urgent care san diego

Primary & Urgent Care San Diego

3900 Fifth Ave


San Diego,



In-Office: Weekdays 8am-6pm, Weekends 8am-4:30pm
Video Visits: try PocketDoc, available Weekdays 6:30am-10pm, Weekends 7am-10pm

Same or next day appointments

Lengthy appointment times

High patient satisfaction scores

In-Network with most insurance

About Primary & Urgent Care in San Diego


Our primary and urgent care in San Diego is located at the epicenter of Hillcrest at the corner of University and 5th Avenue. Our office is on the ground floor of the landmark Union Bank building adjacent to the historic Hillcrest sign. Our office has 11 exam rooms and can be entered from either University Avenue or from the elevators from the under-ground parking structure exiting at the courtyard. We validate parking at our Hillcrest location. The entrance to the parking is on 5th Ave (to your left as you pass University).

We have been practicing patient-centered, high quality primary and urgent care in San Diego since 2005. Core to our mission is becoming a patient’s medical home. We want patients to rediscover the comfort of what was once a visit to the doctor’s office.

We offer same-or-next day appointments and our providers typically see fewer patients each day than the industry average, giving them more time to invest in and develop long-term relationships.

As with all Perlman Clinic locations, we are in-network with most insurances. If you do not have insurance, no problem. We offer competitive cash pay rates. For more detail on our insurance and cash pay rates, visit our Insurance and Pricing pages. Also note that we take both walk-ins and scheduled appointments. For walk-ins, we recommend you call ahead to ask about wait times. We’ll do our best to fit you in quickly.

So if you work or live downtown, uptown, or in Mission Valley, we believe you will find our offices very convenient. Our friendly staff and providers are looking forward to providing you with excellent medical care.



Primary Care

General Health Issues
Minor Injuries
Preventive Medicine And Wellness
Annual Physical Exams And Routine Checkups
Referrals To Specialists

Urgent Care

Fever, Cold, or Flu
Minor Allergic Reactions
Asthma Attacks
Ear Or Sinus Pain
Nausea, Vomiting, Or Diarrhea
Sore Throat
Frequent Or Painful Urination
Heat Stroke
Cuts And Scrapes
Minor Head Injuries Without Loss Of Consciousness
Minor Sports Injuries


Perlman Clinic Hillcrest is on the 1st floor, right at the entrance, of the Union Bank Building in Hillcrest, which is conveniently located near the I-5, Route 163 and University Ave


A field of patient parking is located right below the entrance in the parking garage. We validate parking. The building also has bike racks available for those patients that prefer to commute by bicycle.


Patient Testimonials

Primary & Urgent Care FAQ

There are times when getting medical attention is urgent and you might wonder if you should go to the Emergency Room or an Urgent Care Clinic? Under many circumstances going to an Urgent Care Clinic is much quicker. Emergency Rooms can be very chaotic and you could wait a very long time to get treatment. Here are some suggestions to help you determine if you should seek an Urgent Care Clinic or the Emergency Room:

Hillcrest is located just north of Downtown San Diego. It is very close to the airport and multiple freeways. Hillcrest is also home to Scripps Hospital (which is a block away from our location)

We see a lot of patients for primary care so we would love to be your Primary Care Provider! That said, we can also see you on an Urgent Care basis if we are not your Primary Care Provider. We see patient all ages — from pediatrics to seniors!

You are more than welcome to just walk into Perlman Clinic or call ahead of time to schedule an appointment. If you want to make sure you can be seen at a specific time, we suggest calling to schedule an appointment. 858.554.1212

Generally, your wait time will be brief, unlike an emergency room that can take several hours. From the time you walk in the door, Perlman Clinic will usually see you within 20 minutes (if you’re a new patient, after paperwork is completed) and in some cases even in less time than that. That said, during busy days or hours, the wait could be long. If you want to make sure you can be seen at a specific time, we suggest calling to schedule an appointment.

An urgent care clinic is usually a great deal less expensive than an emergency room. Emergency rooms can be quite expensive while an urgent care clinic is often a fraction of the cost.

Just like any doctor’s office, the first time you visit you should bring your current medical insurance card, a driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID and your current medication bottles (or a list of which medications and the dosages). If you have any paperwork that provides information regarding past treatments or tests that have been performed, bring them as well.

We accept most insurances so generally you can use your insurance for payment. That said, many insurances require a co-pay that we collect at the time of the visit.

A list of the insurances we take can be found HERE

It’s good to note that we take most commercial insurances and medicare. Feel free to call us at 858.554.1212 with any questions about insurance.

The parking entrance is on 5th Ave just north of University.


A Message from Perlman Clinic

As a primary care provider and urgent care in San Diego County, our medical practice model has been successful with our patients, our staff, our physicians and our physician assistants. Our providers hope to deliver quality care and to establish a long-term relationship with new patients. They are able to see walk-in or same day patients. In other words, they are available for what is commonly called urgent care and walk-in care medical services. Yet, they are able to have a comfortable schedule – which means they can provide quality medical care and also maintain a quality life. And that last part – that our providers maintain a quality life style – is very important to our culture. Perlman Clinic firmly believes that having happy medical care providers is a key component of quality medical care. Perlman Clinic staff includes physicians that practice family medicine, internal medicine, preventive medicine, pediatrics, and integrative medicine. Our doctors, physician assistants and medical assistants will provide you with the medical care you need in a timely, personal and caring way. You will be treated as our valued patient, not some number or quota. Our motto – “Doctor, Friend, Advocate” – is what we want to be for all of our patients. We will be honored if you visit Perlman Clinic and give us a chance to provide you care.

3900 Fifth Ave
San Diego CA 92103
United States