“Physician-patient relationship is the cornerstone of successful health outcomes. It is a partnership that empowers patients to make healthy lifestyle choices and be actively engaged in their own health promotion and disease prevention with their physician, leading to improved adherence to the mutually defined goals of therapy.”

Board Certification

  • Internal Medicine

Areas of Expertise

  • Acute Care
  • Annual Physicals
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Lipid Management
  • Men’s Health
  • Preventive Health
  • Pre-Operative Evaluations
  • Sports Medicine


Internship and Residency

Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University
Internal Medicine
Richmond, VA
1993 and 1995

Medical School

University of Maryland School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Undergraduate School

University of Maryland
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
College Park, MD

Hospitals Affiliated With

Montgomery General Hospital
Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
Suburban Hospital

Professional Associations

American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)

American College of Physicians (ACP)

Personal Interests

I enjoy walking with my wife around the lakes in my neighborhood and attending my son’s high school Varsity Lacrosse games. I like day-trips and exploring new destinations, particularly historic sites. I like watching History Channel, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Travel Channel, as well as classic movies.


Dr. Hamid Tabatabai graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore in 1992 after completing his undergraduate Engineering degree (magna cum laude) from the University of Maryland in College Park in 1988, in addition to an extra year of pre-medical pre-requisite coursework. Dr. Tabatabai completed his training in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals/Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA in 1995, followed by an extra six months of training at the Eye Clinic at MCV.

He was initially board certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in 1995 with subsequent re-certification in 2005.  He started in private practice with a small group in Northern Virginia in 1996 for one year prior to relocating back to Montgomery County, Maryland in 1997. There he joined a primary care group of physicians in Germantown. This practice merged with the Georgetown University outpatient physicians network in 1998 where Dr. Tabatabai continued to practice in Germantown and Rockville clinical centers under the title of Assistant Clinical Professor until 2001 when the Georgetown outpatient clinical centers in Montgomery County underwent reorganization and relocation to D.C. and Northern Virginia. This marked the point in which Dr. Tabatabai started the process of establishing his own private practice.

Dr. Tabatabai was a founding partner of his current practice, Metropolitan Internal Medicine Associates in Bethesda, Maryland in 2002, and have been in full-time clinical practice there since. His clinical interests are broad and span the range of patient concerns, including episodic care and longitudinal evaluations, and management of chronic diseases and conditions. He enjoys the opportunity to get to know his patients and their families (many of whom are also our patients) and their family dynamics over many years. He strives to help coordinate his patients’ care through outpatient procedures, operations and hospitalizations (that would otherwise be a collection of test results and consultations) into a coherent health narrative. Dr. Tabatabai believes in establishing close rapports with his patients that make the physician-patient relationship a seamless and successful working partnership with improved patient adherence and outcomes.