Welcome to the Thyroid Center of Santa Monica

Diagnostic Options

Diagnostic Endocrine Neck Ultrasound
Ultrasound Guided Extra-Fine #27 Needle Aspiration Biopsy ( No Suction No Local Needed )

eROSE ( Endocrine Adequate Assessment )
Thyroid Cancer Molecular Markers by Needle Washout during the FNA or Later on Cytology Slides or Markers Done on Inadequate Smears


~ Ultrasound-Guided PEI thyroid cysts,
Parathyroid cysts, and thyroid cancer lymph nodes

~ RFA radiofrequency ablation for solid nodules

~ HIFU echotherapy for solid nodules


The initial thing is to make sure you don’t have a < 1cm papillary thyroid cancer, with low risk features on endocrine neck ultrasound. These include safe location away from the recurrent nerve, and trachea and no lateral neck lymph node involvement. These are “harmless” and low,low risk and can safely be followed. This is called Active Surveillance.

Meet Dr. Guttler

The Thyroid Center of Santa Monica is a multiservice center established for the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disorders in Santa Monica, California. Since 1974, Dr. Richard Guttler, clinical thyroidologist and board-certified endocrinologist, has been the director for the Thyroid Center of Santa Monica. Dr. Guttler is also the sole owner of the Endocrine Neck Ultrasound Lab of Southern California, an extension of the thyroid center.

Full Bio

Non-Surgical Thyroid Cancer Treatment

Your one-stop-shop for the diagnosis
and treatment of thyroid conditions

Our practice is highly specialized and is one of only a few centers across the United States focused entirely on thyroid problems.

We commonly serve patients who have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and other conditions involving the thyroid. For patients diagnosed with thyroid cancer and thyroid nodules, we offer innovative, advanced techniques that are smart, cost-effective alternatives to surgery. Interventional thyroid procedures include ultrasound-guided percutaneous ethanol injections (PEIs) for cysts and thyroid cancer lymph nodes,radiofrequency ablation for solid nodules, and HIFU for solid thyroid nodules

Because of our specialty services, patients come from all over the world to see Dr. Guttler. In addition, endocrinologists travel to Dr. Guttler’s office for his workshops and Masters classes offering advanced training and knowledge in thyroidology.

Thyroid Center of Santa Monica welcomes your call and looks forward to serving patients and their physicians. To request a consultation, please call our office at (310) 393-8860

Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month
This is my doctor.
He is amazing.

I was wary because he has reviews that are not favorable. Upon reading the reviews it’s clear that people have him poor reviews for two reasons 1) he does not take insurance so it is a lot of out of pocket expense and 2) He doesn’t go in for “natural” treatments because not a single “natural” cure has even been shown to have any effect whatsoever on thyroid disease. Patients need medication.
He is ALL about using non-invasive treatments whenever possible. He will exhaust options before recommending surgery or life-altering treatments.
He, along with a handful of colleagues, innovated the specialty of neck/thyroid ultrasound. He is kind, gentle, and above all, honest and real with his patients.

Michelle King Cohen

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