Hollywood's Top Doctors: Best Dematologists in Los Angeles

The top M.D.s as vetted by leading medical-database authority Castle Connolly

A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Hollywood is a town obsessed with its health — and its vanity. So it’s no surprise that everyone has an opinion on who the best doctors in Los Angeles are, from who can keep aging at bay for those all-important close-ups to whom to count on to cure life-threatening illnesses.

To identify the 484 elite physicians who qualified for The Hollywood Reporter’s inaugural list of the top docs in L.A., THR’s editors went two routes. First, THR partnered with the physician-led research team of Castle Connolly, the U.S.' preeminent medical-database authority, to identify the highest-rated practitioners in their specialties, all of whom are nominated by their peers in an extensive survey process of thousands of U.S. doctors each year. Castle Connolly screens these doctors’ medical educations, training, hospital appointments, disciplinary histories and much more. Doctors do not and cannot pay to be included.

THR then went further and surveyed 800 professionals in the film, television, movie and media fields to find out who among these doctors are the most beloved, trusted and go-to physicians in L.A. These 43 industry favorites include Morgan Freeman's holistic internist Dr. Soram Khalsa, Dr. Mehmet Oz's gastroenterologist Dr. Jonathan LaPook, Naomi Watts' NYC dermatologist David Colbert, KISS' Paul Stanley's ear, nose and throat doctor Joe Sugerman, Steve Tisch's favorite neurosurgeon and Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the orthopedist who healed Charlize Theron's herniated disc and Dr. Robert Kay, the surgeon who fixed Starz CEO Chris Albrecht's daughter Tess after a car accident.

Dermatology

Richard G. Bennett
1301 20th St.
Santa Monica 90404
310-315-0171
Also: Keck Medical Center of USC

Peter Michael Goldman
Goldman Dubow Dermatology & Laser
8631 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles 90048
310-855-1160

Pearl E. Grimes
5670 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles 90036
323-467-4389
Also: UCLA Medical Center

Patrice M. Healey
Dermatology Associates
465 N. Roxbury Drive
Beverly Hills 90210
310-274-9954
Also: Cedars-Sinai

INDUSTRY FAVORITE

Derek H. Jones
Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills
9201 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90069
310-246-0495
Also: Cedars-Sinai

Dr. Jones faces a daily paradox when he treats his patients: How can he make it look like he didn't perform any work at all? As one of the leading L.A. doctors for wrinkle smoothing, lip plumping and spot removing, he says his motto is: "Everyone will notice, but no one will know." Jones, who is commonly referred to as the go-to dermatologist for CAA, says he treats a number of television and film stars who rely on him to keep them looking young year after year. "Patients will often say that I've saved them from any sort of surgery," he says. Jones has become a big name in dermatology thanks to his research on cutting-edge injectable facial fillers such as Juvederm, which softens folds to help reduce signs of aging. But it's not all scientific work. "Facial aesthetics is an art," he says. "You really have to have skill and some formal aesthetic training."

Peter L. Kopelson
Kopelson Clinic
414 N. Camden Drive
Beverly Hills 90210
310-271-7400

Gary P. Lask
16260 Ventura Blvd.
Encino 91436
818-788-4022
Also: UCLA Medical Center

Marvin J. Rapaport
Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills
436 N. Bedford Drive
Beverly Hills 90210
310-274-4401
Also: Cedars-Sinai

Vicki H. Rapaport
Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills
436 N. Bedford Drive
Beverly Hills 90210
310-274-4401
Also: Brotman Medical Center

Ilya Reyter
436 N. Bedford Drive
Beverly Hills 90210
818-907-9506
Also: Keck Medical Center of USC

Alan Rosenbach
2080 Century Park East
Los Angeles 90067
310-556-5454

Mark G. Rubin
Lasky Skin Center
153 S. Lasky Drive
Beverly Hills 90212
310-556-0119

INDUSTRY FAVORITE

Harry W. Saperstein
8920 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills 90211
310-854-3003

A witty fast-talker who seems more stand-up comedian than USC Medical School graduate when examining patients, Dr. Saperstein admits, "Dermatology is not the most fascinating subject and can be extraordinarily complicated to understand. You want to use humor to communicate." Another characteristic of a Saperstein visit is a substantial wait in the reception area: "It's not a factory here," he acknowledges. "Humans are messy and have complicated problems -- both with their skin and interpersonally." But the wait is perhaps the best indication of Hollywood's confidence in this top derm. "Harry's taken care of my face for the last 30 years," says The Godfather producer Al Ruddy. "But the fact that I'm constantly mistaken for George Clooney has nothing to do with that."

David T. Woodley
Keck Medicine of USC
1520 San Pablo St.
Los Angeles 90033
323-442-6200

Jessica Phinna Wu
11620 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles 90025
310-473-5878

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Hollywood's Vaccine Wars: L.A.'s "Entitled" Westsiders Behind City's Epidemic

Hollywood's Biggest Anti-Vaccine Proponents

Hollywood Vaccination Fail: Why L.A. Schoolkids Are Getting Sick

How to Live Forever: The (Mad?) Science Hollywood Is Using to "Cure" Death

"I'm Going to Live Forever": Hollywood Elders' Best Quotes About Aging

Is Working in Hollywood Bad for Your Health?

L.A.'s Emergency Rooms, Rated

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Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is a healthcare research and information company founded in 1991 by a former medical college board chairman and president to help guide consumers to America's top doctors and top hospitals. Castle Connolly's established survey and research process, under the direction of an MD, involves many tens of thousands of physicians as well as academic medical centers, specialty hospitals and regional and community hospitals all across the nation. leadership of leading hospitals.

Castle Connolly's physician-led team of researchers follows a rigorous screening process to select top doctors on both the national and regional levels. Its online nominations process — located at www.castleconnolly.com/nominations — is open to all licensed physicians in America who are able to nominate physicians in any medical specialty and in any part of the country, as well as indicate whether the nominated physicians is, in their opinion, among the best in their region in their medical specialty or among the best in the nation in their medical specialty. Careful screening of doctors' educational and professional experience is essential before final selection is made among those physicians most highly regarded by their peers. The result - we identify the top doctors in America and provide you, the consumer, with detailed information about their education, training and special expertise in our paperback guides, national and regional magazine “Top Doctors” features and online directories.

Doctors do not and cannot pay to be selected and profiled as Castle Connolly Top Doctors

Physicians selected for inclusion in this magazine's "Top Doctors" feature may also appear as Regional Top Doctors online at www.castleconnolly.com, or in one of Castle Connolly's Top Doctors™ guides, such as America's Top Doctors® or America's Top Doctors® for Cancer.

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