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Mandana Shafai, M.D.

Internal Medicine Doctor
McLean, VA

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Get to Know Dr. Shafai

Previous Experience
Internal Medicine of Arlington/Advanced Health Center
Whole Women's Health Clinic (Alexandria) — Medical Director
Annandale Women & Family Center
Georgetown University/Medstar 

Favorite Part About Being a Doctor
“When a patient tells me I made a difference by helping them feel better and live better.”

About Dr. Shafai

Since her childhood, Dr. Mandana Shafai always knew she wanted to pursue a career that connected her to people. And as an internal medicine doctor at PartnerMD, that is exactly what she strives to do with all her patients.

“I want my patients to know they have someone who listens to them,” she says. “I want them to know that I am their ally on their path to lifelong health.”

Dr. Shafai combines functional medicine, holistic medicine, and traditional medicine to deliver the customized care her patients need.

With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Shafai has helped patients with a wide range of issues, including weight loss, diet, stress/anxiety, and sleep. She frequently helps women navigate perimenopause and post-menopause, and her functional medicine expertise includes things like hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies. leaky gut, toxin exposure, bioidentical hormones, thyroid disorders, and chronic fatigue.

“Getting to the root cause is so important, and it takes time,” she says. “I don’t want to just treat your symptoms. I want to find the root cause and help you fix it so you can live a healthier life.”

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Dr. Shafai's Philosophy of Care

“I’m here to help you get to your goals,” Dr. Shafai says. “I help you see the pros and cons, develop a plan of care, and then guide you through it.”

In many ways, Dr. Shafai sees her role as a gatekeeper of her patients’ health, giving them the tools and guidance necessary to resolve any health concerns in a practical manner.

“The most important thing is communication,” she says. “This is a partnership. And communication is the foundation of the success that comes after.”

For Dr. Shafai, treating her patients with the compassionate, collaborative care they deserve is the only way to do it.

“I treat my patients as humans first. If they know I truly care about them, that I’ve invested the time to understand them, then together we can make great progress.”

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Dr. Shafai: Beyond the Exam Room

Outside the office, Dr. Shafai enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, watching movies, reading, and listening to music. An Iranian native who is fluent in Persian, she is even known to sing a few Persian songs every now and then.

Dr. Shafai went to medical school in Ohio and moved to the Northern Virginia area for her residency at Georgetown and has come to love the multi-cultural aspects of the area, particularly the diverse cuisine available.

“People ask me how I deal with the traffic. I just tell them the food makes it worth it,” she says.

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Find your partner in health.

Partnerships begin with a conversation. Get started with a free consultation with a PartnerMD doctor, available either in-person at the office or virtually via telehealth. 

Complete the form to get matched with a PartnerMD membership expert. We'll answer all your questions about our practice, set up your free consultation, and make it easy to become a member. 

*Not all physicians are accepting new patients. Your membership expert will help match you with an available physician and discuss options if your first choice is not immediately available.

Filling out this form is just the start of the process. Watch this video to find out what happens next.