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Julia Blank MD

Specialty: Family Medicine

Clinical Interests: 

Women's health, Adolescent medicine, Nutrition, Preventive Health, Travel Medicine

Medical School: Albany Medical College, NY

Internship & Residency: Bryn Mawr Family Hospital, PA

About:  Dr. Blank lived in New York and Philadelphia before moving to Los Angeles in 2003. One of the aspects she likes most about practicing medicine is taking care of her patients over the long run. She enjoys getting to know patients and their families, understanding how their lives impact their health--and vice versa.

When not seeing patients or staying up on the latest medical research, Dr. Blank enjoys spending time with her children, reading, playing piano, and traveling. 

Angelika Buddeberg MD

Specialty: Family Medicine

Board Certified: Family Medicine

Clinical Interests: Family Medicine

Medical School: UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

Internship & Residency: Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers, CA

About: Dr. Buddeberg was drawn to medicine because of her fascination with how the human body works. She is in good company—there are many other physicians in her extended family. She loves to travel and considers Munich her second second home. One day, she hopes to go on safari in Africa.

In her free time, Dr. Buddeberg likes to garden and do crafts. She teaches confirmation at her church. Of her three children, one daughter is planning to go into medicine as an anesthesiologist and her oldest son wants to study psychology. Her younger son is considering a career as an architect---if a career in soccer doesn’t materialize!

Languages: English, German  

Megan Chen MD

Specialty: Family Medicine

Board Certified: Family Medicine

Clinical Interests: Family Medicine

Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Internship & Residency: Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, CA

About: Megan Chen, MD, MPH decided to pursue medicine while volunteering to work with the elderly in high school. The Spring Fling event at the Cupertino Senior Center was a defining moment that inspired her to consider primary care. While there, she met extraordinary people, filled with vivacity and a sense of serenity and fulfillment. Moments like these made her want to obtain her own optimal health, as well as help people achieve theirs by providing care for them throughout their lives.

As a family practitioner, Dr. Chen enjoys building relationships with her patients. She helps her patients understand their illnesses and empowers them to improve their own lives. She strongly values preventive care and incorporates her masters in public health training into her philosophy of practice.

Dr. Chen was born in California in the Silicon Valley and is Taiwanese-American. Outside of work, Dr. Chen is probably trying a new restaurant with her husband and two children or balancing and deep breathing at vinyasa yoga.

Devora Cohen MD

Specialty: Family Medicine

Board Certified: Family Medicine

Clinical Interests: Family Medicine, gynecology, dermatology, cosmetic dermatology

Medical School: University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, CA

Internship & Residency: University of California Irvine Medical Center, Orange, CA

About: Dr. Cohen loves listening to her patients tell their personal stories, and finds that this often opens up a dialogue that helps solve problems and improve her patients’ overall health. She believes that medical care should be compassionate, evidence-based, comprehensive and collaborative, with the medical team and patients working together to create a “medical home.” Through the experience of her patients, friends and family members, Dr. Cohen appreciates how important it is to have an advocate in the healthcare system. She is interested in exploring ways of improving healthcare to make it more patient-centered.

In her spare time, Dr. Cohen enjoys being active with her husband and two children. She is an avid hiking enthusiast, and also likes to cook, knit, and travel around the world to see family and friends (and the occasional art museum).

Dr. Cohen served as Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA and has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. She practices in Pacific Palisades, where she shares an office with Dr. Julia Blank and Dr. Grace Tassa.

David Cutler MD

Specialty: Family Medicine

Board Certified: Family Medicine

Clinical Interests: Family medicine, Global health, cardiovascular medicine.

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Internship & Residency: Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, CA

About: David Cutler, MD, has been Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA for 26 years and is now Chairman of the Santa Monica Family Physicians medical group. From 2004-2010, he was Chairman of the Family Medicine Department at Saint John’s Health Center.

Originally from Boston, he graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College and received Honors grades from Tufts Medical School.

Dr. Cutler is active in the UCLA Program in Global Health leading yearly missions to Haiti. In addition, he explored international health during periods of practice in New Zealand and Myanmar. Dr. Cutler has a special interest in cardiovascular disease and performs treadmill stress tests in his office.

David and his wife, a clinical psychologist, have three grown children. Together, they enjoy adventurous family vacations that include skiing, boating, scuba diving and exploring distant cultures.

Languages: English, French  

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