Vibha Bhatnagar, MD, MPH, passed away on Dec. 28, 2020, at the age of 57, after a prolonged battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family. A doctor for more than 30 years, she was known for her deep kindness and generosity.
Throughout her long illness, those who were with Vibha witnessed her stoic courage. During this time, she also continued to show great compassion and concern for others. She was very grateful for the outpouring of support from relatives, friends and colleagues, as well as for the hard work of her medical team.
Vibha earned her MD from the University of Ottawa Medical School and received her Masters at the Harvard School of Public Health. She joined the UC San Diego Department of Family and Preventative Medicine in 1999 when she and her husband were recruited from Boston to UCSD.
Vibha was a highly accomplished quantitative epidemiologist with numerous publications in the field. She served as a cherished mentor of medical students and researchers.
She enjoyed her last few years caring for students as a physician at UCSD Student Health. She genuinely loved helping young adults navigate their experience in college, graduate school, and professional school. She valued the highly collegial atmosphere at UCSD Student Health.
Vibha is survived by her son Kabir Nigam, daughter Anisha Nigam and husband Sanjay Nigam, MD, as well as her mother Asha Bhatnagar, her father, Dinesh Bhatnagar, Ph.D., and her sisters Abha Bhatnagar-Bost and Seema Bhatnagar.
Although she has passed, Vibha will live on through the numerous lives she touched with her compassion and care.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Doctors Without Borders or UNICEF.