Michael Maehara MD | Rheumatologist | Downey, CA | PIH Health
Michael Sei Maehara

Michael Sei 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

November 08, 2021
This doctor was so knowledgeable, professional, respectful and gave me hope for coming up with a plan to get better. I also loved that the Downey doctors work together. I have many specialists. I did not see this on the Whittier side of PiH. This doctor is so smart, I feel blessed to be placed with him to help me.
November 04, 2021
I am pleased. I really liked the attention of the doctor and the clinic workers very well I liked it and I would recommend it to my friends very good treatment of the doctor explains and lasts a long time with you in the office, he explains things to you by things the Very nice nurses all very well, thank you.
October 25, 2021
I would appreciate that I am seeing for me, my symptoms and what I go through is not a general case. I felt that what I will tell the doctor, was often responded by "all my patients go through it" or "that's not what I'm looking for. I have received contradicting information regarding the symptoms of lupus from the same provider.
October 20, 2021
The doctor made me feel comfortable and lowered my stress level. He was very friendly and knowledgeable and I left the exam room feeling positive about my appointment.
October 18, 2021
I had a really good visit to see Dr. Maehara. Everyone at checkin was very courteous and helpful. They are very respectful. Dr. Maehara explained the results of my bone density test and gave his recommendations for my treatment and also explained the process. He is always very thorough and answers all questions that are easy to understand. He provided the paperwork for the needed blood work as well as putting it in the system. I have my next appointment. Dr. Maehara is a wonderful rheumatologist and I fully trust him with my care as well as my daughter and husband.
October 08, 2021
1. Limit the number of patients in the waiting room due to COVID or space the appointment where not too many patients arrive at the same time. 2. Make sure Lab works result are on the patient charts . This happen twice where I had my like lab works done a week prior to my appt. and lab works result were not in my chart and the front office is calling the lab searching for my lab results
October 07, 2021
They all attend me well, very punctual, they are very kind, I have nothing to say about them badly with super super, both the nurses and them, as he is a very good person.
October 06, 2021
My visits with Dr. Maehara are always good. He listens with great concern. He is very professional and courteous and so is his staff!!
October 06, 2021
Yes, my doctor was extremely courteous, and he was also was attentive. And he went, he listened to me explain, he ask me some questions and then he knew exactly because I, I know what you need. I'm going to give you some orders for some blood test and also for some other things that I need. And he says "I'm going to give you a shot" and he says "it's going to help you" and it did and I'm really really happy. And the results were excellent, and he did take the time and he was a gentle and I really appreciate the doctor. Thank you very much.
October 04, 2021
Thank you Dr. for the services and care that you continue to provide me thru the years.
September 28, 2021
Easy efficient professional caring was not hurried asked questions they all were answered.link was easy and there was no waiting time like in the office! Thank you Dr. Maehara.
September 22, 2021
My visit with Dr. Maehara was one of the kindest and understanding visits I have had in a while. He took the time to listen, made me feel very comfortable, and he explained the process in detail. I look forward to my visit with him in regard to my results and treatment. Thank you Dr. Maehara, I really appreciate you.
September 09, 2021
The health situation that I have right now is very complicated and it has really wreaked havoc with my life. Even certain doctor's that I had seen in the past concerning my condition didn't fully understand what I was going through. Dr. Maehara has gone the extra mile to make sure I get the most complete and accurate diagnosis and this means the world to me. PLet's face it, sometimes the wrong diagnosis and the wrong treatment can mean the difference between life and death. Dr. Maehara shows that he is obviously very knowledgeable, skilled, patient, caring, and kind; unfortunately, these qualities seem to be a thing of the past for many current professions. I am fortunate to have him as a doctor.
September 08, 2021
Dr.Maehara is a great , compassionate Dr.
August 31, 2021
Just appreciate the time, quality, and explanations given to me.
August 19, 2021
This doctor's office is excellent. I am a satisfied and grateful customer
August 09, 2021
Dr. Maehara was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Your office needs more, Rheumatologist so we don't have to wait 60 days or 90 days for an initial consultation.
August 02, 2021
Extremely satisfied.
July 30, 2021
The doctor was very dismissive about my symptoms and it seemed like he wasn't listening to what I was telling him and pretty much kind of told me that pretty made me feel uncomfortable of the way he was.
July 19, 2021
I turned in my lab results when scheduling my appointment and the day of my appointment the Dr. did not have it so he could not provide treatment and suggested new lab work.
July 14, 2021
Was a great listener, was interested in whst I was saying, was sincere, should concern, and he had a sense of urgency with my swallen left leg. Very detailed, very comforting... One of my best experiences wuth a Dr.
July 07, 2021
Valued his expertise.
July 07, 2021
It was refreshing to speak to the doctor himself and not an assistant physician.
June 29, 2021
It was a pleasant visit Doctor and staff are very professional accommodating and courteous
June 25, 2021
Dr. Maehara is knowledgeable and comforting.
June 14, 2021
Nice doctor
June 14, 2021
I really like Dr. Maehara! He explained things to me about my condition that I was not aware of. The blood work and follow up appointments are reassuring to me. Can't wait to see him again.
June 11, 2021
Great doctor and staff.
June 10, 2021
June 02, 2021
I love Dr. Maehara. He is very friendly and always listens to my concerns and answers my questions. I would definitely recommend him to my family and friends
June 01, 2021
Dr. Maehara has been my rheumatologist for 20 years now. He's always been very caring and listens to any questions or concerns I may have
June 01, 2021
Appreciated the professionalism and integration with my PCP!!
May 17, 2021
Dr. Maehara was very helpful and gave clear medical advice. He was great in answering my questions and provided easy to understand directions.
May 13, 2021
Dr. Maehara is a talented and compassionate doctor. I trust his judgement in his care for me!
May 06, 2021
Most likely to recommend
May 05, 2021
Yes good customer service and courteous, will you let me know your availability or very talkative, give good information and I appreciate your time got the doctor and staff gave, I was very comfortable, thank you so much.
April 28, 2021
The staff and the Doctor greeted me with a smile and asked how I was today, which made me feel good. Dr. Maehara treated me with respect and let me explain all the pain or concerns that I had without any interruptions, and this made me feel he was very concerned about my health. I have had other doctors stop me and say, your ok, take this medicine, and I will see you in three months. I will defiantly tell family and friends to see Dr. Maehara if they ever need treatment.
April 27, 2021
i want to thank DR. Maehara for being patient, kind, and respectful to our needs and questions. He was very helpuful in answering all the questions we had and offered alternative solutions to our needs. It was a very safe space to be in thank you once again
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.
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