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Clinical Faculty Biographies

Dr. Remus I. Popa

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor - Internal Medicine

Dr. Remus I. Popa

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Riverside Community Hospital
4445 Magnolia Ave.
Riverside, Calif. 92501
(951) 788-3000

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School of Medicine
University of California, Riverside
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Education and Training

  • Faculty Development, Clinical Teaching, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California.
  • Residence, St. John's Episcopal Hospital, State University of New York, Brooklyn, New York.
  • Internship, St. John's Episcopal Hospital, State University of New York, Brooklyn, New York.
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, City Hospital, Timisoara, Romania.
  • M.D., University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara, Romania.


Dr. Remus Popa, M.D., is an associate clinical professor of internal medicine at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine.

He received his M.D. from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara in Romania, the completed his internal medicine residency at the school. He also completed a residency in internal medicine at St. John's Episcopal Hospital/SUNY Downstate in New York.

Prior to joining UC Riverside, Popa was an assistant clinical professor at UC San Diego Division of Hospital Medicine and director of the medicine elective for fourth year medical students. He developed and led the High value cost conscious care curriculum and rotation for the Internal Medicine residency program at UC San Diego. He also led the UCSD Syncope Project and the Appropriate Use of Cardiac Monitoring program as well as other quality improvement initiatives.

He was a faculty member in internal medicine at the City Hospital in Timisoara, Romania, and in the Department of Medicine at Luther Midelfort, Mayo Clinic Health System, teaching family practice residents at the University of Wisconsin.

He spent two years as a hospitalist with the Division of Hospital Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a fellow in hospital medicine of the Society of Hospital Medicine, and a member of the American College of Physicians, the Society of Hospital Medicine, and the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine.

Research Interests

Popa's interests include quality improvement and high value care.


  • UC San Diego Department of Medicine award for exceptional contributions, 2016.
  • AoCS Faculty Development Award for $10,000 for the project, “Development and Implementation of High Value Cost conscious Care Education for Residents,” 2014.
  • UCSD Department of Medicine Graduating House staff teaching award class, 2013.
  • Named Fellow in Hospital Medicine by the Society of Hospital Medicine, 2012.
  • UCSD Internal Medicine Chief resident teaching award for academic year, 2011.

Selected Publications

  • R. Ghashghaei, R. Popa, J. Shen. Evans syndrome 2013.05.026
  • Popa R, Gray L, Kallmes D. Urinary Tract Infections in the Potential Vertebroplasty Patient: Incidence, Significance, and Management AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2009 30: 227-231 originally published online on November 11 2008, 10.3174/ajnr.A1385

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