Merry L. Tetef, MD
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Merry L. Tetef, MD

  • Breast Medical Oncology
Average rating: 5.0
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Dr. Merry Tetef is a medical oncologist and a clinical professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is board certified in medical oncology, and specializes in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. She participates in numerous clinical trials and provides cutting edge, novel treatment options to patients in Laguna Hills. She is affiliated with Saddleback Memorial Medical Center and Hoag Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Tetef received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She then completed her internal medicine internship and residency at UCLA, followed by fellowships in hematology and medical oncology at City of Hope National Medical Center. She earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

Prior to joining UCLA Health, Dr. Tetef spent many years as an attending physician at City of Hope and also worked in private practice.




Medical Board Certification

Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1993


Hematology, City of Hope National Medical Center, 1993
Medical Oncology, City of Hope National Medical Center, 1992


Internal Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, 1990


Internal Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, 1988


MD, Harvard Medical School, 1987


Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Medical Services



  • Breast Cancer


  • 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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  • Super Doctors® Southern California, 2024
  • California Super Doctors 2012-2022
  • Southern California Top Doctors 2012-2023
  • Best Doctors 2013-2018
  • Doctor of Excellence 2014
  • UCLA Exceptional Physician of the Year Award 2017
  • Castle Connolly Exceptional Women in Medicine 2018-2022