Dr. Glenn Pfeffer, MD

Dr. Glenn Pfeffer, MD

Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 64
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Dr. Glenn Pfeffer, MD is an orthopedic foot & ankle surgery doctor who practices in Los Angeles, CA. He is 64 years old and has been practicing for 37 years. Read his story

444 S San Vicente Blvd Ste 603

Los Angeles, CA 90048

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Delta Health System
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Foot Fracture
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Foot Conditions
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Dr. Pfeffer's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Pfeffer "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. "


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Pfeffer "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. "


  • Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
  • Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Instability
  • Ankle Laxity
  • Ankle Ligament Rupture
  • Ankle Misalignment
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Ankle
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Foot
  • Arthritis of the Toe
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Bunion
  • Bunionette
  • Calcaneus Fracture
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, Type 1
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, Type 4E
  • Complex Fractures
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Flat Foot
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Injuries
  • Foot Sprain
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Juvenile Chronic Arthritis
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Cramp
  • Lupus
  • Metatarsal Fracture
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuropathic Arthropathy
  • 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
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stress Fracture of Foot
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Trigger Finger


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  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Ankle Fracture Repair
  • Ankle Fusion
  • Ankle Replacement
  • Ankle Surgery
  • Bunion Surgery
  • Bunionette Correction
  • Charcot Reconstruction
  • 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
  • Forefoot Reconstruction
  • Fracture Care
  • Hammer Toe Repair
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Midfoot Fracture and-or Dislocation Surgery
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Reconstructive Ankle Surgery
  • Reconstructive Foot Surgery
  • Revision of Failed Total Joint Replacement
  • Steroid Injection
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Yale University
    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.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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

Dr. Pfeffer's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Pfeffer to family and friends
based on 62 total reviews (9 with comments)
Dr. Pfeffer Says:

Thank you for comments. Your feedback is critical to us so we can continue to improve the Foot and Ankle Center. If you have any unanswered issues, please don't hesitate to contact me on my personal email, pfefferg@cshs.org.

Dr. Pfeffer's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (9)
in Los Angeles, CA |
My experience with Dr. Pfeffer was simply amazing. A referral from a previous patient said, he was the surgeon to repair the wear and tear after 25 plus years of my dancing career..... I highly recommend Dr. Pfeffer. He's Kind, listens to your concerns. He ROCKS!!!!!!!!
in Los Angeles, CA |
I noticed a recent review August 24, 2016 from someone that appeared to be disgruntled. This individual must have the wrong doctor! Dr. Glenn Pfeffer, always greets you with a huge smile, he’s up-beat, easy going, a good listener and filled with positive energy. I met him 3 years ago when I sustained a major sports injury, thought I’d never recover (ruptured Achilles). Dr. Pfeffer told me “not to worry!” I have full range of motion and able to return to my sport. I highly recommend Dr. Pfeffer.
in Sacramento, CA |
Dr. Pfeffer is without-a-doubt the best of the best! Disclaimer: I am usually a very harsh judge of surgeons. I have had over 15 orthopaedic surgeries in my life to correct a congential joint disease, and the two that Dr. Pfeffer performed were simply the most successful. He always take a creative approach, but, more importantly, pays attention and extra care to take the least invasive route possible. As a patient, this is invaluable to get back to my regular life as quickly as possible.
Complete and utter jerk. Very rude and unprofessional. I would recommend this guy to wash m car let alone be my doctor again.
Los Angeles, CA |
Dr. Pfeffer is very much a perfectionist and I trust him to do what is necessary. After surgery and before your 1st progress appointment, you're dealing with his staff about any problems, questions, etc. This system has worked for me.
in Pacific Palisades, CA |
With my achilles tendonitis, I had a fantastic experience with Dr Pfeffer. He immediately diagnosed the situation and a plan of attack that would help me avoid any future surgery. Strongly recommend him.
in Los Angeles, Ca |
Save my foot save my active life. Crushed calcaneous broken and dislocated ankle. Told me what to do prior to surgery and was clear what to do and not to do post surgery and my ankle and heel are just as they were. So thankful for this mans ability and craft.
Los Angeles, CA |
I had excellent results with reconstructive surgery on both feet. Dr. Pfeffer is a renowned surgeon who is both caring and responsive.
Long Beach |
He is one of the most honest and thoughtful physicians I have ever encountered. He takes the time to listen and discuss the options and considers the short and long term impacts of the treatment plan. I came to him after my wife had ankle surgery and was very impressed with the results given she was a very complex case.
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Dr. Pfeffer accepts 17 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
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  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • AvMed
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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
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    CaliforniaCare HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
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  • Blue Shield of California
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  • Cigna
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    Cigna PPO
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  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Delta Health System
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Golden Rule
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
    Employer Group HMO
    Health Net PPO
  • Humana
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  • UnitedHealthCare
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Hospitals where Dr. Pfeffer has admitting privileges

Cedars - Sinai Medical Center
8700 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048
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