Lots of New Patients, Too Few Doctors

The first thing my new patient did when she walked into my office was breathe an enormous sigh of relief. “It was so hard to get this appointment with you,” she said. “It took weeks!”

Unfortunately, my patient is not alone in her struggles. It is increasingly difficult for patients to find doctors and to get appointments with primary care physicians like myself, and it is likely to get worse, not better, as millions more gain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

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Health Insurance For All

This is a time of unprecedented change in medicine. For the first time in our history, all of the citizens of the United States will have access to health insurance. Additionally, the Baby Boomer generation is entering retirement age. This translates to many more patients with greater medical needs accessing healthcare. Primary care physicians are usually the best point of entry into the medical system. Unfortunately, recent figures indicate that the demand will outpace the supply of these physicians.
PRR is a unique program that will retrain physicians and give them the necessary tools to enter the workforce to deliver primary care. This is not your typical continuing medical education. Participants will engage in a unique online learning environment and assess their mastery of the material with multiple choice questions along the way. The culminating events will be a final multiple choice question examination and a clinical skills evaluation utilizing standardized patients. Upon completion, participants and potential employers can feel confident that competence has been demonstrated.

David Emil Joseph Bazzo, MD

Dr. Bazzo has been named a Top Doctor in family medicine by the San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine every year since 2005 and
was named a Top Doctor in both family medicine and sports medicine in 2009, 2011, and 2012.
He is team physician for the San Diego Roller Derby, the Malashock Dance Company, House Doctor for the San Diego Symphony, Mira Mesa High School and UC San Diego Intercollegiate Athletics.

When it comes to physician/patient communication, Dr. Bazzo is nationally and internationally recognized . He is faculty for the UC San Diego Physician
Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) program continuing professional development courses and trains physicians on how to connect and communicate
with patients to improve the quality of the patient’s experience and service.

Dr. Bazzo played high school football, baseball and wrestling and was named to the All-Valley Football squad in San Gabriel Valley (near Los Angeles).
His subspecialty of sports medicine reflects his love of athletic activities. He currently enjoys golf, tennis, volleyball and surfing.

Dr. Bazzo has been providing medical care to San Diego families since 1993.
Dr. Bazzo’s practice is closed to new family medicine continuity patients but is available for all sports medicine consultation visits.

Medical Degree: Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL
Residency: UC San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego, CA
Fellowship: UC San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego, CA
Board Certifications: Family Medicine, Sports Medicine

Chad Osborne, MD

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor

Family Medicine (Primary Specialty)

Primary Care, Obstetrics

Medical Degree: UC San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego, CA

Board Certifications: Family Medicine

Suraj Arthur Achar, MD

Dr. Achar is a primary care physician with fellowship training and certificate of added qualification in sports medicine.

He is medical director of La Jolla Family and Sports Medicine and, from 2009 to 2011, was named a “Top Doctor” in family medicine by San Diego County Magazine and the San Diego County Medical Society.

Dr. Achar is the team physician of San Diego’s professional indoor soccer franchise, the Sockers, UC San Diego intercollegiate athletes and Kearny High School. He is the medical director for the California State Games, an amateur youth competition involving 5,000 athletes in 20 sports.

Dr. Achar was inspired to become a physician after learning about the work of Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization. After completing medical school, he spent 6 months in Kenya as part of the program, providing medical care to children amid war and poverty.

Dr. Achar feels the most rewarding aspect of being a physician is “having the opportunity to really make a difference when it counts.”

Dr. Achar also works with clinical trials related to sports medicine research and is especially interested in looking at anabolic steroid use in children, adolescents and professional athletes.


Medical Degree: SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, NY

Residency: UC San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego, CA

Fellowship: UC San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego, CA

Board Certifications:Family Medicine, Sports Medicine

Patricia Brady, MD

Associate Clinical Professor III

Dr. Brady has been practicing medicine in this country since 1994. “I really enjoy the closeness I experience with the families I care for. I believe in offering the best care for my day-to-day patients in a cost-effective and evidence-based style.”

Medical Degree: Medical School of Triangulo Mineiro, Uberaba, Brazil

Residency: Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

Fellowship: West Suburban Hospital, Medical Center, Oak Park, IL

Board Certifications: Family Practice

Alan Shahtaji, DO

Dr. Shahtaji is from the Chicago area but completed his residency at UC San Diego in Family Medicine and was Chief Resident.
He subsequently completed a Sports Medicine fellowship at Wake Forest in North Carolina. During this time, he cared for the Division I sports teams and traveled to the College Cup with Women’s soccer and the Music City Bowl with Football.
Before coming back to UC San Diego, Dr. Shahtaji served as the team physician for the US Soccer Under-17 Women’s team during their international camp in Croatia and Slovenia. He then had the honor of serving as their team doctor during their World Cup in Azerbaijan. Dr. Shahtaji is a team physician for the US Soccer Federation, UC San Diego and University of San Diego.

Medical Degree: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Chicago, IL (Valedictorian)

Clinical Expertise Areas: Concussion Assessment, Concussion Management, Exercise Prescriptions, Fracture management, Injury Prevention, Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)

Lynette Cederquist, MD

Dr. Cederquist provides pain management and urgent care services at the Perlman Clinic. She also provides pain and symptom management for cancer patients at San Diego Cancer Center in Encinitas.

Medical Degree: Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK

Residency: UC San Francisco, School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA

Board Certifications: Internal Medicine