joseph lectures at various conferences and serves as resource for advance practice leaders, committees and organizations.

Education & Training

  • MS
    Pacific University (2002)
  • BS
    University of Hartford (1997)

Professional Service

Head and Neck Cancer Alliance Connecticut Chapter Vice President - Present

Departments & Organizations