Farshad Fani Marvasti

University Staff
DTPHX Campus


Dr. Marvasti is a physician leader and medical educator. He is proactively engaged in creating solutions to promote health and prevent the chronic diseases of our time. His most recent article was published in the New England Journal of Medicine where he and his co-author make the case for redesigning medicine to create a prevention based health care system.  As a physician executive, he is working to develop innovative models and systems of care to reduce costs and improve quality in our health system.  Acting to transform medical education, Dr. Marvasti is redesigning the 4-year medical school curriculum to include nutrition and evidence based therapies to prevent disease and maintain health throughout the lifespan.

Dr. Marvasti has undertaken research, published articles and medical textbook chapters on disease prevention, nutrition and complementary and alternative medicine since 1997. Dr. Marvasti is a distinguished graduate of Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University and has obtained both his Medical Doctorate and Masters of Public Health from the University of Arizona. Dr. Marvasti completed his medical residency training at the Stanford University School of Medicine and subsequently served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. He currently serves as the director of Public Health, Prevention and Health Promotion at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix.  Dr. Marvasti also maintains an active clinical practice and serves as medical director for One Medical in Arizona.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship. Stanford Prevention Research Center
  • Residency. Stanford University School of Medicine
  • M.D. University of Arizona
  • Masters degree. Public Health, University of Arizona.
  • Bachelor's degree. Barrett, the Honors College, Arizona State University

Research Interests

The role of nutrition, food based supplements, and functional foods in the prevention and treatment of Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, Metabolic Syndrome, Dyslipidemia and Cardiovascualr Disease.  Public health policy and community based research to prevent and treat chronic disease through lifestyle modifications and health promotion strategies.  Integrative medicine and complementary or alternative medicine research.  


Fani Marvasti F. Medical Textbook Chapter, “The Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Integrative Preventive Medicine,” in Textbook of Integrative Preventive Medicine, Oxford University Press (IN PRESS).

Fani Marvasti F.  Medical Texbook Chapter, “The Role of Family and Community in Integrative Preventive Medicine,” in Textbook of Integrative Preventive Medicine, Oxford University Press (IN PRESS).

Fani Marvasti, F and Stafford RS. From Sick Care to Health Care: Reengineering Prevention into the U.S. System. The New England Journal of Medicine, September 6, 2012, 367:889-891.

Dewell A, Fani Marvasti F, Harris WS, Tsao P, Gardner CD. Low- and High-Dose Plant and Marine (n-3) Fatty Acids Do Not Affect Plasma Inflammatory Markers in Adults with Metabolic Syndrome.  Journal of Nutrition, October 2011, 10.3945/jn.111.142240.

Haskell  WL, Luskin FM, Fani Marvasti F.  Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease. Complementary and Alternative Medicine: An Evidence Based Approach, Mosby Medical Books 2003. 

Castellanos FX, Fani Marvasti F, Ducharme JL, Walter JM, Israel ME, Krain A, Pavlovsky C, Hommer DW.  Executive Function Oculomotor Tasks in Girls with ADHD.  Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, May 2000, 39(5): 644-650.

Luskin FM, Newell KA, Griffith M, Holmes M, Telles S, DiNucci E, Fani Marvasti F, Hill M, Pelletier KR, Haskell WL.  A Review of Mind-body Therapies in the Treatment of Musculoskeletal Disorders part 2: Implications for the Elderly.  Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, March 2000, 6(2): 46-56.

Haskell WL, Luskin FM, Fani Marvasti F.  Complementary and alternative therapies for cardiovascular disease, in Complementary/Alternative Medicine:  An Evidence Based Approach, Mosby Books 1999.

Luskin FM, Newell KA, Griffith M, Holmes M, Telles S, Fani Marvasti F, Pelletier KR, Haskell WL. A review of mind-body therapies in the treatment of cardiovascular disease part 1: Implications for the elderly.  Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, May 1998, 4(3): 46-61.