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Dr. Pouya Shafipour

Family Medicine
Santa Monica, CA
23 years experience male

Locations

Doctors of St. John's

Santa Monica, CA

Address

1831 Wilshire Blvd. Ste B, Santa Monica, CA, United States
Directions

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Anthem BlueCross BlueShield

Cigna

Oxford Health Plans

UnitedHealthcare

MultiPlan, Inc

About

Bio

I'm double board certified in Family Medicine and Obesity Medicine. I have a passion for treating chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes & high blood pressure with proper nutrition, exercise, lifestyle changes and biohacking. I believe in staying healthy to increase quality of life and quality of life of people I encounter in the community and in my practice as patients. I've chosen family medicine because it has given me the liberty to have a wide knowledge of medicine and pick the areas that interest me the most and indulge myself into it. Also being the first line of contact with people has given me the pleasure to see amazing changes in terms of a sustainable quality of life, energy, health and well-being

Specialties
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Family Medicine

Bariatrics

Doctor Q&A

464 Answers
90 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Fat cells: If by gaining weight, you mean gaining fat, shoulders' structure consist of bones and muscle, very little fatty cells. Unless someone is on high dose ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Yes: Asthma is allergy of the lung, so taking an anti-histamine will help alleviate some of the symptoms of asthma but not all ; for moderate to severe cas... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
It depends: Gi bleed can go from normal to dangerous within seconds. Therefore if everything is normal, they want to observe the patient for at least 24 to 48 hou... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Infection?: You could have a small pimple at the entrance of your nose or a sinus infection. I suggest doing saline rinse of the nostrils (you can get ocean spray... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
A few rules: Get a good quality, double pump, better to pump both breasts if your pump is a double, otherwise, as soon as milk stops in one breast, pump the and sw... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Yes if: It is the first month you started an oral contraceptive, your first couple of periods might be abnormal and irregular, but if it persists, you should... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Many reasons: Reason for lack of weight loss are many. Common reasons include: high intake of processed starch and sugar, lack of lean protein, vegetables and fiber... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Borderline: The ideal fasting sugar for a diabetic is below 100 and post prandial (1-2 hour after meals) less than 140. Rather than asking for more meds, i recomm... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Low carb: I suggest being on a hypoglycemic mild ketogenic diet where you take very little carbohydrates mostly from fruits and vegetables and higher portion of... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Probably normal: It is normal to have anovulatory cycles. These are cycles where you don't release an egg. Usually they are lighter and sometimes earlier and can happ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
By Healthy Calories: If you want to gain weight, you can do it by consuming more healthy calories such as protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fish or plant based fa... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Period, no, bleeding: Yes. Light period like bleeding is a common symptom of pregnancy, however, it should stop fairly quickly. I suggest seeing your doctor to get evaluate... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Low carb diet: I've found a low carb ketogenic diet containing about 60+ grams is protein & below 40 grams of carbs along with mild exercise the most effective for w... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
8 weeks: Usually on week 8, a transvaginal ultrasound can show the heartbeat and confirm that the embryo is in the uterus.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Yes: Carrying extra weight such as small dumbbells, or weights suited to various parts of your body such as calves, or chest does help with strengthening y... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Diet and supplements: Bloating could be due to lack of fiber, probiotics, enzymes or a combination of all. If you don't have enough probiotics and you consume a lot of fibe... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
It is good but: Make sure you don't have diabetes. Cranberry juice is good for preventing some urinary tract infections. However, too much of it due to high sugar con... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Pancreatitis?: This could be a sign of mild pancreatitis which if left untreated, could be dangerous. I suggest seeing your doctor, going on a clear liquid diet or i... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Yes, a common cause: Of sore throat includes acid reflux (acid coming up from stomach to the back of the throat) & postnasal drip (mucous dripping from back of your nose o... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Pregnancy test?: Early or abnormal period is a fairly common issue in young women. I suggest first doing a pregnancy test to make sure you're not pregnant. If not, and... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Yes, but: I advise you see your doctor for evaluation to make sure everything is ok. Light vaginal spotting is a common symptom of pregnancy but should stop rat... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
See a doctor: If you've had the abscess drained multiple times, you might need to see a general surgeon to open it up thoroughly, wash it out and leave it open to h... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Repeat in a week: When you stop birth control, it usually takes 1-2 cycles for your period to normalize. I say repeat the pregnancy test in a week and use protection i... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Cayenne pepper: Extract , capsaicin has shown in some clinical trials to increase the metabolism and cause some weight loss. Therefore it is used in some diets to in... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Lean Protein,Raw Veg: And low sugar fruits such as berries, grapefruit and melons. Eating over 51% raw veggies, eating dinner early and exercising regularly are all ways to... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Yes: Your body can ovulate even if you don't have a period or you have irregular periods. I suggest whenever you have an doubt, do a urine pregnancy test a... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
A few: I recommend a fasting complete metabolic panel, hga1c, fasting insulin, thyroid panel, hormone panel(progesterone estrogen testosterone ) and urinalys... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Allergy?: Is it to all pain meds or only to certain ones? You might have an allergy to the one you took.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Hypothyroidism : Tsh above 4 is a sign of low thyroid function or hypothyroidism. I suggest checking T3 (liothyronine) and T4 as well as tpo for a better diagnosis and... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Pre-diabetes: Based on your blood tests, you're not diabetic but rather pre-diabetic, meaning if you do not lose weight and change the way you eat (avoiding process... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Most likely no: I recommend staying away from packaged and frozen food which contain high amount of preservatives. Try to eat more natural food and cook the food your... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Maybe too much carb?: What you eat determines your metabolism. Therefore even on a vegan diet (which i'm following mostly as well), you have to make sure you're getting eno... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Varies: High functioning thyroid (hyperthyroidism): weight loss, anxiety, heart palpitations, excessive sweating, greasy hair, bulging eyes, light periods (wo... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Yes it is: Diet pop won't affect your weight loss for most part however it containing food coloring and chemicals like a aspartame which is not good for your hea... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Yes: Weight gain is one of the symptoms of underactive thyroid but there are other factors that control ones weight and metabolism including the type of fo... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
If: If you eat slower, you will not only enjoy the food, but also eat less and not gain weight as much.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Work up: I suggest seeing your doctor for a thorough work up. This might be from a low functioning thyroid gland. Other common in reasons include over eating p... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
It depends: Estrogen levels vary in female day by day based on the activity of the ovaries. The first two weeks of the menstural cycle they're high, then after ov... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Most likely Yes: There is no evidence of second or third trimester risk with taking Amoxicillin which is a class b drug in pregnancy and safe like tylenol (acetaminoph... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Yes: If you get your acl repaired with a surgery or conservatively with physical therapy if surgery is not indicated, usually the recovery after surgery is... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Fatigue weight gain: If vindallo thyroid levels you mean low thyroid hormone levels, the common symptoms of hypothyroidism include fatigue, lethargy, weight gain, depressi... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Yes: I suggest you go asap to make sure you don't have a systemic infection. 105 is too high to ignore.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Yes: Raw food diet is very effective in treating hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol and reducing your risk for many cancers. As long as you avoi... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Yes: There are a handful of medications that have been approved for weight loss. These include phentermine, diethylpropion, and recently approved Qsymia (p... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Not necessarily : What's effective for weight loss is the proportion of complex carbohydrates to protein to healthy fat. If someone is vegetarian but consumes a lot of ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
BMI vs. Body Fat: That's a tricky question. A conventional aspect would be to check your body mass index (weight in kg over square of your height in meter), google it a... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Too much carbohydrat: You might be eating too much simple carbohydrates which is lowering your blood sugar and causing the shakes and hunger. I suggest following a low carb... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Above 101: If you can't get his temperature below 101 with tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil and cooling measurea, then u suggest you take him to see a doctor rig... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
It depends: There are a few reasons for hypothyrodism. If it was due to a viral infection (thyroiditis) which means the thyroid gland gets inflamed, the function ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
It depends : I agree with dr lonsdale. For weight maintenance i suggest <100 grams/day fruits and veggies mostly and weight loss >40-50 grams/day.

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Feb 27, 2013
I have sent several patient to Dr. Shafipour and their feedback has always been extremely positive. He has been timely with his responses, and has kept me up to date on his care plan and the results. ...Read More
Feb 21, 2013
I have known and worked with Dr. Shafipour former than 5 years. He is a compassionate, caring, thorough clinician. I highly recommend him.
Jan 9, 2013
Excellent physician. Dr Shafipour has an incredible ability to see the entire picture, and treat the person and not only the disease.
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I want to gain waight in helthy way i recherch for protein in the internet and the tolde me its good if I respect the dose.80 grs in a day?
HealthTap member
Thank you for helping me but we still have bloating how do we get rid of constipation my grand daughter might be a diabetic I don't no thanx
HealthTap member
This saved my life. Thank You! I have been suffering so long! I dont have insurance so its hard to get answers. Thank you so, so much!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Graduated 2003MD

Medical/Graduate school

Georgetown University
Graduated 1999MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of California
Graduated 1998MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE MED CENTER

Residency

KAISER FOUNDATION HOSPITAL - LOS ANGELES

Awards

Recognized in Medicine, Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare
Top Family Physician, America's Top Family Physicians
Patient's choice award, 2012

Affiliations

American Academy of Family Physicians
American Society of Bariatric Physicians
The Obesity Society
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