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About Rachel La Costa, MPAS, PA-C
Rachel La Costa, MPAS, is a certified physician assistant (PA-C) who assists in treating people with blood disorders which include anemia, hemophilia, Sickle cell disease and blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. She provides care at the Infusion Center at Moores Cancer Center where patients receive chemotherapy agents, blood products, electrolyte replacements, infection of growth factors and IV antimicrobials.
Ms. La Costa provides management of rapid responses, hypersensitivity reactions, chemotherapy toxicity, referrals to the emergency department for acute decompensation and communication with the primary oncologist.
Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, she was a physician assistant on the hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplant teams at Children's Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
Ms. La Costa completed a master's degree in physician assistant studies at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She earned her bachelor's degree at University of Dallas in Irving. Ms. La Costa is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
She is a member of several professional societies including the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the California Academy of Physician Assistants and the Association for Physician Assistants in Oncology.
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- University of Dallas, Irving, TX
- University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Date Joined Staff
- National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Conditions and Treatments
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Blood Cancer