Learn more below about what our patients have to say about our services at the West Coast Associates for Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery!





mahtabifard thank you card.001mahtabifard thank you card.001



Dr. Mahtabifard

I had to have surgery for a lymph nodes related case. Dr Ali Mahtabifard specializes in this sort of cases. And I couldn’t have been so lucky and grateful to have such an AMAZING and CARING doctor to discover my case and operate on it right away before it got worse. He’s DEFINITELY a SPECIALIST. In every sense. And a wonderful human being. Great staff as well. Thank you. Cheers.

Sammi R.

So I have hyperhidrosis, meaning I suffer from reeaallllyy sweaty hands. Having sweaty palms has always been a really embarrassing thing for me to deal with. It was hard to shake hands when I met someone new because I didn’t want to gross them out.  I finally decided it was time to find a treatment. I looked up some options online about what I could do about it, tried some deodorants (none worked).  I did read about Botox but it is so expensive and it sounds super painful, and you have to keep going back in for more treatments!  Finally I came across a surgery called a thoracic sympathectomy, which is covered by insurance and a permanent solution!  I called and made a consult with Dr. M.

Dr. M is a really nice guy, spent a good amount of time discussing my options with me.  He is also extremely credentialed (Harvard!!!) which made me feel at ease.  In the end, I decided to do the surgery.

Literally the moment I woke up after surgery my hands were dry.  It was amazing!  I did not think it was even possible to work so quickly.  It has now been a few months since surgery, and my hands are still bone dry.  I love not being anxious about shaking someones hands.  If you are going through something similar to me I highly suggest seeing a doctor, I wish I had done this surgery years ago!

Lisa M.

About 2 years ago, I learned that I had esophageal cancer. A friend of mine referred me to Dr. Fuller in Beverly Hills. I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Fuller and upon meeting with him, he immediately approached me with honesty, compassion, and positivity. I brought my husband with me, which Dr. Fuller completely supported and knew how important it would be for me to have him with me throughout the whole process. It really put me at ease being that it was a very difficult situation for both of us. Dr. Fuller explained the whole process to us- the details of my diagnosis, what my options were for treatment, and what outcomes we could expect. He addressed many questions I had before I even asked him and he made sure to give us enough time to fully digest everything that was happening. What I really appreciated was how positive and encouraging he was throughout the whole process, which is so important through any difficult situation.

I made the choice to take advantage of surgery and we scheduled it right away. During my procedure, I received excellent care. I was feeling quite anxious about the surgery but Dr. Fuller and his staff made sure to check on me a number of times to monitor how my progress was going and to offer me comfort. Everyone at the practice was extremely skilled at their jobs and I never felt worried about my well-being. Any time I had any questions, Dr. Fuller was there offering me support and answering me thoroughly. He made decisions based on my responses during each stage of my recovery. My family was blown away by the care and respect they provided us. No one wants to hear they have Cancer but after going through my experience with thoracic surgeon Dr. Fuller, I feel blessed that everything turned out great and I couldn’t be happier with the results!

Virginia C.

I’ve dealt with acid reflux for a long time now and it was always a serious problem, but I learned to just deal with it. It wasn’t until I saw my doctor when he suggested that I see Dr. Fuller about a procedure called TIF or transoral incisionless fundoplication (I hope I spelled that right). Unlike traditional surgery to treat acid reflux, Dr. Fuller’s technique doesn’t require any incisions, which was a huge relief. I’m not a big fan of getting cut up (who knew!).

It’s a bit weird explaining it, but Dr. Fuller basically stuck a camera down my mouth and into my stomach. Then he essentially moved the part of my stomach that prevents the acid from coming up, down. In all, I was there for around an hour and even got to go home the same day. Amazingly, I no longer suffer from acid reflux. It’s a HUGE relief and I’m so thankful to Dr. Fuller and everyone else he works with.

His staff made it really easy to book appointments and also deal with the dreaded insurance. In the past, I’ve dealt with other doctor offices and it was always a pain to figure out what I would owe and how best to have my insurance involved. That was not the case with Dr. Fuller’s team. They were understanding and really went the extra mile, following up with me whenever something unexpected came up. I’m not a millionaire, so I really appreciated the fact that they were taking me into account every step of the way.

My life is so much better now that I’ve had this procedure. I don’t know how I waited this long to have it done. If you’re looking for an expert thoracic surgeon to help you with acid reflux, go see Dr. Fuller today. I completely recommend him and am so much better because of the TIF procedure I underwent.

Arsen S.

In October of 2008, I was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. I had a tumor in each of my lungs. Fortunately, I was introduced to Dr. Mahtabifard. He was optimistic that he could perform successful surgeries. He took the time to draw a diagram and explain how he was going to remove each tumor. In mid November he removed the first tumor and the following month, mid December, he removed the second tumor.
Dr. Mahtabifard saved my life!

He is a very caring, and personable doctor. Dr. Mahtabifard has continued to follow up on my overall health for the last 4 1/2 years since my last surgery. He really cares.

My surgeries were a success and I continue to live a full life with my wife, kids and grandchildren thanks to Dr. Mahtabifard.

I am forever grateful.

Earl B.

I was hesitant to write a review on this website at first, because its really not in my nature to write a review. However I felt compelled to write firstly, because I use this website as one of the many resources to help find Dr’s and secondly, I was thoroughly impressed by Dr. Ali. I have been to many specialists throughout the years and I mean MANY!! I can’t help but remember how helpless I felt walking in through the office doors and walking out with a sigh of relief. Finally a doctor who knows what he specializes in and reassured confidence in me. I’m just impressed by how patient and understanding he was, he helped put into perspective what it was I needed done. It’s just not easy trusting your life with a stranger specially if that person will eventually operate on you. I have held off on my surgery for about four months now. I’m confident to say I can have Dr. Mahtabifard as the surgeon who will conduct my procedure. Highly recommended physician!


This doctor is just amazing. He takes his time and makes sure you understand his plan of action in detail. Great personality. I would refer everyone I know to this wonderful doctor.


He is a wonderful surgeon and a wonderful man. He’s my hero. I live out of town and he always makes time to see me. I was told I was inoperable until I met him. He saved my life.


After going to several Physicians, he was the only one that was able to understand the real issues I had and I’m grateful to him for my life.


It is Sunday PM. I just returned from a 2-mile walk with my son. I know big deal. But the big deal is Clark Fuller removed the middle lob of my right lung at 7:30 AM on Friday. The Torrance Memorial nurse say this a very painful surgery. Not the way Clark Fuller does it

John Kinnel

Dr. Fuller aside from being a wonderful person, he was in my case a lifesaver. He diagnosed my lung cancer, did corrective surgery and saved my life. He is the greatest!!!

Donald K.

He does know his specialty & can explain very well.


Very personable & attentive listener. He does know his expertise & Very clear with his areas of knowledge.


Had my surgery on 01/22/2009. He did an awesome job, would not have gone with anyone else! I would recommend him to anyone (including my mother or my son) without hesitation! Very talented doctor, but office staff stinks! Oh well, who cares about the staff if you need talent!


His unique experience let me eat again. I was losing about half a pound a day due to achalasia. He performed a VATS heller myotomy in 2004 and I’ve eaten almost normally every since. Many others have more problems with other doctors and a lap procedure rather than the VATS method.


I had 2 prior lung surgeries with a local surgeon. Then my lung collapsed a year later and was stuck with glue to the chest wall. I was referred to Dr. Clark B. Fuller by Dr. Edward Nichols. Dr. Fuller assured me that he would help me, and put me at ease. I will be forever grateful to this skilled surgeon. He was also so kind. Blessings to him and the team at Cedar-Sinai. I’m so glad that he was my surgeon. I could never thank him enough.

Alice Fern Witt

Contact a Los Angeles Thoracic Surgeon

The West Coast Associates for Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery is a Los Angeles-based center dedicated to the comprehensive treatment of conditions within the chest cavity. Our world renowned thoracic surgeons, Ali Mahtabifard, MD and Clark Fuller, MD, have trained at the country’s most prestigious medical institutions, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Having combined over 25 years of practice experience in minimally invasive thoracic surgery, our surgeons are able to offer patients the most advanced medical knowledge and surgical techniques available with exceptional results.

To learn more about our treatment approach to a specific thoracic condition, or to schedule your initial consultation with a Los Angeles thoracic surgeon, please call 310.854.0909.

Next, read our new patient forms.