Hollywood's Top Doctors 2015: Best Primary Care Physicians in Los Angeles

The top M.D.s as nominated by their peers.

This story first appeared in the Sept. 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Health and drama go together like air and water for Hollywood — the industry needs both to sustain itself. Just ask Seth MacFarlane, whose 2013 Oscar hosting gig was rescued by ear, nose and throat surgeon Dr. Shawn Nasseri, or So You Think You Can Dance producer Nigel Lythgoe, whose grandson was saved by pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Mark Krieger, or Charlie Sheen, whose shoulder injury was prevented from derailing a money-minting career by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raj (yes, that’s his name — this is Hollywood, after all). For its second annual Doctors Issue, The Hollywood Reporter elicited stories of drama, trauma and triumph over both by surveying 2,000 professionals in the film, television, movie, music, sports and media fields to find out who are the most beloved, trusted and go-to physicians in L.A.

THR also scored an exclusive interview with former NBC medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman, who was excoriated for supposedly violating her Ebola quarantine, as well as her cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, who did indeed contract the dreaded disease and lived to tell about it. THR also asked this haunting question: What happens to the patients when a beloved doctor dies? In the case of Dr. Fredric Brandt, the celebrity dermatologist who commanded eight figures in annual billing before committing suicide in April, the answer is: a gold rush among prominent doctors to grab what they can from the dermatological diaspora. THR found out how to live to be 100 and still work in Hollywood (centenarian Norman Lloyd recently appeared in Trainwreck) and, in perhaps the world’s first Hollywood-oriented DSM-V, catalogued the dominant dysfunctions and diagnoses of the industry’s top jobs, from studio exec to screenwriter (producers win the top prize for anxiety, by the way). Finally, if you’ve ever wondered if you’re as narcissistic as people say everyone in Hollywood is, there’s a quiz for that.

As for the official Hollywood’s Top Doctors list for 2015, to identify the 469 elite physicians who qualified for it, THR’s editors 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. The listed doctors rank in the nation’s top 10 percent and are among the very best in their specialties and communities. Castle Connolly screens these doctors’ medical educations, training, hospital appointments, disciplinary histories and much more. Doctors do not and cannot pay to be included.

Read more from The Hollywood Reporter's Top Doctors Issue:

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Hollywood DSM: Industry Shrinks Reveal What’s Wrong With Actors, Producers, Agents and More

Stars and Their Doctors: Seth MacFarlane With the Man Who Saved His Voice for the Oscars

Stars and Their Doctors: A 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Producer and the Man Who Knows Him Inside Out

Producer Nigel Lythgoe Pays Homage to the Doctor Who Saved His Baby Grandson

Stars and Their Doctors: Charlie Sheen and the Man Who Gives Him Stem Cells

How a Showtime PR Exec's Daughter Was Cured of Debilitating Scoliosis

Yes, You Can Turn 100 in Hollywood and Still Work

Former CAA Partner: Why I Became an Agent for the Sick (Guest Column)

Dr. Fredric Brandt's Suicide Sparks Frantic Scramble for His Celebrity Patients

Nancy Snyderman Breaks Silence on Ebola Nightmare, NBC News: "People Wanted Me Dead" (Exclusive)

Hollywood Psychologist on Reasons Why A-List Couples Fail

Hollywood's Top Doctors 2015: The Dentist List

Want to Get "Expensive Urine"? Look at the Hollywood History of Health Fads

L.A.'s Westside Mystery: Higher Cancer Rates in One Zip Code, Longer Lives in Another

Manopause and Male Aging: Gavin Polone Says Just Say No to Those Drugs (Guest Column)

Ken Jeong: How to Ditch Medicine for a Career in Comedy and Diagnose Castmates (Guest Column)

Why There’s a Medical Crisis for Transgender Youth (Guest Column)

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

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

Mark Bamberger
Internal medicine
8920 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills 90211
310-652-3870

Donald Barber
Internal medicine
Verdugo Internal Medicine
1809 Verdugo Blvd.
Glendale 91208
818-790-4730

Scott F. Bateman
Family/internal medicine
23815 Stuart Ranch Road
Malibu 90265
310-456-1668

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

Michael Block
Internal medicine
970 Monument St.
Pacific Palisades 90272
310-459-4321

John Brodhead
Internal medicine
1520 San Pablo St.
Los Angeles 90033
323-442-5100

Stephanie 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

Paul Cohart
Internal medicine
9001 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills 90210
310-285-9670

David M. Cutler
Family medicine
UCLA Health System
2001 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica 90404
310-315-7900

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
Los Angeles 90095
310-319-1234

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

Steven Drell
Internal medicine
13320 Riverside Drive
Sherman Oaks 91423
818-784-9905

Jeffrey Egler
Family medicine
Lifespan Medicine
2811 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica 90403
310-453-2335

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

Betsy Felser
Internal medicine
Huntington Med. Foundation
10 Congress St.
Pasadena 91105
626-844-9111

Joan Feltman
Internal medicine
2021 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica 90404
310-315-0131

Jeremy Fine
Internal medicine
2080 Century Park East
Los Angeles 90067
310-556-8898

Samuel Fink
Internal medicine
5620 Wilbur Ave.
Tarzana 91356
818-609-0700

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

Peter 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

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

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

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

Richard Greenspun
Internal medicine
UCLA Health System
2001 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica 90404
310-315-7900

Mark 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

Thomas L. Horowitz
Family medicine
1245 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles 90017
213-482-2065

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

Bruce Jacobson
Internal medicine
7301 Medical Center Drive
West Hills 91307
818-347-3239

Richard Anthony Johnson
Family medicine
Pacific Palisades Med. Group
15200 Sunset Blvd.
Pacific Palisades 90272
310-459-7736

Herman Kagan
Internal medicine
13320 Riverside Drive
Sherman Oaks 91423
818-784-8401

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 Klein
Internal medicine
16101 Ventura Blvd.
Encino 91436
818-788-7500

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

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

Harley Liker
Internal medicine
9675 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills 90210
310-860-1550

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

Farhad Melamed
Internal medicine
Beverly Hills Int. Medicine
150 N. Robertson Blvd.
Beverly Hills 90211
310-657-8585

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

John Moe
Internal medicine
6801 Park Terrace Drive
Los Angeles 90045
310-673-2100

Brian 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
625 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena 91105
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 Med. Foundation
10 Congress St.
Pasadena 91105
626-795-4210

Johanna Olson
Adolescent Medicine
Children's Hospital L.A.
5000 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
323-361-2153

Sharon E. Orrange
Internal medicine
Keck Medicine of USC
9033 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills 90211
310-272-8222

Alec Pearlstein
Internal medicine
9400 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills 90210
310-271-6229

Martin Alan Quan
Family medicine
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095
310-206-6232

Damon Raskin
Internal medicine
881 Alma Real Drive
Pacific Palisades 90272
310-459-4333

Terri Lee Rock
Family medicine
2021 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica 90404
310-829-7625

Stephen C. Ross
Family medicine
2020 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica 90404
310-582-6200

Shamel Sanani
Family medicine
Providence Holy Cross
15031 Rinaldi St.
Mission Hills 91345
818-660-4700

Joshua Sapkin
Internal medicine
1520 San Pablo St.
Los Angeles 90033
323-442-5100

Steven P. Seizer
Family medicine
UCLA Health System
2001 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica 90404
310-586-9002

Irving Sobel
Internal medicine
Access Medical Group
4644 Lincoln Blvd.
Marina del Rey 90292
310-821-9800

Jane Spiegel
Internal medicine
1301 20th St.
Santa Monica 90404
310-315-0196

Michael Stefan
Internal medicine
2100 W. Third St.
Los Angeles 90057
213-484-2957

Arthur L. Stein
Family medicine
2080 Century Park East
Los Angeles 90067
310-552-0446

Ronald Sue
Internal medicine
2080 Century Park East
Los Angeles 90067
310-556-2244

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

Neil 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

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