Luke R. Putnam, MD

General Surgery, Minimally Invasive General Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Foregut Surgery
Accepting New Patients


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1450 San Pablo St. HC4 - Suite 6200 , Los Angeles, CA 90033

Monday - Friday

7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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350 Old Newport Blvd. , Newport Beach, CA 92663

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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About Luke R. Putnam, MD

Dr. Putnam is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He has a particular focus on minimally invasive techniques because they offer shorter stays in the hospital and more comfortable recoveries.

After founding and running a nonprofit organization in Latin America, Dr. Putnam obtained his MD from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico, where he graduated as valedictorian. He went on to complete his surgical training at the University of California, Irvine, where he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society for exemplary and compassionate care. He then came to the Keck School of Medicine of USC for specialty training in Advanced Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery and is now full-time faculty.

Along the way, Dr. Putnam obtained a Masters in Clinical Research through the Center for Surgical Trials and Evidence-Based Practice at the University of Texas / MD Anderson Cancer Center. His current research interests are on optimizing surgical techniques and postoperative care to improve patient outcomes.

Dr. Putnam speaks English and Spanish.


  • General Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive General Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Foregut Surgery
Areas of Focus

Laparoscopic and Robotic Hernia Repair

Laparoscopic, Endoscopic, and Robotic Reflux Surgery

Foregut Surgery

Hiatal Hernia Repair

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Academic Title
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery

Insurances Accepted

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  • Aetna
  • Watchtower
  • Medicare
  • Health Net
  • Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
  • Health Net Covered California
  • Anthem Blue Cross Covered California
  • TriWest Healthcare Alliance (UHC)
  • Beech Street Corporation /WC
  • Interplan
  • ChoiceCare Network
  • Anthem Blue Cross Prudent Buyer
  • Blue Shield Covered California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Health Plans of Nevada
  • Kern Health Systems
  • Laundry and Dry Cleaning Workers Health & Welfare
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Marian Health Services
  • MultiPlan
  • First Health
  • NEXT
  • Pacificare
  • GEHA
  • Private Health Care Systems
  • Great-West Healthcare of California, Inc.
  • Take Care (GUAM)
  • Brand New Day
  • Union Roofers Health & Welfare Fund
  • United Healthcare
  • USC Network

Ratings and Reviews

  • Provider Explanations Easy to Understand
  • Provider Gave Easy to Understand Instructions
  • Provider Showed Respect
  • Provider Listened Carefully
  • Provider Knew Medical History
  • Provider Spent Enough Time

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