Michael Maehara
Michael Maehara

Michael Maehara MD


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Michael Maehara MD entered into the field of Rheumatology because he was inspired to help people that are incapacitated and help them gain better day-to-day function. He wanted to contribute to the lives of the many geriatric patients that suffer from auto-immune diseases. Dr. Maehara attended the St. Georges University School of Medicine, in Grenada, Wisconsin and completed his internship at Kings County - Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He completed a fellowship in Rheumatology in 1987 and has been practicing in the Los Angeles and Long Beach area ever since. Dr. Maehara is also an Accredited Consultant for Osteoporosis, and an Accredited Reader of Bone Density Results.

Office Information

Hospital/Group Affiliation

PIH Health Downey Hospital

PIH Health Physicians








Veterans Affairs Medical Center-Long Beach (California)


Long Beach Memorial Medical Center (California)


Kings County Hospital Center (New York)

Medical Education

St Georges School of Medicine (Grenada)

Board Certifications

Rheumatology (Sub-Spec Cert)

Internal Medicine (General Cert)

Patient Reviews

April 23, 2021
He is so thorough & a very nice person
April 21, 2021
I've been Dr Maehara's patient since 1993 and have no plans to change now. He's the best!
April 19, 2021
Dr. Maehara and his staff are wonderful, very attentive, and I would recommend them to all. Thank you.
April 14, 2021
Dr.Maehara is extremely professional, knowledgeable and courteous. He is the best doctor I've had in years. I'm very happy with him and he's very very he's an outstanding doctor.
April 14, 2021
The staff was very good to deal with and Dr Maehara is through, courteous and explains everything in detail. I trust him and his judgement in handling my health care and I recommend him to all of my friends and family. He is dedicated doctor who will give you the best care while making you feel good about your experience
April 01, 2021
All my life and attention were excellent. Thank you.
March 26, 2021
Discounted my extreme pain and justignoredand moved on. Only good thing about this visit, test are ordered. Very disappointed with P I H
March 22, 2021
The doctor was very helpful, very attentive. The staff was very attentive as well, and I would be more than happy to refer family members and friends to this doctor. Thank you.
March 18, 2021
I very much appreciate the care I receive from Dr. Maehara and the support staff. They do a great job, and I really trust him.
March 16, 2021
What PIH can do to be very helpful, is give the patients the ... yeah. The phone number through the Dr, so that they can speak to the nurse.
March 16, 2021
All the work he did was excellent for me, all the time that I have been seeing him they have treated me very well, they are all in the office like the doctor, that is all I can say but everything is fine, thank you.
March 11, 2021
I am extremely happy with him. He took his time to analyze my situation and I would highly recommend him to anybody. Thank you.
March 10, 2021
I love Dr. Maehara and his staff. The attention and politeness is overwhelming. With all that is going on today, this is so welcomed. Thank you!!!!
March 09, 2021
Well, it seems to me that the service they gave me was excellent, I don't have to add anything else, I think that with what I said is more than enough. Thank you.
March 09, 2021
Dr michael is a great Dr and he help you and the staff is great and friendly and helpful it's a great place to be and Dr michael cares for you too
March 09, 2021
March 08, 2021
The doctor was very professional and empathetic, I am very grateful that I was assigned to see him.
March 03, 2021
I am very pleased with Dr Maehara, and more importantly the results of my treatment.
March 01, 2021
I really really appreciate this doctor - this doctor's very very careful, listens to you, and I love his customer service - and he listens to you and I love being with this physician, I really really highly recommend him.
February 24, 2021
I thought he was not judgemental and just focused on my medical problem and made made me comfortable and and did a a good job compared to the surgeon. Hang up? I was comfortable. And you know he can, so what's up, the end of the thing?
February 24, 2021
My experience with them has always been the greatest. Very considerate, respectful, and helpful.
February 23, 2021
Dr. Maehara is kind, knowledgeable and very personable. He takes the time necessary to explain treatments and listens to your concerns.
February 22, 2021
Was very pleased the way I was treated.
February 22, 2021
Dr. Maehara is the best rheumatologist I've ever had and I will follow him the matter what the organization he's associated with. So I hope you save a few guys. It's right here in Downey, but if not, I will be following him. So, yep the best I've had, best in the area. Thank you very much.
February 19, 2021
It was a great appointment. However, it took very very long to see Dr. Maehara. I hope I could see him in a more timely fashion next time. Thank you.
February 18, 2021
Dr. Maehara is one of a kind! He's explanations have been thorough and to a level that I feel confident with the plan of care.
February 17, 2021
So Dr. Maehara pays really good attention to me it to me socialize has pays attention to what my concerns are. He's a very good doctor. He attends to all my needs. I don't know what else I have to say, but he's great to me and he's listens to me and he pays attention to all my needs. And I don't know what to say. Thank you very much.
February 12, 2021
Yes, thank you very much for having that special doctor there. I really enjoyed going in and talking to him and he's listened and he was able to help the pain that I was going in for and keeping the office nice and clean. The staff was wonderful. Thank you again.
February 12, 2021
The doctor is excellent.
February 09, 2021
He patiently works with you
February 08, 2021
It was the first visit I had with this doctor. He was very clear and reliable in his answers.
February 05, 2021
I enjoy my visits with Dr Maehara he is very calming while listening to me and suggesting courses of action we should take. I have never had a Dr I respected as much as I do him??
February 05, 2021
It seemed to me that the doctor is a specialist and thank you and have a nice day.
February 03, 2021
Extremely satisfactory
January 28, 2021
Very confident that my issues were taken care of. Dr Maehara is/has been a helping me w/my RA issues and I have been able to keep my RA in check.
January 27, 2021
Very pleasant. Dr is great to work with. His knowledge is exceptional and I trust him with my life. He has made my days as free of pain as possible! I would recommend him any time. You don't find good drs anymore like Dr Maehara, a rare breed!
January 22, 2021
Dr. Michael Maehara has been very helpful in helping me with my foot and leg clot in my leg that I had and he was instrumental in helping that get resolved. So I'm very very happy with him. And also thankful that he was so helpful. Thank you very much.
January 19, 2021
Well organized
January 15, 2021
Michael Maehara is an excellent doctor.
January 13, 2021
My visits with Dr.Meahara are always very pleasant and very informative. The Doctor and his staff are very friendly & helpful.
January 12, 2021
January 07, 2021
I am a grateful patient for the care and results of my health
January 07, 2021
Ive always liked my care from Dr Maehara
January 06, 2021
I can't thank Dr. Maehara enough,for giving me the best care.
December 24, 2020
Dr. Maehara is very patient and understanding to your needs.
December 23, 2020
Dr and his nurse where so kind
December 23, 2020
He was knowledgeable patient and kind
December 22, 2020
I would tell to my family and friends that Dr. Maehara is very thorough spent time in checking my left knee. The test and treatment he recommended physical therapy, MRI and collagen injection is excellent. I am happy!Hopefully my insurance will authorize the services.
December 21, 2020
He is kind and caring. When I asked him to keep an eye me for certain things , some of which my friends have incurred, he assured me I would be watched over. That is what I like.
December 15, 2020
My long term treatment is going as well as it can.
December 15, 2020
Would recommend.
December 14, 2020
Does a great job very informative listens well and helps with what your dealing with ... nurses are great and clean rooms
December 04, 2020
That I would recommend Dr. Maehara. I think the staff was OK and the facility was really clean compared to the Long Beach office.
December 04, 2020
He's taken care of me for almost 25 years and I'm so grateful.
November 19, 2020
Excellent physician . Grateful to have His expertise.
November 12, 2020
Dr. Maehara genuinely cares about the health of his patients.yes
November 11, 2020
My doctor took his time to explain everything about my chronic illness.
November 09, 2020
very clean and organized
November 02, 2020
Good services
October 29, 2020
I did tell them it was a good visit with information I needed to improve my health going forward.
October 20, 2020
Very thorough and thoughtful
October 19, 2020
Provider was polite and respectful.
October 09, 2020
He was very knowledgeable,showed much needed concern and fellow felling.
September 14, 2020
Very professional
September 02, 2020
An overall great first visit! Doctor and staff were pleasant and very helpful. I'm confident Dr. Maehara will help my grandmother find some answers and solutions to her pain. Thank you so much!
August 31, 2020
If you need a rheumatologist find another practice
August 27, 2020
As always, Dr Maehara was a great listener.
August 25, 2020
Very good doctor!!!
August 14, 2020
Very Good
August 14, 2020
Always strives to do his best
August 13, 2020
The doctor was courteous and patient.
August 12, 2020
That he wants to help and cares about the health of his patients
August 07, 2020
Very friendly and always a big help. Treats patients with respect.
August 04, 2020
Great staff and doctors
July 30, 2020
Dr Maehara was great
July 27, 2020
My visit was for a second opinion on my RA condition. I was so impressed with Dr Maehara's attentiveness and responsiveness to my concerns that I decided to change from my current Rheumatologist to him. I feel the extra miles I have to travel to his office is well worth my peace of mind.
July 13, 2020
Dr. Maehara personally greets me by name and is sincere. He doesn't just look down at my chart as he walks through the door. He takes his time with me. He makes sure that I am involved with my care and that I am a part of my team. He answers all of my questions and asks several of his own, but they are specifically about ME and MY care. Not just the generic, same old questions doctors ask every patient.When we're done, he goes through what our plans are. Whenever I leave his office, I feel confident that what we discussed will be done. I always look forward to be appointments with Dr. Maehara.
July 09, 2020
I was very pleased with the way Dr. Maehara handled me. I was nervous & he took time to reassure me & to make sure I was ok after the cortisone injection.
July 09, 2020
Service was in a timely manner and didn't wait so long for the Dr. to see me.
July 07, 2020
June 24, 2020
Very relatable!
June 19, 2020
I've already told my family and friends how good my first visit went
June 16, 2020
I highly recommended this physician and medical location
June 12, 2020
Excellent dr. And staff
June 11, 2020
One of the best providers I came through.
June 11, 2020
very professional and personable. great visit.
June 10, 2020
I like that Dr Maehara listens and pays attention
June 10, 2020
Great doctor and awesome Nurse the office is very clean and receptionist are friendly and helpful
June 09, 2020
Dr. Maehara is a very good doctor and willing to spend time with you.
June 09, 2020
Great experience with the doctor and staff.
June 05, 2020
Very polite & will spend the amount of time needed to answer guestions. Listens to my remarks. Recommended
June 04, 2020
The best physician with great experience and knowledge!
June 01, 2020
Going to make an appointment for my wife.
May 29, 2020
He and the staff were very nice and attentive.
May 28, 2020
Dr Maehara is a very caring a thorough doctor. He is looking out for me.
May 26, 2020
Attentive, answers questions,
May 26, 2020
Down to Earth, easy going, and very great as a doctor.
May 13, 2020
I have told them that is you need a rheumatologist you cannot find anyone better. He will listen and dig deep to find the answers to your particular ailment.
May 11, 2020
I've been a patient on and off for thirty years. Dr. Maehara is a very caring and kind person. He is a great listener and takes time to help.
May 08, 2020
Dr. Maehara is the best! He has been my doctor for years and is very knowledgeable in his field.
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