Education

Fellowship
Internal Medicine, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, 1973
Fellowship
Medicine/Endocrinology, New York Hospital - Cornell University Medical Ctr, 1972
Residency
Internal Medicine, New York Hospital - Cornell University Medical Ctr, 1971
Residency
Internal Medicine, North Shore University Hospital, 1969
Internship
Internal Medicine, VA Medical Center, 1968
Degree
MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1967

Medical Board Certifications

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
American Board of Internal Medicine, 1973
Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine, 1971

State License

G17853
  • About Me

    About Me

    Link to Dr. Geffner's complete CV

    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 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, 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 Joint Commission surveyor for the California Department of Health Services and the 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.

    Preferred Name: David Lewis Geffner, MD, FACP, FACE

    Links

  • Locations

    Endocrinology - Santa Monica

    (primary location)
    Address
    2020 Santa Monica Blvd
    Suite 550
    Santa Monica, California 90404
    Phone
    (310) 828-1050
    Fax
    (310) 828-2383
  • Education

    Medical Board Certifications

    Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
    American Board of Internal Medicine, 1973
    Internal Medicine
    American Board of Internal Medicine, 1971

    Education

    Fellowship
    Internal Medicine, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, 1973
    Fellowship
    Medicine/Endocrinology, New York Hospital - Cornell University Medical Ctr, 1972
    Residency
    Internal Medicine, New York Hospital - Cornell University Medical Ctr, 1971
    Residency
    Internal Medicine, North Shore University Hospital, 1969
    Internship
    Internal Medicine, VA Medical Center, 1968
    Degree
    MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1967
  • Clinical Interests
    • Adrenal Disorders
    • General Endocrinology
    • Hypogonadism
    • Thyroid Disorders
  • Research

    Publications

    Papers

    1. Arata RO, Mautalen CA, Geffner D, Horwith M 1974 Effect of Hydrochlorothiazide Upon Serum and Urinary Calcium in Patients with Hypoparathyroidism. Medicina 34:463
    2. Geffner DL, Azukizawa M, Hershman, JM 1975 Propylthiouracil Blocks Extrathyroidal Conversion of Thyroxine to Triiodothyronine and Augments Thyrotropin Secretion in Man. J Clin Invest 55:224
    3. Krugman LG, Hershman JM, Chopra IJ, Levin GA, Pekary A, Geffner DL, Chau Teco GN 1975 Patterns of Recovery of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Thyroid Axis in Patients Taken off Chronic Thyroid Therapy. J C!in Endocrin Metab 41:70
    4. Geffner DL, Hershman JM 1976 Hyperthyroidism. Causes, Etiology of Graves' Disease, Clinical Features, General Aspects of Treatment. J Pharm Ther 1:401
    5. Geola F, Chopra I, Geffner, DL 1980 Patterns of Reverse T3 Monodeiodination in Hypothyroidism and Nonthyroidal Illness. J Ciin Endocrin Metab 50:336
    6. Sharp B, Reed AW, Tamagna EI, Geffner DL, Hershman, JM 1981 Treatment of Hyperthyroidism with Sodium lpodate (Oragrafin) in Addition to Propylthiouracil and Propranolol. J Clin Endocrin Metab 53:622
    7. Ashcraft MW, Van Herte AJ, Vener SL, Geffner DL 1982 Serum Cortisol in Cushing's Syndrome After High and Low Dose Dexamethasone Suppression. Ann Int Med 97:21
    8. Chopra IJ, Boado RJ, Geffner DL, Solomon DH 1988 Radioimmunoassay for Measurement of Thyronine and its Acetic Acid Analog in Urine. J Clin Endocrin Metab 67:480
    9. Geffner, DL 1989 Symptom Rating Scale for Assessing Hyperthyroidism. Arch. Intern Med149:1466
    10. Geffner DL, Sladek J, Hershman JM 1990 Pharmacokinetics and Clinical Effects of Atenolol in Therapy of Hyperthyroidism. Drugs Under Exper Clin Res 16:167
    11. Geffner DL, Hershman JM 1992 Beta-Adrenergic Blockade for Treatment of Hyperthyroidism. Amer J Med 93:61
    12. Geffner DL 1992 Diabetes Care in HMOs Diabetes Care 1S(Suppl. 1):44
    13. Sugawara M, Geffner DL, Martinez D,Hershman JM 2009 Novel Treatment of Medullary Thyroid Cancer. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes 16:367
    14. Bhat, S, Geffner, DL 2015 Unusual Presentation of Bladder Paraganglioma. Endocrine Practice in press


    Book Chapters

    1. Geffner DL, Hershman JM 1979 Hyperthyroidism. International Encyclopedia of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Section 43 (Hershman, J.M. and Bray, G., Eds.) Pergamon Press: Oxford, pp169-192.
    2. Geffner DL 1980 Sex Hormones and Endocrine Disorders. Sexual Medicine and Counselling in Office Practice. (Munjack, D.J. and Ozief, L.J., Eds.) Little, Brown and Company: Boston, pp 43-70.


    Abstracts and Scientific Exhibits Presented at Conferences

    1. Geffner DL, Azukizawa M, Hershman, JM 1974 Propylthiouracil Blocks Extrathyroidal Conversion of Thyroxine to Triiodothyronine and Augments Thyrotropin Secretion. Clin Res 22:3 9A
    2. Krugman LG, Hershman JM, Chopra IJ, Levin GA, Pekary, AE, Geffner DL, Chua Teco, GN 1975 Patterns of Recovery of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Thyroid Axis in Patients taken off Chronic Thyroid Therapy. Clin Res 23:94A
    3. Ashcraft MW, Van Herle AS, Vener SL, Geffner DL 1979 Usefulness of the Measurement of Serum Cortisol (F) and Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA-S) in Diagnosis of Patients with Cushing's Syndrome. Endocrinology 104 (Suppl.):233
    4. Sharp B, Reed AW, Tamagna E, Geffner, DL, Hershman, JM 1981 Sodium lpodate in the Treatment of
      Hyperthyroidism. Clin Res 29:85A
    5. Coyle J, Winston MA, Gordon HE, Blahd WH, Geffner DL, Ituarte, EA, Hahn TJ, Coburn J 1984 Preoperative Localization of Parathyroid Adenomas by Technetium-Thallium and Ultrasound Imaging. Clin Nuclear Med. 9S:35
    6. Sladek J, Geffner DL, Smith V, Hershman JM 1987 Atenolol Controls the features of Hyperthyroidism Without Reducing T3 Levels. Clin Res 35: 117A
    7. Chopra IJ, Boado RJ, Geffner DL, Solomon, DH 1987 Measurements of Urinary Excretion of Thyronine (TO) by Immunoassay: A Possible Means to Differentiate Euthyroid Sick Syndrome from Hypothyroidism. Endocrinology 120 (Suppl.):T5
    8. Geffner DL, Holvey SH, Ware, JE Jr 1989 Effect on Quality of Life: The Role of Diabetic Therapy. S Med Assoc 83d Scientific Assembly Wash, D.C.
    9. Geffner DL 1989 Diabetes Care in HMOs. Financing the Care of Diabetes Mellitus in the 1990s. Second National Conference. Wash., D.C.
    10. Geffner DL, Holvey SH, Ware JE Jr. 1990 The Role of Diabetic Therapy on Quality of Life. Amer Coll Physicians, 71st Annual Session. Chicago, IL.
    11. Geffner DL, Holvey SH, Ware JEJr. 1990 Effect on Quality of Life: The Role of Diabetic Therapy. 18th Annual Physicians Assistants Conf. New Orleans, LA.
    12. Participating Investigator: Beisswenger PJ, Dias N, Beckman F 1987 Evaluation of First Generation Sulfonylureas and Glipizide in Non-Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus. Amer J Med 83(SuppI.3A): 16
  • News & Awards

    Awards

    • Castle Connolly's Top Doctors™ (2012 - 2013)
    • People's Choice (2008-2012)
    • Compassionate Physician (2012)
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