Dr. Richard Guttler, MD

Endocrinology  |  
Male  |  
Age 75
Dr. Richard Guttler, MD
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.

Santa Monica Office

1328 16th St

Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Dr. Richard Guttler, MD

Dr. Richard Guttler, MD

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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's Experience

Dr. Guttler's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • 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


  • Endocrinology
  • Cytopathology
  • Interventional Radiology

Board Certifications

  • Diabetes, Metabolism & Endocrinology
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of 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


  • 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

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.


  • U Of Illinois
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1967
  • University Of Illinois College Of Medicine Chicago
    Medical School | Graduated 1967
  • Los Angeles County University Of California Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1968
  • Los Angeles County University Of California Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1971
  • Los Angeles County University Of California Med Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1974
  • Royal Society Of Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1974

Awards & Recognition

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

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Guttler's Reviews

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based on 29 total reviews (10 with comments)
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...

Dr. Guttler's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (10)
in Los Angeles, CA |
Dr. Guttler has been my thyroid doctor since 1987. That is 29 years. I treasure his care and skills. Over those years we have dealt with growths on my thyroid, including extensive testing for a growth that expanded quickly and involved several tests including an MRI.I enjoy going in for my checkups. He explains everything to me. My daughter and grandchildren have had their thyroids tested because of what I learned from Dr. Guttler about the nature of my thyroid condition which is hereditary.
in Encino, CA |
Dr. Guttler has been my thyroidologist for more than 20 years. I am a physician. I also have published biochemistry research in the field of thyroidology. I selected him for his expertise and care for my personal thyroid problem. He has always lived up to his sterling reputation
in Los Angeles, CA |
Dr. Guttler provided very effective diagnosis for me. He is smart and extremely knowledgeable. He tried to spare me surgery for over-producing parathyroid. His manner is more forthright than many physicians but his opinion is to be trusted. Some people had a problem with his assistant but she is no longer there and a very pleasant, helpful young man is. Calls were returned very quickly. Dr. Guttler does not accept any insurance but does try to make some adjustment in his rates.
Thank you
in Los Angeles, CA |
Dr. Guttler is a clinical THYROIDOLOGIST as well as a board-certified endocrinologist. After undergoing eight different biopsies from four other doctors who couldn't figure out what was wrong with me, Dr. Guttler correctly diagnosed my problem and I am healthy and happy today.
in Los Angeles, CA |
Dr. Guttler is the best. He knows what he's doing and knows the very latest on Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Most other thyroid doctors would have done surgery- Dr. Guttler saved me from surgery and I am in good health and feel great. So good to have confidence in my doctor!
in North Las Vegas, NV |
Dr Guttler saved my life 36 years ago when he diagnosed a massive goiter that was pressing on my airway. He is more knowledgeable about thyroid disease and cutting edge thyroid treatments and procedures than any other Endocrinologist I have met, and I have met many over the last 36 years. I continue to travel from Las Vegas to Santa Monica, CA for my treatment and will continue to do so until he chooses to no longer practice.
in Phoenix, AZ |
Dr. Richard Guttler is nothing less than exceptional. It was a misdiagnosis in Scottsdale, Arizona that lead me to drive 8 hours to be seen by someone who is passionate about what they do. It was refreshing to find an endocrinologist that is dedicated to excellence
in Santa Monica, CA |
I have been Dr. Guttler's patient for several years. Like many good doctors in L.A., Dr. Guttler is unfortunately out of my insurance network, so my visits and tests range from expensive to very expensive. I definitely find the expense worth it since prior to Dr. Guttler, my thyroid disease had been dangerously misdiagnosed by other doctors. It is a pity I had not found him years earlier. I trust Dr. Guttler, as he has superior knowledge of his field of medicine.
in Southern CA |
Dr. Guttler makes sure I understand what is happening w/my thyroid AND that I don't get over treated when not necessary! I had biopsy earlier this year(not Dr Guttler) w/a 22 Gauge needle-ouch! I learned 25-27 Gauge needle is typically used & Dr. Guttler agreed! He couldn't believe what I endured! He took time doing my ultrasound, reviewed all HE SAW with me, drew my blood onsite & ordered special thyroid tests other endocrinolgists never did for me. I trust Dr. G w/my thyroid's well being 200%!
Los Angeles, CA |
Great doctor - obviously very knowledgeable and very engaging.
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