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Brian First, MD

Medical doctor (MD)
Internal medicine (board certified)
Medical Group
Sharp Community

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  1. Ritchken and First, MDs
    4282 Genesee Ave
    Suite 103
    San Diego, CA 92117
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About Brian First, MD

I have cared for patients over the age of 65 for 35 years and have found interacting with older patients and their families not only a humbling and deeply satisfying experience, but also a tremendous privilege. The principles of my practice include hope, communication and compassion. Outside of work, I enjoy international travel, great food and spending time with family and friends.
In practice since:
Afrikaans, English
Charity Hospital (New Orleans, LA):
Baragwanath Hospital (South Africa):
University of California, San Diego:
University of Witwatersrand (South Africa):
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Baragwanath Hospital (South Africa):
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Insurance plans accepted

Brian First, MD, accepts 32 health insurance plans.

Ratings and reviews

134 ratings
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Verified Patient
September 15, 2023
*Kelly Gonzaels is a great NP! *Usivia her assistant is excellent!
Verified Patient
September 13, 2023
I've been seeing Dr First for about 20 years. He is excellent
Verified Patient
September 12, 2023
I felt I could have used more time with the NPAs I had other questions we did not get to.
Verified Patient
September 6, 2023
Only thing lacking is a PORTAL to view results.
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Over 500 recognitions
Brian First, MD, has received over 500 Guardian Angel recognitions from grateful patients and families. Have you and your family received exceptional care from Brian First, MD? Consider paying tribute with a Guardian Angel gift.

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