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Melissa Bailey Arizpe, Psyc. D

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Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Bariatric & Weight Loss Surgery Team

Trained as a Health Psychologist, Dr. Arizpe specializes in helping patients who have suffered from being over weight. She has dedicated herself to preparing patients for Weight Loss Surgery and spends a great deal of her time continuing her counseling after weight loss surgery. Dr. Arizpe performs pre-operative psychological evaluations throughout Southern California. She coordinates her care with Beverly Hills Physicians in providing comprehensive care to weight loss surgery patients. She leads a weekly support group in Santa Ana, CA. In addition to preparing patients for embarking on their journey to a healthy slimmer life, she also provides support in helping patients adjust to their new bodies after surgery in both an individual and group therapy format. She is a member of Obesity Action Coalition and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

·Societies - Memberships - Affiliations:
    American Psychological Association
    California Psychological Association
    National Register of Health Professionals in Psychology
    Arizona Psychological Association
    Obesity Action Coalition
    American Society of Bariatric Surgeons


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Mark Davidson, MD

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Dr. Davidson received his medical degree from David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He then completed a three year residency program in internal medicine at UCLA affiliated Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Los Angeles. Following this training, he completed a three year fellowship program in Gastroenterology with emphasis on liver disorders at the UCLA affiliated Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Dr. Davidson is board certified in both Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. He is an attending physician at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and other local hospitals in Los Angeles. His practice is focused on clinical medicine and he performs a variety of endoscopic procedures. Thousands of patients have trusted their medical care to Dr. Davidson for a variety of medical disorders most notably for screening of colon, esophageal, and gastric cancers.

·Medical School
    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA - Los Angeles, CA
·Residency and Fellowships
    Internal Medicine
    UCLA - Veteran's Affair Medical Center - Los Angeles, CA

    Gastroenterology & Hepatology
    UCLA - Kaiser Permanente Medical Center - Los Angeles, CA
·Societies - Memberships - Affiliations:
    American Gastroenterology Association
    American College of Gastroenterology
    Cedars Sinai, Olympia & St. John's Hospital Medical Centers


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George Mutafyan, MD

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Dr. Mutafyan is a Board Certified Advanced Laparoscopic General and Weight Loss Surgeon practicing in the Los Angeles area. He recently moved from the east coast where he did advanced training at Duke University and served as a Minimally Invasive Fellow in Advanced Laparoscopic General and Weight Loss Surgery. Previously he worked as a surgical intern at Oregon Health & Science University and graduated from the General Surgery Residency Program at Michigan State University. Dr. Mutafyan trained with world famous bariatric expert Dr Eric J. DeMaria and performed many of the most difficult revisional surgeries including complicated redo gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and adjustable banding.

Dr. Mutafyan dedicated a full year to research ad Duke working on assessment of tissue ischemia after laparoscopic stapling, and on creation of endoscopic anastomoses using magnetic devices. He is affiliated with USC School of Medicine and has practices located in Glendale, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills. Dr. Mutafyan is fluent in Russian and Armenian.

·Medical School:
    New York Medical College - Valhalla, NY
·Residency and Fellowships
    General Surgery Residency
    Michigan State University - Lansing, MI
    Djanelidze Research Institute - St. Petersburg, Russia

    General Surgery Internship
    Oregon Health & Science University - Portland, OR

    Minimally Invasive Surgery - General & Bariatric Fellow
    Duke University Medical Center - Durham, NC


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Shahab Mehdizadeh, MD, MA

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Dr. Mehdizadeh is a gastroenterologist and an expert in nutrition and weight loss. He is board certified in both gastroenterology and internal medicine. Additionally he is certified by the American Board of Physician Nutritionist Specialists. Dr. Mehdizadeh received his fellowship training in gastroenterology and liver disorders at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Mehdizadeh is a clinical instructor at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he is an attending physician and teaches endoscopic procedures. He has published over 40 articles in prestigious medical journals. He is an expert in medical weight loss as well as endoscopic screening for colon, esophageal and gastric cancers.

·Medical School:
    University of Rochester, School of Medicine, Rochester, NY
·Residency and Fellowships
    Internal Medicine
    UCLA - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center - Los Angeles, CA

    Gastroenterology & Hepatology
    UCLA - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center - Los Angeles, CA
·Societies - Memberships - Affiliations:
    American Gastroenterology Association
    American College of Gastroenterology
    American Society of Bariatric Physicians
    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Olympia Medical Center


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Elana Rackman

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Registered Dietician & Nutrition Consultant
Bariatric & Weight Loss Surgery Team

Elana received her B.S. in Nutrition and Health from Queens College. In 1996 she obtained her R.D. and then went on to earn her masters in Human Nutrition from Columbia University. After working for seven years as a Dietitian in New York City Elana relocated to Los Angeles, were she is currently an Administrative Dietitian at Cedar Sinai Medical.

Elana has dedicated several years to understanding the complexity of nutritional health and planning for weight loss surgery patients.

Elana is an integral part of our multidisciplinary approach to weight loss surgery. She has continued her education and has honed her skills as a specialist in Bariatric Nutrition. She advises patients both in preparation of surgery as well as counselling and support after surgery. Elana is also a dedicated Yoga instructor.

Beverly Hills Physicians, who perform bariatric surgery in Los Angeles, has offices in Beverly Hills, Encino, Thousand Oaks, Valencia, Pasadena, Long Beach and Oxnard. To learn more, contact us today.


S. Radi Shamsi, MD

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Dr. Shamsi is a native of Santa Monica, California and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in the subspecialty of Gastroenterology. He is an attending physician at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and other local hospitals in Los Angeles. His practice is focused on clinical medicine and he performs a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures.

·Medical Education
    University Of California at Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, CA
·Residency and Fellowships
    Internal Medicine
    Cedars Sinai Medical Center; Los Angeles, CA

    Gastroenterology & Hepatology
    USC-Keck School of Medicine; Los Angeles , CA
·Societies - Memberships - Affiliations:
    American Gastroenterology Association
    American College of Gastroenterology
    St. John’s Hospital Medical Central

Mordo Suchov, MD

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Dr. Mordov is certified by American Board of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology with over 25 years of experience. He received high remarks from his patients about his bedside manners, compassion and extensive knowledge of medicine. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.

·Medical Education
    National Autonomous University of Mexico
·Residency and Fellowships
    Internal Medicine Residency
    Sinai Hospital of Baltimore

    Gastroenterology Residency
    Harbor UCLA Medical Center
·Societies - Memberships - Affiliations:
    American College of Gastroenterology
    American Gastroenterology Association
    American Board of Internal Medicine
    American Board of Gastroenterology
    Encino Hospital; Providence Hospital
    Valley Presbyterian Medical Center; Sherman Oaks Hospital

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