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Nielufar Varjavand

Nielufar Varjavand, MD


Department: Medicine

Practices: Internal Medicine

Specialties: Women's Health, Primary Care, General Internal Medicine, Primary Care for Women, Lifestyle Medicine


  • MD - George Washington University

Nielufar Varjavand, MD, is a board-certified physician caring for patients in Center City Philadelphia. Dr. Varjavand is eager to get to know you and work with you to take care of your health and general well-being.

Clinical Services

Preventive health care, Preventive medicine, Primary care, Internal medicine, Women's health


  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Nielufar Varjavand, MD, is a professor of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. She has focused her career on graduate medical education of students, residents and physicians returning to clinical medicine.

Dr. Varjavand is the program director of Drexel's Physician Refresher/Reentry Course (since 2006), director of Global Health Education, which includes the Medical Spanish elective (since 2014) as well as a research scholars track; she is also co-director of Case-Based Learning for first-year medical students. Previously, she assumed leadership positions for the Physician and Patient Course, Clinical Skills for Program for Integrated Learning, and Introduction to Clinical Medicine.

Dr. Varjavand sits on the board of directors of the Coalition for Physician Enhancement, a consortium of professionals with expertise in quality assurance, medical education and the assessment, licensing and accreditation of referred physicians seeking higher levels of performance in patient care.


Dr. Varjavand's research interests include physician reentry, partner violence, and medical errors/quality of care for which she has had multiple publications and presentations at national and regional medical conferences.

In the Media

"From Bed to Bedside: How One of the Nation’s Few Remaining Physician Re-entry Programs Moved Online to Support Physician Shortage"
Drexel Daily News (August 27, 2020)

"Retired doctors want to return to work to fight COVID-19. Here's what they need to know."
AAMC News (April 8, 2020)

"You're 70 -- It's Time You Underwent Skills Testing"
MedPage Today (March 21, 2019)

"Physician Re-Entry: Managing the Bumpy Road"
General Surgery News (October 22, 2018)

"Doc: My Experience With A Physician Refresher Program"
Physicians News (August 25, 2016)

"Dr. Anna Poulos will exit GF school board after 10 years; will practice medicine again"
The Glen Falls Chronicle (May 12, 2016)

"Back to the Fold: Physician Re-entry Programs Allow Doctors to Return to Practice, Serve Local Communities"
AAMC Reporter (September 2015)

"Painful Choices: The Price of Reentering Medicine"
MedPage Today (October 2, 2014)

"Don't expect a one-size-fits-all reentry program" [PDF]
Medical Staff Briefing, published by HCPro, Inc. in Marblehead, Mass. (August 2014)

"Ease Physician Reentry with Custom Education Programs"
HCPro, Inc. (July 22, 2011)

"Practice makes perfect: Physician refresher/re-entry courses" [PDF]
Medical Staff Briefing, published by HCPro, Inc. in Marblehead, Mass. (September 2008)


"Student and Faculty Diversity is Insufficient to Ensure High-Quality Medical Spanish Education in US Medical Schools"
Journal of Immigrant and Minor Health (April 9, 2021)

"Medical Spanish in U.S. Medical Schools: A National Survey to Examine Existing Programs"
Ortega P, Shin TM, Francone NO, Santos MP, Girotti JA, Varjavand N, Park YS
Journal of General Internal Medicine (2021)

"Success and Challenge When Returning to Clinical Practice: A Case Series in Anesthesiologist Re-Entry"
Anesthesiology Research and Practice (December 2019)

"Physician Reentry: Results of a Post-Program Survey"
Journal of Medical Regulation (October 2019)

"Returning Inactive Obstetrics and Gynecology Physicians to Clinical Practice: The Drexel Experience" [PDF]
Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (Winter 2015)

"Physician Refresher/Reentry Course: To Regain Up-to-Date Clinical Knowledge & Skills" [PDF]
The Pulse, National Association of Physician Recruiters' newsletter (2013)

"Regional Refresher/Re-entry Course for OB-GYN Physicians" [PDF]
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Newsletter (Spring 2013)

"Returning Physicians to the Workforce: History, Progress, and Challenges"
Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (2012)

"Assessment of an innovative instructional program to return non-practicing physicians to the workforce"
Medical Teacher (2012)

"A path to reentering clinical medicine"
Varjavand N
LocumLife, August 22, 2010

"Physician Re-entry: One Way to Address the Physician Shortage" [PDF]
Provided by Physicians News Media (August 2010)

"Despite barriers, more inactive physicians seek to reenter work force"
Medical Staff Briefing (August 2009)


“Later in our Careers: Clinical & Developmental Issues”
Philadelphia Psychiatric Society Annual Meeting, 2021

“Medical Spanish for Medical Students”
Drexel Office of Global Engagement Spotlight Series, Philadelphia, 2021

“Later in Our Careers”
Barbara Schindler, MD; Nielufar Varjavand, MD; and Mark Reber, MD
2021 Colloquium of Scholars, Philadelphia Psychiatric Society, April 10, 2021

“Global Health at Medical Schools and Drexel University College of Medicine”
Grand Rounds, Tower Health, February 2021

Facilitator, Q&A Session
Webinar: “Quality and Professionalism in the Digital Era: Impact on Physician Assessment and Remediation,” October 15, 2020

Moderator, “Building Linguistic and Cultural Competence in Healthcare Settings: An Interdisciplinary Approach by Spanish, Social Work, and Nursing Faculty”
Second Medical Spanish Summit, National Association of Medical Spanish, October 10, 2020

“So Your Residents Want a Global Health Program? Best Practices for Developing GME Global Health Programs”
SGIM National Meeting, 2019

Contact Information

Drexel Internal Medicine
219 N. Broad Street
219 N. Broad Street, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215.762.5037
Fax: 215.399.5896