Nina Y Riggins, MD, PHD Neurology Open Now

Nina Y Riggins, MD, PHD

San Diego, CA 92121
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(858) 879-1856

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  • Easy scheduling
  • On-time appointments
  • Good bedside manner

About Nina Y Riggins, MD PHD

Nina Y Riggins, MD, PHD is a health care provider primarily located in San Diego, CA. She has 25 years of experience. Her specialties include Neurology. Riggins, MD is affiliated with UCSF Medical Center Mount Zion. She speaks English.

undefined Riggins, MD has received the following award:


UCSD Headache Center 4510 Executive Dr Ste 325 San Diego, CA 92121


Nina Y Riggins, MD has the following specialty

Specialty Expertise

Nina Y Riggins, MD has the following 8 areas of expertise

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Headache
  • Electromyography
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Stroke
  • Migraine Disorder
  • Epilepsy


1 Award

  • Vitals Preferred Provider

    • Vitals Preferred Provider Award
      • Preferred Provider badge recognizes providers that are committed to transparency, responsiveness and great service to patients, and have earned a high patient satisfaction rating.


25 Years Experience

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Internal Medicine

Graduated in 2008

Penn State Health, Neurology

Graduated in 2011

SUNY Buffalo, Clinical Neurophysiology

Graduated in 2012

UCSF, Headache Neurology

Graduated in 2013

Volgograd State Medical University

Graduated in 1997

Nina Y Riggins, MD Accepts the Following Insurance

  • Aetna Basic HMO
  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna HMO Deductible Plan CA only
  • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
  • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • Aetna Vitalidad Plus CA con Aetna
  • Anthem BC Pathway X EPO Network
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Small Group
  • Blue Cross CA Advantage PPO Preferred DirectAccess Plus
  • Blue Cross CA Pathway X PPO
  • Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Individual
  • Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Large Group
  • Blue Cross CA Select PPO
  • Blue Shield CA 2017 I&F HMO - CoveredCA
  • Blue Shield CA Access Plus HMO
  • Blue Shield CA Access Plus Savenet
  • Blue Shield CA Bronze 60 PPO SHOP
  • Blue Shield CA Bronze Full PPO 4500
  • Blue Shield CA Local Access Plus HMO
  • Blue Shield CA Platinum Access+ HMO 25
  • Blue Shield CA Platinum Local Access + HMO 25
  • Blue Shield CA PPO
  • Blue Shield CA Silver 70 PPO
  • Blue Shield CA Trio ACO HMO
  • BS CA Platinum 90 PPO
  • CIGNA LocalPlus
  • CIGNA Open Access Plus
  • First Health PPO
  • Health Net CA HMO Employer Group
  • Health Net CA HMO Whole Care Network
  • Health Net CA Individual and Family PPO
  • Health Net CA PPO
  • Humana Choice POS
  • Multiplan PPO
  • Oscar Insurance CA
  • PHCS PPO Kaiser
  • UHC Choice Plus POS
  • UHC Options PPO
  • UHC West SignatureValue Advantage HMO Value Network
  • UHC West SignatureValue HMO

More about Nina Y Riggins, MD

Dr. Nina Riggins is the Director of Headache and Traumatic Brain Injury Center at the University California San Diego.

She is especially passionate about working on challenging cases with the UCSD neurology team to help patients return to a high-functioning and pain-free state. She has expertise with a variety of state-of-the-art treatments, including neuromodulation devices, which can ease chronic pain by altering nerve activity and were recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Riggins' research investigates causes and treatments for headaches. Her studies of specific therapies include Botox injections, a new class of drugs known as calcitonin gene-related peptide receptor antagonists as well as a procedure called a sphenopalatine ganglion block. She is also studying the possible relationship between migraines and cochlear implants – devices used to restore a sense of sound to people with severe hearing loss.

Riggins' journey to medicine was inspired by her father, a neurologist who taught her about the brain as well as the joys of ping-pong. From her mother, an endocrinologist, she learned about interacting networks between the brain and endocrine system, she enjoys to discover a cause and treat headache in a setting of hormonal changes.

Riggins earned her medical degree from Volgograd State Medical University, graduating cum laude. She also earned a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Moscow. She completed a residency as well as a fellowship in neurology at Volgograd State Medical University, a residency in internal medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, a residency in neurology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She then completed a fellowship in headache neurology at UCSF, where working with renowned headache expert Dr. Peter Goadsby helped to shape her philosophy of care.

Riggins is a member of the American Headache Society and American Academy of Neurology. She has participated in Neurology on the Hill, an advocacy event in Washington, DC, where she talked to members of Congress on topics important to neurologists and their patients. Believing that medical providers and migraine suffers can make a difference by working together, she is active in events such as Miles for Migraine, which raises awareness of headache conditions and funding for research.

Dr. Riggins treats multiple conditions including:

  • Headache 
  • Migraine
  • Cluster headache 
  • Traumatic Brain injury
  • Hemicrania
  • Trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias
  • Difficult-to-diagnose headache 
  • New daily persistent headache (NDPH)
  • Vestibular migraine
  • Women's health and headache, including headache during pregnancy, breastfeeding