Hollywood's Top Doctors: Best Plastic Surgeons 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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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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Plastic Surgery

Gary J. Alter
416 N. Bedford Drive
Beverly Hills 90210
Also: Cedars-Sinai, UCLA Medical Center

James S. Andersen
City of Hope National Medical Center
1500 E. Duarte Rd.
Duarte 91010


Kevin A. Brenner
465 N. Roxbury Drive
Beverly Hills 90210
Also: Cedars-Sinai

? Excellence and promptness are essential for WME's unofficial plastic surgeon on call. "They all have a very high standard and are very restricted on their time," says Dr. Brenner of his Hollywood clientele, which includes partners at CAA and ICM. "If something happens on set, you want to have Dr. Brenner in the ER with you," adds stuntman Wally Crowder (Dexter). Brenner also performs reconstructive surgery as an attending physician at Cedars-Sinai, where he made a believer of producer Aaron Kaplan upon reattaching his daughter's toe after a backyard accident: "Now that I have children, I believe everyone should have a great plastic surgeon on speed dial."

Andrew L. Da Lio
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095


Jason Diamond
Diamond Institute
9400 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills 90210

? It was a Monday night several weeks ago, and Dr. Diamond went to Craig's for a quiet meal. But it was Emmy night, and the West Hollywood eatery was full of celebrities -- "three of the people were patients," he says. But he couldn't go near them because of confidentiality agreements. "In the office, it's hugs. At the restaurant, I have the plague," he jokes. The face specialist's patients don't all want wrinkles removed -- he treated a TV actress whose face was (temporarily) paralyzed in a choking scene gone wrong. He reshaped her symmetry with a technique he calls facial sculpting, in which material is injected down to the bone without surgery. Of course, there are still patients who go to him to remain forever young. Says Rebecca Gayheart: "He is loved because of his honesty and conservative recommendations -- that's what sets him apart from the other plastic surgeons in L.A. When the time comes, Jason is who I will have help me age gracefully."

Garth Fisher
120 S. Spalding Drive
Beverly Hills 90212
Also: Saint John's

Peter B. Fodor
2080 Century Park East
Los Angeles 90067
Also: Olympia Medical Center

Warren L. Garner
Keck Medicine of USC
1510 San Pablo St.
Los Angeles 90033
Also: USC Medical Center

John E. Gross
625 Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena 91105
Also: Verdugo Hills Hospital


Peter Grossman
Grossman Medical Group
7325 Medical Center Drive
West Hills 91307
Also: West Hills Hospital

? Dr. Grossman, who joined his father's practice, the Grossman Medical Group, in 1995, splits his time between cosmetic surgery and burn and reconstructive surgery, making him one of the most in-demand medical experts in his field (the two specialties complement each other). "Whether it's burn or cosmetic, the bottom line is, can I make the individual who comes to see me feel better about themselves, both physically and emotionally?" says the board-certified plastic surgeon, whose clientele includes on-camera stars plus many producers and executives who live in the area surrounding his San Fernando Valley offices. Among his industry clients is actress Frances Fisher, who came to see Grossman after she badly burned her face and hands in a fire that had started with her Christmas tree. "The results have been miraculous," says Fisher. "To this day, nobody can tell that I had third-degree burns on my face and hands, and this is because of the top-rate care I had."


Randal D. Haworth
The Haworth Institute
436 N. Bedford Drive
Beverly Hills 90210

? When industry clients arrive at his busy office, they enter what Dr. Haworth describes as "the bat cave," a clandestine garage parking entrance through an alleyway, providing the utmost privacy for those who might not want to be photographed pre- or postsurgery. But with so many Hollywood patients, sometimes an in-office run-in can't be avoided. "Two very famous people were in rooms next to each other, and they both knew each other," says the plastic surgeon, laughing. "They opened the doors at the same time and were so embarrassed." Haworth, who appeared on Fox's The Swan, also is an artist, working in graphite and acrylic, and those skills heighten his work on sculpting skin. "With painting, you have to have a keen eye and the ability to ascertain microscopic detail and understand the power of a shadow versus a light reflection," says Haworth. "I'm able to imbue that into what I do with plastic surgery." While he performs a wide variety of cosmetic surgeries, including facial rejuvenation, rhinoplasty and breast enhancement,Haworth also serves actresses and models with nonsurgical treatments such as carbon dioxide laser treatments and Botox. "He's a rock star," says former America's Next Top Model contestant CariDee English.

Lawrence M. Koplin
465 N. Roxbury Drive
Beverly Hills 90210
Also: Cedars-Sinai

Norman Leaf
436 N. Bedford Drive
Beverly Hills 90210
Also: Cedars-Sinai

Malcolm A. Lesavoy
16311 Ventura Blvd.
Encino 91436
Also: UCLA Medical Center

Marc E. Mani
9675 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills 90210
Also: Olympia Medical Center

Bernard L. Markowitz
9675 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills 90210
Also: UCLA Medical Center

Timothy A. Miller
UCLA Health System
200 UCLA Medical Plaza
Los Angeles 90095

Gary Daniel Motykie
9201 W. Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood 90069

Jay S. Orringer
9675 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills 90210
Also: Saint John's

John F. Reinisch
250 N. Robertson Blvd.
Beverly Hills 90211
Also: Cedars-Sinai

George H. Sanders
16633 Ventura Blvd.
Encino 91436

Randolph Sherman
8635 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles 90048
Also: Cedars-Sinai

W. Grant Stevens
Marina Plastic Surgery Associates
4644 Lincoln Blvd.
Marina del Rey 90292
Also: Saint John's

Mark M. Urata
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
4650 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90027
Also: Keck Medical Center of USC

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.