Rita Nguyen, MD

Title(s)Assistant Clinical Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    Brigham and Women’s Hospital Residency2013Internal Medicine Residency, Division of General Medicine Primary Care Track
    Johns Hopkins UniversityMD2010School of Medicine
    Stanford UniversityBA2005Human Biology
    Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford06/2016Civic Innovation

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    Dr. Nguyen is a Bay Area native whose interests are founded on a desire to unite the humanitarian promise of medicine with the pursuit of social justice. Her public service work has been primarily community-based and focused on addressing inequities faced by underserved communities. In terms of addressing healthcare access, Dr. Nguyen helped found Pacific Free Clinic, a Stanford-affiliated, student-run free clinic on the east side of San Jose. Her work has also encompassed physician advocacy and health policy. As a Doctors for America State Director, she led physician advocates in the greater Boston area to champion reforms that would create a better healthcare system for all, especially the most vulnerable segments of society.

    At ZSFG, her main extra-clinical interests lie in transition in care, food environments, and physician advocacy. As Medical Director of Healthy Food Initiatives at ZSFG, she spearheaded several projects that emphasizes the importance of food and health including creating Food Pharmacies where patients can fill prescriptions for healthy diets written by their providers and a transitional meal program that partners with Project Open Hand to deliver medically tailored meals to patients discharged from ZSFG with heart failure. As an Assistant Health Officer and Chronic Disease Physician Specialist for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, she supports chronic disease and cancer prevention efforts for the City and County of San Francisco. This includes supporting community-based initiatives, working collaboratively with health systems to advance population health, and informing efforts that promote policy, systems, and environmental changes that support health.

    Clinically, Dr. Nguyen is committed to exceptional care of hospitalized patients. As part of her commitment to excellent medical care, Dr. Nguyen is also dedicated to promoting medical education and the training of future physician leaders.

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