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Joseph Appel, MD, FAAP

Joseph Appel, MD, FAAP


A child of first generation American parents, Dr. Joseph Appel was raised in Brooklyn, NY in an observant Jewish family with the sensibilities of post-WWII life, celebrating the American dream. His interest in medicine was kindled by the abiding commitment to humanism of his parents and the spirit of science and discovery that characterized our society in the 1960’s. He came to pediatrics via his experience as a youth leader and camp counselor for many years, as well as the influence of inspiring teachers and mentors at Hunter College, the University of Brussels School of Medicine in Belgium, and the Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Since 1979, Dr. Appel has been practicing General Pediatrics in Kingston, Red Hook and Rhinebeck, NY. He is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2009-2016. His special interests include developmental pediatrics, infectious diseases and dermatology. He accepts new patients, embraces the ongoing revolutionary changes in modern American medical care; and when he is at work, feels like a kid in a candy store!

He is married to Patricia Beidler. They have 2 children and a grandson. On weekends, you’ll find him in his garden playground.


Kingston Campus
1561 Ulster Avenue
Lake Katrine, NY 12449-5410

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

Rhinebeck Campus
6734 Route 9
Rhinebeck, NY 12572-3724

Tuesday, Thursday

Awards & Recognition

Castle Connolly Top Doctor: 2009-2015

Top Doctors - Hudson Valley Magazine: 2009-2015

Hudson Valley Parent - Favorite Docs: 2017 - 2019


Medical Education

School of Medicine, University of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium: 1969 - 1974


University Hospitals, School of Medicine, University of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium: 1974 - 1975


Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME 1975 - 1978

Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics: 1982 Recertification; Neonatal Resuscitation Program: 2012


Hospital Affiliations

Northern Dutchess Hospital Center

Vassar Hospital