Dr. Michael Maehara, MD

Rheumatology  |  
Male  |  
Age 65
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Dr. Michael Maehara, MD
Dr. Michael Maehara entered into the field of Rheumatology because he was inspired to help people that are incapacitated and help them gain better day-to-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/Long Beach area ever since. Dr. Maehara is also an Accredited Consultant for Osteoporosis, and an Accredited Reader of Bone Density Results.

2220 Clark Ave

Long Beach, CA 90815

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Dr. Michael Maehara, MD

Dr. Michael Maehara, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • Health Net of California
  • Humana
  • LACare
  • Medicare
  • 5 More

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Top Care Areas


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Foot Conditions
very high
more than 95% of peers
Autoimmune Diseases
very high
more than 95% of peers
Elbow Injuries
very high
more than 94% of peers

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  • Rheumatology
  • Internal Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Rheumatology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Behçet's Disease
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Henoch–Schönlein Purpura (HSP)
  • Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Limb Swelling
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Malaise and Fatigue
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)
  • Polymyositis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Raynaud's Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Still's Disease
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vasculitis


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  • Joint Drainage
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of California At Irvine / California College Of Medicine & Surgery
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • St George's University
    Medical School | Graduated 1981
  • Kings County Hospital Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Long Beach V a Hosp
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Memorial Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Maehara has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Maehara's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Maehara to family and friends
based on 26 total reviews (9 with comments)
Dr. Maehara's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (9)
Los Alamitos, CA |
I appreciate the time and attention Dr. Maehara gives me during each visit. In addition, he was the only Dr. to pick up on an issue I reported to others! I hadn't even mentioned it during my visit instead he picked up on it right away and took action to inform others. What a relief to actually feel heard. I would definitely refer him to others.
in Long Beach, CA |
Dr. Maehara is exceptional in many ways. Most importantly is one of the few doctors who take the time to actually LOOK at you! I'm seeing several doctors for various auto-immune diseases, and he is the only one who comes in, sits down and looks at me. ALL of the others walk directly to their computers and address the screen when conducting the appointment. I always feel like I might as well just phone it in. Br. Dr. Maehara remembers the tests and tells the results. Fabulous, trustworthy.
Long Beach, CA |
Dr. Maehara and his staff are friendly and make the visit as nice as possible.
in Huntington Beach, CA |
Dr. Maehara is a very kind and compassionate man. I was very ill and saw four other doctors before coming to Dr. Maehara. He kept on testing and finally he was the only one who came up with a diagnose. Dr. Maehara called me on the weekend to see how I was doing. Who does that these days???? He doesn't over prescribe medication. He works for Pioneer Medical Group and is on a salary so he isn't there for the money but for the compassion of his patients.
in Huntington Beach, CA |
Excellent care! Dr. Maehara is very compassionate. He Cares about his patients and makes sure that he selflessly goes that extra mile!
Phoenix, AZ |
These people are not very bright,waited 6 weeks after making appointment then was told I never made a appointment calling me a liar till they found a not from my primary doc, will try to fit me in then would not make that happen this whole pioneer thing hires idiots that don't care about your time.
in Paramount, CA |
Dr Maehara is a wonderful Doctor . He explains everything so thoroughly and never rushes on to his next patient until I understand all test results and his plan to keep me feeling well. Any questions I have are answered completely. He listens to all my concerns and I always leave my office visit knowing I have a kind, caring , intelligent Doctor taking care of me. It is very reassuring to have complete confidence in your doctor, and with Dr Maehara I do.
in Lakewood |
Please Avoid this doctor and Pioneer provider insurance at ALL costs. This doctor Maehara has zero compassion, knowledge, or has the capacity to improve your health in anyway. Another doctor just interested in the money aspect. You can expect nothing from his treatments or when you explain your symptoms he has no answers & no plan to improve your health. And Pioneer provider is the absolute worst you can have all the confidence they are only about their bottom line & care nothing for your health
in Long Beach, CA |
I Do Not Recommend this doctor.
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Dr. Maehara accepts 19 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Aetna PPO
    Medicare Advantage HMO
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
    Vitalidad Plus California Con Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
    Anthem Blue Cross PPO
    Prudent Buyer PPO
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield PPO
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Medicare HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California HMO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
  • Blue Shield of California
    Blue Shield of California HMO
    Blue Shield of California PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
    Health Net HMO
    Health Net PPO
    Medicare PPO
  • Health Net of California
    Large Group HMO
  • Humana
    Choice Care Network PPO
  • LACare
  • Medicare
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • PHCS
  • SCAN Health Plan
    Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Secure Horizons
    United Healthcare HMO
    United Healthcare PPO
  • WellPoint

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Hospitals where Dr. Maehara has admitting privileges

Lakewood Regional Medical Center
3700 East South Street
Lakewood, CA 90712
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Los Alamitos Medical Center
3751 Katella Ave
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
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PIH Health Hospital - Downey
11500 Brookshire Ave
Downey, CA 90241
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