Dr. Robert Shapiro

Emergency Medicine
Lancaster, CA
male

Locations

Office

Lancaster, CA

Address

Lancaster, CA
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Thursday: Closed
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About

Bio

I grew up in New Jersey, and stayed on the East Coast until the early 80's, when I attended Stanford University. Didn't know what courses to take when I arrived, so I asked around. Most people recommended a course called Human Biology, which was very popular because it was founded by the then-President of Stanford, Donald Kennedy. This course had two parts to it, an "A" side which dealt with straightforward science, and a "B" side which was humorously nicknamed the "fuzzy" side, because it dealt with what were felt by the hardcore science people as "warm and fuzzy" topics such as Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology. But I loved both sides to this course, and my love of everything related to the general topic of restoring vitality to one's life led me to not only study, but immerse myself in many different healing environments, from a month-long silent meditation in India to a stint in Fiji as Tony Robbins' Medical Director when he was putting the finishing touches on his redesigned Life Mastery course. I am now at a crossroads in my career in Medicine. Although what firmly remains in myself is a desire to truly help people on all levels in as rapid a way as possible, the current medical system that I am now at the mercy of ---rewards me for seeing more patients in as little time as possible, ---requires me to use a computer system for my documentation which is constantly crashing, and, ---is so busy that my attention is routinely interrupted once every 5 minutes or so... In short, stands in the way of my being able to HELP people the way that I would like to help them, the way I dreamed of helping people when I first considered becoming a doctor many years ago. This is why I am blessed that a company such as HealthTap is now available, because now you, my patient, can get the time and full attention that you deserve, and I, your doctor, can draw upon my extensive experience and experience the luxury of MY own uninterrupted time with you!

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.

Emergency Medicine

Family Medicine

Internal Medicine

Urgent Care

Licenses

United States: California, Vermont

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

68 Answers
8 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Probably not: Low chance based on your description, but as a doctor my decision about whether or not to check your heart in the office would be based upon your risk... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Advise seeing an MD: "Dry heaving", when seen in the ER can be due to many causes, including any condition or medication which makes the person extremely nauseous (alcohol... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Answer: Nonmedical ways of managing GERD are: avoid or cut back on mint, chocolate, citrus, caffeine, alcohol, tomatoes, onions; do not wear anything clothing... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
One possibility: It sounds like you are referring to an area known as the angle of the mandible, and if the "growth" came on rapidly and is painful, it is more likely ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Nonspecific: Serum IgE is extremely nonspecific to any particular problem, and may be elevated in allergic asthma/rhinitis, yeast infections, HIV infection, and to... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Answer: There is most likely fluid and mucous inside your Eustachian tube causing the blockage. If popping the ear does not help, try using a decongestant nas... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Dehydration : I would check a pregnancy test when you get a chance, but the main concern to me with the symptoms that you're having is possible dehydration from vol... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Probably not: The floaters should gradually resolve. You need to avoid doing anything that could increase the pressure in your eye such as heavy lifting, pushing/pu... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Chest Tube: It sounds like he had a chest tube placed; this is a tube which is connected to a machine that actively suctions air OUT of the chest so that the lung... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Answer: Most likely, the crab shell caused a scratch on the inside of your esophagus, but if you are experiencing nausea, vomiting, regurgitation of undigeste... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Suggestions: First off, many men masturbate several times a day. Would be concerned about possible treatment if the behavior is getting in the way of you being ab... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
It depends...: In general, high blood pressure is treated because of the potential for disastrous consequences, such as heart attack and stroke the longer it is left... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Some possibilities: If I was seeing you as a patient with that story, I would be running an EKG, checking your blood counts (low blood counts can cause shortness of breat... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Not necessarily: Herpes usually causes blistering, and the most accurate way to test for this would be for a doctor to sterilely send a sample of the blister fluid its... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Further testing: During pregnancy, there is a redistribution of your blood volume, which can certainly contribute to a feeling a dizziness. Nausea from morning sickne... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Spider bites: Spider bites are usually appreciated as 2 "dots" on the skin which are close together. Most people who see me in the ER are usually concerned about w... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Gallstones : One possibility is that you are expelling gallstones from your gallbladder, which then enter the gut and are visible now that you have diarrhea as opp... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
See a doctor: If I was seeing you in a clinical setting, I would first be asking you many questions to make sure that you were not someone who was highly likely to ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Probably not: Based on what was stated, and you are not a smoker with any other medical history, the most probable cause is GERD (see below). Would recommend cuttin... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Answer: In the absence of any significant medical problems, palpitations are usually caused by adrenaline overload in your body. Avoid other potential adrena... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Answer : I would recommend seeing a doctor in order to determine the cause of the fluid in your legs. Potentially serious causes include heart failure, malnutr... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Strep or not: Strep throat, which doctors recommend antibiotic treatment for, commonly causes fevers, enlarged tonsils with pus, enlarged neck glands, and the absen... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Go to the ER: I would imagine that you have been to the emergency room many times in the past. However, in a situation like this, I would not hesitate to order a CT... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Ignore: Do make sure that your bedroom is at a comfortable temperature for you.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Possibility: If you are otherwise healthy, and these symptoms have lasted for 5 days or less, most likely cause is a viral illness related to the flu. If by "dizz... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Answer: I would be concerned if there are any breathing or talking difficulties, vomiting, or persistent drooling, chest pain, or regurgitation of undigested ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Possibly not GERD: GERD and gastritis are 2 diagnoses which are frequently made on a "clinical basis", that is, without further testing to back up the diagnoses. The do... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Two possibilities: Two possibilities if you are otherwise healthy are dehydration or fluctuating blood sugars. Try drinking plenty of water (at least 5 glasses a day), ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Muscular or Nerve: One common cause can be muscle spasm; common areas include the temporal muscles (Has a dentist ever told you that you grind your teeth when you sleep?... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Answer: Could be a urine infection or prostate infection. Frequent urination implies bladder irritability. If he is pushing hard to get the urine stream out... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Most likely: Assuming no other pre existing medical conditions nor history of heavy alcohol consumption, the shakiness is most likely due to sudden shifts in the p... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Yes, as long as...: What you describe sounds like normal tissue drainage after surgery. I am assuming you have no fever or increased oxygen requirements and that besides ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Multiple causes: Multiple possible explanations. The "dark black gunk" could have been old earwax, or could have been an infection of the ear canal, both of which can... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Answer: If the pain is in the back of the testicle without history of injury, most likely cause is epididymitis, which can often be diagnosed in a doctor's of... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Muscular most likely: Most common reasons if you have no other medical conditions/risk factors are strain of the pectoralis major or intercostal muscle, and pleurisy, whic... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Probably viral: If you are otherwise healthy, by the far the most likely possibility is that you have a viral syndrome. Another is food allergy. If I was seeing you a... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Choices: Unfamiliar with "r039", but I can say for sure that when you buy things off the street, you are taking your life into your own hands because you have ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Many possibilities : If persistent floaters or visual shading see an ophthalmologist or get a referral to one. Some types of migraine can do this. REM dissociation of your... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Esophageal Spasm: Most likely your pain was due to esophageal spasm, which can be set off by cold liquids. If the problem is occurring more frequently, consider seeing ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Probably not: If, by "stomach cramping", you are referring to the upper part of your stomach, then if you are having simultaneous shoulder pain which is NON-positio... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Many possibilities: If you are still able to "force yourself to eat", this implies that there is no direct obstruction of the gut. Usually the cause is some type of "tox... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
See a doctor: Based on your description, a fungal infection commonly known as "tinea" would be most likely, particularly if you have pendulous breasts, as the warm ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Very unlikely: By far the most likely cause of your symptoms is a viral syndrome, and the headache has to do with tightening of the muscles of your scalp from this i... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Possibly: Generally, dental infections take longer than a day to develop. Having upper teeth pulled can certainly lead to headaches once the anesthesia wears o... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Leg pain: Although plantar fasciitis certainly can cause heel and foot pain, it should not be causing pain in the legs. Some other common causes to consider are... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Answer: With a direct blow to your kneecap, there is a possibility that you fractured it. I'd recommend having it x-rayed because if it's broken then you'll n... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Usually: Antibiotics are usually prescribed for UTI's, as they can develop into potentially more serious problems such as kidney infections if left unchecked. ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Ignore: If you can't sleep within 15 minutes of being in bed, go to another dimly lit, quiet room.
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Suggestions: When you say "after left side terrible blockage pain", I am not sure if you mean that you recently were diagnosed by a doctor with a small bowel obstr... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Recheck: If I were seeing you in a clinical setting, I would want to know first off if the pathology from the biopsy was back yet. Skin cancers are known for ... Read More
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HealthTap member
Nov 27, 2015
This Thanksgiving, I wanted to share my appreciation for all that you do! Thank you, doctor! :)
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank u doctor.it bulged out unevenly like one huge tag and looks full as if filled with warer/blood.when I pinch,it pains.its firm and solid.will see a doctor in 2 mont...Read More
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thank u very much for the response even if u wernt able to answer my q you still gave very helpfull advice and yes ive been trying to get help for so long, anyway hav a goodone
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) Thank you! that was the best answer I've heard! makes me feel better!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, NY
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

BAYSTATE MEDICAL CENTER
Completed 2000

Awards

Top Emergency Medicine Specialist , Third Place, National - Spring
2016
Top Emergency Medicine Specialist, First Place, the Los Angeles Region - Spring
2017
Top Emergency Medicine Specialist, Second Place, California - Spring
2017
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