Since 2013, Dr. Nina Chaya has been a Physician Anesthesiologist, leader, and patient advocate at Tri-City Medical Center (TCMC). Dr. Chaya has served as Chairperson of both the Anesthesiology Department and the Blood Utilization Committee, as well as represented the Anesthesia Department on the TCMC Quality Review Committee. She is dedicated to patient care and has utilized her administrative positions to advocate for patient safety and wellness.
During her tenure as Chair of the Anesthesiology Department, Dr. Chaya helped solidify an emergency communication algorithm to ensure Labor and Delivery emergencies are promptly responded to by a multidisciplinary care team. Dr. Chaya also led a successful initiative for Operating Room equipment upgrades focusing on patient safety, and she authored a policy requiring Anesthesiologist availability for all pre-operative assessments--leading to a decrease in surgical delays/cancellations and increased patient satisfaction.
Dr. Chaya Chaired the Blood Utilization Committee, and she championed the creation of a streamlined blood transfusion protocol that guarantees patients receive the life-saving products needed during emergency surgery. Additionally, Dr. Chaya led the effort to educate other staff members in blood product ordering, which eliminated waste and enabled TCMC to reallocate spending to other critical need areas.
Dr. Chaya is engaged with a variety of philanthropic work locally and abroad. She spends her spare time volunteering for a local animal rescue group called The Rescued Dog and is an active foster and fundraiser for animals in need. She also volunteers and serves on the fundraising committee with Mercy Outreach Surgical Team, and she has participated in 7 pediatric surgical missions to different towns in Mexico. Dr. Chaya is active in local community causes like the Agua Hedionda lagoon foundation and San Diego Humane Society. She has been heavily involved in fundraising for TCMC, whether it’s making sure her physician colleagues provided gala sponsorships or walking in the Fashion that Heals fundraisers raising money for life-saving equipment.
Dr. Chaya is a native of San Diego and the daughter of Lebanese immigrants. Having undergone a spine fusion as a teenager, Dr. Chaya developed an acute appreciation for medicine and medical caregivers at an early age, and she committed to medicine as her vocation of choice even before entering Rancho Bernardo High School. Dr. Chaya attended the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), where she graduated with a pre-med degree in Biology. During her time at UCSD, Dr. Chaya volunteered in the Student Clinic, served as secretary of Alpha Epsilon Delta Medical Fraternity, and completed clinical research on protein C deficiencies at Scripps Research. Dr. Chaya went on to attend medical school at New York Medical College where she specialized in the practice of Anesthesia. Following her internship year in internal medicine in Long Island, NY, Dr. Chaya completed her Anesthesiology training in Brooklyn, NY, at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Chaya moved back to her hometown of San Diego after completing residency in order to be closer to her family, and she currently resides in Carlsbad with her husband and 4 rescue pets.