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Payal N. Bhandari, MD

Integrative Functional Medicine Physician located in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D.


Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D.


Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D.






Dr. Payal Bhandari, M.D. is a nationally recognized leading practitioner of integrative functional medicine. She provides proactive healthcare solutions that go beyond conventional pharmaceuticals and invasive procedures by knowing precisely how to address the root cause of any disease. Dr. Bhandari founded SF Advanced Health in 2013 to bring together the best minds in Eastern and Western Medicine so that together we can reverse any disease which walks through our doors. What differentiates Dr. Bhandari from other physicians is her depth of knowledge and extensive experience over a span of two decades of practicing clinical medicine.

An expert on cell function, Dr. Bhandari specializes in cancer prevention and reversal of most digestive, autoimmune, autonomic, and chronic conditions. With the philosophy 'Food Thy Medicine, Medicine Thy Food' at the center of her work, Dr. Bhandari places a great deal of emphasis on nutrition and optimizing every system in the body to work harmoniously together. She understands how to connect the blood, brain, and adrenal glands to work synergically and support the pathways necessary for repair and healing. By first optimizing the digestive system (the storehouse of gut intelligence and the microbiome), microscopic leakage of pathogens and toxins spilling into the bloodstream is lessened. This directly decreases an autoimmune inflammatory reaction toxic to the brain and nervous system that is responsible for causing most diseases and chronic infections. When trouble has been brewing inside the body for long periods of time and eventually erupts to cause symptoms, the sympathetic nervous system has been working in overdrive for some time and suppressed the parasympathetic nervous system. This leads to chronic inflammation and diseases conventional medicine can only placate with pharmaceutical drugs, but never cure.

Patients who come to see Dr. Bhandari have often seen the best subspecialists and have reached their wits’ end. Sufficient time is always allocated to learn each person's story and deliver heart-centered care. Medicine-grade supplements are often an essential part of the treatment and customized to suit the patient's unique case.

Improvement of symptoms is guaranteed within a few weeks to a month. Patients always leave an encounter with Dr. Bhandari feeling empowered and full of knowledge about their disease and how to reverse it.

Dr. Bhandari was born in New Jersey and raised in West Virginia. She received her bachelor's degree in biology in 1997 and a Doctor of Medicine degree in 2001 from West Virginia University. Dr. Bhandari completed her Family Medicine residency in 2004 at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, Massachusetts. In 2005 she joined a family medicine practice in San Francisco and helped it gain national recognition as the first patient-centered medical home in San Francisco. In 2013 Dr. Bhandari launched San Francisco's top integrative functional medical center, SF Advanced Health, which brings together the best holistic practitioners to deliver whole-person quality care. We work directly for patients as out-of-network providers and can assist them on how to receive direct reimbursement for services from their insurance carriers.

Dr. Bhandari has received extensive recognition throughout her career as one of America's top physicians leading the charge in changing the landscape of medicine.


Payal Bhandari - Advanced Health video


Interviews and Keynotes

    Wellacopia Interview
    with Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D.


    Reversing Crohn's, Colitis, and
    Gut Issues and their Connection to Arthritis


    Democratizing Wellness Panel Discussion June 8, 2019

    at the India Community Center, Milipitas, CA


    Payal Bhandari at

    World School Milk Day Counter Celebration 

Educational Seminars


    Aging Gracefully - Optimizing Nutrition and Hydration



    Prevention and Reversal of Cancer- Part 1



    Prevention and Reversal of Cancer- Part 2



    Integrative Approach to Mindfulness-Stress Reduction



    Integrative Approach to Gut Health



    Sleep Disruptors and Effective Insomnia Treatment


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