Robert Setari Biography



Dr. Robert Setari completed his undergraduate studies at the prestigious Ivy League school, the University of Pennsylvania. The University of Pennsylvania dates its founding to 1740. Penn has also welcomed countless leaders through its doors, including nine signers of the Declaration of Independence and 11 signers of the Constitution. University of PennsylvaniaThe University of Pennsylvania remains an eminent, world-class institution for the creation and dissemination of knowledge, serving as a model for colleges and universities throughout the world.


With a double major in Biology and History & Sociology of Science Dr. Setari not only learned the practical aspects of the sciences but also their ramifications for society and humanity as whole throughout history. Graduating with honors (Cum Laude) from Penn he then attended the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.


Founded in 1825, the GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences is the 11th oldest medical school in the country and the first in the nation's capital. Since its establishment, the school has been at the forefront of medical education, and has George Washington University Medical Schoolgrown to include highly-ranked programs in the health and biomedical sciences.

After graduating from GWU medical school Dr. Setari then went on to study the specialty of Internal Medicine at the Washington Hospital Center, home of The Washington Heart program. WHC is a national leader in the research, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular/pulmonary disease. MedStar Washington Hospital Center's heart program is the only one in the Washington region to be ranked nationally by the just-released U.S.News and World Report's "Best Hospitals" 2013-2014 issue. It is among only 147 facilities, just three percent of the 4,806 hospitals in the country to earn a national ranking in any specialty.

Washington DC


After Residency Dr. Setari worked at several specialty facilities honing his internal medicine and general medical practice skills. He eventually became licensed in 6 different states as he established specialty centers around the country before finally settling down in California.



Dr. Robert Setari has worked in several different specialities since his Internal Medicine training at the nationally recognized Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

As medical director of The National Health and Nutrition Institute in Washington, D.C. he treated hundreds of patients with moderate to severe weight problems using prescription strength medication and high protein meal replacement therapy. Subsequently he has developed an incredibly easy and proven system for weight loss that will help you take off 20-40 lbs in about 4 months and keep it off. Some of his patients have lost 90 lbs in 10 months!


Subsequently Dr. Setari worked for Medical And Respiratory and Rehabilitation Services where he was the medical director for 6 specialty rehab centers providing respiratory therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy at Assisted Living and Nursing Homes throughout the Maryland and Virginia areas.


Dr. Robert SetariLater as medical director of First Choice Rehabilitation he was part of one of the first combned MD and DC practice in the USA. First Choice was an outpatient sports medicine center focusing on orthopedic sports injuries and workman's comp injuries. He was the first physician in the United States to use the VAX-D (Vertebral Axial Decompression) for lumbar-sacral disc disease such as bulging and herniated discs. The success rate for relief of symptoms such as pain and sciatica without surgery was over 60%.


Shortly after he began his training in the field of Phlebology under the astute tutelage of Dr, Craig Feied, and international expert on venous disease. Dr. Setari rose quickly to become one of the United States nationally recognized experts in the field of Phlebology. In 1995 he was invited to be on the Education Committee of the American College Of Phlebology. This committee was responsible for both clinician and public education.


Although he always maintained a connection to his Internal Medicine background by working at several Family Practice and Urgent Care Centers in Maryland and Virginia, Dr. Setari began to focus on cosmetic medicine, and the sub-specialty of anti-aging medicine early in his medical career. He was one of the first U.S. physicians to consider and treat the condition of Andropause (male menopause or Low T) he began treating patients with hormone replacement therapy, including testosterone and growth hormone, according to strict protocols which he developed in 1995. These same protocols are in use now by over 13 urology centers across the country.

He was one of the first physicians to use finasteride at lower doses for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia in 1995. His regimen of 1mg. finasteride orally and 5% minoxidil topically is now the gold standard as the only proven and FDA approved treatments for the non-surgical treatment of hair loss in men. Currently, he is investigating an even more effective treatment of male pattern baldness.

He has been active in the development of new anti-viral agents. Dr. Setari was one of the first investigators of cidofovir during the human studies in Leuven, Belgium. Cidofovir was later FDA approved in July 1996 in the United States. His initial studies at GWU Hospital on laryngeal papillomas were published in the ENT Journal and laid the groundwork for further development; the Voice Treatment Center at George Washington University Medical Center is now a groundbreaking tertiary care center for patients with the worst resistant laryngeal/respiratory papillomas.


At one time he was licensed in six states (Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Tennessee, New Jersey, and California) and opened over 30 specialty centers across the country. He taught many physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Nurses proper diagnosis and treatment of venous disorders. He was one of 6 distinguished international authors of the medical textbook, Vein Diagnosis and Treatment.

Vein Daignosis and Treatment Textbook

Medical Facilities

Dr. Setari is founded several health care facilities in California when he moved to Los Angeles in 2002. The scope of these practices is wide and varied but all are specifically specialized to serve the particular health care needs of the community.


Elite Medical Cosmetic CentersHe is medical director of the Elite Medical Cosmetic Centers, a leading specialty centers providing state-of-the-art care for varicose and spider veins. With three offices in the Los Angeles area the practices provide the most advanced treatment available for venous disorders including micro-injection transcatheter therapy, laser like treatment with Photoderm VL®, Altus Cool Glide® Laser, ambulatory phlebectomy, and Color Flow Duplex Mapping and sclerotherapy, and the newest technology called Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLTTM); there are only a handful of centers worldwide that provide this innovative procedure for the treatment of varicose veins.


Dr. Setari was the official instructor for Diomed Laser in the Los Angeles area for several years; he trained doctors from the Mid-West to the West coast on the EVLT procedure. Additionally, he has pioneered the way towards non-surgical solutions to many cosmetic needs, Dr. Setari has advanced non-surgical procedures to a new level. The Liquid Face-Lift (designed to turn back the clock 5-10 years) and the non-surgical nose job are two of his innovative procedures that allow patients to now achieve near surgical results without surgery.

The new Smart Lipo procedure is a great way to reduce unwanted fat from difficult areas and tighten the skin without surgery. For liposculpting it is ideal. For general weight loss Dr. Setari has continued his early work in the field of Bariatrics medicine. He is part of a new movement of physicians that are debunking the old beliefs of weight loss and exercise. Treating obesity as an illness this new platform has empowered both doctors and patients to work towards realistic goals of weight control and good health.


Elite Urgent Care CentersAfter 4 years of working at Reliant Immediate Care next to LAX airport in El Segundo Dr. Setari decided to expand health care access by founding Elite Urgent Care Centers (EUCC) with Dr. Vincent Bennett.


With offices in Torrance/Palos Verdes and San Fernando Valley Elite Urgent Care Centers provides urgent care and workman's comp services to a large portion of Southern California. EUCC is currently expanding its offices into the Pasadena and Encino areas.


American Medical Evaluation Centers

After years of research Dr. Setari recognized the medical benefits of marijuana and its incredibly safe side effect profile. Realizing that medical marijuana can be very effective for certain serious diseases and safer than some prescription medications he established The American Medical Evaluation Centers in 2010 which provides medical evaluations for chronically and severely ill patients in need of medical cannabis. These patients include many Los Angeles residents diagnosed with cancer, HIV, intractable Migraines, colitis, chronic pain syndrome, and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.