Natalie Rodriguez, MD
Dr. Natalie Rodriguez is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Rodriguez is a Board Certified Family Physician and practices full scope Family Medicine in a variety of health care settings. She is one of the Medical Directors of the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project, and serves as Clinical Faculty at the Scripps Chula Vista Family Medicine Residency Program.
Dr. Rodriguez earned her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego, and went on to complete her residency at the Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program in Chula Vista, After residency, Dr. Rodriguez completed the Unserved Health Care Fellowship at UCSD.
Dr. Rodriguez’s practice focuses on Underserved Health Care as well as Adolescent Medicine and School-based Health. She has the privilege of teaching medical students of all years in both the classroom and clinical settings. She also teaches residents at a Federally Qualified Health Center, several School-based Health Centers as well as the inpatient setting. As the Course Director for Medical Spanish at the UCSD School of Medicine, she is developing curricula to increase the number of students and residents certified as bilingual providers to best care for patients who have limited English proficiency. Dr. Rodriguez loves interacting with students and residents, and is continually inspired by their enthusiasm, compassion and optimism. Dr. Rodriguez is also part of the South Bay Partnership for Youth Health Equity, a Community Based Participatory Research collaborative that was recently awarded a Centers for Disease Control Community Approaches to Reducing Sexually Transmitted Diseases grant.
Dr. Rodriguez was born to immigrant parents who came to the United States as refugees. She is the first person in her family to attend college, and is passionate about inspiring, mentoring, and encouraging the next generation of health care professionals to pursue their dreams.