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RITA R. Kumar, md, facp

Dr. Rita R. Kumar received her M.D. from Lady Harding Medical College at Delhi University in Delhi, India. She received her diploma in clinical pathology from Meerut University, India, and finished her residency in Internal Medicine at Deaconess Hospital at St. Louis University in Missouri.

Dr. Kumar has been practicing medicine in the US for over 35 years and is well-known throughout Los Angeles.  As a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, she teaches medical students from the University of California Los Angeles at her office. She has previously served as Co-Owner of the Medical Group of Culver City and Director of the Outpatient Ambulatory Care Program at the Medical Group of Beverly Hills for the Resident Training Program of Internal Medicine of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She teaches seminars in holistic medicine, and is a Senior Attending Physician at both Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Brotman Medical Center.

Dr. Kumar's interests are in Western primary care medicine, holistic medicine and Eastern philosophies. She enjoys all life therapeutic approaches in the practice.

National Recognition:

UCLA Clinical Faculty Member Recognition for Associate Clinical Professorship in Department of Medicine

Fellow of American College of Physicians awarded FACP in 2006 (noted to be an excellent educator and role model for residents and medical students as well as a fine practicing clinician)

Nominated for Pioneer of Medicine Award - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (1996-1998)

Quoted in Time Magazine on Health and Spirituality (June 24, 1996)

Great Women of the 21st Century Award – by the American Biographical Institute (2004)

Awarded Physician of the Year by The National Republican Congressional Committee's Physician's Advisory Board (2003)

Awarded American’s Top Physicians 2008 Consumers’ Research Council of America

Recognized as Top Internist by Leading Physicians of the World (2016)

International Recognition:

Mahatama Gandhi “Gold Medal Award” at “House of Lord” in London, United Kingdom - 2012 (October) For Excellence in Field of Medicine

Hind Rattan Award* – 2011, Navrattan Award* – 2012, Sword of Honour Award* – 2013, New Delhi, India

*These awards are given for excellence in the field of medicine by NRI Welfare Society, which is an NGO affiliated with the Indian government.

Research Work:

Principal Investigator, IRIS Study – treatment of hypercholesteremia in South Asian Subjects (2003)

Principal Investigator, JUPITER Study – Harvard University – study of subjects with low levels of LDL-Cholesterol and elevated levels of C-reactive protein JUPITER (2004)

Principal Investigator, CIRT – reducing inflammation and lowering risk of having a second heart attack, a stroke, or dying of heart disease (2013-2016)


Rita Kumar was featured on Empire Radio Now.

Listen to the Empire Radio Now Interview