Erica  Patel, MD
Accepting new patients

Erica Patel, MD

  • Diabetes|
  • Endocrinology
Torrance Specialty Care | 3445 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 100, Torrance, CA 90505


Dr. Patel is a Southern California native, and attended USC for her undergraduate, medical school, and residency training. She was accepted into USC’s Baccalaureate/MD program, and pursued a double major in Narrative Studies and Biological Sciences. During her undergraduate, she discovered her passion for medicine through working in clinics in rural Honduras and later creating a medical clinic at an orphanage in Kenya. Her work abroad continued during medical school, where she also served as class president and graduated with distinction. She completed a dual residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at LAC+USC Medical Center,  and realized her passion for Endocrinology through working with patients in this field.

Dr. Patel completed a fellowship in adult Endocrinology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she was trained by world-renowned experts in the field. In fellowship, she became adept at caring for all aspects of Endocrinology including pituitary, thyroid disease, adrenal disease, advanced diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis. She was recognized for her commitment to providing outstanding patient care through receiving multiple patient care awards during fellowship. In addition to managing general Endocrinology, her triple training in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and adult Endocrinology has given her a unique skill set to care for older adolescents with chronic Endocrinology diseases as they age into adulthood.

Dr. Patel loves the longitudinal relationships with patients that Endocrinology provides, and treats patients as she would like to be treated. She has a holistic approach to medicine, recognizing that each patient is unique. She enjoys working with people to optimize their health and quality of life.

Outside of work, Dr. Patel enjoys hiking, boxing, running, and traveling the world with her husband and friends.




Medical Board Certifications

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2023
Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 2021
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2021


Endocrinology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2023


Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, LAC+USC Medical Center, 2021


Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, LAC+USC Medical Center, 2018


MD, Keck School of Medicine of the USC, 2017


  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Standing Ovation Award for Patient Care, 2022, 2023
  • Outstanding Teaching for Pediatric Clerkship, LAC+USC Medical Center, 2021



  1. Patel, Erica., Ben-Shlomo, A. Opioid Induced Adrenal Insufficiency, Diagnostic Management and Considerations. Adrenal Insufficiency: Diagnostic Approaches, Treatments, and Outcomes Volume II" (edited by Agnieszka Pazderska, Carl Malchoff, Elena Valassi). February 2024.
  2. Patel, Erica. Kim, S., Gianchandani, R. Inpatient Diabetes Management in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease. Inpatient Diabetes Management: A Comprehensive Clinical Guide. Springer Books. January 2024.
  3. Patel E, Chen Y, Fan X, Liu NA, Westreich AM, Reyes K, Labadzhyan A. A Rare Case: Adrenal Corticomedullary Mixed Tumor With Elements of Pheochromocytoma, Cortical Adenoma, and Ganglioneuroma Cells. AACE Clin Case Rep. 2022 Dec 2;9(1):17-20. doi: 10.1016/j.aace.2022.11.005. PMID: 36654992; PMCID: PMC9837076.
  4. Towfighi A, Patel E, Sanossian N, Valle NP, Ovbiagele B. Tale of 2 Health-care Systems: Disparities in Demographic and Clinical Characteristics between 2 Ischemic Stroke Populations in Los Angeles County. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2017 Jun;26(6):1357-1362. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2017.02.009. Epub 2017 Mar 6. PMID: 28279550.


  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Centivo
  • Cigna
  • First Health
  • Health Net of California
  • Interplan (part of HealthSmart)
  • L.A. Care
  • MultiPlan
  • UFCM Health System
  • Prime Health Services
  • Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)
  • UnitedHealthcare

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  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Standing Ovation Award for Patient Care, 2022, 2023
  • Outstanding Teaching for Pediatric Clerkship, LAC+USC Medical Center, 2021