More About Dr. Bretsky

Some Facts About Dr.Bretsky -

Dr. Bretsky is an experienced, Board-certified Internist and primary care doctor located in Santa Monica, California. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and has won numerous awards including the Irving Lasker award for best research from the USC Keck School of Medicine, and the prestigious Scholar-In-Training award from the American Association of Cancer Research. Dr. Bretsky was raised in the town of East Setauket on Long Island, New York. He frequently visited New York City, spent summers at his grandparents’ ranch in Texas, and as soon as he could carry a pack he became a field assistant for his dad, a Geology professor. Dr. Bretsky began traveling the world at a young age including time in Denmark and Sweden as a grade-schooler. After finishing high school in India, he returned to the U.S. to attend Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. He majored in English Literature, and was a collegiate athlete in both baseball and football. Dr. Bretsky then went on to attend Yale University, where he received his Master’s in Public Health in Epidemiology with an emphasis in Infectious Disease. Along with this degree, Dr. Bretsky also received an award for his Master’s Thesis on Rabies, as well as high honors and Distinction from Yale University. After Yale, Dr. Bretsky moved west to California and worked for the Los Angeles County Health Department conducting Alzheimer’s Disease research. There he wrote an influential paper demonstrating an association between ApoE genotype and dementia in women.

Philip M. Bretsky, MD. PhD

Following this work, Dr. Bretsky enrolled in a dual-degree program at USC Keck School of Medicine. There he received three separate scholarships based on his academic research, and graduated in 2005 with his MD and a PhD in Epidemiology. His graduate thesis examined the relationship between several genes and risk of breast cancer under the direction of Dr. Brian Henderson, Dean Emeritus of the USC Keck School of Medicine. As part of his research, he also had the opportunity to work as a pre-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Eric Lander at the Whitehead Institute at MIT, where the majority of the human genome was sequenced. To date, Dr. Bretsky has authored 28 published, peer-reviewed scientific articles, and has appeared for over 35 presentations at scientific conferences. One of his most personally rewarding distinctions is the Circle of Friends award from Cedars Sinai Medical Center. This award is given when a patient makes a donation in the name of their physician to advance biomedical research and training at Cedars Sinai. It is a significant and highly regarded honor. Throughout his career, Dr. Bretsky has remained passionate about internal medicine and the desire for more personal, compassionate primary care. His knowledge of science and medicine is used to benefit and provide the best personal care to each individual. He remains committed to offering the most complete and comprehensive primary care on the Westside. His approach to medicine has been described by patients and fellow physicians as attentive and caring, which has earned him numerous accolades and acknowledgments. These include Most Compassionate Doctor awards and Top Doctor awards, as voted on by patients.

- Dr. Bretsky's Qualifications -

Swarthmore College -

- B.A. English Literature
- Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
- 1993

Yale University -

- Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (New Haven)
- MPH, Infectious Disease Epidemiology
- 1995

University of Southern California -

- Keck School of Medicine
- Los Angeles, California
- M.D.
- 2005

University of Southern California -

- Department of Preventive Medicine
-Los Angeles, California
- Ph.D., Epidemiology
- 2005

Post-Doctoral Training :

- Department of Internal Medicine
- Cedars Sinai Medical Center
- Los Angeles, California
- 2005 – 2008

Board Certification and Licensure :

- Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM, Board Certified)
- California Medical Board
- Fellow, American College of Physicians (ACP) - National Provider Identifier
- Drug Enforcement Association

Hospital Affiliations :

- Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
- Providence Saint John’s Health Center, Santa Monica, California

Professional Memberships :

- American College of Physicians
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- American Medical Association
- American Public Health Association: Epidemiology and Injury Control
- Connecticut Public Health Association
- USC / Salerni Collegium Allumni Association
- American Association for Cancer Research

- Our Guiding Principles -

Comprehensive, Quality and Evidence-based Care

Santa Monica Primary Care provides a comprehensive range of services that help our patients maintain their overall health and wellness. This is why we offer extensive services in-house ranging from routine preventive visits, acute sick visits, travel inoculations to on site ultrasounds and cardiac stress testing.


Our Goals !

Our Values !

We set the highest standards for ourselves both in terms of preventive care milestones and outcomes. While providing a patient centered 'home' for care, we also recognize and rely upon the expertise of our medical specialists from Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Infectious Disease and Endocrinology among others. We also recognize that caring for the patient extends outside the office setting. For this reason we incorporate telehealth, video health modalities as well as traditional "rounds" at the hospital or nursing facility.


- Our Commitment -

Santa Monica Primary Care

Quality Care

We provide our patients the highest quality of care

Aging with Dignity

All our patients are welcomed with respect & dignity


Treatment Modalities are based on best practices models

Patient Privacy

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