Hollywood's Top Doctors: Best Pediatricians 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.

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Pediatrics

Robert Adler
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-660-2450
Also: Keck Medical Center of USC

Clarke Anderson
Pediatric hematology/oncology
City of Hope National Medical Center
Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte 91010
626-256-4673

Dean M. Anselmo
Pediatric surgery
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-2322
Also: Miller Children's Hospital

Nasser Aziz-Zadeh
Memorial Hospital Gardena
1141 W. Redondo Beach Blvd.
Gardena 90247
310-527-5554

Eyal Ben-Isaac
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-669-2534

David W. Bliss
Pediatric surgery
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-2322
Also: Cedars-Sinai

Yvonne J. Bryson
Pediatric infectious disease
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-825-0867

Timothy W. Casarez
Pediatric cardiology
Pediatric Cardiology Medical Associates
5400 Balboa Blvd.
Encino 91316
818-784-6269
Also: Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Joseph A. Church
Pediatric allergy and immunology
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-2501

Thomas J. Connolly
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital
27924 Seco Canyon Road
Saugus 91350
661-513-2130

Roger Defilippo
Pediatric urology
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-2247

Hector Nahun De La Rocha
Beverly Hospital
417 W. Beverly Blvd.
Montebello 90640
323-728-3270

Kimberly Diamond
LaPeer Pediatrics
8920 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills 90211
310-652-5004
Also: Cedars-Sinai

Larry D. Eisenberg
Pediatric gastroenterology
Northridge Hospital Medical Center
18372 Clark St.
Tarzana 91356
818-705-8559
Also: Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Robert W. Eitches
Pediatric allergy and immunology
Tower Allergy
8631 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles 90048
310-657-4600
Also: Cedars-Sinai

INDUSTRY FAVORITE

David A. Ferry
Pediatric cardiology
Pediatric Cardiology Medical Associates
5400 Balboa Blvd.
Encino 91316
818-784-6269
Also: Children's Hospital Los Angeles

► "I've known her since she was born," says Dr. Ferry of treating Sylvester Stallone's daughter's congenital heart condition up until her transplant at age 18. "She went from being hospitalized for 113 straight days to going to college," he says. "It makes you very proud to know someone as strong as that." And the Stallone family couldn't be more grateful. "Not only is Dr. David Ferry a compassionate, devoted doctor, he is also a humanitarian who has been a part of our family for 18 years," says the Stallone family in a statement to THR. When he's not treating the children of stars, he's helping those with far fewer resources as part of Mending Kids, an organization that sends doctors to developing countries, including Ecuador and Ethiopia. "These babies are born with heart problems, and it's just bad luck," he says. "We're all one family. We can help."

Richard H. Feuille
Glendale Pediatrics
1500 E. Chevy Chase Blvd.
Glendale 91206
818-246-7260
Also: Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Marianne C. Finerman
Providence Saint Joseph
10620 Riverside Drive
North Hollywood 91602
818-980-0011
Also: Cedars-Sinai

Henri R. Ford
Pediatric surgery
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-2322
Also: Long Beach Memorial

Philip K. Frykman
Pediatric surgery
Cedars-Sinai
8635 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles 90048
310-423-2331

Mitchell E. Geffner
Pediatric endocrinology
Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Division of Endocrinology
4650 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-4606

David H. Geller
Pediatric endocrinology
1301 20th St.
Santa Monica 90404
310-820-8608
Also: Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Christopher C. Giza
Child neurology
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-825-6196

Sonya Gohill
Brentwood Pediatrics
11633 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles 90049
310-207-8200

Brian K. Greenberg
Providence Tarzana Medical Center
18370 Burbank Blvd.
Tarzana 91356
818-996-6000

Tracy C. Grikscheit
Pediatric surgery
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-2322

Carl Mayer Grushkin
Pediatric nephrology
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-2102

William B. Gurfield
10th Street Pediatric Medical Group
1450 10th St.Santa Monica 9040
310-458-1714
Also: UCLA Medical Center

Nancy J. Halnon
Pediatric cardiology
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-825-5296

Robert C. Hamilton
Pacific Ocean Pediatrics
2216 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica 90404
310-264-2100
Also: Cedars-Sinai

Paul S. Horowitz
Discovery Pediatrics
27420 Tourney Road
Valencia 91355
661-259-8999
Also: Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital

Frank Ing
Pediatric cardiology
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.Los Angeles 90027
323-361-2461

Suparna B. Jain
10th Street Pediatric Medical Group
1450 10th St.
Santa Monica 90401
310-458-1714
Also: UCLA Medical Center

Stanley C. Jordan
Pediatric nephrology
Cedars-Sinai
8635 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles 90048
310-423-2641

Neena Kapoor
Pediatric hematology/oncology
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-2546

Thomas G. Keens
Pediatric pulmonology
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-2287

Nanda Kerkar
Pediatric gastroenterology
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-5454

Sheldon Kishineff
10620 Riverside Drive
North Hollywood 91602
818-980-0011
Also: Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Jeffrey Koempel
Pediatric ear, nose & throat
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-2145

Lorna Kong-Thein
San Gabriel Valley Medical Center
207 S. Santa Anita St.
San Gabriel 91776
626-458-1888

INDUSTRY FAVORITE

Mark Krieger
Pediatric neurosurgery
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
1300 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-2169

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are probably the best equipped to describe Dr. Krieger. When their son was in fifth grade, he was diagnosed with three brain tumors. It was an emergency, and they had "no choice but to trust him," says Jaffa. But as Silver notes,Krieger shepherded them through "an unbelievably hard time with skill, kindness and graciousness. He was like an angel." Their son is now 23, has graduated from college and is working. As for the tumors -- all were benign: One was removed right away, another a few years later and the third remains monitored.Krieger has even more industry bona fides: The graduate of Harvard and Columbia and the Billy and Audrey Wilder Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery is married to Kristie Macosko, a DreamWorks producer and former Steven Spielberg assistant.

Robert M. Landaw
Cedars-Sinai
11633 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles 90049
310-826-5513

John E. Legault
Huntington Medical Foundation Pediatric Group
55 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena 91105
626-449-7350

Steven Lerman
Pediatric urology
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-825-7911

Gary Robert Lerner
Pediatric nephrology
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-2102

Richard F. Levy
Kiddox Medical Group
1245 16th St.
Santa Monica 90404
310-453-9010
Also: UCLA Medical Center

Fataneh Majlessipour
Pediatric hematology/oncology
Cedars-Sinai8700 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles 90048
310-423-4423

Suzanne V. McDiarmid
Pediatric gastroenterology
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-206-6136

Marie T. Medawar
Valley Pediatric Medical Group
5353 Balboa Blvd.
Encino 91316
818-789-7181
Also: Cedars-Sinai

Wendy G. Mitchell
Child neurology
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-2471

Ronald A. Nagel
Pediatric endocrinology
LaPeer Pediatrics
8920 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills 90211
310-652-5004
Also: Cedars-Sinai

Nam Xuan Nguyen
Pediatric surgery
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-7662

Gregory S. Perens
Pediatric cardiology
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-825-5296

Katherine Wesseling Perry
Pediatric nephrology
UCLA Health System
2000 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-206-6987

Sheila S. Phillips
Saint John's Health Center
2021 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica 90404
310-829-4403
Also: UCLA Medical Center

Mark Z. Powell
Rose City Pediatrics
800 S. Fairmount St.
Pasadena 91105
626-449-8440
Also: Huntington Memorial

Bess K. Raker
Beverly Hills Pediatrics
8530 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills 90211
310-854-0770
Also: Cedars-Sinai

Sankar Raman
Child neurology
UCLA Health System
10833 Le Conte Ave.
Los Angeles 90095
310-825-6196

Andreas Reiff
Pediatric rheumatology
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-2119

Howard J. Reinstein
Providence Tarzana Medical Center
5400 Balboa Blvd.
Encino 91316
818-784-5437

Mayra Rosado
HealthCare Partners Medical Group
3144 Santa Anita Ave.
El Monte 91733
626-444-0333
Also: White Memorial

Joseph Rosenthal
Pediatric hematology/oncology
City of Hope National Medical Center
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte 91010
626-301-8442

Tena L. Rosser
Child neurology
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-2471

Marshall H. Sachs
Saint John's Health Center
2825 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica 90404
310-829-9935
Also: UCLA Medical Center

Pejman Salimpour
Encino Hospital
15477 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks 91403
818-907-0322
Also: UCLA Medical Center

Isidro B. Salusky
Pediatric nephrology
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-206-6987

Judith K. Sato
Pediatric hematology/oncology
City of Hope National Medical Center
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte 91010
626-256-4673

Pamela B. Schaff
USC Health Care Center 2
1520 San Pablo St.
Los Angeles 90033
323-442-5900
Also: Keck Medical Center of USC

Nina L. Shapiro
Pediatric ear, nose & throat
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-206-6688

Neil J. Sherman
Pediatric surgery
1135 S. Sunset Ave.
West Covina 91790
626-338-5563
Also: Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Stuart E. Siegel
Pediatric hematology/oncology
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-2205
Also: Ventura County Medical Center

Liliana Sloninsky
Cedars-Sinai
8631 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles 90048
310-854-3043

Wendelin M. Slusser
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-825-0867

Kenneth F. Spaulding
Agoura West-Valley Pediatrics
7230 Medical Center Drive
West Hills 91307
818-340-3822
Also: West Hills Hospital

James E. Stein
Pediatric surgery
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-2322

Dan W. Thomas
Pediatric gastroenterology
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Division of Gastroenterology
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-2181

Eileen Tsai
Pediatric nephrology
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-206-6987

Jeffrey Upperman
Pediatric surgery
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-2322

Douglas Vanderbilt
Children's Hospital Los Angeles/UCEDD
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-6102

James R. Varga
10th Street Pediatric Medical Group
1450 10th St.
Santa Monica 90401
310-458-1714
Also: UCLA Medical Center

Robert S. Venick
Pediatric gastroenterology
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-825-0867

Jeffrey L. Wasson
10th Street Pediatric Medical Group
1450 10th St.
Santa Monica 90401
310-458-1714
Also: Cedars-Sinai

Alan S. Wayne
Pediatric hematology/oncology
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-2121

James A. Weidman
West Hills Hospital
7325 Medical Center Blvd.
West Hills 91307
818-713-9377

Jana R. Wells
Heart to Heart Pediatrics
7947 Painter Ave.
Whittier 90602
562-698-6089
Also: PIH Health Hospital

Patricia Liu Weng
Pediatric nephrology
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-206-6987

Lillie M. Williams
Talbert Medical Group
818 W. Alondra Blvd.
Compton 90220
310-537-1337
Also: Miller Children's Hospital

Dennis B. Woo
UCLA Health System
2825 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica 90404
310-829-9935
Also: Saint John's

Evan M. Zahn
Pediatric cardiology
Cedars-Sinai Congenital Heart Program
127 S. San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles 90048
310-423-1153

Lonnie K. Zeltzer
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-825-0731

Nancy R. Zimble
Providence Tarzana
5400 Balboa Blvd.
Encino 91316
818-784-5437

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