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Because they want the highest quality medical care for you and your family, the independent physicians of AppleCare Medical Group share a common medical philosophy — to put the patient's needs first and foremost.

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AppleCare Medical Group was formed in Lynwood, California, in 1996 by two practicing physicians, Dr. Vinod Jivrajka and Dr. Surendra Jain. Their vision was simple: to make quality care available locally to their community. Over the last 17 years, the multispecialty medical group of independent practices has expanded into new communities, contracted with more hospitals and health plans, and added over 50 new doctors—but the mission has remained the same.

Today, AppleCare Medical Group is comprised of hundreds of board-certified private-practice, independent physicians. Collectively, our physicians have been serving the Southeast area of Los Angeles and Northern Orange County for decades, providing their medical expertise and passion to improving the health of our communities.

Because they want the highest quality medical care for you and your family, the physicians of AppleCare Medical Group share a common medical philosophy — to put the patient’s needs first and foremost. Our more than 800 community-based primary care and specialist physicians are dedicated to providing you and your family members with the highest quality of care possible through our local health clinics. This is why we have worked hard to develop services that will make getting care convenient for our patients.

About the Leadership of AppleCare Medical Group

Vinod Jivrajka, MD

Dr. Jivrajka is co-founder, president and chief executive officer of AppleCare Medical Enterprises. AppleCare Medical Enterprises is comprised of two AppleCare Medical Groups, a management services organization, a hospitalist group, and an insurance agency. Dr. Jivrajka’s extensive experience in healthcare management and managed care operations has given him the tools and the expertise that enable him and AppleCare Medical Group to offer innovative services and solutions to healthcare payers and providers.

Dr. Jivrajka holds a medical degree from the University of Bombay in India, a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine from University of Kentucky Medical Center and also was an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. His past leadership positions include chairman of the Department of Medicine and chairman of the Division of Cardiology at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, California.

George Christides, MD

Dr. Christides combines extensive clinical experience with an optimistic vision of the direction the health care industry is taking. During his 10-plus years with AppleCare Medical Group, he has contributed significantly to the growth, development and success of our hospitalist and clinical programs. Dr. Christides leadership role with AppleCare’s Hospitalist Medical Group has improved efficiency and communication between AppleCare personnel and hospital staff and ensured our patients receive the proper treatments and continuum of care from admission through the discharge process.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology from UCLA and graduating from Penn State’s College of Medicine, Dr. Christides performed both his internship and residency at the LAC+USC Medical Center. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Christides has also completed a fellowship at UCSF.

Dr. Christides, who speaks both Spanish and Greek fluently, resides in Huntington Beach and is a member of both the Society of Hospital Medicine and the American College of Physicians.

About AppleCare Medical Enterprises

AppleCare Medical Management

A full-service medical management services organization that provides expertise in information technology, claims processing and clinical care coordination. AppleCare Medical Management’s 150+ employees support over 400 PCPs and 450 specialists who service the AppleCare Medical Groups’ 75,000 members.

AppleCare Hospitalist Group

This group of hospital specialists includes both a “staff model” that employs primary care physicians, as well as a subgroup of hospitalist physicians who focus solely on the care of AppleCare Medical Group patients. The Hospitalist Group employs a total of 12 doctors.

AppleCare Insurance Services

AppleCare Medical Group’s insurance agency has a robust growth history with active sales for Medicare Advantage Plans. 


  • UM decision making is based only on appropriateness of care and service and existence of coverage
  • Practitioners are not specifically rewarded for issuing denials of coverage or service care
  • Delegate’s financial incentives for UM decision makers do not encourage decisions that result in underutilization.
  • AppleCare Medial Group does not specifically reward practitioners or other individuals for issuing denials of coverage, service or care, financial incentives for UM decision makers do not encourage decision that result in underutilization



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