Dr. Jennifer M. Peña
Nurx Chief Medical Officer Jennifer M. Pena, MD, is an internal medicine doctor, Army veteran, former physician in the White House Medical Unit under both the Obama and Trump administrations, and expert in digital and telehealth.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Yale University in 2004 with degrees in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, and Spanish Language and Literature. She was commissioned in the United States Army in 2004, and entered active duty in 2008 after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed an internal medicine residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.
Dr. Peña’s Army experience includes tours of duty as Staff Internist and Medical Director in the Executive Medicine Clinic at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital (FBCH), Chief of the inpatient Hospitalist Service at FBCH and a deployment to Afghanistan in 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom rendering medical care to detainees in the Detention Facility in Parwan.
From 2014-2018 she served a tour of duty at the White House Medical Unit (WHMU) under both the Obama and Trump administrations. Her roles included Officer in Charge of WHMU’s largest clinic in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Senior Physician, Medical Director at Camp David, and most recently as Physician to the Vice President of the United States. Dr. Peña ended her service to the Army in January 2019.
After leaving military service Dr. Peña joined Oscar Medical Group in February of 2019 as Medical Director for Virtual Primary Care. Between May and December of 2020, she took some time off her primary role at Oscar to join the COVID-19 pandemic relief effort as a Hospitalist at INOVA and with Sound Physicians. Additionally, Dr. Peña serves as a part-time consultant for Private Medical, Global Executive Medicine and provider for the INOVA VIP 360 executive medicine practice.
Dr. Peña also participates in medical contributions for CNN, MSNBC, BBC, Yahoo! Finance, Univisión and Telemundo, among other TV and radio networks. She has been a featured speaker at various national, international, and virtual conferences on digital and telehealth, COVID-19 and Veterans affairs.
She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and holds an appointment as Assistant Professor of Medicine for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Assistant Professor of Medical Education for the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), and a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the ACP’s Virginia Chapter.
“I’m passionate about expanding services across the spectrum of a patient’s healthcare journey Such an integrated platform can improve access to care and encourage people to take control of their own health.”