Anish Dhamija, MD

Before joining UC San Diego’s combined Family Medicine and Psychiatry Residency Program, Anish Dhamija earned his medical degree as the inaugural class at UC Riverside School of Medicine and his undergraduate degree and master’s degrees in biological sciences at UC San Diego. Dhamija, originally from Fremont, California, found his calling in medicine with an emphasis on helping underserved communities through primary care. He found particular interest in the overlap between mental and physical health. After volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul’s Homeless Shelter during his first-year summer of medical school, he had a feeling that this was the population he wanted to work with and the training he wanted to receive.

At UCR School of Medicine, Dhamija was president of the inaugural Family and Preventive Medicine Interest Group, clinic manager and board member of the Riverside Free Clinic, curriculum coordinator of medical education for undergraduates, and treasurer of American College of Lifestyle Medicine. 

Dhamija has particular interests in chronic disease prevention, community medicine, mental health, and preserving the art of medicine. Outside of medicine, his interests include collecting music, traveling, exploring, hiking, self-reflecting, teaching, and obsessively following his favorite Bay Area sports teams.