Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Meena Lagnese is committed to her special interests in HIV Medicine and medical care for the underserved communities in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Lagnese currently practices medicine in Los Angeles while also holding the title Clinical Instructor of Medicine at UCLA. She is passionate about continually learning and teaching while giving of her time and expertise by volunteering as a clinical instructor at UCLA’s Harbor Hospital HIV Clinic in Torrance, California.
Dr. Lagnese’s research has been published in several medical journals including Hospital Physician and she has authored HIV treatment guidelines for UpToDate.com, a well established medical website that is referenced by other physicians. She has committed herself to be at the forefront of medicine making it her mission to continuously hone her knowledge of cutting-edge medical research and innovative methods of healing.
Dr. Lagnese received her undergraduate degree in 1999 at Duke University where she majored in biological anthropology and anatomy, graduating with summa cum laude honors. It was during her third year at Duke that Dr. Lagnese discovered an interest for HIV research and treatment during her third year of college while volunteering at a HIV clinic in Massachusetts.
Dr. Lagnese went on to receive her medical degree in 2003 at Emory University School of Medicine where she graduated first in her class. Following Emory, she completed an Internal Medicine Residency at University of California San Francisco followed by an Infectious Disease Fellowship at Harbor-UCLA in Torrance where she dedicated much of her medical training to HIV care and research.
Born and raised near Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Lagnese currently resides with her husband in Redondo Beach, California.