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About Amy Sitapati, MD
Amy M. Sitapati, MD, provides primary care for adults, including preventive care and diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diseases. Dr. Sitapati believes that the best health is achieved through life balance, patient empowerment, a good physician relationship, and integrated care.
Dr. Sitapati is nationally recognized for her work in primary care. She has more than ten years of experience providing high-quality, patient-centered care in ambulatory settings, and strives to build multidisciplinary teams that effectively work together to improve patient care coordination. In support of patient participation in chronic disease management, Dr. Sitapati combines evidence-based medicine with patient empowerment, prevention methods, and alternative medicine (e.g., Kelee meditation) to help patients achieve their best health. She also has expertise in providing gender-affirming care to transgender and nonbinary patients.
Dr. Sitapati first joined UC San Diego Health in 2001 following completion of her residency. In 2005, she established the Center for Infectious Disease Management and Research (CIDMAR) at Howard University, a center dedicated to providing culturally competent, state-of-the-art HIV medical care to its 225 patients. In 2007, she met with First Lady, Mrs. Laura Bush, to discuss the first hospital-wide, routine HIV screening program to be implemented in the nation. In 2015, Dr. Sitapati assumed the role of medical director of internal medicine in La Jolla. She also leads a population health team that focuses on using computer systems to improve the quality of care.
In 2022 she was recognized for her humanistic approach to medicine and delivery of care for patients and their families by receiving the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. Dr. Sitapati believes bringing humanism into the practice of medicine is the highest pinnacle in health care delivery, benefiting both patients and health care colleagues.
As a professor of medicine her clinical research has been related to patient-centered care, quality improvement, and meditation. Dr. Sitapati serves as an instructor for medical students and residents.
She completed her medical residency training at UC San Diego School of Medicine, and earned her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine, in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Sitapati is board certified in internal medicine and clinical informatics.
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- Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
- UC San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego, CA
Date Joined Staff
- American Board of Internal Medicine
Conditions and Treatments
- Primary Care
- Preventive Medicine
- Transgender Care
- LGBTQ Care
- Gender-Affirming Care