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About Tamara Rubenzik, MD

Tamara Rubenzik, MD, is a board-certified nephrologist and palliative care physician. She works in both the Departments of Nephrology and Palliative Care at UC San Diego Health.

As a nephrologist, Dr. Rubenzik treats individuals with acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, and end stage renal disease in the clinic and inpatient settings. She enjoys caring for patients along the spectrum of kidney disease, and aims to use her palliative care background to also ensure the best possible quality of life in her patients with kidney disease.

As a palliative care physician, Dr. Rubenzik also cares for patients with life-limiting and chronic conditions. Palliative medicine focuses on symptom management in addition to psychological, social, and spiritual support in order to improve the quality of life for patients.

Dr. Rubenzik completed fellowships in nephrology and hospice and palliative medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine, where she also completed a residency in internal medicine. She earned her medical degree from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia. She is board certified in internal medicine, nephrology and hospice and palliative medicine.

She is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients.

When not at work, Dr. Rubenzik enjoys reading, the outdoors, and spending time with her husband and three sons.

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For more information, see Nephrology and Palliative Care.

Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
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Medical Degree

  • Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship

  • UC San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego, CA

Fellowship

  • UC San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego, CA

Residency

  • University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA

Gender

  • Female

Date Joined Staff

  • 2018-07-01

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Conditions and Treatments

  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
  • Life-Limiting Illness
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Supportive Care
  • Chronic Illness
Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted