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Surgical Specialist, Oncology Specialist (cancer), Cardiothoracic Surgeon
24 years of experience
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Accepting new patients
License & Identifications

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Patient Reviews

Patient comments (4)

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Richard Essner is Good. Dr. Essner has been reviewed by 17 patients who have provided 4 comments. The rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Patient Ratings
Ease of Appointment 5.0
Promptness 4.0
Courteous Staff 5.0
Accurate Diagnosis 5.0
Bedside Manner 5.0
Spends Time with Me 5.0
Follows Up After Visit 5.0

Specialties & Research

Dr. Richard Essner, MD is board certified in Surgery.

  • He has special expertise in 8 areas:
  • Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymph Node Excision Lymph node removal
  • Melanoma
  • Melanoma
  • Skin Cancer

Education & Awards

Dr. Essner graduated from Emory University , Atlanta. He has 9 awards.

One of America's Leading Experts on:
Lymph Node Excision
Melanoma (Skin cancer)
Skin Cancer (Skin Neoplasms)
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors® (2002 - 2012)
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors® for Cancer (2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2012)
Patients' Choice Award (2011)
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2011)
Top Ten Doctors (2012)


Dr. Essner has 8 hospital affiliations:

  • St. John's Hospital & Health Center 
  • Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center-Marina Campus 


  • Spanish

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Additional Information
Dr. Richard Essner MD is a male Surgeon, has 24 years of experience and practices in Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Thoracic Surgery, and Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery.
Where does Dr. Richard Essner practice?
Dr. Richard Essner has 3 office locations.
Dr. Richard Essner practices Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Thoracic Surgery, and Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery near Los Angeles, CA.
Additional practice locations include: Santa Monica, CA.
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