David M. Butler is double board-certified with over 25 years of experience, specializing in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Face and Neck, and Otolaryngology. Raised in Los Angeles and inspired by parents who were both doctors, Dr. Butler provides patients with state-of-the-art care in his Santa Monica office. In addition to his extensive practice services, Dr. Butler also serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles, and holds appointments at St. John’s Health Center.
Dr. Butler graduated summa cum laude in Chemistry from California Lutheran College. He received his medical degree from New York Medical College and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. After graduating, Dr. Butler completed a surgical internship and then a residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center, serving as Chief Resident during his final year.
Dr. Butler began a private practice in Beverly Hills, specializing in head and neck and facial plastic surgery, before partnership in Southern California Head and Neck Medical Group. Throughout his many years of practice experience, Dr. Butler has been selected by peers and patients to “Best Doctors in America”, “Best Doctors in Los Angeles”, “Super Doctor” and “Talk of the Town” lists.
Dr. Butler’s dedication is evidenced by his active involvement in teaching and research. He is published in leading medical journals and presents at conferences across the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom. Dr. Butler has served as a principal investigator for clinical research studies in his field. His association with several professional organizations includes:
- American College of Surgeons
- American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- American Board of Otolaryngology
- Los Angeles Medical Association
- California Medical Association
- Bay Surgical Society
Previously, Dr. Butler has served as a consultant for several manufacturers of medical treatments and supplies, including California Medical Review Systems, Inc., Transamerica Occidental and Schering Plough Pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Butler is a member of Southern California Head & Neck Medical Group, Inc. For ENT and Head & Neck surgical issues, please visit
Our friendly, experienced office and surgery center staff are specially trained to help care for you and to assist with the important details involved in medical and surgical treatment.
Our receptionists will be happy to schedule your appointment, answer basic questions, or direct you to the appropriate department for more information. They will assist you with any needed paperwork, and if you are traveling from out of town or out of the country for your consultation, will be pleased to send you any registration forms in advance.
Our surgical coordinators have over 20 years of surgery scheduling experience combined. They will answer questions regarding scheduling, insurance eligibility and authorization. They will also help coordinate preoperative evaluations with your physicians office, and make arrangements for appropriate postoperative care.
We have two registered nurses, a licensed vocational nurse and three medical assistants on staff at all times. They are skilled in phlebotomy (blood drawing), obtaining basic medical history and physical assessment and maintain certifications in Cardiac Life Support. Assurance of our patient’s comfort and safety is their highest priority.
Our operating team of highly skilled registered nurses, anesthesia staff, and surgical technicians have been working with Dr. Butler for many years. They have all been working with Dr. Butler for many years. Their attention to safety, patient comfort, and their professionalism is a major reason patients consistently rank their surgical experience so highly.
Our account managers are experienced with financial issues pertaining to insurable as well as non-covered services. They will be happy to answer questions, contact your insurance company when benefits or prior authorizations are to be determined and provide information regarding surgical financing options. Dr. Butler does not contract directly with insurance companies, but patients regularly seek his services outside of their insurance network. We'll be pleased to submit any forms to patients insurance to assist them with reimbursement of any covered services.