Dr. Sandra Christiansen, MD

Internal Medicine  |  
Female  |  
Age 63
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Dr. Sandra Christiansen, MD
Sandra C. Christiansen, MD, is a board-certified allergist/immunologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating angioedema and allergic airway disease. Dr. Christiansen is an internationally respected allergy and angioedema expert and cares for people with various medical conditions related to the immune system. These include respiratory tract diseases (e.g. sinusitis and asthma), allergic conditions of the skin (e.g. atopic dermatitis) and food and medication sensitivity. Dr. Christiansen has been actively involved in the U.S. Hereditary Angioedema Association (HAEA) since the organization’s inception. She played a key role in developing the HAEA’s patient registry database and biorepository and serves on the medical advisory board. Dr. Christiansen was instrumental in establishing the U.S. HAEA Angioedema Center at UC San Diego Health. As a professor of medicine, Dr. Christiansen is active in teaching fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Both her clinical and research interests include angioedema and airway inflammation with an emphasis on allergic asthma and aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD). She has received numerous grant awards and has been a principal investigator on several NIH-funded projects. Dr. Christiansen has also led volunteer efforts targeted at upgrading allergy and immunology care for underserved communities. Dr. Christiansen is extensively published, having coauthored over 100 articles, reviews and book chapters. Her work has appeared in The Journal of Allergy Clinical Immunology, the New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of Immunology, and The Journal of Clinical Investigation, among others. She frequently speaks at medical conferences and symposiums. Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. Christiansen cared for patients at Kaiser Permanente. Before that, she served as the division head of Allergy and Immunology and clinical co-director of the Allergy Asthma and Immunology fellowship program at Scripps Clinic. Dr. Christiansen completed her internal medicine residency at UC San Diego School of Medicine and allergy and immunology fellowship at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation. She earned her medical degree from Loyal University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, graduating with highest honors. Dr. Christiansen is board-certified in internal medicine and allergy and immunology. She has received numerous awards, including the 2008 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology outstanding volunteer clinical faculty award and the 2014 Kaiser physician merit award for clinical excellence. Dr. Christiansen is consistently elected as a top physician in the Best Doctors in America® annual survey. Dr. Christiansen is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

8899 University Center Ln

San Diego, CA 92122

Contact Information

(858) 657-7000

Dr. Sandra Christiansen, MD

Dr. Sandra Christiansen, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan

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Dr. Christiansen's Experience

Dr. Christiansen's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Internal Medicine
  • Board certified in Internal Medicine
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Internal Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

Conditions Treated

  • Allergic Reaction
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Angioedema
  • Asthma
  • Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Dermatitis
  • Eye Infections
  • Hives
  • Itchy Skin
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Pollen Allergy
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Rash
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin Infections


  • Allergy Shots
  • Allergy Skin Testing
  • Allergy Testing
  • Allergy Treatment

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Loyola University Of Chicago/Stritch School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1979
  • University Of California Los Angeles
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1980
  • Ucsd
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1983
  • Scripps Clin
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1985

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Christiansen has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Christiansen's Reviews

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Dr. Christiansen's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (2)
in San Diego, CA |
I commend Dr. Christiansen and staff highly for having an exceptional practice. Every member of staff I encountered was courteous, friendly, and professional. Dr. Christiansen patiently listened to my concerns and identified the factors causing my allergies right away. She took the time to explain her diagnosis and treatment options in a way I could understand. Her bedside manner and humor also make the otherwise uncomfortable experience a very pleasant one. I'm grateful I can breathe again!
San Diego, CA |
Dr Christiansen is an excellent listener and explains things in an easy-to-understand way. Highly recommend her and her staff!
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Dr. Christiansen accepts 6 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • 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
    Select Plus HMO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
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  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO

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