David Scott Mahler, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
Hello, and welcome to my Web page. I am a general surgeon. I did my undergraduate training at UCLA and graduated summa cum laude with a special certificate of college honors and a double major in biology and chemistry. I then went on to earn my medical doctor's degree at UCLA School of Medicine, graduating at the very top of my class with an honor known as Alpha Omega Alpha, which I earned during my third year (an honor bestowed on only 4 people in a graduating class of almost 400). I completed my training in general surgery at Stanford University, where I also served as chief resident for one year.
I was born in Brooklyn, New York, but my family moved to California when I was only 1 year of age (and I am glad we did!). I have been with my wife for more than 25 years and we have three beautiful children. I chose to enter medicine because of my keen interest in anatomy and physiology (the working of the biologic system). I am the second physician in my family, preceded by my father, an anesthesiologist. I enjoy reading fiction, am a true movie buff (nearly went to film school), and enjoy interior decorating and traveling.
About my practice
I practice the full range of general surgery, including care of the biliary system, breast surgery, cancer surgery, colon surgery, trauma care, hernia surgery, endocrine surgery, and advanced laparoscopic surgery (also know as minimally invasive surgery). I work very closely in a collegial, tight-knit group of eight general surgeons. We have a unique practice in which we see one another's patients whenever necessary and are always available to assist one another with challenging cases no matter what day of the week or hour of the day. One would be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated group of surgeons.
How I thrive
To me, thriving entails maintaining deep spirituality to guide my life. I enjoy quiet moments of contemplation and am always very thankful for the gifts bestowed on me. I use this underlying motivation to guide my medical practice and my approach to life in general.