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About Dr. Puja Chitkara

Dr. Puja Chitkara, MD is a Doctor primarily located in San Diego, CA. She has 21 years of experience. Her specialties include Rheumatology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Chitkara is affiliated with Sharp Memorial Hospital, Sharp Coronado Hospital and Palomar Medical Center Poway. She speaks English.

Rating Overview

12 Ratings with 5 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Puja Chitkara is Good. Dr. Puja Chitkara has been rated by 12 patients. From those 12 patients 5 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Puja Chitkara is 3.0 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

Cardio Thoracic & Vascular

350 K St Unit 303
San Diego, CA 92101
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Specialties

Dr. Puja Chitkara has the following 2 specialties

  • Rheumatology

    A rheumatologist is a physician who has received extensive training in diagnosing and treating rheumatic conditions. Rheumatic conditions involve the joints, soft tissues, autoimmune system, vascular system, and connective tissues.
    Some of the conditions that rheumatologists treat are rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, sarcoidosis, vasculitis, and lupus. These are all conditions that involve a lot of pain and make mobility difficult. Rheumatologists use medications, such as analgesics, NSAIDs, steroids, DMARDs, infliximab, and adalimumab, as well as occupational therapy, in order to decrease pain and improve a patient's quality of life.

  • Internal Medicine

    An internist is a physician who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the adult population—both acute and chronic.
    These doctors are often who adults see as their primary physicians because they treat a broad range of illnesses that do not require surgical or specialist interventions. They also work to help a patient maintain optimal health in order to prevent the onset of disease.
    In addition to treating the common cold and flu, internists also treat chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

  • Specialty Expertise

    Dr. Puja Chitkara has the following 10 expertise

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatology
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Osteoarthritis (Hand and Wrist)
  • Gout
  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatic Diseases
  • Hip Osteoarthritis
  • Lupus

Board Certifications

Dr. Puja Chitkara is Board Certified in 1 specialty

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Reviews

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Do not trust the medications she pushes on you.

I'm writing a review in place of my father who died under the care of Dr. Chitkara. Without going into details, be careful of the drugs and prescriptions she pushes on you. Dr. Chitkara, while I cannot directly blame you for his death under the circumstances. I do blame you for ignoring my father's pleas for a reduction in medication. I blame all the pharmaceutical reps I've seen welcomed to your office. And I blame myself for not taking the initiative to stop him from seeing you.

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New patient at her new location

Dr Chitkara was my Dr at different office, when she moved to a new office I requested to be referred to her...when i called several times to set up appointment they left me on hold between 17-29 minutes everytime when I complained to the office assistant she called my primary doctor and asked to refer me to another rheumatologist....

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Needed a Dr

This was the strangest Dr I have ever had. She was not interested in treating me as soon as she found out I only have osteoarthritis and not RA. She sent me for blood tests 3 x's Like she really had no idea what she was doing. Everything she told me she would do for me she did not. She had her assistant call me, with my results, giggling nervously telling me all my tests came back good and I never needed to see the DR. again. She was going to cancel the appointment I had. Then the assistant called me again the next day telling me my liver levels were bad,and I need to have it looked at. The lady that bills for her also is just rude! I went in for 2nd appoint, she was on the phone and demanded to talk to me. She said I should have already paid my bill, for the first visit and why have I not paid it! It was in my mail box when I got home, it had only been mailed the day before. Scary office all around, very unprofessional. I do not recommend , Unless you have RA!

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not monitoring me medication therapy
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Two Stars

She seems to have limited interest in following up wiht her patients if they need help with anything out of the ordinary, especially vital paperwork for disability.

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  • Hospital Affiliations

    Dr. Chitkara is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).

  • Education

    21 Years Experience

  • Assam Medical College

    Graduated in 1997

  • St Lukes Hospital (Chesterfield Mo)

    Residency

  • Accepted Insurance

    Please contact the office for more information.

Locations & Directions

Cardio Thoracic & Vascular, 350 K St Unit 303, San Diego, CA
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