Dr. Michelle Putnam graduated from UCLA in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, at which time she first began her studies in immunology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. She completed a Masters Degree in 1993 at Boston University, and she then continued her research in the role of B-cell immunology in autoimmunity and diabetes at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. In 1998, Dr. Putnam received her medical degree, with honors, and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society at Albany Medical College in New York. She did an internship in General Surgery and then Residency in Otolaryngology, both at Albany Medical College. She was awarded and completed a Fellowship with the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Allergy.

Throughout her residency, Dr. Putnam stayed actively involved in basic science research projects and achieved numerous publications, awards and grants. She served as a representative and administrative board member to both the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Medical Colleges. Dr. Putnam continues to lecture at prestigious Universities and conferences nationwide. In 2017, Dr. Putnam was recognized by her peers as one of Castle Connolly’s 'Top Doctors' in her field.

In August 2003, she moved back to the Los Angeles area, and was one of the founding doctors of Westside Head & Neck. Dr. Putnam practices general otolaryngology, with special interests in allergy and sinus surgery, pediatric otolaryngology, head and neck oncology, otology and facial plastic surgery. She is also the Chief of Otolaryngology at St John’s Medial Center.

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Westside Head & Neck
3831 Hughes Avenue
Suite 504
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 204-4111
(310) 204-4474
Westside Head & Neck
1301 20th Street
Suite 510
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 204-4111
(310) 204-4474


  • Otolaryngology (ENT) (Board Certified)
Clinical Interests
  • Allergy
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Pediatric (ENT) Otolaryngology
  • Thyroid Disorders
  • Otology (Study Of Anatomy Of The Ear)
  • Cosmetic Plastic Surgery
  • Head & Neck Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Head & Neck Cancer
  • Hearing Loss
  • Ear Disorders
  • Parathyroid Surgery


Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna HMO Plan
  • Aetna Medicare Adv PPO
  • Aetna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Anthem Blue Cross Calif. Care HMO
  • Anthem Blue Cross PPO/POS/EPO
  • Anthem Blue Cross Senior Plan HMO
  • Blue Shield 65 Plus Senior Plan HMO
  • Blue Shield Access + HMO Plan
  • Blue Shield HMO Plan
  • Blue Shield PPO/POS/EPO
  • Cigna HMO Plan
  • Cigna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Covered CA Blue Shield PPO/EPO
  • Covered CA Health Net HMO
  • Covered CA Health Net PPO
  • GWH-CIGNA (Great West) HMO
  • GWH-CIGNA (Great West) PPO, POS
  • Health Net HMO
  • Health Net PPO/EPO/POS
  • Health Net Seniority Plus HMO
  • Humana ChoiceCare PPO
  • Humana HMO
  • ILWU Blue Shield PPO
  • Medi-Cal Health Net HMO
  • Medi-Cal L.A. Care HMO
  • Medicare
  • Medi-Medi (Medicare-Medi-Cal)
  • Private Healthcare System PPO/POS
  • Secure Horizons Senior/UHC HMO
  • Tricare PPO
  • TriWest PPO
  • United Healthcare HMO Plan
  • United Healthcare PPO/POS/EPO
Insurance Medical Groups
  • Access Medical Group IPA
  • Caremore Medical Group
  • Global Care Medical Group IPA
  • Health Care LA IPA
  • Prospect Medical Group
  • Regal Medical Group