Dr. Payam Vahedifar MD

Interventional Non-Surgical Spine Specialist

Payam Vahedifar, MD is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine and has been practicing in these specialties for more than 10 years.

A specialist in non-surgical and interventional treatment and pain management of the musculoskeletal system, he is qualified to treat any patient in need of his comprehensive, innovative services for joint and spine pain relief. He holds appointments at UCLA Santa Monica Orthopedic Hospital, as well as Providence Tarzana, Providence St. Josephs, and West Hills Hospital.

Dr. Vahedifar graduated with honors from UCLA and then graduated from Tulane University College of Medicine, where he did extensive research on nerve-associated pain. He completed residency training at UCLA Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Multi-Campus Residency and its affiliated hospitals, including Shriners Hospital for Children, Wadsworth Veterans Administration, Orthopedic Hospital, and Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center. After residency, Dr. Vahedifar continued his training under the head of orthopedic spine surgery at Orthopedic Hospital and completed postgraduate training in spine and interventional spine treatments.

Dr. Vahedifar is a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has received widespread recognition for his innovative services and compassionate care throughout the local community and medical profession and from industry peers and patients.

A pain management professional dedicated to improving the lives of his patients and providing tailored treatments that meet their unique needs and lifestyles, he is widely recognized for being among the top in his field and for providing quality care to people who suffer from acute and chronic pain.

Meet Dr. Vahedifar’s Team

Alicia Villalobos
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (818) 986-0200
Fax: (818) 986-4393

Joanna Hoff
Office Administrator
Phone: (818) 986-0200
Fax: (818) 986-4393

Billing
COSMA Management Services
Biller: Carla Martinez
Phone: (818) 986-0200 ext. 28

Curriculum Vitae

Payam Vahedifar, M.D.

Languages: English, Farsi, French
Education
• Bachelor of Science in Biology, June 1992
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA   1987- 1992
• Medical Doctorate, June 1996
Tulane School of Medicine
New Orleans, LA  1992 – 1996
• Medical Internship
University of California, Irvine
City of Orange, CA   1996-1997
• Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
UCLA Multi-Campus Residency Program
Los Angeles, CA  1997 – 2000

Licensure

• Bachelor of Science in Biology, June 1992
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA   1987- 1992
• Medical Doctorate, June 1996
Tulane School of Medicine
New Orleans, LA  1992 – 1996
• Medical Internship
University of California, Irvine
City of Orange, CA   1996-1997
• Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
UCLA Multi-Campus Residency Program
Los Angeles, CA  1997 – 2000

Certification

• Board Certified, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2001
• Board Certified, American Board of Pain Medicine, 2009
• Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1997
• Qualified Medical Examiner (QME), State of California, Division of Workers’ Compensation, Medical Unit, License No. 958328,  2003

Professional Organizations

• Member, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
• Member, California Medical Association
• Member, American Medical Association
• Member, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

Current Practice and Practice History

• Physician and Interventional Pain Management, 2008- Current
Private Practice, Encino Spine
Encino, CA
• Physician and Interventional Pain Management, 2001- 2005
Los Angeles Spinal Surgery Associates and Spinal Procedures Medical
Group, Los Angeles, California
• Physician, 2002 – 2008
Orthopedics Consultants Medical Group
Encino, CA
• Associate Physician, 2001 – 2004
Southern California Rehabilitation Group
Burbank, CA
• Associate Physician, 2000 – 2004
Central Medical Center
Glendale, CA
• Rehabilitation Director, 2000 – 2003
MSLA Rehabilitation Services
Glendale, CA

Medical Staff Appointments

• Provisional, Encino-Tarzana Medical Center  Encino, CA 2002 – Present
• Provisional, St. Joseph Medical Center  Burbank, CA 2001 – 2004
• Provisional, Holy Cross Medical Center   Mission Hills, CA 2000 -2004
• Courtesy, UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center  Santa Monica, CA 2001 -2004
• Provisional, West Hills Medical Center  West Hills, CA 2009-Present

Presentations

• Sexual Dysfunction in Neurological Disorders
Ochners Hospital, New Orleans, LA  1996
●  Osteoporosis, A Comprehensive Review and Current Opinions
Department of Veterans Affairs, Los Angeles, CA  1998
●  Primary Reflexes, Uses as a Diagnostic Tool
Department of Veterans Affairs, Los Angeles, CA  1999
●  Rheumatoid Arthritis, Pitfalls in Rehabilitation
Department of Veterans Affairs, Los Angeles, CA  2000