David Geffner, MD

David Geffner, MD, FACP, FACE

Endocrinology Santa Monica, CA

Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCLA

Office Address

  • 2020 Santa Monica Blvd.
    Suite 550
    Santa Monica, CA 90404
    Phone: (310) 828-1050
    Fax: (310) 828-2382

David Geffner, MD, FACP, FACE

Endocrinology Santa Monica, CA

Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCLA


  • Dr. Geffner is a practicing adult and pediatric endocrinologist who has worked for large medical groups across Southern California.

    After obtaining his M.D. at Georgetown University School of Medicine he did his internship and subsequently his residency at the Cornell Cooperating Hospital House Staff Training Program in New York. He finished fellowships in endocrinology at the New York Hospital and UCLA-Wadsworth VA where he became Assistant Chief of Endocrinology before leaving for clinical practice. He continues to teach courses and was a member of the Committee on Scientific Integrity at UCLA where he is a full clinical professor. When his is not seeing patients he is teaching fellows, residents, and medical students at UCLA affiliated hospitals.

    He is a member of several professional societies including the Endocrine Society, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and the American Thyroid Association. He has served on several national and local committees for several of these organizations. He is past President of the Los Angeles County Chapter of the American Diabetes Association and is an advisor to groups such as The American College of Medical Quality and the Rand Corp. He presently consults for the Medical Board of California of which he was a member, for Medicare, and for the Center for Health Dispute Resolution. He was a JACO surveyor for the California Department of Health Services and Institute for Medical Quality.

    He is an invited speaker at national, professional, and community meetings and has served on the editorial advisory boards and review panels for several journals as well as publishing original articles in the fields of thyroid, diabetes, calcium, adrenal, sexual function, delivery of health care, and disease state management.

    He is the co-chair of the Thyroid Disorders Educational Initiative and a speaker for the Diabetes Educational Initiative and several pharmaceutical companies.

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Endocrinology: General Endocrinology, Adrenal Disease, Thyroid
  • Clinical Interests: Thyroid Diseases; Adrenal Glands; Triiodothyronine; Hyperthyroidism; Thyroxine; Propylthiouracil; Thyrotropin; Thyrotropin-Releasing Hormone; Hypothyroidism; Thyroid Hormones

Faculty Appointments & Work History

  • EndocrinologistSanta Monica, CA
  • EndocrinologistClinical Practice
    Westwood, CA
  • Assistant Chief of EndocrinologyUCLA
    Wadsworth, VA
  • Co-ChairThyroid Disorders Educational Initiative
  • Past PresidentAmerican Diabetes Association
  • Assistant Chief of EndocrinologyNew York Hospital
  • ConsultantRand Corp. Medical Outcomes Study
  • Co-ChairNational Thyroid Disorders Educational Program
  • Associate Physician DiplomateUCLA
    Los Angeles, CA
  • ConsultantLa Vida and Southern California Permanente Medical Groups
  • Endocrine ConsultantLa Vida and Southern California Permanente Medical Groups
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Medical DirectorMed Partners
  • Medical DirectorMedPartners
  • FacultyNational Diabetes Education Initiative
    Lyndhurst, NJ
  • AdvisorZitter Group Outcomes Information
  • AdvisorAmerican College of medical Quality
  • FacultyCMA/CHA Educational Patient Care Audit Workshops
  • ChiefKPC Medical Group (Formerly Friendly Hills)
    Riverside, CA
  • ChiefKPC Medical group
  • Clinical ProfessorDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
    Assistant Professor (1973-1974); Assistant Clinical Professor (1974-1981); Associate Clinical Professor (1981-1990)
  • Assistant ChiefWadsworth VA Hospital
    Los Angeles, CA
  • PhysicianSloan-Kettering Institute/Memorial Hospital for Cancer & Allied Diseases
  • Clinical FellowCornell University Medical College
    New York, NY
  • Clinical Attending, Admitting & Diagnostic ServiceSloan-Kettering Institute/Memorial Hospital for Cancer & Allied Diseases
    New York, NY
    Chief, Biology Group, Section of Epidemiology (1965)
  • ChiefSloan-Kettering Institute/Memorial Hospital for Cancer & Allied Diseases

Education & Training

  • UCLA Medical Center
  • Cornell Cooperating Hospitals
  • Brooklyn Hosp Ctr
  • Georgetown University School of MedicineGeorgetown University School of Medicine
  • New York UniversityNew York University

Certifications & Licensure

  • CA State Medical LicenseCA State Medical License1969 - 2016
  • American Board of Internal MedicineInternal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal MedicineEndocrinology & Metabolism

    Awards, Honors, & Recognition

    • CMS Meaningful Use Stage 1 CertificationEpicCare Ambulatory EMR, Epic Systems Corporation, 2013
    • Top Doctors:LA AreaCastle Connolly, 2013
    • Top Doctors:Southern CaliforniaCastle Connolly, 2012

    Publications & Presentations


    Journal Articles

    • Beta-Adrenergic Blockade for Treatment of Hyperthyroidism  Geffner DL, Hershman JM, Amer J Med, 1/1/1992
    • Diabetes Care in HMOs  Geffner DL, Diabetes Care 1S, 1/1/1992
    • Pharmacokinetics and Clinical Effects of Atenolol in Therapy of Hyperthyroidism  Geffner DL, Sladek J, Hershman JM, Drugs Under Exper Clin Res, 1/1/1990

    Books/Book Chapters

    • Sexual Medicine and Counselling in Office Practice. Chapter: Sex Hormones and Endocrine Disorders Page 43 - 70
      Geffner DL
      Editors: Munjack, D.J. and Ozief, L.J.,.Little, Brown and Company, Boston
    • International Encyclopedia of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Chapter: Hypertyroidism Page 169 - 192
      Geffner DL, Hershman JM
      Editors: Hershman, J.M. and Bray, G.,.Pergamon Press, Oxford
    • International Encyclopedia of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Chapter: Hyperthyroidism Page 169 - 192
      Geffner DL, Hershman JM
      Editors: (Hershman, J.M. and Bray, G.Pergamon Press: Oxford


    • The Role of Diabetic Therapy on Quality of Life. Geffner DL, Holvey SH, Ware JE Jr, Amer Coll Physicians, 71st Annual Session, Results of a Multicenter Study. American College Medicine, Chicago, IL; New York, NY, 1/4/1990
    • Effect on Quality of Life: The Role of Diabetic Therapy. Geffner DL, Holvey SH, Ware JEJr., 18th Annual Physicians Assistants Conf, 83rd Annual Scientific Assembly, Southern Medical Association, New Orleans, LA, 1/1/1990
    • Diabetes Care in HMOs. Financing the Care of Diabetes Mellitus in the 1990 Geffner DL, Second National Conference, Washington, D.C, 1/3/1989


    • Thyroid Disorders for Primary Care Providers Multiple Locations - 1/1/2007
    • Culturally Competent Care of Diabetes and Asthma in Vulnerable Populations Los Angeles, CA - 1/12/2003
    • Incidentalomas and Subclinical Thyroid Disease Hawaii - 1/9/2001

    Professional Memberships

    Medical Groups

    • UCLA Medical Group


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