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Pouya Shafipour, MD, in Santa Monica, California, is a board-certified family medicine specialist with subspecialty training in a field of medicine known as bariatric or obesity medicine. He uses safe and effective medications in conjunction with dietary, nutritional, behavioral, and exercise counseling to manage obesity and medical conditions related to excessive weight gain or loss.

After finishing his residency, Dr. Shafipour pursued his passion in obesity treatment. Through extensive training by the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and the prestigious Harvard Blackburn Obesity Course, Dr. Shafipour has developed a program that focuses on healthy weight loss and a well-organized maintenance program. His program results in weight loss and maintenance of a healthy weight through a multi-level, personalized approach to dietary and lifestyle transformation.

Dr. Shafipour received his bachelor’s degree in molecular and cell biology from UC Berkeley, then continued his graduate studies and received a master’s degree in physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University. He later attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine, where he received his MD in 2003. He completed his internship in general surgery at UC Irvine and residency in family medicine at UCLA and became board certified in family medicine in 2008.

During a peak performance health and lifestyle coaching conference in 2004, Dr. Shafipour discovered an interest in lifestyle transformation. Following the conference, he personally took some radical measures and transformed his way of eating and implemented daily exercise into his life.

The impact of this transformation encouraged him to further pursue incorporating the idea of a sustainable, healthy lifestyle into his practice of medicine. Dr. Shafipour continued his training in bariatric medicine by taking courses offered through the American Society of Bariatric Physicians.

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Introduction to our Practice
Dr. Pouya Shafipour is a board certified Family Medicine Specialist with subspecialty training in a field of medicine known as Bariatric or Obesity Medicine. After finishing his residency, he pursued his passion in obesity treatment.
Practice Philosophy

Our Practice philosophy is to prevent disease by a proactive approach. We consider ourselves to be partners in health with our patients and to prevent disease before it starts. During each visit with us, no matter what the reason for your visit is, we will review your blood pressure, weight, body mass index, and general health and give you preventative tips about your health. These tips will include dietary changes, over-the-counter supplements, exercise tips and more. Dr. Shafipour always provides his patients with a personalized written note containing specific recommendations for the care of each disease or health condition. We look at all of our patients as our extended family members. All of our medical recommendations are based on years of medical training, as well as extensive research. Dr. Shafipour continuously attends medical seminars and remains up-to-date with the field of family medicine, nutrition, and anti-aging. Dr. Shafipour personally follows all of the preventative and dietary recommendations we offer and are able to share their personal experience with you. Our practice philosophy can be summarized by a couple of famous sayings: Your Body is the Temple to your Soul, so treat it accordingly and be aware of what you put in and how you treat your body. Do to others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:31)

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Awards & Recognitions

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2015 Patients’ Choice Award
Top 10 family doctors in Los Angeles, CA 2015
Rated one of 2015's top Los Angeles Family Medicine practices. Congratulations Dr. Shafipour!
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Curriculum Vitae

University of California, Berkeley

School of Arts & Sciences B.A Molecular and Cell Biology, 1998

Georgetown University

Master of Science in Physiology, 1999

Loma Linda University

Doctor of Medicine, 2003

University of California, Irvine

Internship in General Surgery, 2004

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Los Angeles

Residency Training in Family Medicine 2005-2008

Diplomat, American Board of Family Medicine 2008-2015

Motion Picture and TV Fund Medical Group, 2008-current

Diplomat, American Board of Obesity Medicine, 2011-2019

Patient Results
Patient #1
This young gentleman presented with uncontrolled high blood pressure despite being on 3 prescription medications, fatty liver, kidney disease, severe arthritis and sleep apnea. He followed a low calorie Zone type diet and over a period of a year was able to lose 160 lb of which over 60% is fat loss. Post weight loss is off of all but one low dose blood pressure medication, fatty liver, kidney problems, and sleep apnea have resolved.

Patient #2
This young gentleman is an avid cycler who followed a low carbohydrate ketogenic diet and over a period of 5 months was able to lose close to 40 lb. of weight of which 34 lb. was fat.

Patient #3
This young lady presented with high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and feeling tired. Through a low carbohydrates, ketogenic diet, she was able to lose over 20 lb. of weight of which majority was fat.

Patient #4
This young lady presented with weight gain, fatigue and high cholesterol levels. through a low carbohydrate ketogenic diet, she was able to lose over 25 lb. of fat and avoid getting on a cholesterol lowering medication such as lipitor.
Memberships, Partnerships & Affiliations
Dr. Pouya Shafipour and his team continue their involvement in the medical community.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept major PPO plans, HMO plans, and Medicare insurance plans. We also offer affordable options for those without insurance or with High Deductible insurance plans. We are not on network with Medi-Cal. Below is a short list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office with any questions.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Shield of California
First Health
Health Net
Meritain Health
Oxford Health Plans
SCAN Health Plan


Pouya Shafipour, MD
1831 Wilshire Boulevard, Ste B
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone: 310-400-5565
Fax: 310-400-5566

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