Dr. Richard B. Guttler, MD

Dr. Richard B. Guttler, MD

Endocrinology | Male | 74 years old

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      Dr. Guttler says

      I have had 55,000 patient visits over 40 years for thyroid examinations, diagnosis, consults,biopsies,treatment, and long term follow up of cancer in my thyroid only practice. A few bad reviews does not bother me. My patients value my expertise and return every year for my follow up examinations. I follow the guidelines for thyroid patient care outlined by American Thyroid Association,Endocrine Society, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American Society of Cytopathologists.

      The few unhappy souls that wrote bad reviews were not given Armour thyroid,generics, compounded hormones, and were told to stop all over the counter "thyroid" pills with iodine. Also some were told that after my evaluation they did not have thyroid disease.

      Some were unhappy to have their overdose of thyroid medication reduced to normal because they felt "hypothyroid" on lower.

      They were sent away unhappy when I told them their obesity was not caused or should be treated with thyroid hormone.

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      Specialties

      • Endocrinology
      • Cytopathology
      • Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging
      • Interventional Radiology

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      • Diabetes, Metabolism & Endocrinology
      • Internal Medicine

      Conditions Treated

      • Acquired Hypothyroidism
      • Adrenal Insufficiency
      • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
      • Benign Tumor
      • Cancer
      • Follicular Thyroid Cancer
      • Graves' Disease
      • Hypercalcemia
      • Hyperparathyroidism
      • Hypothyroid Goitre
      • Hypothyroidism
      • Iodide Transport Defect
      • Papillary Thyroid Cancer
      • Thyroglossal Duct Cyst
      • Thyroid Agenesis
      • Thyroid Cancer
      • Thyroid Cancer, Hurthle Cell
      • Thyroid Disease
      • Thyroid Eye Disease
      • Thyroid Nodule
      • Thyroiditis
      • Thyrotoxicosis Factitia
      • Vitamin D Deficiency

      Procedures Performed

      • Ablation
      • Biopsy
      • Cancer Counseling
      • Chemotherapy
      • Diagnostic Imaging
      • Diagnostic Ultrasound
      • Doppler Test
      • Fine Needle Aspiration
      • Injection Therapy
      • Local Anesthesia
      • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
      • Parathyroid Surgery
      • Radiation Therapy
      • Sonography
      • Thyroid Biopsy
      • Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy
      • Thyroid Surgery
      • Tumor Ablation
      • Ultrasound Guided Procedures
      • Ultrasound, Thyroid
      • Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy
      • Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration
      • Ultrasound-Guided Injection
      • X-Ray
      • X-Ray Guided Biopsy

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        No malpractice history found for California.

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        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.

      Education

      • Medical School
        University Of Illinois College Of Medicine Chicago

        Graduated in 1967

      • Internship Hospital
        Los Angeles County University Of California Med Center

        Completed in 1968

      • Residency Hospital
        Los Angeles County University Of California Med Center

        Completed in 1971

      • Fellowship Hospital
        Los Angeles County University Of California Med Center

        Completed in 1974

        Royal Society Of Medicine

        Completed in 1974

      • Undergraduate School
        U Of Illinois

        Graduated in 1967

      Awards & Recognition

      • Awards & Honors
        • Healthgrades Honor Roll
        • Endocrine neck Sonologist, 2010
        • Thyroid nuclear physician, 1974
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      Languages Spoken

      • English
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      • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
      • Specializes in Endocrinology
      • Board certified in Diabetes, Metabolism & Endocrinology and Internal Medicine
      • No malpractice claims found
      • No sanctions found
      • No board actions found
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      Dr. Guttler's Office & Staff

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      16 – 30 minutes

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      Dr. Guttler says...

      I am a board certified endocrinologist.However I trained with JT Nicoloff at USC in clinical thyroidology. I do not see diabetic patients and only see thyroid/parathyroid patients. I cross trained in nuclear thyroidology and was certified to treat my patients with radioiodine for cancer,hyperthyroid and goiters. I cross trained in thyroid cytopathology and am a member of the American Society of cytopsthology.That means while other endocrinologists may do the biopsy, all of them send the slides to a pathologist for interpretation. I cross trained in ultrasound.I wrote the questions on the first ECNU test. I was certified in 2010 in endocrine neck ultrasound ECNU, ( parathyroid, thyroid and neck lymph nodes). I taught ultrasound and thyroid cytology for endocrinologists for 6 years for the American college of endocrinology.I have trained many endocrinologists interested in advanced methods in clinical interventional thyroidology with ethanol ablation PEI of thyroid/parathyroid cysts and ablation of thyroid cancer nodal neck metastasis with ethanol. These advanced methods can replace surgery for recurrent cancer neck nodes and thyroid parathyroid cysts. Each PEI procedure saves $40-50,000 in hospital costs with less morbidity. I also trained in the use of Radiofrequency Ablation RFA of large benign symptomatic cosmetically abnormal nodules in Italy where the procedure is routine. FDA approval is pending for the USA. At present I will evaluate candidates for RFA to travel to Italy or Korea . The fee for RFA and travel expenses is still cheaper and less invasive that a thyroidectomy in this country. Usually one RFA session will solve the symptom and cosmetic problems. Some patients may think what I do is very experimental.Primary physicians may not even know these simple alternatives to surgery for their patients. Ethanol and Radiofrequency ablation techniques are state of the art and available to anyone with a goiter or cancer neck lymph node recurrent problems. I have personally done 55,000 thyroid related office visits,thyroid lab,consultations, second opinions on outside needle biopsies and surgical pathology, nuclear thyroid therapy for Graves',toxic goiter,simple goiter,thyroid cancer, Endocrine neck diagnostic ultrasounds ECNU,Ultrasound guided thyroid biopsies, Needle washout for molecular markers including BRAF, thyroglobulin calcitonin,Parathyroid hormone Ultrasound guided ethanol ablation PEI of parathyroid and parathyroid cysts, PEI of recurrent thyroid cancer neck nodes after failed neck dissections, and finally candidate evaluation for Radiofrequency ablation RFA in Europe and Korea. My candidates do not need extensive work up time, but can have a short 2 day visit for RFA and day 2 ultrasound follow up visit to determine if the procedure was successful before returning to the US and my follow up of the expected marked reduction of the nodule over 6-24 months.I hope this explanation of what I do that is not done by your local of even university based endocrinologist is why I am a special class of physician that is a thyroid hybrid that combines 5 specialties related to thyroid patient care in one physician.

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      Dr. Guttler's Care Philosophy

      I care only for patients with thyroid and parathyroid diseases including cancer. Each has their own primary care physician.

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      Dr. Guttler says...

      I have cross trained in all major areas related to thyroid disease.

      Endocrinology

      Clinical thyrodology

      Thyroid Nuclear Medicine

      Thyroid Ultrasound

      Thyroid cytopathology

      Thyroid Molecular Markers

      Thyroid Blood analysis T4 T3 TSH TPO antibodies

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      Dr. Guttler says...

      I am an interventional thyroidologist.

      I do ethanol ablation PEI for large benign cysts  and for thyroid cancer recurrent nodal neck disease instead of another hospital neck dissection. See my video on vimeo and Utube. The video is published in  American Thyroid Association first video journal VideoEndocrinology.

      I am preparing patients with large symptomatic benign solid nodules for radiofrequency ablation RFA instead of surgery.

      I am a American college of Endocrinology certified ultrasound Endocrine neck Sonologist. ECNU.

      I do US guided FNA, onsite adequacy assessment and collect molecular markers by needle washout and interpret my own biopsy slides.

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      Dr. Guttler says...

      I have had 55,000 patient visits over 40 years for thyroid examinations, diagnosis, consults,biopsies,treatment, and long term follow up of cancer in my thyroid only practice. A few bad reviews does not bother me. My patients value my expertise and return every year for my follow up examinations. I follow the guidelines for thyroid patient care outlined by American Thyroid Association,Endocrine Society, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American Society of Cytopathologists.

      The few unhappy souls that wrote bad reviews were not given Armour thyroid,generics, compounded hormones, and were told to stop all over the counter "thyroid" pills with iodine. Also some were told that after my evaluation they did not have thyroid disease.

      Some were unhappy to have their overdose of thyroid medication reduced to normal because they felt "hypothyroid" on lower.

      They were sent away unhappy when I told them their obesity was not caused or should be treated with thyroid hormone.