Cesar Espiritu MD | Family Medicine Physician | Whittier, CA | PIH Health
Cesar L. Espiritu

Cesar L. Espiritu MD


Family Medicine
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Dr. Espiritu knew he wanted to be a primary care physician from a young age. Frequently ill as a child growing up in the Philippines, he found visits with the family doctor to be comforting. Volunteering in hospitals solidified the decision to pursue medicine for Dr. Espiritu who says, “I enjoy the diversity and unpredictability of primary care. I also enjoy interacting with the variety of people I meet from the happy or crying infant to the elderly and everybody else in between.”  When not treating patients, he enjoys landscape photography, often hiking to canyons and rivers “just to get a good shot.”

Office Information

Hospital/Group Affiliation

PIH Health Whittier Hospital

PIH Health Physicians





Family Medicine


  • Tagalog
  • Pilipino



Research Medical Center Swedish Hospital Medical Center (Washington)


Keck-USC School of Medicine

Medical Education

Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of Medicine (Canada)

Board Certifications

Family Medicine (General Cert)


Accepted Insurance Plans and Physician ID Numbers

  • Aetna - 9166926

  • Anthem Blue Cross (paper/online enrollment) - 0AF258

  • Anthem Blue Cross (Phone Enrollment) - 0001258

  • Blue Shield - 0A1230430

  • Blue Shield 65+ - 8l0326

  • Blue Shield IPA # - IPA0686GH

  • Health Net - 3368-191634

  • Health Net Senior - 5162-191634

  • Humana - 227493

  • United Healthcare - 0232470091

Accepted insurance plans are subject to change without notice. Please contact your insurance provider and the doctor's office to verify your coverage.

Patient Reviews

November 18, 2021
Waited 55 minutes, never saw dr.
November 17, 2021
I like my provider because he, I understand him and he was well. Thank you for everything.
November 16, 2021
I always enjoy seeing my doctor, very friend and informative, puts me at ease with any issues I may have.
November 10, 2021
everything is fine
November 08, 2021
November 05, 2021
Great physician. Takes his time and explains things
November 05, 2021
Dr. Espiritu and his staff are both kind and highly competent. This was our first visit and we were warmly welcomed.. Dr. Espiritu carefully explained his course of treatment and the entire experience was wonderful.
November 02, 2021
I am extremely satisfied with Dr. Espiritu since he became my PCP.
October 28, 2021
This was a positive experience because the receptionist, nurse and doctor began our appointment with a "Hello", not "You have a balance due!" Most importantly, they pronounced our last name CORRECTLY.
October 25, 2021
He always listens to me carefully, I really appreciate that.
October 22, 2021
the D.R was a very nice with me
October 21, 2021
I like Dr. Espiritu a lot. His office is very difficult to get an appointment with my appointment was made 6 months in advance. That's why I kept it when I did. That's all I have to say. Goodbye.
October 13, 2021
Was very satisfiing!
October 13, 2021
It would be a lot better if you can get appointments easier. The appointments are extremely hard to get with the doctor. Whenever I call, it takes an hour and a half, sometimes 2 hours waiting on the phone, before anyone gets to you and helps you, which is very disturbing. PIH has changed quite a bit. I don't like that I can't call directly to Dr. Espiritu's office to the reception desk lady, nurses in the front. Anyway, that's it. Thank
October 12, 2021
Doctor Espiritu is very engaged with his patients and demonstrates great care and compassion.
October 07, 2021
I had to wait 1-1/2 hours to see the doctor. That is much too long.
October 04, 2021
Thank you for getting me in unannounced visit. I really felt so much better.
September 30, 2021
Very nice friendly doctor and staff
September 28, 2021
Is there an unwritten rule that no matter how early I make my appointment that I still wait an hour in the room? That goes for most PIH doctors! That was not the case when I was in Redondo Beach and Pasadena medical groups. Schedule appointments farther apart. Respect your patient's time!!!
September 28, 2021
I love Dr Espiritu,he makes the visit a pleasant experience. He and his assistant are great people!
September 23, 2021
Great Dr. Staff is also very nice
September 22, 2021
Dr. Espiritu really cares for what I have to say. He was detailed and discussed my medical conditions, in detail. I have been looking for a caring primary doctor I can trust. I have found him in Dr. Espiritu.
September 22, 2021
We love Dr. Espiritu, always caring and professional. Blessed to have him as our Doctor.
September 16, 2021
No complaints at all.
September 13, 2021
Wait time for appointments was 6 weeks out, and I waited 1hr 10 min after my appointment time before the Dr came in. I was scheduled as one of the first appointments right after lunch at 12:40
September 08, 2021
Doctors overbooked, one hour wait time, takes six weeks to make appointments
September 02, 2021
It's difficult to plan your day when you have an appointment at 11:00 a.m. but you're not seen by the doctor until 11:45. Dr. Espiritu is worth the wait, though. He is genuinely kind and knowledgeable.
August 23, 2021
Dr. was very patient and grasped the spectrum of issues I had experienced and what my current situation is. I appreciated his calm and reassuring demeanor.
August 16, 2021
Yes, I was very disappointed that my provider did not have the flu shot yet. I had to go somewhere else to receive it other than my doctor's office. It would be very helpful. If you know, they would have had the shot in a timely manner as CVS or other pharmacies do. That's all.
August 10, 2021
This was my First time visiting with Dr. Espiritu. I feel that my decision to visit him may have saved my Life. Forever Grateful!
August 06, 2021
I don't have much to say than I was taken care off whenever my scheduled checkup was due excellent work for all those involved thank you very much
August 06, 2021
Dr Espíritu is very attentive and caring
August 06, 2021
All around great service providers
August 05, 2021
We love Dr. Espiritu. He always takes this time with us. Never rushes us is very thorough, very kind very considerate. And I really wish that there were more doctors on staff just like him.
August 05, 2021
I appreciate the advice for my doctor
August 04, 2021
For the past several years that I've been with Dr. Espiritu, I've never had an issue. I wish you guys were one would let people know if they have a bill that's due before they get there. So, they're not....You know, kinda conjure up money that they don't have. Unnecessary from myself but watching other people in your office, so that's it. That's all I got.
August 04, 2021
The wait time to see Dr. Espiritu is terrible. I was in the waiting room for 40 minutes, before being taken back to the exam room. I was at the doctors office for two hours total. I realize the doctor is very busy, but the wait time is unacceptable. I really do like this doctor, but hopefully something can be done about the wait time.
July 30, 2021
I was disappointed because I had to wait 1 1/2 hours to see the doctor. My appointment was at 10. I didn't see him until 11:30 the appointment. otherwise went fine. Bye.
July 28, 2021
This was not the 1st time that I was taken to a room to be seen and waited an HOUR before the Dr came in to see me. I don't see how this is acceptable. No one came in to even communicate that the Dr was running late or advise why there was such a long delay. This should be addressed because I'm sure I'm not the only patient who experiences this.
July 21, 2021
Very timely appointment and follow up telephone call to remind me to make my additional lab tests
July 06, 2021
Dr. Espiritu is nice and approachable. The office staff are kund enough to call me for follow up. Which the previous clinic doesn't do.
July 06, 2021
Was a 2-hour visit, due to schedules being behind. This is not easy to do when you are in the middle of a work day. Staff and Dr. ESPIRITU are always amazing, but scheduling could've used some improvement.
June 30, 2021
Dr. Espiritu was my choice to be my GP because he is knowledgeable, caring, looks at my health holistically in light of my family as well as myself and comes into the examining room fully aware of my history, professional, and has a good sense of humor to uplift his patients.
June 30, 2021
June 21, 2021
Dr Espiritu, was awesome. I appreciated his candid advice regarding my healthcare. Thanks Doc!
June 11, 2021
FRont staff should be more available and helpful.
June 11, 2021
Provider is very caring , i am v.happy and pleased by d way he treats me and listens 2all my concerns, staff are v.courteous and approachable ..thank you for all your attention and care to your patients.God bless all your work :):)
June 10, 2021
You're in great hands with Dr. Espiritu.
June 08, 2021
Dr. Espiritu and his staff did a great job.
June 08, 2021
Horrible experience! I only kept Dr Espiritu as a PCP because his PA seems more knowledgeable and caring. Dr. Espiritu was extremely rude and unprofessional. I feel bad for the patients that don't get a chance to advocate for themselves. Dr. Espiritu did not allow me to voice any of my concerns, he kept talking over me and cutting me off when I tried to talk to him.He kept cutting me off every time I talked or suggested treatment. I left the office very unhappy. I went in to see Dr Espiritu due to stomach pain. He then told me that I needed to get started on SSRIs, I felt that he was pushing me to start SSRIs. Made me very uncomfortable. I attempted to explain to him that I don't want to take any medications on a daily basis. He seemed very upset that I refused to start SSRIs when I have other alternatives on how to manage anxiety. I told him my anxiety now is situational and the PRN medication that I'm currently on has helped me manage my anxiety fine over the past years. He then told me that nursing school will drop me due to my Anxiety because I didn't want to take SSRI. I replied nursing school will not drop me due to my disability. I thought that was extremely unprofessional.
June 08, 2021
June 07, 2021
I told him I had knee pain but he didn't seem interested and did not recommend an x-ray. I told him I had ringing in my ears- he checked my ears and said they were clear of any wax. He said it might be a nerve problem but did not tell me how to solve the problem.
June 04, 2021
Dr Espíritu was amazing. He is my new PCM. He took time to listen to my concerns. He asked many questions about my health . I felt very confident that I was recieving the best care. He was very respectful and compassionate. I am glad that he is my doctor.
June 03, 2021
I am always treated with courtesy and respect. My immediate family and extended family are patrons of this particular practice and have had nothing but great visits.
June 03, 2021
So happy with our choice of doctor.
June 02, 2021
The staff has been helpful via the portal and with office visits. The staff is very efficient with their time. I also got a vaccine today and the staff was very knowledgeable. The medical assistant who gave me the vaccine did an outstanding job and I had minimal pain. I think this office is doing a great job keeping patients and the healthcare providers safe.
June 01, 2021
Excellent experience ??
May 25, 2021
Looking forward to having Dr Espiritu as my primary doctor.
May 21, 2021
Looking forward to having Dr. Espiritu as my primary physician.
May 13, 2021
Very pleased with the care and service
May 11, 2021
I'm very pleased with the staff and the doctors at PIH
May 06, 2021
when I paid for my copay representative did it on the computer and it said it was didn't go through so I have to call my benefits the FSA and talk to them they said that it's active that there's no issues so I asked the lady could you run it again she was going to do it on the computer I said no I need you to flight my car so when she's wiped it it went through so I think she she she did on the computer cuz she said she already had the card number but I think it would be helpful if they swipe the card because they could other pieces can encounter that same issue where it says that it doesn't go through
May 05, 2021
I am especially pleased that Dr. Espiritu is my PCP. He is caring, professional, courteous & patient.
May 05, 2021
Dr Espiritu is a great doctor he make me feel very good and seems to care about my health and my concerns
May 05, 2021
Was a wonderful visit
May 04, 2021
Only 2nd visit with Dr Espiritu and I felt he did a good job evaluating my injuries and referring me to the proper specialists Very much appreciated
May 03, 2021
I waited an hour in the waiting room until the doctor came to exam me.
May 03, 2021
I notice the office staff appears to have improved. I really do not know why the office staff gossips in front of the patients. Makes one wonder what they say after you leave.
April 29, 2021
I had to wait a hour to see this Doctor which is way too long!
April 28, 2021
Very satisfied with the service, very satisfied with the doctor, thank you very much, excellent service, excellent care.
April 26, 2021
My initial video appt was frustrating (waited over an hour before calling the office, another half hour wait) possibly because my cell phone # was not used? Had to reschedule 2 days later with no issue whatsoever.
April 26, 2021
I have a great experience
April 23, 2021
It was a good experience and I will continue with this... with the service. Thank you.
April 22, 2021
Sadly, PIH is not what it used to be. For those of us who don't qualify for free or reduced health care (Obama Care) it seems like we are being nickle and dimed for everything. I am no longer able to be fully honest with my PCP because any hint of a possible malady is now interpreted by PIH as a consultation and no longer a physical exam. To make matters worse, when I attempted to get my blood drawn at the Wells building, I was disappointed to see that patients are now being charged to park. This greed is insane. Profits over people never has a good outcome.
April 22, 2021
everybody was very nice to me. Thank You
April 21, 2021
The doctor wanted to see me in 3 months when I called, tried to get an appointment, they said it would take 2 more months to see the doctor. Finally, they gave me appointment in one more month, so I saw him in 4 months, instead of 3, then when I got there, they put me in a room and forgot me. When they came to turn the light off to go home, after waiting an hour and 20 minutes, they said, oh somebody's in this room. I got to see the doctor for a few minutes cuz he was really late going home. One other person and the doctor was all and myself was all that was in the building. I think I need a new doctor. Thank you. I like Dr. Espiritu, he's a great doctor but he's just too hard to get appointments with. Thank you, goodbye.
April 15, 2021
PIH continues to go over and a above Thanks to everything you guys do. Blessings
April 08, 2021
Dr Espiritu is always professional, courteous and friendly. I don't feel rushed. He listens and takes the time to clearly answer questions.
April 06, 2021
I had to wait nearly and hour for him to see me. Not once did a nurse come in to check on me or let me know if Dr was running behind.
April 05, 2021
I had to wait over an hour to see Dr. Espiritu, but once I saw him he was amazing. Not sure what the issue was, but I feel one hour wait time is a little extreme.
March 29, 2021
Dr. Espiritu showed a lot of care and concern when I told him about my wife passing he cared. He talked with me in a very I guess fatherly manner or advice and so forth. I appreciate what he did and I would recommend him.
March 26, 2021
Dr. Espiritu, is very PROFESSIONAL, kindly, Polite, knowledgeable, Excellent.
March 25, 2021
First time seeing this doctor and really liked him. Very helpful with everything.
March 24, 2021
Espiritu is an excellent physician. Very kind and respectful provider.
March 18, 2021
Dr.Espiritu has been my doctor for I would have to say the past. 7 years or so and he is a fine doctor. Staff there is professional people and every time I go there if I go there with a situation problem. They are good. He's a good doctor and he takes care of, he takes care of my needs And I would recommend my family and friends to this facility thank you.
March 18, 2021
Great person who cares
March 17, 2021
Always the best here
March 15, 2021
The staff are always very courteous and professional
March 11, 2021
Very glad to see my doctor
March 10, 2021
Dr. Espiritu was great! It was my first time seeing. I did wait a long time in the exam room though. Other than that, it was a great visit!
March 10, 2021
Very grateful for Dr. Espiritu.
March 10, 2021
Absolutely appreciate the personalized care that I always receive from Dr. Espiritu.
March 04, 2021
Easy visit
March 01, 2021
There was good clarity and the atmosphere was good.
February 23, 2021
Dr. Espiritu is a great doctor. He listened to all my customers answers all my questions. If he doesn't have the answer he'll tell me he'll get back to me. He's very thorough. The only thing I wish I feel like he's a little rushed sometime. But other than that, he's a great doctor and I've already referred several people to him.
February 19, 2021
I am very happy to have Dr. Espiritu as my primary physician. He is an outstanding doctor.
February 17, 2021
Yeah, every everybody down at the clinic there so helpful. And Dr. Espiritu is always kind and very interested in myself. And my wife was also his patient and very happy with our care there at the clinic. So, thank you.
February 11, 2021
Dr. Espiritu has always allowed me to voice my thoughts and questions. He then explains his medical thoughts on each concern. Also, he understands my reality as it applies to my life and health.
February 11, 2021
Some just some people behind the counter could be a little less rude
February 09, 2021
The only problem I had was waiting more than 45 minutes for the doctor. I did not get to see him. So I reschedule, that was it. Thank you.
February 09, 2021
Dr. Espiritu was thorough, caring and kind, listened well and provided optimal information for care. Our only problem was the time it took to be seen; it was around an hour after our scheduled appointment time. He did spend quite a bit of time with us during our appointment, so if he does that with every patient he sees I can understand why he was running behind, but it is a concern when the patient is already in a nervous state.
February 05, 2021
February 05, 2021
February 03, 2021
Doctor needs to be available more for patients besides having an appointment. The office never passes the appointment with the doctor. Just seems to be an issue with pricing on certain doctors, they don't tell you everything involved in your procedure.
January 28, 2021
Dr Espiritu is such a positive and caring doctor who looks beyond your words to get to the heart of your problems. He is extremly knowledgeable.
January 27, 2021
Dr. Cesar Espiritu is an amazing doctor very caring very understanding and a great ear for listening very energetic and very positive.
January 27, 2021
everything except the wait time was fine
January 25, 2021
Dr Espiritu is the best. He listens better than any doc I've had and addresses everything in a compassionate educated manner.
January 19, 2021
Dr. Espiritu has been a wonderful care provider and would highly recommend him to anyone and everyone who need s a doctor who really cares and listens.
January 18, 2021
Nothing but good, Dr. Espiritu is conscientious, courteous, his staff as well.
January 15, 2021
Dr. Explained well to my concerns. He was attentive and informative. Very good experience
January 13, 2021
Dr Espiritu is kind, thoughtful, thorough, and understanding.
January 08, 2021
Very kind and courteous
January 07, 2021
Great job guys
January 06, 2021
I love my doctor Espiritu. He's really good with my doctor for quite a while now and just it's very hard to see him. You have to wait sometimes 2 months to see Dr. Espiritu. So, I think that's the only thing I'm unhappy with.
January 06, 2021
Dr Espritu is a very kind and knowledgeable Dr he always makes me feel very comfortable when I speak to him, he makes sure that I am up to date on all my procedures, he makes me feel safe.
January 05, 2021
I think he might have been backed up, I was waiting about 45 minutes
December 30, 2020
You will be well taken care of at PIH family medicine.
December 29, 2020
Very good listener and asks over and over if that was all our concerns we had and explained options to us well Provider was easy to speak to
December 11, 2020
Very caring
December 10, 2020
Great doc overall.
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