About Dr. Shad

Farshad Fani Marvasti, MD, MPH (Dr. Shad) has recently relocated back to Arizona after completing his medical training and serving as teaching faculty at the Stanford School of Medicine.  Dr. Shad has engaged in and published medical research in the fields of nutrition, public health and complementary and alternative medicine since 1997.  He has been involved in research projects at the National Institutes of Health, the University of Arizona and Stanford University School of Medicine.  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 model.  Dr. Shad was a founding member of the Stanford Food Summit that continues to thrive as a dialogue for understanding food as it relates to individual, community and environmental health.  Focusing on prevention, Dr. Shad advocates for the use of food as medicine and actively teaches his patients about how to buy and prepare healthy meals as a standard part of treating their medical conditions.  Using food as medicine, Dr. Shad routinely writes “Food Prescriptions” as a default instead of medication as the cornerstone of his practicShad079e.

Dr. Shad grew up in Arizona and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University.  During medical school at the University of Arizona, he worked as a member of the College of Medicine Curriculum Committee in collaboration with Dr. Andrew Weil to contribute to curricular change and expand offerings for Nutrition and Integrative Medicine.  He also took an additional year to obtain a Masters of Public Health with an emphasis on nutrition and a thesis internship project at the Stanford Prevention Research Center.  Dr. Shad then completed his residency in Family Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine program based at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, CA.  After completing residency training, Dr. Shad spent time as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and subsequently worked as a faculty consultant for Stanford Hospital and the Stanford School of Medicine.

Dr. Shad is an exceptional lecturer and public speaker.  He has served as faculty at the Stanford School of Medicine and now serves as the Director of Public Health, Prevention and Population Health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix Campus. Currently, he is working on a medical textbook chapter on Integrative Preventive Medicine. He is also in the process of writing his first book for the general public on how to achieve optimal health in all aspects of life.

Being board certified in both Family Medicine (ABFM) and Integrative Medicine (ABIHM), Dr. Shad combines the best of conventional and alternative medicine in his active medical practice.  Dr. Shad currently serves as the Medical Director at One Medical Group to oversee all offices and physicians in Arizona that are part of this innovative primary care practice.

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