Dr. Peter Pelikan, MD

Dr. Peter Pelikan, MD

Interventional Cardiology  |  
Male  |  
64 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Peter Pelikan is a native of New York City who graduated from The Bronx High School of Science. He majored in biology at Yale University and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1979. After an internal medicine residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center he completed a fellowship in cardiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1985. After realizing how much he missed southern California, Dr. Pelikan couldn't wait to return to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center as assistant professor of medicine and co-director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. In 1989 he left academic medicine to join Pacific Heart Institute where he has been an interventional and consulting cardiologist ever since. Dr. Pelikan is the Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Saint John's Hospital, where he is also currently Medical Staff President. His medical interests include coronary, peripheral, and carotid artery angiography and intervention/stenting, as well as consultative cardiology. An avid skier and fly-fisher, Dr. Pelikan loves the outdoors. While indoors, he is trying (slowly) to learn to play the piano.

Pacific Heart Institute

2001 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 280W

Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Health Net
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Simplifi
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Care Philosophy

Listening to the patient is not only the first step, but the most important foundation for the development of a care plan specifically designed to provide maximum benefit and minimum risk. Each patient is different, and deserves and individualized approach. 
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Dr. Pelikan's Experience

Dr. Pelikan's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Interventional Cardiology
  • Board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine and Interventional Cardiology
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Cardiology
  • Invasive Cardiology

Board Certifications

  • Cardiovascular Disease
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Interventional Cardiology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm and Dissection of Heart
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Septal Defect
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Carotid Artery Stenosis
  • Chest Pain
  • Congenital Septal Defect
  • Coronary Artery Aneurysm
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Coronary Atherosclerosis
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Murmur
  • Hypertension, Bilateral Renal Artery Stenosis-Induced
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Rheumatic Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Septal Defect
  • Syncope
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Vascular Disease
  • Ventricular Septal Defect


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  • Angioplasty
  • Angioplasty With Stent Placement
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Atherectomy
  • Balloon Angioplasty
  • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
  • Cardioversion, Elective
  • Carotid Artery Stent Placement
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy and Stent
  • Coronary Atherectomy
  • Coronary Stenting
  • Impella Device
  • Laser Angioplasty
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Peripheral Angioplasty
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Renal Artery Angioplasty
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Vascular Duplex Ultrasonography and Plethysmography
  • Ventricular Assist Device

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.


  • Harvard Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1979
  • Harbor Ucla Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1980
  • Harbor Ucla Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1982
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1985

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Pelikan has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Providence Saint John's Health Center

is a Healthgrades Top-Rated Hospital

Hospital Quality

2015 Five Star Recipient for Coronary Interventional Procedures

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Dr. Pelikan's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Pelikan to family and friends
based on 64 total reviews (44 with comments)
Dr. Pelikan's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (44)
Huntington Beach, CA |
Peter Pelikan is an extraordinary physician who has literally been a lifesaver! If you're fortunate enough to be one of his patients already, then you know this. If you are looking for a cardiologist on the West Side, you could do no better. I give him the highest possible rating!
in Malibu Ca |
I have been seeing Dr Pelikan for many years and I wouldn't trust my heart to anyone else. He is so knowledgeable about my needs I trust him completely When I go to see him I never have to wait. He is prepared when I walk in with all the info on my condition and up to date on my needs. His staff is exceptional and always treat me like I'm the only person there. Some of them have been there for 20years or more When my wife was told to see a cartialogist I sent here to Dr Pelikan. Nobody else!
in Los Angeles, Ca. |
I've been a patient of Dr. Pelican's for more than three years and I am completely satisfied with him as my primary cardiologist. He is a kind and caring man and easy to talk to. The staff in his office are polite and friendly and I never have to wait past my appointment time. I highly recommend him.
in Long Beach, CA |
I have been seeing Dr. Pelikan since I moved to California 5 years ago, for annual stress tests following bypass surgery 19 years ago. Two years ago, after a routine test showed some blockage, he inserted stents and I have not had any problems since then. I feel that he is an extremely competent and caring physician, who listens and explains everything well,. and I have complete trust in his medical decisions. His office staff is professional, courteous and helpful.
in Los Angeles, CA |
Excellent physician. He has been treating me for almost 15 years.
in West Hollywood, CA |
Dr. Pelikan has been my doctor and friend for a number of years. Without exaggeration, I have placed my life in his hands and he has responded by giving me the best of care. He is totally focused, aware and most of all, he listens. I we recommended him without reservation.
in Los Angeles, CA |
I have been Dr. Pelikan's patient for many many years and have receved nothing but the best care. He is a knowledgable and caring caregiver who gives information understandingly and compassionately. Even if the news is worrisome, he can factually offer advice on the best path, and then energetically and meticulously helps you follow that path. His office staff share his philosophy, and make sure he gets accuate test results and you get both appointments and reminder.
in Culver City, CA |
To say that I put my life in this man's hands, would be stating the obvious. Dr. Pelikan is a rock star of internal cardiology. As frightening as heart disease can be, I have never once had anything but the utmost trust in this doctor, his surgical team and his entire staff. I would highly, HIGHLY recommend Dr. Peter Pelikan if you find yourself in need.
in Santa Monica, CA |
Very knowledgable, caring, attention to detail - takes time with patients and very thorough. Staff is also very nice, efficient and knowledgable. His secretary, Anita, has been with him for a long time and very helpful.
in Santa Monica, CA |
Very knowledgable, caring, attention to detail - takes time with patients and very thorough. Staff is also very nice, efficient and knowledgable. His secretary, Anita, has been with him for a long time and very helpful.
in Los Angeles, CA |
Very good personality, straight to the point, detail oriented, thorough; I could not recommend Dr. Pelican highly enough.
in Santa Monica, CA |
He is my Guardian Angel-sound extreme? Well, he saved my life and I would also call that extreme. Plus he makes me laugh and is a kind, caring Soul. Actually, he is as good as it gets.
Santa Monica, CA |
Conscientious and comprehensive care by Dr. Pelikan and his entire staff and support team.
in Los Angeles, CA |
I would highly recommend Dr. Pelikan to family & friends. He not only is vastly knowlegeble & skilled but has a warm and caring bedside manner. His office help is courteous & friendly and very efficient making the whole experience pleasant & reassuring.
Los Angeles, CA |
Dr. Pelikan is informed, current and always personable. He takes the time to explain. He's been my Dr. for over 15 years and also treated my parents. My highest recommendation of him and his staff.
Pacific Palisades, CA |
Have been going to Dr. Pelikan for some years for high blood pressure and other blood-related issues, as has my spouse. He is knowledgeable, thoughtful and keeps up with issues in his chosen specialty. worth recommending.
in Los Angeles |
He is interested in my well being and explains things thoroughly.
in San Pedro, CA |
Dr. Pelikan is an outstanding Cardiologist. He is patient, thorough, kind and has a way of putting your mind at ease (because when you go in and see him you are already nervous). I am glad he is our Doctor.
in Marina Del Rey, ca |
Scheduling my appt. was very easy & agreeable. The office was very comfortable, clean & had a pleasant. atmosphere. The staff was very courteous and efficient. The wait time was only a few minutes. Dr. Pelikan has a very friendly persona and makes you feel very comfortable. He had complete knowledge of my medical conditions and explained them in a very professional manner. He spent more than ample time for the visit & fully covered all my medical conditions. I recommend him to everyone I know.
in Pacific Palisades, CA |
Dr. Pelikan has been caring for my husband and myself since 1997. He is kind, compassionate, available, patient, and most of all genuinely concerned about his patients. When his patient has a cardiac problem, he is RIGHT THERE. Five stars are not enough to show how wonderful Dr. Pelikan is as a doctor and as a human being. Anyone seeking a cardiologist would be lucky to join his grateful patients.
in Santa Monica, CA |
He, and his partner Dr. Doshi, are simply the best in town. I happen to be a doctor as well as Dr. Pelikan's patient. He is thorough, maintains a current understanding of cardiology (not common among many doctors unfortunately), and is caring. He has been practicing quite awhile and is very professional. His staff, by the way, are also gems. Always, kind, attentive, and professional, like Dr. Pelikan.
in Malibu, CA |
Dr. Pelikan is the best. He is not only a top notch doctor, but he is a friendly and caring person.
Los Angeles, CA |
Caring, involved, professional, thorough, knowledgeable and insightful is how I would describe Dr. Pelikan. I would recommend him to friends and family without a second thought and with the knowledge that they would receive the finest medical care available.
in Los Angeles, CA |
I was referred to Dr. Pelikan by my GP due to my age, high cholesterol, family history and inability to tolerate statins. Several years ago, I woke in the middle of the night with intense chest pains. I waited until morning to make an appointment with his office. When I told him what happened, he admonished me because I hadn't contacted him during the night. It turned out to be heart burn, but I now trust that he will be there for me, no matter how inconvenient the time of day.
in Los Angeles, CA |
Knowledgeable, thorough and excellent on all fronts.The office is on top of everything, courteous and responsive.
in Santa Monica, California |
Dr. Pelikan has successfully managed my cardiac health for over 20 years. He has consummate physician skills and is universally acknowledged in the medical community as among the very best interventional cardiologists. My personal experience with Dr. Pelikan exemplifies what a physician-patient relationship should be. For what its worth, I am a trial lawyer who has specialized in defending and prosecuting medical malpractice for many years so I have some perspective from that experience.
in Pacific Palisades, CA |
Dr. Pelikan took excellent care of my husband for almost twenty years, and he is now shepherding me through my first experience with heart disease (atrial fibrillation) at my age of 88. I just underwent a cardioversion with Dr. Pelikan and all went well. I would recommend his care without reservation.
in Pacific Palisades, CA |
Dr. Pellikan had my husband undergo a life saving pacemaker implant on an emergency basis 6 years ago. He has supervised his medical care very capably since that time. He has also supervised my medical care. My family has a strong history of heart disease and I am checked and supervised by Dr Pellikan and his staff.
in Los Angeles, CA |
An extraordinary doctor with great skills, compassion, and knowledge. You will not find a better cardiologist or medical doctor anywhere. After having a heart attack at a fairly young age he has kept me healthy to a ripe old age.
in Los Angeles, CA |
He took the time to answer all my questions. I didn't feel hurried
in Los Angeles, CA |
Caring, professional, and most important an xlnt cardiologist, with a fine support staff.Very comfortable with my recent angiogram.
in Culver City, CA |
I wouldn't have any other heart specialist. Dr. Pelikan and I have known each other at least 20 years and he has taken the best of care of me possible. My exam today was thorough and he said, you don't need anything more. You are doing great. Please don't retire Dr.Pelikan until I am long gone.
in Brentwood, CA |
Brilliant,aware and caring
in Bakersfield, CA |
Dr. Pelican was so reassuring and listened with kindness and patience to our concerns. He wasn't in a hurry to move on to the next patient. He was willing to battle with insurance bureaucracy to get tests done. I have been a patient at UCLA and although they have some great doctors there, it is a zoo. It's very difficult for to manage my healthcare with so many doctors and departments--it's easy to get lost there. Dr. Pelicans office and staff are very cordial and helpful--no getting lost here
in Beverly Hills, CA |
in Sherman Oaks, CA |
Dr. Pelikan has been my and my late husband's doctor for 20 years or more. He is the only doctor I will grit my teeth on the 405 Fwy. to see. He is kind, compassionate,no nonsense, thorough and a great sense of humor. Run don't walk to use him as your cardiologist!
in Los Angeles, CA |
Dr Pelikan is an excellent cardiologist. I would not hesitate to refer friends or family to him.
in Playa Del Rey, CA |
He is an outstanding and knowledgeable doctor who has been taking care of my heart for over 20 years
Excellent care, significant knowledge, practical advice
in Beverly Hills, CA |
I've referred friends and family to Dr. Pelikan. He is excellent! I have two stents (actually made into a single Y because of their location) that he did back in 2004. I trust him, literally, with my life. He's professional, up to date on the latest information/techniques, but conservative in his approach/treatment. I've seen many doctors over the years and Dr. Pelikan is one of the very few that actually listens to patients. He makes certain all my questions and concerns are addressed.
in Los Angeles, CA |
I trust Dr. Pelikan He has been my cardiologist for over ten years, one heart attack, four angiograms and three angioplasties.
in Santa Monica, CA |
Dr. Pelikan is excellent at explaining the medical facts in terms you can undrstand
in Los Angeles, CA |
Excellent diagnostician. Superb skills in surgical procedures.
in Los Angeles, CA |
Always has time to discuss issues and to explain results. He has been our cardiologist for 15 years.
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Dr. Pelikan accepts 10 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Health Net
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Simplifi
  • UnitedHealthCare
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Hospitals where Dr. Pelikan has admitting privileges

Providence Saint John's Health Center
2121 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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