Ali Hafezi MD | Pain Medicine Physician | Whittier, CA | PIH Health
Ali Hafezi

Ali Hafezi MD


Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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4.5 / 5 (based on 482 Reviews) View 100 Comments

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Dr. Hafezi, pain management and rehabilitation physician, chose to go into his area of medicine so he could make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients. Dr. Hafezi says the natural complement between physician medicine and pain management lets him establish treatment plans “not just to address patient symptoms, but to help them be more active, independent and productive. I like it when I can help my patients have a better quality of life,” he explains.

Office Information

Hospital/Group Affiliation

PIH Health Whittier Hospital

PIH Health Physicians





  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Additional Languages

  • Persian (Farsi)


Medical School

Chicago Medical School (Illinois)


LAC + USC Medical Center

Rush-Presbyterain-St Lukes Medical Center (Illinois)


New York University Medical Center (New York City)

Board Certifications

  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


Patient Reviews

September 14, 2022
Thank you Dr Hafezi for going out of your way in my care and treatment. I appreciate your concern and effort. Above and beyond. Thanks again. (PHI removed)
September 13, 2022
Thank you for taking a look at my hands. I really appreciate the medical staff. Thank you.
September 13, 2022
I really liked the service everything was on time. I'm fine with (unreadable) they gave me.
August 23, 2022
dr did good & (name removed) is alright in treating us professionsly.hope i spelled that correctly.
August 18, 2022
Dr Hafezi is a compassionate and empathetic doctor
August 16, 2022
I really did have confidence and Dr. Hafezi, but I, I'm not sure that he listened to all of my symptoms before, you know, making a course of treatment. I appreciated his honesty that nothing was 100 percent as far as what therapy we could use. But I said, I did have confidence in him. I thought he was honest with me, but I just wish there was a and, and I...was really troubled by the fact that it took me two weeks to get in there when I was in a lot of pain with my arm, but he was very accommodating on the follow up appointment, which I got two days later to do the nerve test. So I really did appreciate that. Thank you.
August 16, 2022
This guy pays attention. He's very very good. Make sure you keep him. Thank you.
August 16, 2022
I would like you to let me explain better what my problem is, I constantly cut off the conversation
August 02, 2022
Takes 2 weeks to get appt n when we R in office they don't have any info @ the patient so we have to call PCP office to get some paper work fax but then the staff took long time to bring n dr. Came n he say he can't do this n he can't do that because no precise info @ MRI report n this is not patient issue this is PIH internal issue n please correct it soon before many patient like me come home like fresh turkey !!! Shame on (name removed) office who recommended n never follow up so is age of patient makes difference for Dr. To let them suffer n cry in side there home!!? Shame n shame on medical system of USA as a whole !!!!!
August 02, 2022
Happy with my service
August 01, 2022
Everything was perfect....nothing else to say.
August 01, 2022
Waited long in waiting room
August 01, 2022
Very efficient and courteous staff.
July 29, 2022
All the staff from the beginning to the end were very very polite, kind and patient, Dr. Hafezi is the best. Thank you everyone involved in my Procedure.
July 28, 2022
I really like the doctor appointments are usually on time. He's(INAUDIBLE). What you have to say. I would highly recommend him.
July 27, 2022
Very professional and I listened to my comments.
July 25, 2022
very good doctor
July 20, 2022
I had an appt for 730 am and it was terrible from the get go. Reception was not there at all when myself and another patient showed up for our 730 am appt. I saw my provider walk into the waiting area at 745 am with food in his hands. At 750 am a nurse came out to the front and apologized immensely while trying to assist myself and now the other 4 patients that walked in. When I was finally called to a room, it was already 8 am and there was no apology from staff for the extremely late start. When I got into the room, I waited for another 5-10 min before the provider came in, to which he didn't seem to acknowledge that he was over 30 min late. Horrible experience with this provider and his staff and will make sure to not use his services again.
July 18, 2022
Everything was great thank you doctor hafezi
July 15, 2022
I would like to say that the outpatient staff. From the nurses to the admitting, were absolutely fantastic, very thorough, very medically professional. Make sure that my comfort level was there, make sure that I understood exactly what we were doing. I had an excellent excellent outpatient, surgery, procedure with your staff.
July 11, 2022
Great service again.
July 07, 2022
You did.... pretty, really well.
July 07, 2022
Efficient/ sensitive/ respectful/thorough/and professional
July 06, 2022
Dr. Hafezi was very helpful
June 29, 2022
Dr. Hafezi is professional and kind
June 27, 2022
I am kodtly concern about my neuropathy in my fry and he tells me there's no treatment and doesn't offer alternatives and I am getting tired because zi knsoe that there are other treatment for this ,
June 16, 2022
Dr hafezi is great!!
June 14, 2022
Dr Hafezi is enjoyable to visit, explains things simply, offers options.
June 10, 2022
Dr. Hafezi gave me steroid injections in my back to help with severe pain. I appreciate the the relief he gives me from back pain so I can enjoy my life.
June 08, 2022
When you call to make an appointment it takes too long. You're on the phone for an hour or 2 hours or you just put a call back. They don't call you back.
June 07, 2022
Professional yet approachable. Dr. Hafezi and staff were always exceptional. Thank you for pleasant visits. I'm better now and so my journey with Dr. Hafezi and staff has come to a close. Thank you all for your help and dedication.
June 06, 2022
Dr. Hafezi is always professional. He listens, he cares about you and the staff is exactly the same. They do everything that he asked for and you're treated like a very important person. Thank you.
June 06, 2022
Provider should be more sympathized with patients' needs
June 02, 2022
The doctor thoroughly explained my care options and listened to my concerns.
June 02, 2022
Dr. Hafezi is caring and understanding regarding all my medical issues. He is extremely knowledgeable in his perspective field and this in turn has helped with my medical needs. I would recommend Dr. Hafezi to family and friends as I know they would be well taken care of. Dr. Hafezi is truly an asset to PIH in all ways. Sincerely, (PHI removed)
June 01, 2022
Staff is kind and respectful
May 24, 2022
Yeah, I made a mistake on some of the tops, I would rate all of it a number 4. A few of them I didn't listen to all the message so that's my answer there.Thank you.
May 24, 2022
I have never been asked what my pain level is, what my average pain level is, and to describe my pain with the locations of my pain. They NEVER ASK! For the last 8 months I c/o pain in my SI joint and hips, Dr. Hafezi ordered MRI of lumbar... it didn't even look at the areas I was having pain in. He did not care what I had to say, and even asked me "what do you want me to do about it? Want a referral for a surgery consult? I can't make up a syndrome for you." Then he had me take 2 steps and said it was muscular. The pain I have is not muscular. I have had pain in my back for over 25 years. I know muscle pain and this pain is structural, In my bones and joints. He referred me to rheumatologist. He does not care about patients.
May 19, 2022
His personal bed side manner is amazing he is always kind, respectful and extremely attentive to your needs and quick to requesting a needed referral. Dr. Hafezi should be the standard you all look for and require
May 19, 2022
Dr kept pushing tramadol to my husband. He is a Heart patient, diabetes, prostate issues and sleep apnea. I told him what else can he do and he said cut back on pills. So I told him is there anything else other than epidural shot. He said No. Told us for us to decide what my husband wants done. He did NOT offer MRI or any other type of meds or even acupuncture or chiropractic . I had to ask him what else is there. He said let's just give him a epidural shot. Sorry but we do not want to use him at all. We love PIH but this one Doctor is not good We will look into a complaint
May 12, 2022
This office visit was a complete waste of my time. I wish his office would have called me and said not to come. And I had to spend $3 for nothing, so I'm not happy.
May 12, 2022
Dr Hafezi is very patient, understanding, and empathetic. He is respectful of my my time.
May 10, 2022
The staff was very friendly and professional
May 06, 2022
Dr Hafezi as always great doctor, however in regards to his staff, they don't take the time to read communication carefully (name removed) sent orders for lower back epidural I had schedule an epidural for my lower back when I got to the One Day Surgery they wanted to do a cervical epidural Lucky for Dr Hafezi step out change the procedure and give what I need it lower back epidural
May 04, 2022
Except for always running late the Dr does a great job for me. The staff is so nice and friendly true customer service stars. Thank you.
May 03, 2022
Your bill said I owed an extra 30$ for an appointment I had in March.....paid for at time of visit....need to straighten out billing department
May 02, 2022
I would not recommend this dr. I was the first patient in the office and wasn't seen until 40 minutes later. He was not gentle while doing the tests I needed to have. Then after, when I asked for the results or what he saw, he told me the pain Im feeling is probably just a projection from something I've watched on TV. Basically, that I was making up the pain in my head because my tests were completely normal. There was no plan provided for after or an apology for saying something so cruel to me. My other dr is in the same office and I enjoy the office staff, but I would not recommend Dr Ali Hafezi to anyone.
April 26, 2022
This doctor was very knowledgeable. I enjoyed seeing his professionalism and I could tell that he really cared about my situation and he's made very good decisions on what test to give me. So I'm excited about working with him with my cancer. It was very good to find somebody that I feel like I can totally trust.
April 22, 2022
The entire staff and nurses before and after my procedure were very nice and attentive! Making my experience a good one. Thank you
April 21, 2022
Overall it was a pleasant experience, the Doctor and his staff were very courteous and professional.
April 19, 2022
Is a new doctor to me and I do... I'm going to trust him with what he's told me and what he's doing for me, so I can't really... I can't really say because so far, it's good. Thank you... That's it.
April 19, 2022
A great
April 14, 2022
The doctor was well mannered and will address here addressed every problem that I needed to know something about and he gave offers on what I can take for now to ease my pain and he was very coherent to listening to what I wanted to say, the staff was wonderful everybody was very nice mood and treating me very polite mankind, like I was somebody. Thank you so much.
April 12, 2022
Dr Hafezi goes over and above to treat my son,his Down's syndrome.
April 07, 2022
The day of the visit the air conditioning wasn't working. It was extremely hot. Stop eating even over a bottle of water for one. The doctor didn't show No interest in my care. It was more like we were bothering him. Very disappointed. I'm going to have another procedure done by him because I have no choice. But the care that I received was 0, I will say it was. So was so disingenuous the way up to me. I felt like I was bothering him for a while. So anyway, thank you.
March 22, 2022
He's the best. Job well done !
March 16, 2022
i was able to get in to see Dr. Hafezi due to a cancellation. He was very thorough and very respectful, and listed to what I was describing. a very satisfying experience, thank you.
March 09, 2022
Visit was as I expected it to be. Very satisfactory.
March 07, 2022
Not waiting 30 minutes pass my appt.
March 02, 2022
Waiting time somewhat long
March 02, 2022
I waited 20 minutes before being called in to see the provider.
March 01, 2022
Everyone is so friendly and helpful. I am always happy with my appointment and Dr. Hafezi . He listens to me and gives me great advice.
February 24, 2022
Dr. Hafezi and his staff are very caring professionals.
February 23, 2022
Love good
February 22, 2022
I was pleased with my experience. I felt comfortable.
February 18, 2022
i told him that i was still in pain after the injection...he told me it might take a few days and walked appears angry....full time spent with 10 seconds
February 17, 2022
He is an excellent Doctor, explains everything very well.
February 17, 2022
Doctor was excellent and the staff was very good as well. The wait time to get in to see the doctor wasn't bad, but it was a little long and otherwise, the doctor was outstanding. Thank you.
February 08, 2022
I think it's ridiculous that I have to pay for parking. When I'm paying my insurance, paying my deductible to you, then I pay my co-pay, and then I have to pay for parking. I understand that husband was told it's for security which is fine but then you should validate for paying customers.
February 08, 2022
Dr. Hafezi seemed to warm up as the appointment progressed and gave a lot of suggestions which were helpful. A complaint I did have is the waiting room is so crowded yet I understand that there are multiple doctors on the floor. I still have concerns about COVID in indoor/crowded spaces including PIH.
February 08, 2022
Good afternoon, thank you for calling me for the survey actually, the doctor up like that very well, the staff treated me just as nicely, the nurse I have nothing to say to the contrary, because she recommended what we have to do for the next week and I hope in God that all this helps me very well, thank you.
February 02, 2022
Dr. Hafezi was courteous and professional, he listened well and provided good advice. He scheduled my next appointment in advance so I don't have to make it myself.
February 01, 2022
The cortisone injection didn't help.
January 27, 2022
He's nice and funny!!
January 24, 2022
No, the doctor did an excellent job. I am very satisfied with the doctor and I would definitely recommend him to my family and other people, goodbye.
January 18, 2022
Well, I felt that the doctor was very professional. He did explain everything to me and the pros and the cons. I feel very confident, you know, choosing him and having him as my physician. Thank you.
January 17, 2022
To get my prescription to the right. Pharmacy would be helpful. I've waited 2 days and no medication yet. So I would appreciate my meds going to the right Pharmacy.
January 17, 2022
I felt that Dr. Hafezi was very comforting and I felt like he had expertise. I felt very comfortable in the office and everybody was very kind.
January 13, 2022
I arrived at my schedule the doctor's appointment at 2:30. And at 3 o'clock, I asked "When I would be seen next?", and they said that I had been forgotten. So, that was a very negative. That's all.
January 11, 2022
First thing the doctor said to me was, "this is out of my skill, not sure what I can do here." $3 to park ? I cannot believe that. Incredible
January 10, 2022
A provider made me feel very comfortable with the procedure,I went in very nervous and anxious and he's treated me in a way that made me feel very common understand of what was going on.
December 16, 2021
I appreciated the Dr's honest opinion and actually listening to what I had to say.
December 13, 2021
The doctor in pain management seems like he is always in different mood I go see him he's happy sometimes he's is overwhelmed , I get feeling that he Is afraid to write meds for Meaning to do his job and manage pain . He is not in pain The patience are. He doesn't know what we feel. If you put a order they send it to the wrong pharmacy . Some of the medication are different brands and they will upset your stomach and he argues with me over that.
December 06, 2021
Well, my experience was very excellent because they treated me immediately and even a car sent me to another hospital that was there in La Paz and then they made the appointment for me immediately, that is also very much for me, thank you.
December 06, 2021
Just wanted to say I appreciate the doctor. I like him very much. Thank you.
December 06, 2021
Oh the doctor and his staff we're great they scheduled an appointment for me with the orthopedic but he can't see me until January 4 I'm still in some kind of pain but that's not the doctors fault he did everything he could for me at the time me i'm going to be calling scan to see if they can get me earlier appointment with another orthopedic doctor
December 03, 2021
Md didnot talk to me after the Epidural to tell me what to expect.
December 01, 2021
Dr.Hafezi is top notch, pain management doctor. He listens to your to you very carefully and gives you great feedback and decision making process is very good and his staff is very professional and personable and that's all.
December 01, 2021
For me your service was excellent.
November 24, 2021
Dr. Hafezi is he is a wonderful doctor. He's compassionate, caring and takes his time when he's in the room with you. I enjoy going to that office for his his help. Thank you very much.
November 22, 2021
The reason I couldn't get an answer for an appointment is I don't have an appointment to go back to so that's why but it's 0. There was no appointment to go back to. You should have that answer in one of your on that question, because not everybody has to go back to an appointment again. Thank you.
November 17, 2021
the one reception when i arrived was rude regarding wearing a mask, including the way she spoke to the lady next to me. Dr Hafezi for second time was rushing me and didnt respond to my request. i aske if he could change my prescription renewal date a couple days early as i am going on vacation and his response was "it is already sent" even though i was stating my wishes while he was processing the prescription, yes im aware it is an opioid for pain, however i was not asking for week in advance just two days, and he blew me off like i did not matter!!!
November 15, 2021
I just like my doctor's office. very much because he listens to me and he helps me with my pain. He is a very good doctor. Thank you.
November 15, 2021
Treated with warmth and professionalism
November 08, 2021
My appt was at 10am. Called in at 10:20. Didn't get seen until 10:50. The line at the parking checkout line has been out of control. Takes too long to exit people are paying at the exit causing to much much.while others already have their tickets validated. .
October 14, 2021
I'm sorry to say I've dealt with Dr. Havasu over number here. He's not my favorite doctor, and he jumps to conclusions for sometimes. He seemed to think there's a health problem in my home, a safety problem, which is not the case. I don't appreciate sending somebody else. Double check on me. I will continue to see him as long as alright have to, but that was 1/2 too. Okay? Thank you. Thank you for calling. Bye. Bye.
October 14, 2021
I don't want that doctor anymore. He doesn't listen to you. He cuts you off. He's very rude. Please call me back, at area code [PHI removed], to provide another carrier. Thank you very much, cause I need a new doctor. Thank you.
October 11, 2021
The kindness and the efficiency of the staff, but the doctor is just wonderful, and they did call me back right away for an appointment. Just a great great doctor, and office help.
October 06, 2021
The Doctor and the staff were good and I felt I was in good hands!
October 06, 2021
He didn't have too knowledge about my particular problem
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