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Dr. Michelle Putnam, MD

Head & Neck Surgeon, Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor

Professional statement

Dr. Putnam graduated from UCLA in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degreein Biology, at which time she first began her studies in immunology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. She completed a Masters Degree in 1993 at Boston University, and she then continued her research in the role of B-cell immunology in autoimmunity and diabetes at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. In 1998, Dr. Putnam received her medical degree with honors and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society at Albany Medical College in New York. She did an internship in General Surgery and then Residency in Otolaryngology, both at Albany Medical College. Throughout her residency, she was actively involved in basic science research projects and achieved numerous publications, awards and grants. She served as a representative and administrative board member to both the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Medical Colleges. Dr. Putnam continues to lectureat prestigious Universities and conferences nationwide. In August 2003, she moved back to the Los Angeles area and in 2009 Dr. Amanda Salvado joined her practice in otolaryngology. Dr. Putnam practices general otolaryngology, with special interests in allergy and sinus surgery, pediatric otolaryngology, head and neck oncology, otology and facial plastic surgery. She has staff privileges at St. John's Medical Center, Santa Monica-UCLA, Westwood-UCLA, Brotman Medical Center, and Kindred Hospital.

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Specialties

  • Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor
  • Head & Neck Surgeon

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Hospital affiliations

  • Brotman Medical Center
  • Kindred Hospital - Westminster

Board certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology

Education and training

  • Albany Medical College, Internship in General Surgery
  • Albany Medical College, Residency in Otolaryngology
  • Medical School - Albany Medical College, Doctor of Medicine
  • Boston University (Master’s)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (Bachelor's)

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Female

NPI number

1063584092

Office locations

Westside Head & Neck

3831 Hughes Ave, Suite 704

Culver City, CA 90232

Westside Head & Neck

1301 20th St., Suite #510

Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Professional, caring, & thorough!
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I have been to more doctors than I would have liked for this ailment. They were all quick to put me on medicines that cost a lot and did nothing. After giving me a thorough examination and diagnosis, Dr. Putnam wentthrough them with me and explained why they were not working. She then gave me free samples of medicines and washes that are working. I felt much better after having been treated by Dr. Putnam. My wife had sent me to her because my wife was so happy with the care that she had received. I want to repay that favor by highly recommending Dr. Michelle Putnam to each of you.
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She's great. My teenage daughter was having trouble with one ear. Itching, pain, etc. We didn't know what to expect when we arrived at the office. The doctor took a look inside this ear that had been bothering my daughter foryears. Dr. Putnam has specialized tools that a Pediatrician wouldn't have in order to dig out debris. Out came something the size of a pea. It was then that realized that her hearing had also been compromised all this time in one ear. Her hearing is now 100%, and her ear doesn't itch anymore. Thank you, Dr. Putnam!
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Dr.Putnam always listens and is very helpful. If she is not sure what the problem is,she orders tests.
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She was very thorough, I felt comfortable, she wrote down everything also and gave it to me...that's unusual.
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I generally find that the reviews on ZocDoc are accurate; however, I was extremely disappointed with my recent visit to this doctor. Although the office ambiance itself felt modern and clean, the quality of my visit left much to be desired.The doctor's bedside manner was severely lacking, and she did not smile once during the entire visit. I do not need a spectacularly animated interaction with a practitioner; but I did not feel valued, seen or respected by the doctor. Additionally, I felt my questions were not answered in-depth nor were they desired. Excellence in practice stems not only from medical competency yet additionally from genuine concern for the patient and the administration of quality care. I will not be returning.
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I waited for 45 minutes to be seen and then the doctor spent about 5 minutes with me and I didn't get much information or insight from her. Appointment really felt like a waste of my time.
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Office is very nice and we'll run. Dr. Putnam was great. Very no nonsense, listens, examines and diagnoses. Just what I wanted and I was out of there swiftly.
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I've seen Dr. PUTNAM before, and was happy with her then, and was happy with her during this appointment. Very nice office in Santa Monica. Will continue to see her.
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She gets right to the point, is Very professional and I would highly recommend!
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It was great. She was very professional and addressed all my concerns promptly and came to a quick diagnosis.
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Friendly, quick, and informative.
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Wait was a bit long, but I guess I was a new patient
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I feel bad writing this because she didn't do anything wrong, but she just didn't impress me as a doctor that really cared about my well-being. She did use some jargon while examining me which felt impersonal and made it soundlike she was listing off flaws or problems with me. She was nice enough and seemed to have an answer to my issue but didn't offer an explanation except to take a prescription. I don't like that some doctors think that they just have to throw you a prescription and that's that. I like explanations, ideas about prevention, etc. She wasn't overtly friendly and didn't make me feel like I was a valued patient, but she also didn't make me feel unvalued. She just didn't do anything to encourage my admiration. I don't think I'll see her again as I feel it is important to have a doctor I feel cares about people and not just their symptoms.
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She was friendly & knowledgeable. I'd recommend her to others. Office notes: Decent magazine selection. No parking validation. Very close to Rally's on Venice Ave.
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