Joseph W. Kertesz, MA, LPC

Joseph Kertesz
Family Medicine
NHRMC Family Medicine Residency Program Behavioral Medicine Education

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Department of Family Medicine
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
I want to start by saying that my passions in life consists of my love of teaching and providing support to family medicine residents, providing mental health counseling to all types of patients, my love for Wilmington, racquetball, ice cream, the beach and live music, and most of all my love for my wife and sons.
After doing graduate work in Counseling Psychology at Michigan State University, I began teaching Behavioral Medicine in Family Medicine at Duke University. I fell into it absolutely by the seat of my pants, but it has been an amazing gift. After spending many years at Duke's residency, I had the opportunity to move to Wilmington to help start up a brand-new family medicine residency program. It was so exciting and continues to be. It really is wonderful to be able to spend your life doing work that you really love. The combination of teaching and clinical work is the perfect one for me.
I believe that behavioral medicine is such an integral part of family medicine. Every patient that is seen has some behavioral component affecting their health and/or their illness. It is often the role of the family physician to tease out how much of this needs to be addressed and in what ways. That is the challenge that I love to address on a daily basis. I find that family medicine residents are eager and able to live up to this task. That's the real joy in what I do.
I have had the opportunity to become familiar with many family medicine residencies across the country and feel that I have a good perspective for what's out there. Whenever anybody asks me about the strengths of the residency program here, I say, "If someone is looking for a University affiliated, community-based, family medicine residency, it doesn't get any better than our program. Enough said."
  • National Board of Certified Counselors

  • Somatization, general mental health issues, resident wellness

  • 1968, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • 1973, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • 1976, Practicum, Michigan State University, East Lansing
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