Dr. Philip Bretsky, MD

Dr. Philip Bretsky, MD

Internal Medicine  |  
Male  |  
47 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Philip Bretsky, MD is an internal medicine doctor who practices in Santa Monica, CA. He is 47 years old and has been practicing for 12 years. Dr. Bretsky is affiliated with Cedars - Sinai Medical Center and Providence Saint John's Health Center.

Santa Monica Primary Care

1301 20th St Ste 230

Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • MultiPlan

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Care Philosophy

Primary emphasis on preventive care and wellness.
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Dr. Bretsky's Experience

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


  • Internal Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

Conditions Treated

  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Asthma
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Diabetes Type 1
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Memory Disorders
  • Osteoporosis


  • Abscess Incision and Drainage
  • Biopsy
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Excisional Biopsy
  • Extremity Ultrasound
  • IV Rehydration
  • Joint Injection
  • Nebulizer Treatment
  • Pap Smear
  • Physical Examination
  • Preventive Care
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Spirometry
  • Stress Echocardiogram
  • Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE)
  • Travel Physical Examination
  • Travel Vaccination
  • Ultrasound, Abdominal Aortic
  • Vaccination

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.


  • Swarthmore College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1993
  • Keck School Of Medicine Of The Univ Of Southern California
    Medical School | Graduated 2005
  • Cedars Sinai Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2006
  • Cedars-Sinai Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2008
  • University Of Southern California / Keck School Of Medicine
    Other Education | Completed 2003
  • Yale Un
    Other Education | Completed 1995

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Bretsky has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

Dr. Bretsky does not have any memberships or affiliations listed. If you are Dr. Bretsky and would like to add memberships or affiliations, please update your profile.

Providence Saint John's Health Center

is a Recipient of a Healthgrades Excellence Award
America's 50 Best Hospitals Award

Hospital Quality Award

Dr. Bretsky is on the medical staff at our top-rated hospital.

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Dr. Bretsky's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Bretsky to family and friends
based on 18 total reviews (4 with comments)
Dr. Bretsky'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 (4)
Bretsky great. Getting stuck seeing snarky PA (particularly Sandra) Bc it is impossible to get in with him (as an existing client), not great. He's taken on way too many patients, so I had to fire him (hadn't been able to see him for a year). If you ever need urgent care, you will not be seeing bretsky himself.
in Santa Monica, CA |
Late for appointment, makes you sign authorization to charge your Credit Card without sending any statements. Just charge the card and you have to figure it out with your EOB....prescribed a medication that from my research is contraindicated for me, and when I brought it up would not even recommend an alternative, I was told to take ibuprofen after throwing my back out. Staff not friendly, business operates as almost a collection agency, and saw doc for about ten minutes.
in santa monica, CA |
Dr. Bretsky is an AWESOME doctor. Very knowledgeable and friendly. However, I was disappointed recently when I needed a short notice pre-op clearance appointment and he was out of town. His receptionist was not helpful at all!!!! He has a new PA who too inexperienced to do pre op clearance appointments and there was no doctor that was covering for him.
in Encino, CA |
Dr. Bretsky is not only very knowledge, but is very compassionate, caring and approachable as well. His staff is helpful and courteous, and I'm so glad that after leaving my former doctor, I was able to find Dr. Bretsky. I feel 100% confident and comfortable in his care.
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Bretsky accepts 5 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
    Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Bretsky has admitting privileges

Providence Saint John's Health Center
2121 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Cedars - Sinai Medical Center
8700 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048
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