About Fortani Medical

Dr. Maryam Fortani, MD

Dr. Maryam Fortani is a board certified Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care physician and practices adult primary care integrating Functional Medicine and Functional Nutrition as well as Mind-Body Medicine in caring for her patients.

Over her 19 years of practicing medicine Dr. Fortani has taken the beliefs of Dr. Francis Peabody to heart when he stated, “The secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient.” Dr. Fortani believes that the personal bond created between the patient and the physician is a key element in the overall health of both the patient’s well-being and the physician’s personal growth.

Dr. Fortani graduated in 1998 from University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany. Shortly afterwards she moved to the United States to practice medicine.

In the United States she began a research fellowship with Dr. Dan Sessler at the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of California San Francisco where she published several scientific articles such as the effect of acupuncture on anesthesia in anesthesiology journals.

Initially, Dr. Fortani planned to study anesthesiology however she realized that Family Medicine was a better career path for her because of the comprehensive care that is associated with the Family Medicine specialty. In 2000, she moved to Savannah, Georgia and completed a 3-year residency in Family Medicine at The Memorial Hospital Savannah, Georgia.

Before beginning her private practice in San Leandro in 2011, Dr. Fortani worked one year for Kaiser Permanente and 5 years for Axis community health clinic in Pleasanton where she tried to integrate her philosophy of care in her daily interaction with her patients.

Along with her private practice Dr. Fortani is the medical director of Washington Rehab center which is a short term medical rehabilitation center as well as a long term skilled nursing care facility.  Dr. Fortani’s experience in treating patients in skilled nursing facilities sparked her interest in Geriatric Medicine with focus on Dementia.

Dr. Fortani’s own health condition related to an autoimmune disorder known as spondyloarthropathy led her to seek complementary medicine approaches such as Functional Medicine, Acupuncture and Mind-Body Medicine in conjunction with Conventional Medicine to treat her own condition as well as her patients’ conditions.

Using  Complementary Medicine approaches in conjunction with conventional medicine in treating chronic medical conditions such as diabetes , various autoimmune disorders, hormonal imbalances, obesity, and chronic fatigue to name a few helps her to tailor a more personal and unique approach for each patient.

As is stated in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view […] until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Becoming a patient herself with an autoimmune disorder  reinforced Dr. Fortani’s belief that truly as Dr. Peabody states, “The secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient.”


Published Works

Induction Speed Is Not a Determinant of Propofol Pharmacodynamics
Anthony G. Doufas, M.D., Ph.D.; Maryam Bakhshandeh, M.D.; Andrew R. Bjorksten, Ph.D.; Steven L. Shafer, M.D.; Daniel I. Sessler, M.D.
Anesthesiology. 2004; 101(5):1112-1121.

Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation of an Auricular Acupuncture Point Decreases Anesthetic Requirement
Robert Greif, M.D.; Sonja Laciny, M.D.; Masoud Mokhtarani, M.D.; Anthony G. Doufas, M.D.; Maryam Bakhshandeh, M.D.; Leopold Dorfer, M.D.; Daniel I. Sessler, M.D.
Anesthesiology. 2002; 96(2):306-312.

 Automated Responsiveness Test (ART) Predicts Loss of Consciousness and Adverse Physiologic Responses during Propofol Conscious Sedation
Anthony G. Doufas, M.D.; Maryam Bakhshandeh, M.D.; Andrew R. Bjorksten, Ph.D.; Robert Greif, M.D.; Daniel I. Sessler, M.D
Anesthesiology. 2001; 94(4):585-592.

Misprediction of the Effect-Site Concentration during Rapid Induction of Propofol Sedation
Anthony G. Doufas, M.D.; Maryam Bakhshandeh, M.D.; Ellie Lekov, M.D.; Robert Greif, M.D.; Daniel I. Sessler, M.D
Anesthesiology. 2000; 93(3A):A-382.


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