F. Monte Purcelli, MD

★★★☆☆
  • 2001 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 465W

    Santa Monica, CA 90404

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  • 310-734-2634

About F. Monte Purcelli, MD

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  • Clinics
  • Ear, Nose & Throat Doctors
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M-W 9am-4:15pm, Th 9am-12pm, F 9am-4:15pm, Sa-Su Closed
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I had muffled ears with pain going on for a few days. After looking at my ears, nose and mouth for 15 seconds this very rude man told me i had nothing. Both my ears were congested, i could hear myself mostly from inside and couldn't hear well other sounds, basically half deaf, with pain ... but it was nothing. Then he refused to explain why those symptoms, and said i needed a hearing test, right there in his office witch i did (and paid for), even if i was really wondering why. The result was the most stupid thing i've ever seen/heard: i didn't hear well!!! no kidding!
The next thing was a pretentious pathetic limp hand hanging under my nose as a good bye. I did not shake that hand and insisted, what could i do to fix my problem ... he said nose surgery (to clear sinus) but refused to give me any kind of price range (hundreds ? thousands ? $ 30 000 ?). He was behaving very badly, so rude that the lady at the frontdesk clearly got upset by his insulting behavior and told him that SHE could help me to figure the cost out. She was very nice.

This man should have retired 30 years ago, DON"T GO unless you're making a documentary about the worst "Doctors" on earth.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had muffled ears with pain going on for a few days. After looking at my ears, nose and mouth for 15 seconds this very rude man told me i had nothing. Both my ears were congested, i could hear myself mostly from inside and couldn't hear well other sounds, basically half deaf, with pain ... but it was nothing. Then he refused to explain why those symptoms, and said i needed a hearing test, right there in his office witch i did (and paid for), even if i was really wondering why. The result was the most stupid thing i've ever seen/heard: i didn't hear well!!! no kidding!
The next thing was a pretentious pathetic limp hand hanging under my nose as a good bye. I did not shake that hand and insisted, what could i do to fix my problem ... he said nose surgery (to clear sinus) but refused to give me any kind of price range (hundreds ? thousands ? $ 30 000 ?). He was behaving very badly, so rude that the lady at the frontdesk clearly got upset by his insulting behavior and told him that SHE could help me to figure the cost out. She was very nice.

This man should have retired 30 years ago, DON"T GO unless you're making a documentary about the worst "Doctors" on earth.

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I came in for a blocked ear (I think its ear wax) and to begin with he was looking in my ear cannel (9/14/2011) with a broken / cracked in half magnify loop. He never even used the common otoscope to look in my ear canal! He told me I had

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I came in for a blocked ear (I think its ear wax) and to begin with he was looking in my ear cannel (9/14/2011) with a broken / cracked in half magnify loop. He never even used the common otoscope to look in my ear canal! He told me I had

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I don't understand these people who give Dr. Purcelli such horrible roviews. i can only assume that they are never satisfied.\r
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I've been seeing Dr. Purcelli since I was 25. He's never talked down to me nor been condescending. He's

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I don't understand these people who give Dr. Purcelli such horrible roviews. i can only assume that they are never satisfied.\r
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I've been seeing Dr. Purcelli since I was 25. He's never talked down to me nor been condescending. He's

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I read all these reviews and yes he is not the warmest fuzziest doctor I have ever seen but he is thorough and he knows his stuff. He is not much on chit chat; he is all business. He is efficient and despite the gruff exterior, he is a

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★★★★★

I read all these reviews and yes he is not the warmest fuzziest doctor I have ever seen but he is thorough and he knows his stuff. He is not much on chit chat; he is all business. He is efficient and despite the gruff exterior, he is a

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I have to agree with a previous reviewer; Dr. Purcelli has a tendency to patronize and "talk down to" his patients, unfortunately. He might be a good doctor, regardless of his age, but I have a professional degree as well and don't

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★★★★★

I have to agree with a previous reviewer; Dr. Purcelli has a tendency to patronize and "talk down to" his patients, unfortunately. He might be a good doctor, regardless of his age, but I have a professional degree as well and don't

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I have never been treated so rudely by a Dr. in my 35 years. I was in a lot of pain due to the pressure from a huge buildup of wax, and when I winced as he was sticking pointy tools in my ear and removing wax, he admonished me for making the experience worse by being tense. Clearly, the 2938292 years he has been practicing have jaded him to the fact that his patients do not ultimately control the fact that they are in pain. He went on to tell me that he had never seen someone getting their ears cleaned be so sensitive, and that he couldn't believe I was in pain.

When he got the the really bad ear and informed me he was going to have to irrigate it, he cocked his head and said, "Do you think you're going to be able to handle that?" I absolutely should have walked out in the first two minutes of the appointment, because it was clear immediately that he was either in a horrible mood, a horrible Dr., or both.

I have no problem with having to endure some discomfort to get a physical issue solved, and I was in no way trying to communicate that I thought it was HIM that was causing the pain, but any Dr., worth her/his salt should realize that people typically go to the Dr. when there is a problem, and should have a shred of empathy when a patient is in pain. Not anger, frustration, and reacting abrasively and with malice.

Do not go to this guy.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have never been treated so rudely by a Dr. in my 35 years. I was in a lot of pain due to the pressure from a huge buildup of wax, and when I winced as he was sticking pointy tools in my ear and removing wax, he admonished me for making the experience worse by being tense. Clearly, the 2938292 years he has been practicing have jaded him to the fact that his patients do not ultimately control the fact that they are in pain. He went on to tell me that he had never seen someone getting their ears cleaned be so sensitive, and that he couldn't believe I was in pain.

When he got the the really bad ear and informed me he was going to have to irrigate it, he cocked his head and said, "Do you think you're going to be able to handle that?" I absolutely should have walked out in the first two minutes of the appointment, because it was clear immediately that he was either in a horrible mood, a horrible Dr., or both.

I have no problem with having to endure some discomfort to get a physical issue solved, and I was in no way trying to communicate that I thought it was HIM that was causing the pain, but any Dr., worth her/his salt should realize that people typically go to the Dr. when there is a problem, and should have a shred of empathy when a patient is in pain. Not anger, frustration, and reacting abrasively and with malice.

Do not go to this guy.

Pros: I don't have to go back

Cons: Rude, condescending, abrasive, belittling, and rough

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This doctor is a last resort for patients looking for a second, third opinion. I always recommend him for ENT matters. What I love the most, is that he always makes sure the patient does not pay for services he or she does not need. e.g. Xrays, MRI etc... extremely conservative, first he will treat the patient with medicines, but does not resort to surgery, unless it is REALLY necessary.

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★★★★★

This doctor is a last resort for patients looking for a second, third opinion. I always recommend him for ENT matters. What I love the most, is that he always makes sure the patient does not pay for services he or she does not need. e.g. Xrays, MRI etc... extremely conservative, first he will treat the patient with medicines, but does not resort to surgery, unless it is REALLY necessary.

Pros: Experience, knowledge, conservative

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I went to doctor Purcelli before reading the reviews, and I'm appalled to read all the negative comments. The person that just saw me cannot be the same described in other reviews. From his assistant to himself, I felt welcome. He asked me for my symptoms, checked my throat, nose, ears and lungs and gave me a prescription with a great smile. He went thru every detail in the prescription, and gave me another sheet of products I will be needing, together with instructions. He sat with me for a few minutes, gave me samples for antihistaminic and discount coupons, he even made small talk about my little girl, all that in only 10 minutes. I'll definitely come back -although I hope I won't need it!- and absolutely recommend him.

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★★★★★

I went to doctor Purcelli before reading the reviews, and I'm appalled to read all the negative comments. The person that just saw me cannot be the same described in other reviews. From his assistant to himself, I felt welcome. He asked me for my symptoms, checked my throat, nose, ears and lungs and gave me a prescription with a great smile. He went thru every detail in the prescription, and gave me another sheet of products I will be needing, together with instructions. He sat with me for a few minutes, gave me samples for antihistaminic and discount coupons, he even made small talk about my little girl, all that in only 10 minutes. I'll definitely come back -although I hope I won't need it!- and absolutely recommend him.

Pros: Knows what he's doing, experienced, fast check up

Cons: Parking is confusing

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when i needed a refill of the nasal spray and left a message on his office machine at 4:00PM on a weekday that I considered my not breathing an emergency, he called back to tell me MY BREATHING WAS NOT HIS EMERGENCY and it could wait until he next went in to his office.
he is rude, cold and obnoxious.
i told him his standard of care didn't fit my own and I hope they don't fit yours either.

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★☆☆☆☆

when i needed a refill of the nasal spray and left a message on his office machine at 4:00PM on a weekday that I considered my not breathing an emergency, he called back to tell me MY BREATHING WAS NOT HIS EMERGENCY and it could wait until he next went in to his office.
he is rude, cold and obnoxious.
i told him his standard of care didn't fit my own and I hope they don't fit yours either.

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He didn't care to know the reason why I wanted to see him. He stuck a scope up my nose and wrote me a prescription. When I began to ask questions regarding my visit, such as: My voice gets hoarse easily and I haven't been able to speak clearly for 9 days and I have chronic sinus problems is there anything I can do to change my behavioral patterns or environment to reduce these negative effects? He responded by saying, "That's what the prescription is for, and didn't you come to me because of my experience? I don't have magic hands to take this away, I am not God. That's why I have written you a prescription." His voice and demeanor was so rude I began to tear up. To this he says, "Crying and getting upset is only going to make you sicker, I suggest you stop." Needless to say, he's horrific!

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★☆☆☆☆

He didn't care to know the reason why I wanted to see him. He stuck a scope up my nose and wrote me a prescription. When I began to ask questions regarding my visit, such as: My voice gets hoarse easily and I haven't been able to speak clearly for 9 days and I have chronic sinus problems is there anything I can do to change my behavioral patterns or environment to reduce these negative effects? He responded by saying, "That's what the prescription is for, and didn't you come to me because of my experience? I don't have magic hands to take this away, I am not God. That's why I have written you a prescription." His voice and demeanor was so rude I began to tear up. To this he says, "Crying and getting upset is only going to make you sicker, I suggest you stop." Needless to say, he's horrific!

Pros: If he was doing any other job he be fired

Cons: He's grumpy, mean and rude

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I read these reviews before visiting Dr Purcelli and I decided to go anyway, plus I had no choice...HMO. ALL THE COMMENTS ABOVE ARE TRUE. The first visit was decent. Waiting a bit long but he probed my nose, and referred me to a CT scan for deviated septum and talked about surgery to straighten it, which is what I wanted. When i asked him to explain more he said we will talk about it next visit (cha ching for him). Next visit comes around, he doesnt seem to remember why I was there, wanted to give me naisel sprays when at the previous appt he talked about surgery. Made me confused, so when I asked him to explain more he got upset and became an a-hole about the whole thing. Then he wanted to probe my nose more because what the CT scan showed didnt match his first probe....forget it. Bottom line, if someone cant make me feel comfortable why let them do surgery on me. DONT GO TO THIS GUY.

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★☆☆☆☆

I read these reviews before visiting Dr Purcelli and I decided to go anyway, plus I had no choice...HMO. ALL THE COMMENTS ABOVE ARE TRUE. The first visit was decent. Waiting a bit long but he probed my nose, and referred me to a CT scan for deviated septum and talked about surgery to straighten it, which is what I wanted. When i asked him to explain more he said we will talk about it next visit (cha ching for him). Next visit comes around, he doesnt seem to remember why I was there, wanted to give me naisel sprays when at the previous appt he talked about surgery. Made me confused, so when I asked him to explain more he got upset and became an a-hole about the whole thing. Then he wanted to probe my nose more because what the CT scan showed didnt match his first probe....forget it. Bottom line, if someone cant make me feel comfortable why let them do surgery on me. DONT GO TO THIS GUY.

Pros: nice secratery

Cons: old equipment, long wait time, not very personable, rude,

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We were referred to Dr. Purcelli by our insurance company when we requested a second opinion on behalf of our two year old daughter who has a lot of wax in her ears.

The prior otolarynologist (a doctor I won't name, but who has a Beverly Hills address and an office dedicated to cosmetic procedures - aka nose jobs) culminated my bad impressions of him by suggesting I put my two-year old under general anesthesia so he could clean out her ears, because there really was no other remedy. This first doctor scarcely looked at my child, hardly touched her and wrote off her case, in my opinion, because she wasn't going to bring in any money for him.

Dr. Purcelli, on the other hand, exhibited tremendous care and concern for not just my daughter, but also me and my husband. When we first met him, he immediately patted my daughter on the back and reassured her about everything that was going on, explaining how he was going to look in her ears, and detailing his every movement. Not only that, he helped me by explaining how I should hold her, where to put my hands and arms in order to assist him, so she wouldn't suddenly twist her head. All the while, murmuring reassurances to her (and me!). After a quick look at her ears and a review of what the other Beverly Hills doctor had told us, (including squirting water and hydrogen peroxide in her ears in an effort to loosen the wax), Dr. Purcelli told us that there was a prescription DROP we could put in our little ones ears that would dissolve the wax and that there was absolutely no medical reason to put her under anesthesia and do surgery.

Dr. Purcelli is the REAL DEAL. A physician who is committed to the best plan of treatment for each individual patient and took the time to hear us out and create a solution that would work for our family. He and his staff (who were armed with stickers for our little one after she had her exam) are NUMBER ONE in our book!!!!

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★★★★☆

We were referred to Dr. Purcelli by our insurance company when we requested a second opinion on behalf of our two year old daughter who has a lot of wax in her ears.

The prior otolarynologist (a doctor I won't name, but who has a Beverly Hills address and an office dedicated to cosmetic procedures - aka nose jobs) culminated my bad impressions of him by suggesting I put my two-year old under general anesthesia so he could clean out her ears, because there really was no other remedy. This first doctor scarcely looked at my child, hardly touched her and wrote off her case, in my opinion, because she wasn't going to bring in any money for him.

Dr. Purcelli, on the other hand, exhibited tremendous care and concern for not just my daughter, but also me and my husband. When we first met him, he immediately patted my daughter on the back and reassured her about everything that was going on, explaining how he was going to look in her ears, and detailing his every movement. Not only that, he helped me by explaining how I should hold her, where to put my hands and arms in order to assist him, so she wouldn't suddenly twist her head. All the while, murmuring reassurances to her (and me!). After a quick look at her ears and a review of what the other Beverly Hills doctor had told us, (including squirting water and hydrogen peroxide in her ears in an effort to loosen the wax), Dr. Purcelli told us that there was a prescription DROP we could put in our little ones ears that would dissolve the wax and that there was absolutely no medical reason to put her under anesthesia and do surgery.

Dr. Purcelli is the REAL DEAL. A physician who is committed to the best plan of treatment for each individual patient and took the time to hear us out and create a solution that would work for our family. He and his staff (who were armed with stickers for our little one after she had her exam) are NUMBER ONE in our book!!!!

Pros: Great bedside manner, Highly knowledgeable

Cons: Parking is expensive...

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I can not express enough - Do NOT use this Doctor. I was mugged downtown coming out of Staples Center, and had a broken nose. I went to see this Doctor and he was horrible. First of all, he has a really bad attitude. He was an hour behind schedule, and rushed me through the appointment without even looking at my nose. He would not give me anything for the pain or sleeping problems - my nose was broken! He told me to take some Excedrin, and Benedryll to sleep. He sent me for the wrong scans, which I had to pay for. He misdiagnosed my nose as having cartilage damage when it was in fact fractured. Had he properly treated me, I very well could have avoided a upcoming surgery that will cost over $10,000. Had he properly set and packed my nose, all could have been avoided. My treatment was so bad, I left his office and went later that afternoon to see my general practitioner who sent me to a proper doctor. Unfortunately, by the time the correct scans were taken, and I saw the proper Doctor, my nose had healed broken, and now I can't breath. When I refused to pay his $200 bill, he wrote my doctor to complain, and threatened me with collections. Do NOT use this Doctor. See Doctor Robert Ruder. Much Much better!

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I can not express enough - Do NOT use this Doctor. I was mugged downtown coming out of Staples Center, and had a broken nose. I went to see this Doctor and he was horrible. First of all, he has a really bad attitude. He was an hour behind schedule, and rushed me through the appointment without even looking at my nose. He would not give me anything for the pain or sleeping problems - my nose was broken! He told me to take some Excedrin, and Benedryll to sleep. He sent me for the wrong scans, which I had to pay for. He misdiagnosed my nose as having cartilage damage when it was in fact fractured. Had he properly treated me, I very well could have avoided a upcoming surgery that will cost over $10,000. Had he properly set and packed my nose, all could have been avoided. My treatment was so bad, I left his office and went later that afternoon to see my general practitioner who sent me to a proper doctor. Unfortunately, by the time the correct scans were taken, and I saw the proper Doctor, my nose had healed broken, and now I can't breath. When I refused to pay his $200 bill, he wrote my doctor to complain, and threatened me with collections. Do NOT use this Doctor. See Doctor Robert Ruder. Much Much better!

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He is very rude and does not listen to you. There were people coming in for appointments every ten minutes. He juggles between 3 different rooms and makes an attempt to listen to you for a minute then he's off to the next room while you wait for 10 minutes. He mis-diagnosed me and and gave me medicine that did me no good. I ended up seeing another ENT doctor who diagnosed me correctly and gave me medicine that made me bounce back the next day. I Highly recommend seeing any other doctor than F M Purcelli, he is a waste of time and should not be a doctor!

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★☆☆☆☆

He is very rude and does not listen to you. There were people coming in for appointments every ten minutes. He juggles between 3 different rooms and makes an attempt to listen to you for a minute then he's off to the next room while you wait for 10 minutes. He mis-diagnosed me and and gave me medicine that did me no good. I ended up seeing another ENT doctor who diagnosed me correctly and gave me medicine that made me bounce back the next day. I Highly recommend seeing any other doctor than F M Purcelli, he is a waste of time and should not be a doctor!

Pros: None

Cons: horrible experience, waste of time

Message from F. Monte Purcelli, MD

Dr. F. Monte Purcelli is an ear, nose, and throat doctor treating patients in Santa Monica, California, and the surrounding communities. He treats patients of all ages and holds certification from the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is also a member of professional organizations including the Los Angeles Society of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, and the Research Study Club of Los Angeles.



Originally from Los Angeles, Dr. Purcelli attended the University of California at Los Angeles for his undergraduate degree. He pursued his medical degree at the university’s School of Medicine, followed by a surgical internship program and residency training in general surgery.



Patients visiting Dr. Purcelli can receive a full range of ear, nose, and throat care. He provides general consultations, cancer screenings, hearing tests, and treatment for issues including sinus problems, swelling in the neck, snoring, dizziness, and ear infection. When he is not treating patients, Dr. Purcelli enjoys tennis, woodworking, and tiling.

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