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Dr.Richard Guttler



Dr.Richard Guttler

1328 16 th st. Santa Monica, CA 90404 USA (310) 393.8860 thyroid.manager@thyroid.com


Clinical and Interventional Thyroidologist

Clinical Thyroidologist (1974 – present)


Thyroid Center of Santa Monica, California

Clinical Professor of Medicine Keck University of Southern California School of Medicine.

After FDA approval of RFA, has treated patients for thyroid nodules, cysts, micro-papillary cancers and parathyroid adenoma.

Trained on 3 different RFA systems since 2014 in my office. Learned RFA on 2 South Korean systems and trained in Italy prior to FDA approval in the United States in 2018.Trained under Dr. Leo Rangel in Brazil doing RFA on his thyroid patients.

Two published papers on the use of in-office setting using local anesthesia. New study will be presented at ATA 2021 in October. Focus of practice is to find alternative methods to prevent unnecessary thyroid surgery.

First was needle biopsies to decrease surgery on benign nodules, then endocrine neck ultrasound, molecular markers and classifiers during FNA needle washout to further decrease surgery on suspicious nodules.

Author on a major papers on the use of molecular markers during needle biopsies.Cross-trained in thyroid nuclear medicine, thyroid cytology, endocrine neck ultrasound, and interventional thyroidology, ethanol ablations for thyroid cancer lymph nodes and complex thyroid cystic nodules, and parathyroid cysts.Trained in radiofrequency ablation for solid nodules prior to FDA approval.

  • 40 years experience with thyroid cytology and teaching thyroid cytology for 6 years for the American College of Endocrinology.



American Board of Internal Medicine | Certified in Internal Medicine American Board of Internal Medicine | Certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

  • CA State Medical License | Active through 2022


  • Education and Training


Fellowship: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Los Angeles County University of Southern California Medical Center, 1972-1974

Residency: Los Angeles County University of Southern California Medical Center

Medical Degree: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, 1967

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