Hollywood's Top Doctors: Best Oncologists 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.

The city's best cancer/oncology doctors can be found below.

Cancer/Oncology

David B. Agus
Keck Medicine of USC
9033 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills 90211
310-272-7640

M. William Audeh
Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute
8700 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles 90048
310-423-1188

Linnea I. Chap
Beverly Hills Cancer Center
8900 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills 90211
310-432-8900
Also: Saint John's

Warren A. Chow
City of Hope National Medical Center
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte 91010
800-826-4673

Marwan G. Fakih
City of Hope National Medical Center
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte 91010
626-471-9200

Robert A. Figlin
Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute
8700 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles 90048
310-423-1331

Charles A. Forscher
Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute
8700 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles 90048
310-423-8045
Also: UCLA Medical Center

Patricia A. Ganz
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-206-1404

John A. Glaspy
UCLA Health System
100 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-794-4955

Stephen B. Gruber
Keck Medicine of USC
1441 Eastlake Ave.
Los Angeles 90089
323-865-0816

INDUSTRY FAVORITE

Beth Y. Karlan
Gynecologic oncology
Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute
8700 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles 90048
310-423-3302

When breast cancer claimed the life of Dr. Karlan's grandmother, it set her on a path that would make her a director of gynecologic oncology. And though she is too discreet to discuss celebrity patients, grateful accolades slip out. During a recent hospital fundraising gala, Anne Hathaway choked back tears while describing how Karlan "helped a beloved friend of mine battle cancer … together you kicked that cancer's ass." The physician's pioneering research into the BRCA gene began when she met Gilda Radner, whose name was lent to the Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program after the actress-comedian died. Karlan also treated Angelina Jolie's mother, Marcheline Bertrand, and discovered that both of them had BRCA mutations. She tells THR, "Angelina Jolie's courage has really shown women that they don't need to be afraid."

Marianna Koczywas
City of Hope National Medical Center
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte 91010
626-471-9200

Lucille Ann Leong
City of Hope National Medical Center
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte 91010
626-471-9200

Dean W. Lim
City of Hope National Medical Center
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte 91010
626-471-9200

INDUSTRY FAVORITE

Philomena F. McAndrew
Tower Hematology Oncology Medical Group
9090 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills 90211
310-888-8680
Also: Cedars-Sinai

The key to treating Hollywood's most powerful women is to be honest with them, even when the recommended therapies are uncomfortable. "Physicians are so starstruck sometimes that those patients don't get the best care," says the breast cancer specialist. Dr. McAndrew worked with Audrey Hepburn in 1992 after she was diagnosed with late-stage appendiceal cancer, and with Christina Applegate, who (pre-Angelina) survived breast cancer with a double mastectomy in 2008. Her realistic and compassionate approach made a deep impression on Dick Lippin. The chairman and CEO of PR firm The Lippin Group approached her for help when he set up the Ronnie Lippin Cancer Outreach Program, established in honor of his late wife, the famed music publicist. "Philomena is not only a brilliant doctor," says Lippin. "She also has amazing sensitivity."

Ronald T. Mitsuyasu
UCLA Health System
1399 S. Roxbury Drive
Los Angeles 90035
310-557-2273

Robert J. Morgan
City of Hope National Medical Center
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte 91010
626-471-9200

Joanne Mortimer
City of Hope National Medical Center
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte 91010
626-471-9200

Ronald B. Natale
Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute
8700 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles 90048
310-423-1101

Lawrence D. Piro
The Angeles Clinic & Research Institute
2001 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica 90404
310-582-7900
Also: Saint John's

David I. Quinn
Keck Medicine of USC
1441 Eastlake Ave.
Los Angeles 90033
323-865-3105

Karen Reckamp
City of Hope National Medical Center
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte 91010
626-471-9200

Steven T. Rosen
City of Hope National Medical Center
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte 91010
800-826-4673

Michael H. Rosove
UCLA Health System
100 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-794-4955

Christy A. Russell
Keck Medicine of USC
1441 Eastlake Ave.
Los Angeles 90033
323-865-3371

George Somlo
City of Hope National Medical Center
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte 91010
626-471-9200

Cy A. Stein
City of Hope National Medical Center
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte 91010
626-471-9200

Marilou Terpenning
Santa Monica Hematology-Oncology Consultants
2021 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica 90404
310-453-5654
Also: Saint John's

Przemyslaw W. Twardowski
City of Hope National Medical Center
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte 91010
626-471-9200

Robert A. Vescio
Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute
8700 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles 90048
310-423-1825

Yun Yen
City of Hope National Medical Center
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte 91010
626-471-9200

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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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