Dr. Pouya Shafipour

Family Medicine
Santa Monica, CA
25 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
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Family Medicine

Bariatrics

Doctor Q&A

370 Answers
67 Agrees
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Probably: It all depends on the amount of calorie that you're eating and the type of carbohydrates. However on a low calorie high carbohydrate diet you run the ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
It depends: On your height, weight, sex, age and metabolic rate. On average a young male on a very low calorie diet (800 kcal/day) can lose up to 4-5 lbs. In a we... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes 80/20 diet: Where 80% of your diet consists of low carb, high lean protein and plant or fish based fat and no alcohol and 20% is rather unhealthy, meaning higher... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Lactose a laxative : Low carb ketogenic diet such as the Atkins diet often cause constipation in the early stages of the diet. Lactulose is a laxative that will probably h... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
It depends: Diet pills are plenty, most effective ones are stimulant appetite suppressants which are harmful in long term to your heart, nervous system, kidneys a... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
300-500 extra KCal: Per day is all you need for your pregnancy. Caloric recommendations are weight, height and gender based. You can look them up online by visiting http:... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Normal : The heavier the weight the faster you'll lose but it will slow down since your metabolism with weight loss slows down as well. So 3 ibs per week at 32... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Wrong diet: Diabetes is on the rise, mostly due to poor dietary habits, high intake of processed starch and sugar and low intake of lean protein and plant and fis... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Common Weight loss m: Phentermine or adipex-d is a very common weight loss medication and if taken correctly (overweight with a weight related medical condition) or obese a... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Both of those conditions can contribute to hairloss and in a female improving one or the other (through androgen blockers or thyroid supplementation) ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Cough and stomach: When you cough, your intercostal muscles (muscles between your ribs) as well as your stomach muscle contract that can cause pain in the stomach area. ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Postnasal drip: I suggest doing salt water rinse of your sinuses (ocean spray or the netti pot over the counter) and use over the counter allergy meds like allegra, c... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes it could: Dhea could potentially increase your testosterone leading to higher lean body mass and lower fat mass. However, pure dhea might increase your Estradio... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
3-4 hra: It depends the route but injectible Lidocaine usually lasts 3-4 hours and topical less topical patch more.
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A member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Hold Pressure: Scalp cuts can bleed a lot since the scalp has a rich blood supply. I suggest hold pressure on it and if the cut is deep and goes through your skin, g... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Low carb diet: I've found a low carb (no starch or sugar) ketogenic diet containing about 60+ grams is protein and below 40 grams of carbohydrate along with mild exe... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Hypothyroidism : If you have hypothyroidism it's best to take your medication regularly and not stop it otherwise you'll feel tired lethargic etc since you don't have ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Measurement: When she measured your baby the age of the baby most likely changed since the ultrasound measurement was larger than your date based on lmp. This is n... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Ice,stretch,NSAID: I suggest stretching the muscles (look for child pose position online, it's a yoga position that helps open up the lower back muscles), also use ice a... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Depends: Maximum pregnancy weight depends on various things including pre pregnancy weight body type height etc. If you're normal weight to begin weight you ar... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Probably: If the tightness puts pressure over a cervical or thoracic nerve it will cause pain and numbness.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
It depends: Ct angiography consists of i injection of a contrast through the vein and then a ct scan. The contrast is hard on the kidneys and the ct consists of a... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Eustachian dysfuncti: There's a tube connecting the ears to the sinuses and with air pressure allergies sinusitis and some other conditions it gets blocked causing pressur... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Kidney issues: There could be an underlying cause to the color of your urine including blood in your urine, infection or other chemicals. I suggest seeing a doctor f... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Acanthosis nigricans could be a sign of obesity related Insulin resistance which is also seen in people with type 2 diabetes. Some medications like g... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
TSH 10.10?: If by thyroid you mean your level of blood tsh, then that means you have hypothyroidism or low functioning thyroid gland. However, if your thyroid hor... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Type of food : It's not so much the acid in vinegar but the type of food that increases stomach acid production and causes heartburn. For example lime is acidic but ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Low thyroid function: Yes based on you number and symptoms you have subclinical hypothyroidism. I suggest getting a full panel and speaking to a thyroid specialist about tr... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Skills for job/life: Occupational therapy is a type of physical therapy to improve one's engagement of activities of daily living and their occupation. It includes reintro... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
BV?: These could be symptoms of bacterial vaginosis which is a benign infection treated with antibiotics or other infections. I suggest see your primary do... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Co2 normal range is usually between 21-31, so your level is normal.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
CT and PE: A high resolution chest ct scan can be used to follow up a former pe, especially if you've been on a blood thinner like warfarin (coumadin) or lovenox... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
See a doctor: If you've been exposed to gonorrhoea the protocol is a urine test as well as antibiotics for chlamydia and gonoerhoea which usually is cefteiaxone 250... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
OB, ASAP: I suggest you go to the labor and delivery of your ob/gyn asap for evaluation, monitoring and an ultrasound to make sure you're not going into pre-ter... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Ketosis?: This could be from various reasons if you don't eat much carbohydrates and more fat or if your body fay(stomach fat) is high, then your body might be ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: There are different types of stitches, some absorb rapidly, some take months & some need to be removed after a short period of time 1-3 weeks dependin... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
It depends: On the type of diet you're on (low carb, low fat, high protein, zone, etc.), your body weight, metabolism and some other factors. Most of my patients ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Fluid retention: Weight normally varies between 2-5 lb. Throughout the day from fluid retention, food retention, as well as hormonal changes we normally experience thr... Read More
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A 64-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Knee pain: It's the most common knee pain that we see in the clinic. Many athletes and walkers get it and get concerned that it might be something more serious. ... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Most likely yes: U can take the pills if your blood pressure is well controlled and your kidney and liver functions are normal. If you take the syrup form make sure it... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Salt water VC Tyleno: Salt water gargles, vitamin c , rest, tylenol (acetaminophen) and if not better see your doctor.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Dose dependent : I'm not aware of side effects. I suggest taking less than 10 billion per day for maintenance. Higher if you're sick.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Not necessarily: I am not aware of any scientific reasons behind drinking milk before going to bed. In general drinking any liquids before going to bed may make you ha... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
It depends: Scar formation depends on the depth of the injury as well as your skin type and your healing process. Usually if the wound isn't too deep you should ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Multiple : Permanent scar, possible infection, possible hepatitis c or hiv, possible allergic reaction or a rash formation and many other complications.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
It depends: The amount of caloric intake depends on your height/weight/level of activity/age. For an 18 year/old male, if you're normal weight, between 2000-2200 ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Low carb diet: I've found a low carb (no starch or sugar) ketogenic diet containing about 60+ grams is protein and below 40 grams of carbohydrate along with mild exe... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes, some forms of: Breast cancer are hereditary. It's best to ask your relative's doctor what if she had the genetic type of breast cancer. If your relative got it at a ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Rinse/nose spray: Are effective in treating postnasal drip. Saline rinse with devices such as the netti pot are effective in reducing sinus inflammation. Also seeing a ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Following a low carb ketogenic diet is a safe way to lose weight fairly rapidly. Basically have 2-4 oz of protein with each meal, no starch or sugar (... Read More
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Testimonials
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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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