Joyce P Doyle, MD

Professor of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Office: GMH/Glenn Bldg 205

Phone: 404-616-8875

Fax: 404-525-2957



Dr Doyle received a BA in Molecular Biology at Johns Hopkins University followed by an MD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She did her Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency at Yale University School of Medicine and completed a two year General Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr Doyle joined the Emory faculty in 1994 and has been clinically based at Grady Memorial Hospital and has been heavily involved in resident education. From 1997 to 2000, she served as Medical Director of the Grady General Medical Clinics, the site of the resident continuity clinic, and in 2000 she was appointed Director of the Emory Internal Medicine Residency. In 2005, she was appointed Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Doyle’s research interests include medical education and improving outcomes in hypertension, diabetes, and stroke, and she is certified as a Clinical Specialist in Hypertension by the American Society of Hypertension. Dr Doyle has been a Co-Investigator on several studies including a large NIH-funded grant to improve diabetes care and an NIH-funded clinical trial on “Secondary Prevention of Sub-Cortical Strokes.” She is Co-Investigator on the “Healthy Resident-Health Patient Project” focusing on improving patient health through increased curricular emphasis on health education and promoting and facilitating better personal health among physicians. She is the Editor of The Ambulatory Case Book (2002), an evidence-based book of 92 outpatient cases used as part of the residency ambulatory core curriculum and has authored several scientific papers and book chapters.

Dr. Doyle’s clinical work has been based at Grady Memorial Hospital. She has attended on the Inpatient Medicine Service, Emergency Care Center, Urgent Care and General Medical Clinic, and currently supervises residents and medical students on the Grady Inpatient Medical Service and at the Primary Care Center. She provides ongoing cares for patients with hypertension complicated by stroke as part of a hypertension treatment study.

Dr. Doyle was appointed the Internal Medicine Program Director in 2000 and was appointed Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine in 2005. Dr Doyle is a dedicated teacher and enjoys inpatient and outpatient clinical teaching as well as classroom teaching. She has won several resident teaching awards, including Golden Apple Awards, Primary-Care Clinician-Teacher Awards, and the American College of Physicians J Willis Hurst Bedside Teaching Award.

Areas of curriculum development that are her current focus include developing innovative ways to teach residents about nutrition and exercise through use of a clinic-based hands-on quality improvement curriculum, teaching residents how to learn through teaching, including use of observed standardized clinical and teaching exercises, and expanding local, national and international educational opportunities through increasing the interface with nearby resources, including the CDC, Carter Center, American Cancer Society, Georgia Institute of Technology, Environmental Protection Agency, and University of Georgia Veterinary School in addition to Emory’s Schools of Public Health, Theology, Law, and Business, among others.

Since joining the faculty, Dr. Doyle has served on several Grady-based Quality Improvement Committees and as Co-Chair of the Continuity Quality Improvement Committee for the Urgent Care Center from 1994 to 1997, and became the Co-Chair of the Patient Care Committee for the TOPS 2000 Quality Initiative from 1997 to 2000, when she was serving as the Medical Director of the Grady Medical Clinic, the largest outpatient clinic at Grady with approximately 60,000 patient visits annually and the outpatient clinical teaching site for about 170 internal medicine residents.

In 2000 she became the Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, the largest training program in the country. Dr. Doyle has served on the Governor’s Council of the American College of Physicians since 2002, and is an active member of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine. She serves on the Departmental Faculty Development Committee, Appointments and Promotions Committee, is the Co-Chair of the Faculty Mentorship Committee and is a member of the School of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Committee and Honor Council.


Ziemer DC, Doyle JP, Barnes CS, Branch WT Jr, Cook CB, El-Kebbi IM, Gallina DL, Kolm, P, Rhee MK, Phillips LS. An Intervention to Overcome Clinical Inertia and Improve Diabetes Mellitus Control in a Primary Care Setting: Improving Primary Care of African Americans With Diabetes (IPCAAD) 8. Arch of Intern Med. 2006; 166:507–513.

Phillips LS, Ziemer DC, Doyle JP, Barnes CS, Kolm P, Branch WT Jr, Caudle JM, Cook CB, Dunbar, VG, El-Kebbi IM, Gallina DL, Hayes RP, Miller, CD, Rhee, MK, Thompson DM, Watkins C Jr. An Endocrinologist-Supported Intervention Aimed at Providers Improves Diabetes Management in a Primary Care Site. Diabetes Care 2005;28:2352-2360.

Ziemer DC. Miller CD. Rhee MK. Doyle JP. Watkins C Jr. Cook CB. Gallina DL. El-Kebbi IM. Barnes CS. Dunbar VG. Branch WT Jr. Phillips LS. Clinical inertia contributes to poor diabetes control in a primary care setting. Diabetes Educator. 2005; 31:564-71.

Corbie-Smith G, Flagg E Doyle JP, O’Brien MA. Influence Of Usual Source Of Care On Differences by Race/Ethnicity In Receipt Of Preventive Services. J Gen Intern Med 2002;17:458-464.

Phillips LS, Branch WT, Cook CB, Doyle JP, El-Kebbi IM, Gallina DL, Miller CD, Zeimer DC, Barnes CS. Clinical inertia. Ann Intern Med 2001;135(9):825-834.