Dr. Pfeffer is director of the Foot and Ankle Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles; co-director of the Cedars-Sinai/University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman Dance Medicine Center; and co-director of the Cedars-Sinai Charcot-Marie-Tooth Program. He is past president of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society; past president of the American Association of Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons; and past president of the California Orthopedic Association. He served on the board of the American Academy of Orthopedic surgeons, and is a consultant to the Federal Drug Administration Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Devices panel. The doctor has edited seven textbooks on the foot and ankle, written numerous scientific articles, and lectured throughout the world. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Running World, Business Week, People Magazine, Dateline NBC, Good Morning America, Dancing with the Stars and CNN. Dr. Pfeffer had major surgery on his own foot in 2005. He understands what it is to be a patient.
I have devoted my entire career to the treatment of the foot and ankle. Please come in for any problem, large or small, acute or chronic. I promise to spend all the time you need to understand your diagnosis and all of your treatment options.
Dr. Pfeffer's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery
Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery
Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
Orthopedic Sports Medicine
Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Pfeffer's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Ankle Ligament Rupture
Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
Ankle Sprains and Strains
Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
Arthritis of the Ankle
Arthritis of the Foot
Arthritis of the Toe
Brachial Plexus Palsy
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, Type 1
Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, Type 4E
Complications of Joint Prosthesis
Degenerative Disc Disease
Difficulty With Walking
Foot and Ankle Injuries
Internal Derangement of Knee
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Juvenile Chronic Arthritis
Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
Osteoarthritis of Ankle
Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
Osteoarthritis of Spine
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Stress Fracture of Foot
Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
Ankle Fracture Repair
Clawtoe Correction Surgery
Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
Excision of Tarsal or Metatarsal
Excision of Tibia or Fibula
Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
Foot and Ankle Reconstruction
Hammer Toe Repair
Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
Midfoot Fracture and-or Dislocation Surgery
Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
Nerve Block, Somatic
Peripheral Nerve Block
Reconstructive Ankle Surgery
Reconstructive Foot Surgery
Revision of Failed Total Joint Replacement
Total Joint Replacement
Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for California.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1976
University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1980
Perelman School Of Medicine University Of Pennsylvania
Internship Hospital | Completed 1981
Perelman School Of Medicine University Of Pennsylvania
Residency Hospital | Completed 1985
University Of California, San Diego
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1986
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Pfeffer has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
American Association of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Past President
American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, Past President
California Orthopaedic Association, Past President
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