Hollywood's Top Doctors: Best Primary Care Doctors 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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Primary Care

Martin M. Anderson
Adolescent medicine
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-825-0867

Benjamin J. Ansell
Internal medicine
UCLA Health System
100 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-794-4881

Mark G. Bamberger
Internal medicine
8920 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills 90211
310-652-3870
Also: Cedars-Sinai

Donald W. Barber
Internal medicine
Verdugo Internal Medicine
1809 Verdugo Blvd.
Glendale 91208
818-790-4730
Also: Verdugo Hills Hospital

Scott Bateman
Family medicine
23815 Stuart Ranch Road
Malibu 90265
310-456-1668
Also: UCLA Medical Center

Ron H. Benbassat
Internal medicine
435 N. Bedford Drive
Beverly Hills 90210
310-888-2400
Also: Cedars-Sinai

Michael R. Block
Internal medicine
970 Monument St.
Pacific Palisades 90272
310-459-4321
Also: UCLA Medical Center

John L. Brodhead
Internal medicine
Keck Medicine of USC
333 S. Hope St.
Los Angeles 90071
213-437-1000

Stephanie K. Bui
Internal medicine
UCLA Health System
11980 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles 90049
310-208-7777

Karen Cheng
Internal medicine
UCLA Health System
100 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-794-4881

Jae-Sung Chu
Internal medicine
12610 S. Western Ave.
Los Angeles 90047
323-757-1853
Also: Memorial Hospital of Gardena

INDUSTRY FAVORITE

Gary Cohan
Internal medicine
150 N. Robertson Blvd.Beverly Hills 90211
310-657-6900
Also: Cedars-Sinai

Dr. Cohan and his partners "take care of the bulk of the front row of the Oscars," says Fifteen Minutes PR chair Howard Bragman. But, says the internist, "I never courted a celeb practice." The former anesthesiology student switched specialties in 1984, inspired to fight AIDS by the documentary The Times of Harvey Milk. After seeing actor Anthony Perkins, his patient, outed on the cover of the National Enquirer in the checkout line at Ralph's, Cohan raced to protect him from the tabloids: "I called Berry [Berenson, Perkins' wife] and said, 'It's out.' I then treated him at his house." Now Cohan advises on films like The Normal Heart, and he treats everything from substance abuse to male aging in a one-stop clinic. "A very, very famous star had anaphylaxis [critical allergic reaction] and called from her car, fearing tabloid fallout at an ER. Minutes from calling 911, we got her stabilized." Noted for a "Jewish mother style," Cohan is close with patients. At Perkins' star-studded funeral (Sophia Loren and Sidney Poitier attended, Mike Nichols and Marianne Williamson officiated), Cohan was seated with the family. "In the cobblestone driveway, an elegant woman was wobbling on high heels, so I took her arm. It was Janet Leigh, Tony's Psycho co-star."

Paul Cohart
Internal medicine
9001 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills 90210
310-285-9670
Also: Cedars-Sinai

David M. Cutler
Family medicine
UCLA Health System
2001 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica 90404
310-315-7900
Also: Saint John's

Chancelor Daniel
Family medicine
Morningside Primary Care
617 W. Manchester Ave.
Los Angeles 90044
323-750-0505

Lawrence D. Dardick
Family medicine
UCLA Health System
2001 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica 90404
310-586-9001

John P. DiFiori
Family medicine
UCLA Health System
100 UCLA Medical Plaza
Santa Monica 90404
310-319-1234

Patrick T. Dowling
Family medicine
UCLA Health System
1920 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica 90404
310-319-4700

Steven A. Drell
Internal medicine
13320 Riverside Drive
Sherman Oaks 91423
818-784-9905
Also: Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center

Jeffrey M. Egler
Family medicine
Keck Medicine of USC
1400 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles 90015
213-744-0801

Michelle S. Eslami
Geriatric medicine
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-206-8272

INDUSTRY FAVORITE

Dennis Evangelatos
Internal medicine
150 N. Robertson Blvd. Beverly Hills 90211
310-855-0303

► "He handles a huge amount of top, and I mean top, celebs," says one Evangelatos patient. "His wife is Kim Hodgert, a big agent at CAA." Says Dr. Evangelatos, "Having my wife be in the entertainment business actually improves my practice, especially when patients find out -- not from me -- whom I am married to. I think patients feel I have more of an understanding of what their lives are like." He's seen it all in Hollywood: "The actor who overtreats himself with Valtrex trying to avoid a cold-sore outbreak on camera. The writer with insomnia because he does his best writing at 3 a.m. The OCD director who doesn't want his lunch chicken touching the vegetables but gets a lot of positive reinforcement for being OCD on set. The very creative types who seem to pick up symptoms from friends and even TV shows. The overall anxiety that comes from not having a steady job." Besides understanding the biz, the internist says he knows the foundation of a strong doctor-patient relationship: "I have no script ideas." His role models? "Marcus Welby for a TV doctor, Patch Adams for movies."

Robert Feher
Family medicine
23101 Sherman Place
West Hills 91307
818-883-0313
Also: West Hills Hospital

INDUSTRY FAVORITE

Andrea Tizes Feinberg
Internal medicine
9201 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90069
310-855-2558
Also: UCLA Medical Center

Dr. Feinberg vividly recalls the day when, as a pulmonary disease critical care fellow at Cedars-Sinai, she had to tell a patient he had cancer while a nurse knocked on the door to hurry her along to her next patient. "I remember thinking, 'Something's really wrong here,' " says Feinberg. Shortly afterward, she changed her practice to a model "that people know as concierge medicine but I call good old-fashioned medicine, where you know your patients, their history, how they approach their health care," she says. Under the concierge model, patients pay a monthly or yearly retainer and receive unlimited, personalized care, including house calls -- an attractive option for her heavyweight Hollywood patients, which have included entertainment moguls and one of L.A.'s biggest billionaires. (Feinberg wouldn't discuss her fees, but VIP concierge care can start at $25,000 annually.) Feinberg, who is married to UCLA hospitals CEO Dr. David Feinberg, says that when treating performers, she is "always struck by the indignity of being afflicted with a condition that affects the core being of who they are. I was taking care of a great singer, internationally known, with respiratory failure -- he ultimately had to have a tracheotomy and lost his voice. It was sad, but getting that person back toward health and being able to speak was really a beautiful thing, too."

Betsy Felser
Internal medicine
Huntington Medical Foundation
10 Congress St.
Pasadena 91105
626-844-9111
Also: Huntington Memorial

Joan K. Feltman
Internal medicine
2021 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica 90404
310-315-0131
Also: Saint John's

INDUSTRY FAVORITE

Jeremy Fine
Internal medicine
2080 Century Park East Los Angeles 90067
310-556-8898
Also: Cedars-Sinai

► "Nothing ever surprises me," says Dr. Fine -- not giving a flu shot in the middle of a crowded restaurant, not flying on patients' private planes, not sitting with a patient while her dog is at the vet, not treating stars for exhaustion after long shoots. The former Cedars-Sinai chief resident's concierge service charges an annual retainer for services from surgeries to diet planning and even pets' veterinary care. His patients include Relativity president Tucker Tooley, who says he's "attentive, available 24/7" and "a great doctor," and insiders say he treats many at UTA, CAA and WME. "These are really busy people who have better things to do than go to the doctor," says Fine. "You never know who's going to call or what they're going to want."

Jodi L. Friedman
Internal medicine
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-206-6232

Peter C. Galier
Internal medicine
UCLA Health System
2020 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica 90404
310-582-6200

Lillian Gelberg
Family medicine
UCLA Health System
1920 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica 90404
310-319-4700

Mark Alexander Gerard
Internal medicine
201 S. Buena Vista St.
Burbank 91505
818-562-3200
Also: Providence Saint Joseph

Elie Moe Gindi
Internal medicine
310-553-5535
2080 Century Park East
Los Angeles 90067

Neil J. Goldberg
Internal medicine
Cedars-Sinai
99 N. La Cienega Blvd.,
Beverly Hills 90211
310-385-3228

Jeffrey Nathan Grant
Internal medicine
Cedars-Sinai
8733 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles 90048
310-659-4511

Richard H. Greenspun
Internal medicine
UCLA Health System
2001 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica 90404
310-315-7900
Also: Saint John's

Mark S. Grossman
Internal medicine
UCLA Health System
11980 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles 90049
310-208-7777

Martin Hauptschein
Internal medicine
2080 Century Park East
Los Angeles 90067
310-553-6777
Also: Cedars-Sinai

Michele Ka-Lam Hoh
Family medicine
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-794-9956

Thomas L. Horowitz
Family medicine
1245 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles 90017
213-482-2065
Also: St. Vincent's

Robert Huizenga
Internal medicine
150 N. Robertson Blvd.
Beverly Hills 90211
310-657-9191
Also: Cedars-Sinai

Bruce A. Jacobson
Internal medicine
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center
7301 Medical Center Drive
West Hills 91307
818-347-3239

Richard Anthony Johnson
Family medicine
Pacific Palisades Medical Group
15200 Sunset Blvd.
Pacific Palisades 90272
310-459-7736
Also: UCLA Medical Center

Herman Lee Kagan
Internal medicine
13320 Riverside Drive
Sherman Oaks 91423
818-784-9905
Also: Providence Saint Joseph

Richard J. Kennedy
Family medicine
UCLA Health System
2428 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica 90404
310-998-5868

Soram S. Khalsa
Internal medicine
436 N. Bedford Drive
Beverly Hills 90210
310-274-6200

Russell A. Klein
Internal medicine
16101 Ventura Blvd.
Encino 91436
818-788-7500
Also: Providence Tarzana

Mohamed A. Latif
Internal medicine
660 W. Broadway
Glendale 91204
323-953-0278
Also: Glendale Memorial

Frederick Ock-Horn Lee
Internal medicine
2750 E. Washington Blvd.
Pasadena 91107
626-797-7470
Also: Huntington Memorial

Harley R. Liker
Internal medicine
9675 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills 90210
310-860-1550
Also: UCLA Medical Center

Thomas J. Mattimore
Internal medicine
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-206-6232

Farhad Joseph Melamed
Internal medicine
Beverly Hills Internal Medicine
150 N. Robertson Blvd.
Beverly Hills 90211
310-657-8585
Also: Cedars-Sinai

Janice K. Miyakawa
Family medicine
UCLA Health System
2001 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica 90404
310-586-9001

John G. Moe
Internal medicine
501 E. Hardy St.
Inglewood 90301
310-673-2100
Also: Centinela Hospital

Brian S. Morris
Internal medicine
UCLA Health System
100 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-794-4881

Laura A. Mosqueda
Geriatric medicine
Keck Medicine of USC
1520 San Pablo St.
Los Angeles 90033
323-442-5900

James P. Murray
Family medicine
UCLA Health System
1260 50th St.
Santa Monica 90404
310-656-1701

Ronald P. Olah
Internal medicine
Huntington Medical Foundation
10 Congress St.
Pasadena 91105
626-795-4210
Also: Huntington Memorial

Alec Randolph Pearlstein
Internal medicine
9400 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills 90210
310-271-6229
Also: Cedars-Sinai

Martin Alan Quan
Family medicine
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90024
310-794-9956

Damon B. Raskin
Internal medicine
881 Alma Real Drive
Pacific Palisades 90272
310-459-4333
Also: Saint John's

David B. Reuben
Geriatric medicine
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-206-8272

Terri Lee Rock
Family medicine
2021 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica 90404
310-829-7625
Also: UCLA Medical Center

Stephen C. Ross
Family medicine
2020 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica 90404
310-582-6200
Also: UCLA Medical Center

Joshua Sapkin
Internal medicine
Keck Medicine of USC
333 S. Hope St.
Los Angeles 90071
213-437-1000

Steven P. Seizer
Family medicine
UCLA Health System
2001 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica 90404
310-586-9002
Also: Saint John's

Irving R. Sobel
Internal medicine
4644 Lincoln Blvd.
Marina del Rey 90292
310-821-9800
Also: Marina del Rey Hospital

Jane S. Spiegel
Internal medicine
1301 20th St.
Santa Monica 90404
310-315-0196
Also: Saint John's

Michael R. Stefan
Internal medicine
2100 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles 90057
213-484-2957
Also: St. Vincent's

Arthur L. Stein
Family medicine
2080 Century Park East
Los Angeles 90067
310-552-0446
Also: Olympia Medical Center

Ronald Sue
Internal medicine
2080 Century Park East
Los Angeles 90067
310-556-2244
Also: Cedars-Sinai

Denise K. Sur
Family medicine
UCLA Health System
1920 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica 90404
310-319-4700

Joshua Trabulus
Internal medicine
435 N. Roxbury Drive
Beverly Hills 90210
310-553-2126
Also: Cedars-Sinai

Neil S. Wenger
Internal medicine
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-206-0644

Jack Nin Yu
Geriatric medicine
801 S. Chevy Chase Drive
Glendale 91205
818-500-5586
Also: Glendale Adventist

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