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





  • Rheumatology


Medical School

St Georges School of Medicine (Grenada)


Kings County Hospital Center (New York)


Veterans Affairs Medical Center-Long Beach (California)


Long Beach Memorial Medical Center (California)

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Rheumatology

Patient Reviews

September 16, 2022
Dr. Maehara is a true doctor, professional, and a great human being. He knows how to listen and he pays attention to the concerns and needs of his patients and cares for our well-being! His staff team are qualified and very friendly. I highly recommend them! Thank you very much for your services!
September 16, 2022
Dr. Maehara is a fantastic doctor. I very much value the care I receive from him and the staff.
September 13, 2022
He is the most thorough and caring Doctor I have ever seen. His follow up has kept me healthy and able to maximize my life for many years. Please let him know how much I appreciate his guidance for over these many years he has treated me (PHI removed)
September 12, 2022
Extremely satisfied
September 09, 2022
Lobby was clean & spacious. I was called in right @ my appointment time. Staff was very courteous
September 09, 2022
Very good service
September 08, 2022
The whole office staff is always very friendly, Dr. Maehara is very attentive and I definitely would recommend him to anybody else that has an auto immune disease.
September 08, 2022
Excellent Doctor.
September 08, 2022
Everything work very well. Thank you. I get one in error.
August 30, 2022
From the receptionist to the nurse that took my vitals to the doctor, everyone was fantastic, the doctor explain thoroughly and what he was looking for it and everything was great.
August 30, 2022
I felt like someone finally understands my aches and pains. I'm so grateful to see a specialist concerning my health issues. I felt Dr. M. Maehara did a pretty detailed exam. I was handled with respect and care during my visit. The Doctors assistant was polite.
August 29, 2022
Nice visit as always!
August 10, 2022
I would just like to say that Dr. Maehara has taken very good care of me with some of my medical problems. And I definitely would recommend him to friends and family for him to do a really good job as needed. And thank you for the feedback. And Dr. Maehara, thank you for all your help. And I'm looking forward to our next appointment.
July 22, 2022
Thank you for your surveys and for being attentive to us, the patients. Thank you. Everything was good. Thank you very much for your services.
July 18, 2022
Satisfied with all aspect of my concerns with the answers provided by by Dr Maehara
July 14, 2022
After waiting in pain 45 min. to see dr I didn't feel he had time to hear what I had to say. He said my notes didn't pertain to him, but I was trying to explain since I had covid in Jan this yr my body is weak and walking is especially difficult as well as stairs. I did a series of xrays in Nov 2021 for him which were painful for me and took hrs. My son was with me for this appt and told me the dr was not giving me time to speak what I had to say.
July 13, 2022
Happy to inform you of my thoughts concerning Dr Mahara ...first of all such a welcoming front desk staff that makes us happy to come in...the back office is so lucky to have (name removed) who is a gem and a special lady .. Dr M is always so kind in his manner and speech and makes us feel very well taken care of ..I am blessed to call him my physician. Thank you
July 12, 2022
I've been with Dr. Michael Maehara for maybe 3 years now and I had gout and we've worked with that medicine over the last 3 years. And we discussed about the doses I should be taking and it's worked out very well. He does not pressure me, from what what I don't need. We've had some issues with my red blood cells, and he's explain that to me and how they work, and how they carry like to be organs option to the organs. So, yeah, Michael's been a very good doctor - almost a friend.
July 06, 2022
I have been a patient of Dr. Maehara for over 15 years and he has been excellent.
July 05, 2022
Dr. Maehara has been my rheumatologist for 21 years. He's always professional and listens to my questions and concerns.
June 30, 2022
Dr. Maehara was one of the kindest doctors that I have seen in a long time.
June 27, 2022
I love dr Maehara. He always listened and shows concern and offers a solution. He is very personable.
June 22, 2022
My doctor was very nice recommend him... to anyone, it was really a pleasure to see him and the staff. Thank you for everything. Thank you again.
June 22, 2022
I have seen Dr. Maehara for 3 1/2 years now. I am grateful for the concern he has regarding my illness every time I have an appointment. He always tries to lift my spirits and cares about my well-being and I am sure that he is the same way with all patients. He is resilient. When you have a condition and your doctor is concerned about your health and about you, your feel better. I how that you know the quality of this doctor and human being. Thank you for allowing me to recognize and thank Dr. Maehara.
June 17, 2022
He is awesome
June 16, 2022
Was in and out within 20 minutes.
June 15, 2022
Great Doctor...Great Service!
June 08, 2022
Dr. Maehara has been my Rheumatologist for several years. I trust his decisions on my health care.
June 08, 2022
I thought i was supposed to get the passport app so i can keep in touch with you all lol but I dont mind doing a survey you all did a great job !!!
June 08, 2022
Awesome doctor
June 07, 2022
I felt very comfortable and confident and like they really respected me. The doctor took his time to explain in detail about the tests they were going to perform on me.
June 02, 2022
All the employees were kind, pleasant, informative and friendly.
May 17, 2022
Dr maehara is a great and friendly physician. He makes me feel looked after.
May 04, 2022
The waiting time was terrible I waited inside the exam room for almost a hour nobody came inside the exam room to notified me that the physicians was behind. I came out of the room twice to check if they have not forgotten me.I did tell the nurse as a courtesy they need to informed patient when md is behind. I was not too happy
April 21, 2022
I've been seeing this rheumatologist, Michael Maehara, for almost 20 years. He has been a great help to me. He and his staff have always been very warm and courteous and continue to show concern. Without my doctor's help, I wouldn't be mobile today. Appreciate him very much.
April 20, 2022
Dr. Maehara is a very professional physician. I enjoy my appointments with him!
April 20, 2022
other than me being on time for my appt and the dr slightly late good appt
April 18, 2022
As a patient of Dr.Maehara,s for close to 30 yrs I've remained with him as my Dr. I respect him, trust that his knowledge increases as he keeps up on all new medications and treatments regarding Rheumatology. Polite, hands on, on time, listens to your concerns, as well as your are encouraged to be a active participant in your treatment. As a 70 year old patient i believe I'll be the last generation that has been fortunate and blessed to remain with the same Dr. For literally a lifetime. Thank you Dr.Maehara! (name removed)
April 13, 2022
I arrived at my appointment early and the lady greeted me with an smile. That almost never happens! I drove a long distance with discomfort and anxiety due to issues from my legs and that smile and a kind greeting made a great impression. The Staff were sufficient and quick and Dr. Maehara is a knowledgeable specialist and a professional in his field. I felt very blessed after months of pain, I could finally put my trust in his hands. Thank you everyone, you made my life much easier. God bless everyone of you.
April 11, 2022
Yes. Mike Maehara was great, explained everything that as he was doing. Basically, I went with my mom, she's 92 years old, and gave us information that other Dr normally don't even take the time to do. So anyway, we appreciate him, and trust him, and would like to see him again. Most definitely.
April 11, 2022
Just a great doctor! Wish there was more drs like him.
April 08, 2022
Yes, I liked the attention of the doctor and the attention of the nurses very well, very kind and the appointment was good and the doctor listened to me and explained himself. Ah, because my illnesses came, so I liked it and I would recommend it, the only thing that would be good, that it will change a little bit, use less time waiting for the person when one is already in the room, that is the only thing that nothing else I would say that comment, thank you very much.
April 06, 2022
I made a scheduling mistake and arrived to my appointment 50 minutes late. They were able to still see me and I was very grateful for their willingness to work with my error.
April 06, 2022
Yesterday's appointment 04/06/2022 and check in process was great, the front desk and nurses were perfect! Dr is always Perfect! The week before on Thursday 03/31 I was scheduled and the girl who checked me in at front desk was rude. I was standing there waiting for the family ahead of me discuss a lot in front of me with check in girl. Longer story short, I was in waiting room for one hour and the that front desk girl said it was because I was late. I was not late, I was right on time. I had to leave and re-schedule to go back to work.
April 06, 2022
I love how the doctor cares about my health
March 30, 2022
The doctors I see are the best. Seen my doctors before PIH Became the owners. Top notch doctors.
March 28, 2022
Dr. Maehara is very easy to talk to.
March 15, 2022
Very professional and pleasant experience
March 14, 2022
Sometimes it is hard to get through on the phone - it will ring 20 times then I get put on hold for 10 to 20 minutes. But that is true for all PIH Health entities - medical offices and hospitals.
March 14, 2022
(unreadable) my opinion regarding the service I received at the clinic was excellent for me, the girl is the secretary, the lady was very patient with me, very kind, very courteous, definitely very professional, also the lady who served me as an interpreter, very professional, (unreadable), very polite and the doctor very respectful and listened to me very carefully. I am quite satisfied with the service and I am very grateful that they have that professionalism and that ethics which is very good for all types of Clinic. Thank you.
March 10, 2022
The doctor was very kind and very attentive, I liked that he took an interest in my problem, thank you.
March 09, 2022
It took a month, and a half for me to get an appointment to see him, because they said I needed a referral, which I have a PPO, I shouldn't have needed a referral.
March 08, 2022
Dr Maehara is very professional and I love him being in care of my health thanks Dr. Maehara
March 02, 2022
Yes, my doctor was very, very helpful and also the people in the office when I walked in. Very concerned that I was doing okay. Right away they took my card number, made sure that it was myself that was coming for the appointment. My doctor I can highly recommend him to anybody needing a rheumatologist because I think he's one of the best. Thank you.
March 01, 2022
Extremely satisfied
February 28, 2022
just thank you
February 10, 2022
Excellent experience
February 04, 2022
No complaints. Doctor explained condition and treatment in a manner I could understand. May not be happy with condition, but I have confidence his recommendation will help.
February 03, 2022
Excellent! Staff was accommodating and professional. Dr. Maehara was compassionate and thorough.
February 01, 2022
Oh, what do I tell him? It was very professional.
January 31, 2022
Dr Maehara is an Excellent Doctor
January 27, 2022
Clean, professional environment. Felt valued as a patient.
January 25, 2022
Dr Maehara is well informed and explained everything to so I could understand all of the information he gave me. He answered all of my questions in a manner that I could understand and I trust him with all of my health needs
January 21, 2022
Each time I see this doctor he is respectful and understanding towards my medical needs and a good listener about my medical problems.
January 18, 2022
I appreciated Dr. Maehara's compassion.
January 17, 2022
I did not have to wait long to be weighed in and seen.
January 14, 2022
Very courteous that they attend me, they explained everything to me very well and that I attend the same appointments as I need it and everything is very good, excellent, very good.
January 07, 2022
No other comments, all the attention was excellent.
January 05, 2022
[name removed], the receptionist was excellent. She went out of her way to assist me, [name removed], and I wanted her to know and also for her bosses to know what an excellent members staff she is.
January 04, 2022
He's okay, except I did not like him because he asked me if I had a covid vaccine and I said, no, I don't believe in it. And he got very upset. I think that's my business, whether I get a coded vaccine and not here. So that's what I didn't care for him. And then he told me about a medication. I'm taking it has a black label and then he said, you know that I could have a heart attack and all this stuff. And I said, well, you're worried about my getting a cold shot, but I'm taking a medicine that I can get a heart attack. Are you serious? So, yeah, I will kind of unhappy with them this time, but that's my feedback. Thank you.
December 22, 2021
I like my doctors, the problem is the network.
December 20, 2021
I have been seeing Dr. Michael Maehara for quite awhile. He listens to me like a friend would and he responds to worries and questions quickly. I appreciate him and his office staff very much !! [PHI removed]
December 20, 2021
It's always a pleasure to consult with Dr. Maehara. He is very pleasant and knowledgeable. He has my confidence.
December 13, 2021
Dr Maehara is the best!
December 10, 2021
Great staff and excellent Doctor
December 07, 2021
Dr. Maehara's staff do an outstanding job taking care of me. He's my favorite doctor. They do a great job, and I would recommend them to anyone.
December 02, 2021
The doctor & all his staff are all very kind helpful people. They are some awesome people!!????
November 30, 2021
November 24, 2021
Dr Maehara was attentive and listened to my concerns and explained why I was sent to see him by my primary provider.
November 22, 2021
Yes. Hello. I'm a new patient with this doctor and it was a pretty good experience, but I really wasn't happy with the, let's see, the VRI interpreter on the screen. So I'm a death patient and I believe it's called the VRI, that interpreted service. But anyway, that was very confusing between me and the doctor. The screen was freezing up and it was an unclear experience for me. In the future would prefer an in person interpreter to be in the room with us. That would just make communication a lot easier and clear, instead of the VRI that is unreliable and unclear. So the doctor was fine. He did great job, I think, but the interpretation made it difficult. This message has the
November 22, 2021
Dr Maehara spends all necessary time with me making sure I understand his orders. He is caring, kind and professional he is absolutely the best.
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.
November 03, 2021
Doctor Majadales is already a very good doctor, I have been with him for many years and I would not change him for anyone. I give him a 10, thanks.
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 22, 2021
Yes, I mistakenly enter 1 for question 6 instead of a 4 that's the correct range Dr Maehara is a great doctors. Him and his staff take care of me every time I go in and so I have no complaints. I was made aware that one of the doctors that I see is leaving and I'm very concerned about that. I wish there was a better way to be on top of that, for us, patients, versus being surprised because it thank you.
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.
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