Hello and hola! Thank you for visiting my Web page. My name is Berenice Nava, and I am a nephrologist (medical specialist in kidney care).
I was born in Mexico, but at an early age I moved to the United States, where I completed my higher education. I received my undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University and my medical doctorate at the UCLA Charles Drew Program. I then spent one year at the National Institutes of Health as a predoctoral research fellow working on clinical research in kidney disease. After this, I did residency training in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and a fellowship in nephrology at New York Presbyterian-Columbia Medical Center. I’m excited to have joined Kaiser Permanente, which is a dedicated healthcare institution that cares for its members, having a strong emphasis on preventive medicine. I find this to be very relevant in my care approach, as diabetes and hypertension are the 2 main leading causes of end-stage renal disease in our country, both of which can be extensively controlled through preventive care.
I am a general nephrologist with special interests in preventive medicine, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, glomerular diseases, kidney transplant, and dialysis therapy. My philosophy is member-centered care along with strong collaboration with a multidisciplinary team including colleagues, nurse staff, dietitians, and social workers coming together for a common goal: optimized member care. I am committed to the well-being of members, and I hope to develop strong, trusting, and long-lasting member-physician relationships. I also have a passion for global health and community outreach, which has led me to volunteering time in countries like Mexico and Africa.
It is important to find balance in life and attend the well-being of your mind, body, and soul. Staying active is one way I have found to achieve this, I enjoy long-distance running, participating in group workouts, dancing, and hiking. I like to be active in my community and participate in health fairs when I have the opportunity. Traveling and learning more about other cultures have also enriched me in a way that brings a more grounded appreciation of the world and my fellow man. Finally, when I’m not thinking about the kidneys, I enjoy cooking and spending time with friends and family.