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.
Dr. Sitapati first joined UC San Diego Health System 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. Dr. Sitapati returned to UC San Diego in 2007, and began leading a patient centered medical home initiative at the Owen Clinic. 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.
As a clinical 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, OH. Dr. Sitapati is board certified in internal medicine and clinical informatics.