About Dr. Shad


Farshad Fani Marvasti, MD, MPH (Dr. Shad)

Dr. Shad is a Stanford trained physician, medical educator, public speaker and aspiring author. He is proactively engaged in creating solutions to promote health and prevent the chronic diseases of our time.  His most recent article was published in the New England Journal of Medicine where he and his co-author make the case for redesigning medicine to create a prevention based health care system.  As a practicing physician, Dr. Shad advocates for the use of food as medicine and actively teaches his patients to buy and prepare healthy meals with food prescriptions as a standard part of treating their medical conditions. As a physician executive, he is working to develop innovative models and systems of care to reduce costs and improve quality in our health system. Acting to transform medical education, Dr. Shad is redesigning the 4-year medical school curriculum to include lifestyle medicine, nutrition and evidence based complementary therapies to prevent disease and maintain health throughout the lifespan. Working to expand our knowledge, Dr.Shad has undertaken research, published articles and medical textbook chapters on disease prevention, nutrition and complementary and alternative medicine since 1997.

Dr. Shad a distinguished graduate of Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University and has obtained both his Medical Doctorate and Masters of Public Health from the University of Arizona. He completed his medical residency training at the Stanford University School of Medicine and subsequently served as a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. Dr. Shad currently serves as the Director of Public Health, Prevention and Health Promotion at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix and as Medical Director for the College of Health Solutions Healthy Lifestyles Research Center at Arizona State University.  Dr. Shad also continues to teach Stanford medical students as an active adjunct faculty member and serves as Medical Director of Clinical Partnerships and Strategy for One Medical Arizona.

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