Dr. Kessler's philosophy is simple: Personalized patient care results in better treatment and outcomes. Together with his patients, Dr. Kessler endeavors to build cooperative relationships that foster a supportive and therapeutic environment. We do not take for granted the trust of our patients and we endeavor to earn that trust each day through our dedication and quality of care.

Dr. L Joel Kessler is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist and Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr Kessler's Santa Monica practice specializes in, but is not limited to, high risk pregnancies as well as peri and post menopause. For over 30 years, Dr. Kessler has built a practice that combines outstanding patient care and individualized treatment.

Dr. Kessler's many awards and appointments at St. John's Health Center attest to his prodigious experience and expertise. In his many years in private practice, Dr. Kessler has consistently demonstrated his dedication to his patients and to his profession.

Medical School
  • University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver, CO
  • University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver, CO
  • English
  • Spanish


L. Joel Kessler, M.D.
2021 Santa Monica Boulevard
Suite 240E
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 453-0577
(310) 453-2832


  • Gynecology (Board Certified)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
Clinical Interests
  • Contraceptive Options
  • Menopause
  • Perimenopause
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • High Risk Pregnancy
  • Multiple Gestation (Births)
  • Gardisil HPV Vaccine
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery