Shamsah Amersi, MD

OB-GYN located in Santa Monica, CA

    1. "Sharp, and empathetic. 5 stars!"

    2. Stacey S. Yelp

    1. "After six years of suffering, it was like I never had that condition. She was my angel."

    2. Sohelia S. Yelp

    1. "She is not only your doctor but your well-wisher and a good friend."

    2. Monali S. Yelp

    1. "There's no question that we want her to be our doctor for future pregnancies."

    2. Dawn V. Yelp

    1. "Dr. Amersi made me feel so safe and confident."

    2. Katherine F. Yelp

    1. "I will continue to see Dr. Amersi and plan to stay with her when I have my babies!"

    2. Traci B. Yelp

    1. "I have since referred my dear cousin and she has the same great things to say about her!"

    2. Jeana C. Yelp

    1. "Dr. Amersi is SO GREAT! I've been seeing her for almost four years."

    2. Michele P. Yelp

    1. "Dr. Amersi is the the best doctor in her field!"

    2. Aicha G. Yelp

    1. "In routine tests and treatment, she is swift, efficient and accurate."

    2. Sam A. Yelp

    1. "She is very knowledgable as well as open minded in her treatment approach."

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About Dr. Amersi

I am thrilled to share with you that we have opened our office door and are ready to have you visit us in our beautiful new office in Santa Monica.

As a female obstetrician & gynecologist, I recognize the importance of providing the best personalized care for patients that encompass compassion, and comprehensive focused attention to all aspects of a woman's well being. Over the past year, it became very clear to me that in order to practice excellent medicine I needed to be in a setting where patients were given 100% access to me only, in lieu of being in an assembly line for whichever doctor was available, regardless of whether they knew you, your story and what truly matters to you. The continuity of care with a patient and doctor is paramount to a successful health outcome in lieu of fragmented medical care with different providers. To help achieve this, our office is proud to offer evening and weekend appointments to accommodate your schedule and needs.

My staff has been carefully chosen so from the moment you enter the office, you are comforted by the warmth, genuine care and exceptional service from my entire team. At each visit, you will be seeing me, and not rotated through different doctor. In addition, each of my patients will have 24 hour access to me, including email and phone. For each patient, visits will include a comprehensive meeting with me, detailed examination including all necessary medical tests, and detailed ultrasound performed if medically indicated. In addition, lab testing will be performed in the office. Every pregnancy visit will include an ultrasound and access to the leading perinatologist throughout your pregnancy.

We are implementing the most modern and optimal medical communication between you and me. After each visit, you will have access to all your results, so the "no news is good news" is replaced by detailed information of your tests and recommendations by me to optimize your health.


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I am thrilled to share with you that we have opened our office door and are ready to have you visit us in our beautiful new office in Santa Monica.

As a female obstetrician & gynecologist, I recognize the importance of providing the best personalized care for patients that encompass compassion, and comprehensive focused attention to all aspects of a woman's well being. Over the past year, it became very clear to me that in order to practice excellent medicine I needed to be in a setting where patients were given 100% access to me only, in lieu of being in an assembly line for whichever doctor was available, regardless of whether they knew you, your story and what truly matters to you. The continuity of care with a patient and doctor is paramount to a successful health outcome in lieu of fragmented medical care with different providers. To help achieve this, our office is proud to offer evening and weekend appointments to accommodate your schedule and needs.

My staff has been carefully chosen so from the moment you enter the office, you are comforted by the warmth, genuine care and exceptional service from my entire team. At each visit, you will be seeing me, and not rotated through different doctor. In addition, each of my patients will have 24 hour access to me, including email and phone. For each patient, visits will include a comprehensive meeting with me, detailed examination including all necessary medical tests, and detailed ultrasound performed if medically indicated. In addition, lab testing will be performed in the office. Every pregnancy visit will include an ultrasound and access to the leading perinatologist throughout your pregnancy.

We are implementing the most modern and optimal medical communication between you and me. After each visit, you will have access to all your results, so the "no news is good news" is replaced by detailed information of your tests and recommendations by me to optimize your health.



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What we offer

Services

Study Makes Recommendation that ALL Doctors Screen for Alcohol Abuse

A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association recommended that all United States Doctors should be screening patients for alcohol abuse. This recommendation is an update from the previous guidance set forth in 2013 which stated that screening should take place if alcohol misuse was suspected.

Alcohol misuse, according to the previous study, was used to define a wide range of drinking behaviors including risky alcohol use, harmful alcohol use, and alcohol abuse or alcohol addiction.The most recent update to the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on alcohol screenings states that individuals that are suspected of any unhealthy alcohol use should be screened. The study found, “the net benefit of screening and brief behavioral counseling interventions for unhealthy alcohol use in adults, including pregnant women, is moderate.” Evidence from the study is insufficient to determine a balance between the benefits and harms associated with screening and brief counseling for unhealthy alcohol use in adolescents.

Excluding the cost of providing assessment, the recommendations of the USPSTF that all doctors offer risk assessment screening for alcohol use, is based on both benefits and potential harms associated with the service. Recognizing that clinical decisions often involve considerations versus evidence alone, the USPSTF recommends that clinicians make individual decisions as to screening necessity based on specific patient situations.

What is Considered Unhealthy Alcohol Use?

A standard drink, according to the CDC, “contains 0.6 ounces (14.0 grams or 1.2 tablespoons) of pure alcohol.” This is generally the amount of alcohol that is found in:

  • A 12-ounce beer.
  • An 8-ounce glass of malt liquor.
  • 5 ounces of wine.
  • 1.5 ounces or about a shot of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor such as vodka, whiskey, rum or gin.

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), hazardous use of alcohol occurs when an individual drinks to a point in which the use of alcohol increases the risk of future negative health consequences. Unfortunately, a worldwide consensus as to what constitutes risky drinking has yet to be reached. However, any alcohol use among pregnant women is considered unhealthy and potentially hazardous

Consumption of more than 1 drink per day for women, or more than 2 drinks per day for men, is considered potentially unhealthy. Excessive drinking can lead to dependence and physical withdrawal. Individuals that become addicted to alcohol often require professional alcohol detox to safely overcome the addiction.

Benefits of Physician Counseling for Alcohol Use Disorder

Although more research is necessary before the task force can fully attest as to the benefits of modest physician counseling or potential drawbacks of screening patients for alcohol use disorders, current data suggests that there are zero risks associated with such interventional treatment by physicians.

In fact, the only possible drawbacks found are related to the possible stigma related to drinking habits and differences between doctors in establishing clear guidelines as to what they consider to be “unhealthy habits.” Likewise, patients may feel that the intimacy of the patient-doctor relationship suffers as a result of the alcohol risk assessment, but the potential for this outcome hardly negates the recommendations imposed.

Early detection of alcohol use disorder, or potentially risky alcohol use, especially in pregnant women, leads to reduced unhealthy alcohol use and improved behaviors. As such, the USPSTF has found that brief behavioral counseling interventions in adults that screen positive for risky or unhealthy alcohol use increases the likelihood that alcohol use is reduced. Furthermore, in cases of pregnant women, counseling interventions increase the likelihood that women abstain from alcohol use during pregnancy.

What is MonaLisa Touch?

What is MonaLisa Touch?

Introducing MonaLisa Touch

Now it’s possible with no pain, no side effects and in just few minutes. MonaLisa Touch is a painless and minimally invasive laser treatment for vaginal rejuvenation. By gently acting on tissue of the vaginal mucosa, the laser stimulates the production of collagen, improving the functionality of the treated area and restoring the proper trophic balance to the mucous membrane.

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Real Patient Testimonial for MonaLisa Touch

I found Dr. Amersi because I was looking for a doctor that provided the MonaLisa Touch Vaginal Laser Treatment.  I am in my mid 50's, in menopause and heard that this procedure is amazing!  Dr. Amersi was kind, thorough and understanding answering all of my concerns and questions regarding how it works and it's effectiveness.  I've had 3 treatments and it's amazing.  The MonaLisa Touch changed my sex life, no more discomfort and pain!  I highly recommend the treatment and Dr. Amersi!  She has become my new gynecologist and I love her, her staff and offices too!

- Lynne S.

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Credentials

Education

  • University of California, Irvine
    • Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Residency
  • UC San Francisco School of Medicine
    • Alpha Omega Alpha (top 1% of graduates) 
    • Chancellors Service Award at graduation
    • Chancellors Mentor Award at graduation
    • Honors in all core clerkships and internships

Honors & Awards

  • Ortho McNeil Resident Teaching Award
  • UC Irvine Senior Research Award
  • UCSF Chancellor's Service Award at Graduation
  • UCSF Outstanding Student: OB-GYN, surgery, medicine
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
  • Harold Gabriel Buchbinder Endowed Scholarship
  • Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Scholarship
  • UCSF AIDS Research Fellowship
  • UCSF Medical Student Achievement Award
    • scholarship and award for designing and implementing AIDS awareness
  • UCLA Chancellor's Service Award
  • Psi-Chi Psychology Honor Society
  • UCLA Alumni Association Achievement Award
  • UCLA Distinguished Scholar Award
  • Dr. Ralph Bunche & Trimentor Achievement Award
  • UCLA Dean's Honor List
  • Mortar Board National Honor Society
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Alpha Lamda Delta National Honor Society
  • Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society
  • AIDS Project Los Angeles Service Award

Research

  • UC Irvine: Researched and presented management strategies on breast cancer during pregnancy
  • UC Irvine: Researched and presented long term survival and quality of life in women with breast cancer on hormone replacement therapy
  • USC: Presented management of tumors of low malignant potential
  • UCSF: Led clinical studies on protease inhibitors and antiviral HIV activity

Service & Activities

  • Los Angeles Forum: free medical care to indigent patients
  • UCLA Emergency Room; free service to indigent patients
  • UCLA School of Medicine; career panel
  • St. Johns Hospital; Ib board committee member
  • St. Johns Hospital; perinatal committee member
  • Santa Monica Hospital; peer review board member OB-GYN
  • American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellow
  • Flying Doctors of Mercy
  • UCSF Annual Women's Health Forum
  • American Women in Medicine and Surgery
  • Minority Women in Medicine and Surgery
  • UCLA Minorities in Medicine
  • AIDS Project Los Angeles- Medical Counselor
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Awestruck's Free Health Care featuring Dr. Amersi: Why No Woman's Sleeping

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A Mindful Pregnancy with Dr. Amersi

Dr. Amersi shared her expertise with Andy Puddicombe, the author of the new book, The Headspace Guide to A Mindful Pregnancy. As a key contributor to the book, Dr. Amersi sees first hand how important mindfulness is in her patients to reduce stress and anxiety during pregnancy.

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Childbirth

Classes

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Madalyn Morris

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Our Happy

Families

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Notes from our Patients

Some wonderful notes we have received from happy patients and babies.

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Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept only PPO insurance plans. Below is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed below.


Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Health Net
UnitedHealthcare
Location
Shamsah Amersi, MD
2825 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 320
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 310-264-5600
Fax: 310-264-5604
Office Hours

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310-264-5600