Meet Shilpa P. Saxena, MD, IFMCP

Medical Director

Forum Health Tampa


Chief Medical Officer

Forum Health

Dr. Saxena graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine through the prestigious Junior Honors Medical Program, completed her Family Practice residency training at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida while serving as Chief Resident and receiving additional Certification in Low Risk Obstetrics. She solidified her understanding of the continuum of health and disease but saw so many missed opportunities for disease reversal when caring for the rural and urban underserved families of North Jacksonville.  

Shilpa P. Saxena, MD, IFMCP is a Board-Certified family physician whose passion and purpose come to life through an uncompromising dedication to the 'health' and 'care' aspects of healthcare. 


In July 2019, her practice joined Forum Health, a nationwide provider of personalized health services. Beyond continuing to practice as Medical. Director of Forum Health Tampa, Dr. Saxena serves as Chief Medical Officer at Forum Health.


Her commitment for professional growth is evident. In addition to over 15 years of progressive patient care in her successful medical practices, Dr. Saxena is Senior Faculty with the Institute for Functional Medicine, as well as contributing faculty or physician educator roles with the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, Faculty, George Washington University's Metabolic Medicine Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Universidad San ignacio de Loyola (Lima, Perú).


But more importantly to her, she understands that the brightest of physicians or educators is of little value to the patient who cannot be empowered by that knowledge. As a consummate teacher, she is on a mission to get simple, actionable, lifestyle-based solutions to patients interested in helping themselves heal. She is internationally known for her contributions on the development and institution of the lifestyle-based group medical appointment model and has been awarded for her work with her online patient university, Living Wellness University. By marrying the science of healing with the art of patient education and partnership, she is creating opportunities for patients and healthcare providers to get back to the sacred healing relationship that was once a vital part of her noble profession.


Inspired to create a doctor’s office that offered all the meaningful components of good patient care, she opened the SevaMed Institute, applying her core principle of ‘Patients Powered by Knowledge.’ Her practical approach, then and now as CMO with Forum Health Tampa and Forum Health nationwide, focuses on treating and reversing the root causes of illness, the obvious solution to the chronic disease epidemic. Her extraordinary patient outcomes have attracted the attention of local, national and international patient and physician communities who are equally motivated to transform healthcare. 

She enjoys supporting her local, national and international patient communities through her cutting-edge telemedicine offerings as well as incorporating her famous virtual group medical appointments.  Dr. Saxena has studied the impact of social health on disease reversal and is always excited to bring the power of community to the table as a necessary and vital aspect of healthcare. 


Whether she is partnering with her own patients, training new-to-functional-medicine healthcare providers at conferences, or collaborating with functional medicine thought leaders, it is evident Dr. Shilpa P. Saxena is 110% devoted to making functional and integrative medicine available to the masses. This is her mission and inspiration.

Dr. Saxena's Expertise


A Teacher of Physicans Around the Globe

  • Institute for Functional Medicine, Senior Faculty

    • IFM Certified Practitioner, 1st Graduating Class 2013

    • Lead​ Faculty, Cardiometabolic Advanced Module

    • Faculty, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (US, South America & Europe)

  • Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, Fellowship Trained & Contributing Guest Faculty

  • University of Miami, Volunteer Assistant Faculty

  • George Washington University, Integrative Faculty

  • University of New Mexico SIMPLE Conference

  • American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Steering Committee

  • Cleveland Clinic, Conference Faculty

  • Bioregulatory Medicine Conference, Speaker (Colombia, South America)

  • Florida Dietetic Association State Conference, Speaker

Innovator & Author 

  • Group Visit Toolkit, Creator  (

  • Living Wellness University, Creator (2010 Communicator Awards for Innovative Medical Education Website) currently serving our patients as SaxMD University

  • The Ingredients Matter: India, Cookbook Author

  • Total Engagement- The Healthcare Practitioner's Guide to Heal Yourself, Your Patients & Your Practice, Contributor

  • Corporate Life Change, Corporate Wellness Program Creator

Community & Patient Advocate

  • TedX Carrollwood Day School, Speaker

  • William & Mary University, Employee Wellness Educator

  • News & Radio Expert Guest

    • Health Check with Heidi Goodman​

    • 10 News Tampa, Florida Local TV 

    • Hawk Health Hour, Hillsborough Community College

Classically Trained MD with Distinction

  • University of Florida College of Medicine, Honors Program

  • St. Vincent's Family Residency, Chief Resident

  • Low Risk Obstetrics Certification

  • American Board of Family Medicine, Board Certified

"Don't underestimate the driven patient.  She knows change is needed.  The real work is figuring out which set of sustainable actions will result in the well-being she desires, and what unique 'life obstacles' need to be addressed to achieve it."

~ Dr. Saxena

Areas of Expertise

(Treatment, Reversal and/or Prevention)

Cardiometabolic Conditions:

Weight Issues, Type 2 Diabetes, Prediabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, High Cholesterol, Hypertension, PCOS, Fatty Liver Disease, Stroke and Heart Disease Risk Reduction... 

Gastrointestinal/ Immune Conditions:

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Multiple Sclerosis, Non-specific Autoimmune Conditions,  Chronic Allergies/Sinus Issues (Environmental/Food Allergies), Asthma, Eczema...

Hormone Conditions:

Hypothyroidism, Women's Hormone Imbalances, Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Migraines, Low Testosterone, Men's Sexual Health, Breast, GYN, Colon, & Prostate Cancer Risk Reduction, Adrenal Imbalances...

Brain & Mental Health Conditions:

Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Cravings/Addictions, ADHD/ADD, Memory Issues (including Mild - Moderate Dementia), Sleep Disturbances, Chronic Pain Optimization, Alzheimer's Prevention...

Specialty Testing:

Food Allergy/Sensitivity, Heavy Metal Profile, Functional Comprehensive Stool & Digestive Analyses Salivary/Urine Hormone Function, Micronutrient Status...