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About St. Joseph Health

SJH provides a full range of care facilities including 16 acute care hospitals, home health agencies, hospice care, outpatient services, skilled nursing facilities, community clinics and physician groups. All of our hospital and home health entities are accredited by the Joint Commission. In our award-winning facilities, SJH maintains a "continuum of care," matched to the diverse needs of the urban centers, smaller cities and rural communities who depend on us every day.

Vasu Sunkara, MD

  • Family Medicine
Medical Groups & Affiliations
  • Mission Heritage Medical Group
26732 Crown Valley Pkwy.
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Accepting New Patients

Primary Office

26732 Crown Valley Pkwy.
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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  • Meet The Doctor

    Specialties & Education

    Primary Specialties
    • Family Medicine
    Education & Training
    • Medical School
      University of Wisconsin-Madison- Madison, WI - 2009
    • College
      PHD: University of California, Los Angeles (Health Services)- Los Angeles, CA
    • Training
      Harvard University (Department of Economics)- Cambridge, MA
    • Internship
      Saint Vincent Hospital- Erie, PA - 2013
    • Residency
      Saint Vincent Hospital- Erie, PA - 2015
  • Biography



    Dr. Sunkara has a focus in Urgent Care and Family Medicine and is the Site Director for the MHMG Urgent Care. He has dual clinical training and doctoral training in Health Services. With a strong interest in quality-of-care, he applies data studies to clinical care and has a specialty in the design of clinical care algorithms and patient-centered analytics. His philosophy of clinical practice is high quality, compassionate, and effective care for those who need Urgent Care services. He is trained in a broad section of outpatient Urgent Care procedures and medical management of patients across the outpatient acuity spectrum.


    Sunkara, V. and Hebert, J.R., 2016. The Colorectal Cancer Mortality-to-Incidence Ratio as a Potential Cancer Surveillance Measure in Asia. Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention: APJCP, 17(9), pp.4323-4326.

    Sunkara, V. and Rosenbaum, S., 2016. The Constitution and the Public’s Health: The Consequences of the US Supreme Court’s Medicaid Decision in NFIB v Sebelius. Public Health Reports, 131(6), pp.844-846.

    Sunkara, V. and Hébert, J.R., 2015. The colorectal cancer mortality‐to‐incidence ratio as an indicator of global cancer screening and care. Cancer, 121(10), pp.1563-1569.

    Sunkara, V. and Hébert, J.R., 2016. The application of the mortality‐to‐incidence ratio for the evaluation of cancer care disparities globally. Cancer, 122(3), pp.487-488.

    Sunkara, V., Pelkowski, T.D., Dreyfus, D. and Satoskar, A., 2015. Acute kidney disease due to excessive vitamin C ingestion and remote roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery superimposed on CKD. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 66(4), pp.721-724.

    McFadden, D.L. and Sunkara, V., 2004. The educative impact of health care treatment on malarial prevention behavior for the poor in Guinea, West Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 101(31), pp.11523-11525.

    Diplomate - American Board of Family Medicine