Dr. Brian First, MD

Internal MedicineMaleAge 72

Dr. Brian First, MD is a Internal Medicine Specialist in San Diego, CA. He is affiliated with medical facilities Palomar Medical Center Poway and Sharp Memorial Hospital. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. First to book an appointment.

Dr. First

Ritchken & First Mds

4282 Genesee Ave Ste 103 San Diego, CA 92117

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I was a patient of Dr First's for a number of years. The first problem starts with trying to reach them. The phone was rarely answered by a person and I frequently never received returned calls after leaving voice mails. It was a challenge to schedule appointments and prescription refills and some staff treated the patients very rudely. After years of not being a patient, they just called me during the COVID 19 quarantine to see if I wanted to schedule an appointment. No thank you....
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My dad was diagnosed with gall bladder cancer April 2017. By August 2017, dad couldn't keep food down and we were concerned so we took dad back to his regular physician Dr. First. He told dad he needed to drink more beer and eat anything he wanted and did NOT take this matter seriously. Three days later we took dad to ER. He left 8 days later going into home hospice and died 2 weeks later. Dr. First's office called after dad died to confirm an appt - not impressed with this office. Steer clear!
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  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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La Mesa, CA – Oct 26, 2017
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The Best Dr, and staff period. He cares about their patients and will go well beyond any other health care provider in the business today to help you even if they can't help you. They will point you in the right direction to get you the care that you need. They have zero problems working with other Doctors that you trust to get you the care that you need. The only problem is that when you visit another doctors office, your sort of disappointed that it's not Dr First's office.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Keith Buckner in Chula Vista, CA – Mar 11, 2016
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Knows his stuff
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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John Heusner in San Diego, CA – Dec 23, 2015
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Biography

Dr. Brian First, MD is a Internal Medicine Specialist in San Diego, CA. He is affiliated with medical facilities Palomar Medical Center Poway and Sharp...Read more

Specialties

  • Internal Medicine

Board Certifications

Education

Med Center La New Orleans Lsu
Residency Hospital
U of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Medical School

Languages

  • English
  • Afrikaans

Awards

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Dr. First frequently treats Wellness Examination, Lipid Disorders, and Hyperlipidemia. See all procedures and conditions Dr. First treats.

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Dr. First's office is located at 4282 Genesee Ave Ste 103, San Diego, CA 92117. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. First's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abnormal Thyroid
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Acne
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Acute Bronchitis
  • Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Acute Laryngitis
  • Acute Lower Respiratory Infection
  • Acute Pharyngitis
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Tonsillitis
  • Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Acute Venous Embolism Thrombosis
  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • Administrative Physical
  • Advance Directive End of Life Planning
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Anemia
  • Animal Allergies
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anosmia
  • Anxiety
  • Arterial Blood Gas Test (ABG)
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Neck
  • Asthma
  • Asymptomatic Post-Menopausal Status
  • Ataxia
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
  • Back Pain
  • Bedsores
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bird Flu
  • Bladder Infection
  • Blood in Urine (Hematuria)
  • Boil
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchitis
  • Bronchospasm
  • Bruise of Face, Scalp, or Neck
  • Bunion
  • Burn Injuries
  • Bursitis
  • Calcium Metabolism Disorders
  • Candidiasis of Skin and Nails
  • Canker Sore
  • Care Coordination for Complex Conditions and Procedures
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cellulitis
  • Chest Pain
  • Chest Wall Pain Syndrome
  • Chronic Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic Laryngitis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Cold Sore
  • Constipation
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Cough
  • Cyclothymia (Chronic Mood Disorder)
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Dehydration
  • Dermatitis
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes Counseling
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Secondary
  • Diabetes Type 1
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Diabetes With Renal Manifestations
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Diverticulitis, Intestinal
  • Diverticulosis, Intestinal
  • Dizziness
  • Down Syndrome
  • Dry Skin
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Dysphagia
  • Dysthymia (Chronic Depression)
  • Dysthymia and Cyclothymia (Mood Disorders)
  • Ear Ache
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Emphysema
  • Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
  • Enteritis
  • Esophagitis
  • Essential Tremor
  • Fecal Occult Blood Test for Colorectal Cancer
  • Fever
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fungal Nail Infection
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gas-Bloat Syndrome
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastroparesis
  • Giardiasis
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Headache
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hernia
  • Herpes Simplex Infection
  • Herpes Zoster Without Complication
  • Hip Sprain
  • Hives
  • Hydrocele
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
  • Hypertension
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypogonadism
  • Hypokalemia
  • Hypotension
  • Hypotension (Excluding Maternal)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Immunization Administration
  • Indigestion
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Insomnia
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Intertrigo
  • Iodine Deficiency
  • Iron Metabolism Disorders
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Itchy Skin
  • Jock Itch
  • Joint Pain
  • Kidney Infection
  • Kidney Infection, Acute
  • Kidney Stone Pain (Renal Colic)
  • Knee Sprain
  • Laryngitis
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg and Foot Ulcers
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Limb Swelling
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Lipid Disorders
  • Liver Damage from Alcohol
  • Loss of Voice or Hoarse Voice
  • Low Back Pain
  • Low Blood Oxygen Level
  • Magnesium Metabolism Disorders
  • Malaise and Fatigue
  • Malnutrition
  • Mastodynia
  • Menopausal and Postmenopausal Disorders
  • Menstrual Disorders (incl. Dysmenorrhea)
  • Migraine
  • Mineral Metabolism Disorders
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Mycobacterial Lung Infection
  • Nail and Nail Bed Infection
  • Nasopharyngitis
  • Nausea
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Neurogenic Bladder
  • Nighttime Urination (Nocturia)
  • Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and Colitis
  • Nosebleed
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Otitis Media
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Overweight
  • Painful Urination (Dysuria)
  • Pap Smear
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pharyngitis
  • Phlebitis and Thrombophlebitis
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Pollen Allergy
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Polyuria
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Prostatitis
  • Proteinuria
  • Purpura
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rash
  • Raynaud's Disease
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Ringworm
  • Rosacea
  • Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Second-Degree Burns
  • Shingles
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sinus Bradycardia
  • Sinus Tachycardia
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep-Related Leg Cramp
  • Speech, Language and Learning Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Strep Throat
  • Stye
  • Swine Flu
  • Symptomatic Menopause
  • Tension Headache
  • Testicular Dysfunction
  • Throat Pain
  • Thyroid Biopsy
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Thyroid Goiter
  • Tinnitus
  • Tobacco Use Disorder
  • Tonsillitis
  • Torticollis
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Urinary Hesitancy
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Stones
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
  • Vaginitis and-or Vaginosis
  • Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Venous Insufficiency
  • Vertigo
  • Viral Enteritis
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Viral Infection
  • Vitamin B Deficiency
  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Wellness Examination
  • Wheezing

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(858) 292-0108

Dr. First accepts the following insurance:

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Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Priority Select-CA HMO
Gold Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Gold Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
PERS Traditional-CA HMO
Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum Priority Select-CA HMO
Platinum Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Platinum Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Priority Select-CA HMO
Select (PERS Select Providers)-CA PPO
Select Plus-CA HMO
Select PPO (Select Network)-CA PPO
Select-CA HMO
Select-CA PPO
Silver (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Priority Select-CA HMO
Silver Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Silver Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Tenet Network-CA PPO
Traditional
Traditional PPO
UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Medicare without Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
UCSHIP-CA PPO
USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Priority Select HMO
Select PPO
Blue Shield of California
Access Plus Savenet
Local Access Plus HMO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
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Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
Sharp Health Plan
Gold Value
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Locations

Ritchken & First Mds

Ritchken & First Mds4282 Genesee Ave Ste 103 San Diego, CA 92117
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Sharp Senior Health Center

Sharp Senior Health Center4320 Genesee Ave Ste 104 San Diego, CA 92117
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