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Teaching Faculty

Elisabeth Siegert, MD, FACP

Associate Professor of Medicine
Core Faculty, Center for Humanism
Head, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Geriatric Medicine

Education and Training

Medical School: UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Camden, NJ
Internship: Internal Medicine - Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ
Residency: Internal Medicine - Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ
Fellowship: Geriatrics - Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine

Awards & Honors

SJ Magazine "Top Docs" - 2014, 2016, SJ Magazine "Top Female Docs" - 2014, 2015, 2016, South Jersey Magazine
"Best Doctors 2015"
"Best Doctors 2016"

About me

Dr. Siegert completed her Medical School training at Rutgers Medical School, her Internal Medicine residency at Cooper University Health System, and her Geriatric Fellowship at Duke University. She has been Division Head of Geriatric Medicine at Cooper Health System since 1999 and has been a faculty member of CMSRU since its doors opened in 2012. 

Dr. Siegert has had a long interest in patients’ choices regarding end-of-life care which grew from her volunteer experiences at The Washington Home Hospice before her medical training.  During her fellowship, she completed an independent ethics study at Duke’s School of Divinity and was involved in research regarding veterans’ understanding of advance directives and their willingness to discuss and document their end-of-life treatment choices and research involving the stability of ICU patients’ wishes about end-of-life treatments over time. After fellowship, she collaborated with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania’s Clinical Epidemiology to study the ability of long-term care patients to understand and communicate their end-of-life treatment choices, regardless of a diagnosis of dementia, and the effect of knowledge of specific treatment outcomes on their choices.  In the past, Dr. Siegert has served on the Medical Society of NJ Ethics Committee and has been involved in a grant funded program to develop and train regional ethics committees in New Jersey’s long term care facilities. 

Dr. Siegert is committed to working within the Center of Humanism to increase the educational opportunities that support the goals of improving communication between interprofessional team members, patients, and their community support systems. Dr. Siegert has been involved as a liaison between the Foundations for Medical Practice course at CMSRU and the Center for Humanism.  As a faculty member of the Foundations for Medical Practice course, she has developed didactic and experiential sessions for first- and second-year medical students that focus on introducing and developing foundational communication skills between practitioners and their patients and families. Dr. Siegert has served as a facilitator for the M3 course “Becoming a Doctor, Staying Human” which was an elective for the past two years and now is a mandatory course. She has been the course director of the mandatory fourth year medical student Interprofessional Care of Chronic Conditions Clerkship since the inception of CMSRU. She has a strong interest in interprofessional care education and delivery.

Dr. Siegert has been on the Board of Trustees of the Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development Inc., a non-profit organization involved in affordable housing in the South Jersey area.  She finds relaxation and peace in yoga, exercising, and spending outdoor time hiking and gardening. Her new hobbies include golf, which she is accepting of being a perpetual beginner and sculling.