Physician Nexus

Nexus Board of Advisors

Steve Charles

Steve Charles, MD, FACS, FICS is one of the world's leading vitreoretinal surgeons and has developed many of the techniques and devices used by all vitreoretinal surgeons. He has performed over 26,000 vitreoretinal surgeries, lectured in 41 countries and operated in 25, delivered 14 named lectures, over 1000 speaking trips.

He authored a leading textbook in the field which is now in the 4th edition and in 5 languages, authored over 140 articles in the medical literature and 44 book chapters. He is on the editorial board of Retina and a reviewer for Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology British Journal of Ophthalmology, and other peer reviewed journals. He is a mechanical and electrical engineer, has 103 issued patents or patents pending. He is a consultant for Alcon Laboratories and the principal architect of the Alcon Accurus and Alcon Constellation Vision System. He is on the Medical Advisory Board of OptiMedica. He is the Founder of MicroDexterity Systems, developing robots for dexterity enhancement for minimally invasive knee and hip replacement, spine surgery, and skull base neurosurgery. President of Infinity Research, Inc.

Charles has received the Wacker Medal from the Club Jules Gonin, the first Founders Medal from the Vzzitreous Society, was inducted into the University Of Miami School Of Hall of Fame, and was named by Ocular Surgery News as one of the top ten innovators in the past 25 years.

He is a Clinical Professor at the University of Tennessee and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and Chinese University of Hong Kong.

After four years in engineering school, he completed medical school at the University Of Miami School Of Medicine and did research all four years at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. After a medical internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami he completed a residency the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute followed by a two year Clinical Associate appointment at the National Eye Institute (NIH); focused on vitreoretinal surgery, angiogenesis research and medical device engineering.

Commercial, multi-engine, instrument rated pilot with type rating in Citation 500 jet, currently flying a Citation Encore.

Allan J. Collins, M.D., FACP

Dr. Collins is the Medical Director of Coon Rapids Dialysis Unit in Minnesota. At present, he holds various positions such as Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, Director of the United States Renal Data System, Director of the National Kidney Foundation – Kidney Early Evaluation Program Data Coordinating Center, member of WHO Non-Communicable Disease Research Panel, and many others.

Allan J. Collins, M.D., FACP has over twenty five years of experience in nephrology and ESRD treatment. Acute and chronic care of ESRD patients, prospective and retrospective focused clinical studies on dialysis techniques and associated outcomes have been the focus of his clinical experience and research. Dr. Collins has also done extensive work with high-efficiency dialysis and therapy prescription, the technical elements of dialysis, billing systems of ICD-9 and CPT-4 claims elements, and computer systems and operations.

He had managed the Metropolitan Dialysis Division and the clinical database of the Regional Kidney Disease Program (RKDP) at Hennepin County Medical Center, coordinating all areas of patient care, data collection, quality assurance, death reviews, computer systems, and analyses from 1983 to 1995.

Dr. Collins received his medical degree and various training from such reputable institutions as the Wayne State University School of Medicine, University of Minnesota Hospital Internal Medicine; and Hennepin County Medical Center. He is also the President of the Alpha Omega Alpha Chapter at Wayne State University School of Medicine Class of 1975.

Prof. Feng WAN

Chairman, Chinese Association of Cardiovascular Surgeons

Chief Editor, Chinese Journal of Cardiovascular Research

Professor Feng Wan is a pioneer in many areas in cardiovascular surgery including trans-myocardial laser revascularization (TMLR), off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB), artificial ventricular assist device (VAD).

After 8 years overseas training, Professor Wan returned to China in 1996 and appointed as Chairman and Professor of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Peking University Hospital in Beijing.

Because of his achievements in medical science and clinical research, Professor Wan received the “First-Grade Award of National Science and Technology Advancement” in 2004.

He has established the first western-style semi-private medical professional service organization (Doctor’s Group) in China and his service network has been spreading over more than 50 hospitals throughout the country.

His contribution and achievements were widely reported and interviewed by international and domestic medias including the Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review, Discovery Channel, and CCTV… etc., so-called as “Beating Heart Bypass Pioneer”, “Heart Menders, Ground Breakers”.

Roland Torres, M.D.

Acting Chief of Neurosurgery

Division of Neurosurgery

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Director of Neurotrauma

Department of Neurosurgery

Stanford University Medical Center

Dr. Roland Torres is currently connected with the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) in San Jose where he serves as Acting Chief of Neurosurgery. Santa Clara county residents who suffer from neurosurgical disease and injury are addressed by a neurosurgical team led by Dr. Torres. Brain and spinal cord trauma are his area of expertise; patients with these conditions are also the majority of the people addressed by their team.

He is one of the few neurosurgeons in the US who is certified as an Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor. Moreover, he completed a fellowship in complex spine surgery and received special training in head injury. Dr. Torres is exceedingly engaged with the AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care; thus, he is a nationally recognized expert on the field of neurotrauma and neurocritical care. He is often invited to moderate scientific symposia.

To deliver the most advanced care for patients with severe traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries is the aim of Dr. Torres' clinical research. He serves as a Co-Investigator in the National Institutes of Health multi-center Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) Network at Stanford. While working closely with industry, he is currently developing several innovative monitoring technologies which include cerebral oxygenation and cerebral blood flow monitoring for brain and spinal cord injuries. The effects of anticoagulant medications on trauma patients are also studied by the doctor.

He collaborates with all of the subspecialty divisions at SCVMC – a major American College of Surgeons (ACS) Level I Trauma Center. Dr. Torres shares close professional relationships with community neurosurgeons and emergency room physicians. In 2008, he was a Stanford Faculty Fellow.

David J. Shulkin, MD

David J. Shulkin, M.D. is President at Morristown Medical Center, a 695 bed comprehensive healthcare organization, part of Atlantic Health. In 2011, for the third year, Dr. Shulkin was named one of the "50 Most Influential Physician Executives in the Country" by Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician. Previously, Dr. Shulkin was named of the "One Hundred Most Influential People in American Healthcare" by Modern Healthcare.

Prior to coming to Morristown Medical Center, Dr. Shulkin was the President and CEO of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, where he led a financial turnaround and rebuild of the 1.3 billion dollar organization.

Dr. Shulkin has served in numerous physician leadership roles including the Chief Medical Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University Hospital, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Shulkin has also served in academic positions including the Chairman of Medicine and Vice Dean at Drexel University School of Medicine.

As an entrepreneur Dr. Shulkin founded and served as the Chairman and CEO of DoctorQuality, Inc one of the first consumer orientated sources of information for quality and safety in healthcare. Dr. Shulkin has been on the editorial board's of numerous journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association and Hospital Physician, and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Patient Safety, the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management and the Journal of Disease Management.

Dr. Shulkin is a board-certified internist, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, Professor of Medicine at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and a Senior Fellow at the Health Research And Education Trust of the American Hospital Association, a Senior Fellows at the School of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University, and an Senior Fellow (Adjunct) at the Leonard Davis Institute in Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.

He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, his internship at Yale University School of Medicine, and a residency and Fellowship in General Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center. He received advanced training in outcomes research and economics as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Shulkin has received numerous awards and was named one of the country's top Health care leaders for the next century by Modern Healthcare, an International Leader in Health Care Award by the Healthcare Forum.

Victor S. Dorodny, M.D., N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., FIIA, FAAPM

Prof. Victor S. Dorodny is the Founder and Chief Scientist of the Naturopathic Evidence-based Wellness (NEW™) Institute in Malibu, California. Prof. Dorodny is dedicated to education of wellness consumers, and implementation his principles of complementary convergence of Naturopathy and traditional Medical Science to achieve and maintain Natural Health, and is a recently (May, 2008) appointed Health Consultant for REUTERS Insight.

He is the past Vice-President, of ICN Eastern Europe, a Division of ICN Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Costa Mesa-based global pharmaceutical company and has many years of experience in pharmaceutical, vitamins and nutraceutical manufacturing.

As practicing/consulting physician, academician and technologist with 30 years of clinical and consulting experience he is an expert on Anesthesiology and Pain Management, Rehabilitation, and Multi-disciplinary approach to the management of chronic disease states.

Dorodny was founder and president of Health PRO Worldwide, Inc., a Health & Wellness consulting company in Pasadena, California since 1993. Since 1995 he is the Founder & Chairman of TRIPAC, National Health & Wellness Advocacy dedicated to ongoing transformation of health consumers and provider of health & wellness products and services, and team approach to utilization of traditional medicine and naturopathic strategies for optimal health.

He has served as consultant to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations; Technical Advisor to the United States Department of Justice and FBI; past president of the National Association of Managed Care Physicians (NAMCP). He is a Board Member of Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS); Board member of the IPA Association of America (TIPAAA), National Managed Health Care Congress/Health Information Technologies (NMHCC/HIT); California State Pharmacy Partnership; Health Care Advisory Committee-Assembly; California Legislature and US Congress. Member (A) of the Scientific Advisory Board of the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA).

A native of Odessa, USSR Prof. Dorodny received his M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from N.I. Pirogov Medical Institute in Odessa, USSR in 1975; He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at the USC-Los Angeles County Medical Center in 1982. Graduate USC Executive Management Institute in Health Care in 1993 and received Ph.D. in Health Informatics from International Informatization Academy in 1997. Prof. Dorodny is Board Certified by the American Academy of Pain Management, and is an Associate in Medicine of the American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM).

Prof. Dorodny has made significant contributions to major mass media publications, peer review journals and trade publications. He has authored numerous monographs and books, and his editorial board appointments include Managed Healthcare, and The Medical Reporter. He is the only physician in the USA on the editorial boards of US Pharmacist and Information Security Journal.

Lorne Label MD, MBA, FAAN

Chief of Staff

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, Thousand Oaks, California

Clinical Professor of Neurology

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Adjunct Faculty

Loyola Marymount University

Dr. Label is a Board Certified Neurologist who has extensive training in the treatment of all neurological diseases of adults and children. He takes a multi-discipline and multi-view approach to brain health as he is trained in traditional and integrative medicine, including medical acupuncture, meditation, and Qi Gong.

Dr. Label received his Bachelor of Arts with high honors at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received Phi Beta Kappa. After a year of graduate school at University of Texas, Austin where he researched and taught Neurobiology, he graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and went on to complete Internal Medicine and Neurology at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. This was followed by a Clinical Neuromuscular Fellowship with W. King Engel MD at the USC Neuromuscular Center. In 1993 he was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at UCLA, and has continued to staff the UCLA Neurology Clinic. He obtained a Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Healthcare Management in 1998.

Richard L. Mueller, MD, FACC, FACP, FAHA

Dr. Mueller is a multi-board certified, highly credentialed cardiologist & vascular/vein specialist with 6 board certifications.

He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Weill College of Medicine, Cornell University

Dr. Mueller is an elected Fellow of 9 professional medical societies: American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, American Heart Association, American Society of Echocardiography, American College of Chest Physicians, Council on Clinical Cardiology, Society of Geriatric Cardiology, American Society of Angiology, & the International College of Angiology.

One of the "Best Doctors in America," 2009-2010 edition, elected by his peers. Named in "Guide to America's Top Physicians" (Consumers' Research Council of America), all editions since 2003.

Named in "Guide to America's Top Cardiologists" (Consumers' Research Council of America), all editions since 2003.

Cardiovascular Diagnostics, PC

Medical Associates of New York

Cosmetic Vein Solutions

Sutton Place Laser Vein + Hair Removal

Joseph I. Shapiro

Dr. Joseph I. Shapiro is currently a Mercy Health Partners Education Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine as well as Associate Dean for Business Development and Professor of Medicine and Physiology/Pharmacology at the University of Toledo College of Medicine.

Dr. Shapiro received his B.A. in Mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1976 and his M.D. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1980. Following his Residency in Medicine at Georgetown University (1980-83).

He received his Nephrology training at the University of Colorado (1983-86) where he subsequently joined the faculty and was promoted through the academic ranks. Dr. Shapiro joined the University of Toledo (then called the Medical College of Ohio) in 1997 as Professor and Chief of Nephrology. He was selected to be Chairman of Medicine after a national search in 1999 and was named Associate Dean for Business Development in 2006.

Dr. Shapiro has had a career which blends education, clinical practice and research. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology as well as licensed to practice in the state of Ohio. Dr. Shapiro is the author or co-author of more than 160 research papers and book chapters and holds a number of patents. He has been well funded throughout his career receiving a number of grants from the NIH, AHA and US Army as well as industrial sponsors. Dr. Shapiro has served on a number of editorial boards as well as the national finance committee for the American Society of Nephrology, and he has received a number of academic honors including election as a Fellow of the American Heart Association as well as the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine award.

Michael B. Mayor

William & Bessie Allyn Professor of Surgery in Orthopaedics, Dartmouth Medical School

Co-Director Dartmouth Biomedical Engineering Center for Orthopaedics, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College

Adjunct Faculty, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire

Emeritus Attending, Department of Orthopaedics, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire

Past Chair, FDA advisory panel on Orthopaedic and Rehabilitative Devices

Past Chair, ASTM F4 Committee on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices

Dan Downey, MD FACS

Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgeons 1992

Diplomate, American Board of Surgery, 1989

Diplomate, American Association of Plastic Surgeons 2006

Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons 1988

Fellow, American College of Surgeons 1992

Fellow, American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 1996

Dr. Downey graduated from the University of Washington Medical Center, one of the top medical schools in the country. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and a fellow in the American College of Surgeons, which indicates that he has met the highest level of requirements for practicing plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Downey was the head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and served as the Director of the Cosmetic Services Group during his sixteen years of leadership at Virginia Mason Medical Center. He consistently ranks as one of the Pacific Northwest's "Top Doctors" by Seattle Magazine and Seattle Metropolitan Magazine and was nominated by his peers as the Outstanding Plastic Surgeon in Puget Sound Consumer's Checkbook. He earned the coveted Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons "Outstanding Contributions in Plastic Surgery" award. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine.

Brian L. Cmolik, MD

Section Chief CT Surgery

Louis Stokes VAMC Cleveland OH

Associate Chief of Surgery

Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center


Staff Surgeon, University Hospitals of Cleveland, The Cleveland VA Medical Center, Southwest General Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, St. John Westshore Hospital, Providence Hospital, Community Health Partners, 1993-present

Medical Director of Cardiac Surgical Services, St. John Westshore Hospital, Westlake, Ohio, 2003-present

Resident in General Surgery, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1985-1989
Chief Resident in General Surgery, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1989-1990
Resident in Division of Thoracic Surgery, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1990-1991
Thoracic Surgery Research Fellow, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research Center, Allegheny-Singer Research Institute, 1991-1992
Chief Resident in Division of Thoracic Surgery, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1992-1993


Brooke R. Seckel MD FACS

Dr. Seckel is a nationally and internationally recognized authority on Plastic Surgery and the treatment of facial aging. He performs all types of cosmetic, facial and breast plastic surgery, but his special interest lies in the field of non-invasive and non-surgical therapies to correct and prevent facial aging.

He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, The American Board of Neurology, and the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Association of Plastic Surgeons, is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, and was recently voted one of the "Best Doctors in America" by Best Doctors® Inc. Boston Magazine has also recognized Dr. Brooke Seckel as one of the "Top Doctors in Boston" in 2006.

Dr. Seckel has published over 100 scientific articles in the field of plastic surgery and authored the first book on cosmetic laser surgery in 1995 entitled "Aesthetic Laser Surgery". He also published Facial Danger Zones, a book devoted to teaching surgeons how to perform facial surgery safely without injuring the facial nerves.

Edmond Cabbabe

Dr. Cabbabe began practicing plastic surgery in 1980 as a Professor of Plastic Surgery at St. Louis University School of Medicine. He brings exemplary academic expertise in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to his private practice.

Dr. Cabbabe is currently Chief of Plastic Surgery at DePaul Health Center and St Anthony's Medical Center. He was President of the St. Louis Area Society of Plastic Surgeons 1993- 1995, the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society 1995, the Missouri Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons 2000-2002, and the Missouri State Medical Association 2004-2005.

He is clinical professor of plastic surgery at St Louis University, advisory board member to Medicare carrier in Missouri, board member of the American Medical Association Foundation, the Missouri Medical Foundation and Missouri Center for Patient Safety.

He represents Missouri in the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Edmond Cabbabe is credited with numerous publications and many honors and awards both locally and nationally.

Ramakrishna Pinjala

Professor & Head of Vascular Surgery

Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences

Past president venous association of India

President Elect Vascular Society of India

Started non-invasive vascular laboratory in 1992.


Karl Doghramji MD

Medical Director, Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center

Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Medicine

Program Director, Fellowship in Sleep Medicine

Thomas Jefferson University

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Certified in Psychiatry

American Board of Sleep Medicine

Mark A. Latina

Dr. Latina is a world-renowned laser eye surgeon and inventor. He is founder of LaserCare Cosmetic Centers, is an internationally renowned laser expert. He is Associate Clinical Professor at the New England Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, on staff at the New England Medical Center and holds appointments at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Latina is a founder of LaserCare Cosmetic Centers. He provides laser training and on-going education for all LaserCare Cosmetic Centers staff.

Dr. Latina is a practicing ophthalmologist and an active researcher with a focus on laser applications and development. Over the past 12 years Dr. Latina has pioneered several new laser procedures for the treatment of glaucoma and holds numerous patents, which include the development of "Dye-Enhanced Gonioscopic Laser Sclerostomy" and "Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty." Currently, Dr. Latina serves as a consultant for Lumenis Laser, Palo Alto, CA. where he is involved in overseeing the FDA clinical trials for the selective laser trabeculoplasty procedure that he developed.

Dr. Latina completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School in 1985. He was awarded a Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship and pursued subspecialty training in glaucoma, also at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He is currently a member of the staff at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and has been a member of research staff at the Wellman Laboratory of Photomedicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Schepen's Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Latina graduated Summa C u m Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Tufts University with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. He received his doctorate in medicine from University of Connecticut Medical School. He has published more than 40 scientific papers and book chapters, and also participated as a guest lecturer or faculty member in over 30 symposium and medical continuing education courses. Dr. Latina is a founder of LaserCare Cosmetic Centers. As founder, he provides laser training and on-going education for all LaserCare Cosmetic Centers staff.

Ito Puruhito, M.D.

Ito Puruhito, M.D. is board certified general surgeon for almost 36 years. He specializes in lung surgery, adult cardiac surgery and vascular cardiac surgery (Artery and vein).He had his trainings from different countries such as Indonesia, Germany, New Zealand and the United States of America.

Dr. Puruhito is interested in Stem Cell applications for Cardiovascular Surgery, Adult Progenitor Cells usage in treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases, Biomedical Engineering in CV medicine and Venous diseases.

Awards received by Dr. Puruhito:

Presidential Medal, Japanese Assoc. for Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Fukuoka, July, 1991City-member best achievement, Mayor of Surabaya Recognition award, 1984Guest Speaker Award, Int.Soc.Artificial Organs, Rhode Island, USA, June, 199630-years' recognition Government Officer, Rep.Indonesia, Presidential-decree, 1996Alley-Sheridan Fellow-Scholarship, Thoracic Surg. Research Foundation, USA, 2000University Teaching and Management, Int'l Biographical Institute, USA, 2005Achievement Award, National Veteran's Council of Republic of Indonesia, 2007

Iyad Dajani, M.D.

Iyad Dajani, M.D. is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon, consultant of Avecina Medical Center.

He had been the Vice President of the Recognition Board of the World in 2009.

Dr. Dajani is one of the Top 100 Health Professional for 2008 and 2011.

In 2009 he was also listed in the Foremost Health Professionals of the World.

Dr. Dajani recently launched the very first interactive medical worldwide charitable website dealing with patients suffering from surgical heart disease. They are giving their patients, who are seeking for second opinion, the utmost and best solutions about their ongoing heart surgical disease.

Dale C. Alverson, M.D.

Medical Director, Center for Telehealth University of New Mexico Health Sciences

Phone: 505-272-8633

Dr. Alverson is a Professor of Pediatrics, OB/Gyn, Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, and Regents' Professor on faculty at the University of New Mexico (UNM), School of Medicine. He is a graduate of University of Michigan Medical School, completed pediatric residency at University of Colorado, and neonatology Fellowship at UNM and has been on faculty at UNM since 1982. Since 1995, he has been the Medical Director of the Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine Research at UNM. In that role, he has been involved in the planning, implementation, research and evaluation of Telemedicine systems for New Mexico. The UNM Center for Telehealth was given the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) President's Institutional Award for its efforts in advancing telehealth locally, nationally, and internationally. He has been involved in several ongoing international collaborative telehealth initiatives including Ecuador, India, Nepal, and Korea.He is on the Board of the New Mexico Telehealth Alliance. He is also on the Board of LCF Research in New Mexico addressing the advancement and meaningful use of health information exchange, adoption of electronic health records, and integration with telemedicine. Nationally, he is the Immediate Past President of ATA and is also on the Boards of the Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law, and Advanced Initiatives in Medical Simulation. He is a member of the Society for Simulation in Health Care and the International Association of Medical Science Educators.

George E. Sarris, M.D.



Thoracic Surgery

Adult Cardiac Surgery

Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Director of Cardiovascular Clinical Pediatric & Congenital Heart at Hospital MOTHER - Group Health
Chief of Department of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery at Mitera Children's Hospital and Hygeia Hospital
Governing Council – World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
Editorial Board Member – Hellenic Journal of Cardiology

Harvard College (A.B. Biochemistry, 1978)
Harvard Medical School (M.D., 1982)
Brigham and Women's Hospital Medical Internship (1982-83)
Stanford University General Surgery Residency (1983-90)
Stanford University Carl and Leah McConnell Cardiovascular Research Fellowship (1986-88)
Stanford University Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency (1990-93)
Stanford University Cardiopulmonary Transplantation Fellowship (1992-93)
Emory University Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Fellow and Instructor in Cardiothoracic Surgery (1993-94)
Staff, Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, Cleveland Clinic Foundation (1995-97)

Previous Appointments:
Lecturer in Cardiac Surgery, University of Emory, USA (1993-94)
Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery, Cardiovascular Surgery Center Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease and head of Pediatric Heart-Lung Transplantation, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, USA (1995-97)
Director IV Cardiac Surgery Department of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center (1997 - 2007)

Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

Surgical Oncologist

Professor of Surgery


Editor of "Weekly Health Update"

Robert A. Wascher, M.D., F.A.C.S. graduated from the University of California with a B.S. degree in the Biological Sciences and received his M.D. degree from the Creighton University School of Medicine. He performed his internship in Surgery at Letterman Army Medical Center and his fellowship in Neurosurgery at Brooke Army Medical Center.

Dr. Wascher completed residency training in Surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center and was assigned to Darnall Army Hospital where he served as the Chairman of the Cancer Program as well as the Chief of General Surgery.

In 2006, Dr. Wascher retired from the Army at the rank of Colonel, and was appointed as the Director of the Division of Surgical Oncology at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, and as a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Wascher is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology.

Professional Organizations and Societies:
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Medical Association
American College of Surgeons Oncology Group
National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project
Southwest Oncology Group
Gynecologic Oncology Group
National Institutes of Health (where he is also a researcher)

Dr. Wascher is the author of numerous papers, articles, columns and book chapters on cancer research, prevention and treatment topics, as well as the editor of a weekly global online update of important new public health research findings. He has also frequently appeared on television to discuss multiple cancer and non-cancer related health topics. Dr. Wascher also serves as an online Medical Expert in Oncology and Surgical Oncology for eHealth Forum, a large global online health and wellness community.

Dr. Wascher has written a comprehensive book on evidence-based cancer prevention lifestyle strategies for the general public, titled "A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race."

Dr. Wascher is a Surgical Oncologist at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of California at Irvine. Dr. Wascher also remains an Adjunct Associate Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences School of Medicine.

Edgar Amorin-Kajatt, MD, PHD, TCVS

Edgar Amorin Born in Ayacucho, Perú. Received his Medical Doctorate at San Marcos University where he graduated in 1981. He later completed an internship at Dos de Mayo General Hospital. He completed his residencies at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and Post Graduated training Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY, NY; MDAnderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, Houston, Texas and Mount Sinai Medical Center Miami, Florida.

Dr. Amorin began his practice of Thoracic Surgery in Lima at National Institute of Neoplastic Diseases in 1988 when he became as attending and Chief of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, where he involvement in the development of Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques dates back to 1990 when he became interested in video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS).

He holds office on numerous committees concerning Lung Cancer Surgery and is membership of American and European Societies. He is the Director of Department of Thorax al INEN, President of the Commission against Tobacco, past President of Society of Peruvian Cancerology and past General Director of National Cancer Institute of Perú. As well as making over 150 presentations on of oncology topics of Thoracic Surgery in over 30 institutions, Dr. Amorin has published over 40 peer review journals, 5 book chapters and edited two books on surgery.

David Katz, MD, MPHD, FACPM, F

David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP is an internationally renowned authority on nutrition, weight management, and the prevention of chronic disease, and an internationally recognized leader in integrative medicine and patient-centered care.

He is a board certified specialist in both Internal Medicine, and Preventive Medicine/Public Health, and Founding Director of the Prevention Research Center at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Katz has published over 100 scientific papers, numerous textbook chapters, nearly a thousand newspaper columns, and 12 books to date.

He is the principal inventor of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index utilized in the NuVal™ nutrition guidance program.

Katz is a prominent voice in medical media, serving as a expert source for most leading newspapers and magazines, serving on the editorial advisory boards of several leading health periodicals and professional journals (including Health, Prevention, Men's Health, Best Life, and the American Journal of Health Promotion).

In 2009, Dr. Katz was nominated for the position of U.S. Surgeon General to the Obama Administration by the American College of Physicians, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest, among other national and international health organizations.

Jihad Rizkallah, MD

Jihad Rizkallah, MD is presently the Director of Regional Medical Research at Pfizer Women's Health and Urology in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been in this position for over five years where he provides clinical relevant data to leaders and researchers in Academic centers. Dr. Rizkallah also provides assistance in research, site recommendation for national and international studies and trains speakers on specific drug trials. He also reviews clinical information in therapeutic areas of expertise in Neurosciences to include Epilepsy, Dementia, Neuropathic pain, Fibromyalgia, Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorders as well as Cardiovascular and Diabetes areas.

Dr. Rizkallah has been educated at Athens College of Medicine and the Kapostrion Ethnicon Hospital of Athens both in Greece. Before serving as the Director of Regional Medical Research at Pfizer, he had been the Director of Area Operations in the same company for more than 3 years. Preceding that, he was the District Sales Manager at Parke-Davis, Inc.

Jihad Rizkallah, MD is the recipient of various awards such as the Long-Term Working Group Leader - Cincinnati TACU in 2003, Parke-Davis Winner Circle Award - VPMC in 2000, Director's Top Contributor Award in 1994, the Pfizer Managerial Exchange Program (UK) in 2002, among many others.

He holds interest and considerable expertise in conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, epilepsy, pain, psychiatry, and dementia.

Dr. Songul Atay

Dr. Songul Atay practices Gastroenterology with compassion and the highest standard of quality care. She offers a complete range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures within the field of gastroenterology.

Dr. Atay received her medical and graduate training at the University of California, Brown University in Rhode Island, and at the Department of Physiology in MIU, Iowa. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Gastroenterology. The doctor has various memberships in groups and associations such as the American Gastroenterology Association, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Medical Women's Association, and many others.

She is also very active in research. Currently, she is the Director and Research Coordinator of the Human Performance Laboratory at MIU, Iowa. Wherein, she is responsible for coordinating research in physiology, administering cardiopulmonary stress testing, ECG, treadmill testing, assessment of body composition and fitness evaluation. Dr. Atay is also a Research Assistant at the Department of Sports Medicine of Ege University. She volunteered for the administration of a citywide research project on the cardiopulmonary effects of controlled exercise.

Dr. Songul Atay has gathered numerous awards and achievements: Scholarship for Tropical Medicine training in Manila, Philippines; Full scholarship for graduate study in Physiology and Molecular Biology at MIU, Iowa; President's Honor on graduation from medical school; Top 1% of class and the Dean's List throughout medical school; Full scholarship for medical school; First place in the national medical school entrance examinations; Scholarship from the Turkish National Institute for Science and Technological Research for high school education; Class Valedictorian throughout secondary education, highest GPA in the country.

Stanley S. Schwartz

Stanley S. Schwartz, MD specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of the cardio-metabolic syndrome, Impaired Glucose Tolerance, diabetes, hypoglycemia disorders, and general endocrinologic problems. Dr. Schwartz predominantly cares for patients with type 1 and type 2 Diabetes, and their micro and macrovascular complications and is particularly interested in use of incretins in the care of patients with diabetes, and treating all aspects of the cardio-metabolic syndrome including hypertension, hyperlipidemia, prevention and treatment of their cardiovascular outcomes. He is also involved in designing the Diabetes Population Care for Health Systems by application of computer technology. He is an Emeritus Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, directing the Diabetes Program at the Philadelphia Heart Institute.

Dr. Schwartz received his MD from the University of Chicago, completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania and an Endocrine Fellowship at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Stanley Schwartz conducts various lectures worldwide. He received invitations to lecture in Switzerland, Belgium and Tunisia, including an invitation to give two lectures at the 30th International Critical Care Symposium (ISICEM). He has authored numerous articles and is a co-investigator of DCCT-EDIC and LOOK AHEAD trials. He is an author of the Self-assessment Program of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2007/2008, and 2009 AACE Guidelines.

He is a member or fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (London), EASD, the IDF, the ADA, the Endocrine Society and the American College of Physicians. Though he does some research and teaches, most of his time is spent caring for patients.

Hasnur Zaman Hashim

Dr. Hasnur Zaman Hashim is a Clinical Specialist at International Islamic University Malaysia in Kuantan. He also holds the position of Assistant Professor at the same university.

In 2002, Dr. Hashim finished his MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) at the International Islamic University Malaysia. He also holds the degree of Master of Medicine (MMed) which he acquired from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Dr. Hashim also possesses an international degree from the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom, wherein he is a Member (MRCP, Member of the Royal Colleges of Physicians).

Dr. Hashim is currently connected to Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan in Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia. His medical practice largely encompass the field of Neurology.

Derrick Lonsdale

Derrick Lonsdale, M.D. received his medical degree from St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College. He is a resident in pediatrics and obstetrics & gynecology. He came to Cleveland, Ohio in 1960 to serve a pediatric residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Dr. Lonsdale was a practitioner in pediatrics at the Cleveland Clinic for 20 years. He became Head of the Section of Biochemical Genetics at the Clinic. The Cleveland Clinic is rated as the third best hospital in the United States (accdg. to US News and World Report, 2006).

In 1962 he was appointed to the staff in the Department of Pediatrics at the Cleveland Clinic after Board Certification in pediatrics. During his 20 years at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Dr. Lonsdale's experience widened to include encountering most known diseases occurring in children and adolescents.

For 6 years he was a sub-specialist in the field of pediatric oncology. He then became head of the Section of Biochemical Genetics within the Department of Pediatrics and acted as a consultant for North East Ohio in the rare biochemical disorders known as the inborn errors of metabolism.

Dr. Lonsdale developed an unusual knowledge of the role of biochemistry in most, if not all, diseases. This, in turn, led to his better understanding the role of bad nutrition and its adverse effects on the biochemistry of the body.

He has written over 100 published papers and the conclusions tend to support the idea that healing comes from the body itself rather than from external medical interventions. Dr. Lonsdale has studied the use of nutrients to prevent diseases and his work has been favorably reviewed. He is particularly interested in Vitamin B1, also known as thiamine. Lonsdale's research on the effect of high doses of thiamine has been described as 'pioneering'.

Dr. Lonsdale is consultant board certified pediatrician with background experience in inborn errors of metabolism. Now private practice specializing in nutrient-based alternative medicine.

Edwin Leap, MD, FACEP

Dr. Edwin Leap graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine and Marshall University. He is a board certified emergency physician who practices in a medium-sized emergency department in northwest South Carolina. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Methodist Hospital of Indiana in 1993.

He has been married to his wife, Jan, for 16 years; they have four children whom they home-school. Edwin writes twice-monthly columns for the Greenville News. He is also the award-winning author of a monthly column in Emergency Medicine News. His columns have been featured by Medical Economics, Focus on the Family Magazine, WorldNet Daily and other publications. Relatively new to blogging, he has developed a solid, growing audience. Edwin has also spent years a sub-contracting consultant for the DoD, lecturing on the medical consequences of weapons of mass destruction.

However, his current writing focus is not so much on the science of medicine, but the culture of medicine. He is interested in being seen as a 'physician advocate', but is equally interested in teaching the importance of compassion for all patients. He also writes about the intersection of religious faith and medical practice. A non-academic physician, Edwin considers himself a voice for practicing physicians who find themselves frequently at odds with burdensome rules and unrealistic regulations.

Edwin also uses humor in much of what he writes as he tries to illustrate the pre-eminence of the American South, the importance of marriage and family, and the intellectual inconsistencies that plague much of modern life.

Ricardo Pedrini Cruz, MD

Dr. Ricardo Pedrini Cruz received his medical degree at the Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul. He finished his General Surgery Residency at Hospital São Lucas da PUCRS. Dr. Cruz also had his Surgical Oncology Residency at Hospital Nossa Senhora da Conceição. Both of these hospitals are in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Dr. Cruz also pursued his quest for learning by receiving his Master's degree in Pathology (MSc) at the Universidade Federal de Ciências Médicas de Porto Alegre.

Dr. Cruz' specialty is surgical oncology. He has published several works regarding this specialty including "Use of a gamma probe to identify and guide resection of recurrent parathyroid carcinoma: Report of a case," "Angiosarcoma Arising in an Ovarian Fibroma: A Case Report" and many more.

At present, he is a General and Oncology Surgeon at Hospital Ernesto Dornelles in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

William Goldstein

In 1994, Dr. Goldstein began his practice of general ophthalmology. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Michigan pre-medical program. He completed medical school in 1990, graduating from Wayne State University with honors. After completing a year of internal medicine at Sinai Hospital, Dr. Goldstein completed a 3-year residency there, including a stint as Chief Resident. He is the recipient of two patient care awards, the Joseph Wahlers Award for Excellence in Patient Care, and the H. Saul Sugar Award for Education in Ophthalmology. In addition, he was recently selected as one of "America's Top Ophthalmologists" by the Consumers' Research Council of America.

He is a board-certified ophthalmologist and was among the first surgeons in Michigan to perform LASIK surgery, with his first case in early 1996. His high success rate was quickly recognized by patients and other doctors. William Goldstein, M.D. is the Founder of The Laser Eye Care Center in Shelby Township, Michigan. He is now considered one of the premier surgeons in the metro-Detroit area.

Dr. Goldstein is the eye surgeon of choice for hundreds of doctors, nurses and healthcare providers throughout Michigan. Dr. Goldstein performs all types of Laser Vision Correction in Detroit including specialized LASIK Surgery such as CustomVue LASIK, Custom Wavefront LASIK and monovision LASIK to help those LASIK patients over 40 with their near vision needs.

Howard L. Adler, MD, FACS

Howard L. Adler, MD, FACS is the Medical Director of Prostate Care Program and a Clinical Associate Professor of Urology at the Stony Brook University Medical Center, in Stony Brook, New York. Dr. Adler completed his Urology residency training at the State University of New York – Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn. He then completed a fellowship in Urologic Oncology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Adler has been a faculty member in the Department of Urology at Stony Brook University Medical Center since 1998. He has a busy clinical practice and is also involved in the teaching of residents and medical students.

Dr. Adler is involved with the evaluation and management of patients with various urologic conditions including, but not limited to prostate cancer, BPH, bladder cancer, renal cell carcinoma, testis cancer, kidney stones, urinary tract infections, erectile dysfunction, and overactive bladder. As Medical Director of the Prostate Care Program, Dr. Adler has focus on men with benign and malignant diseases of the prostate. He has been providing free prostate cancer screenings to the men of Long Island for over 12 years and has received multiple community service awards as well as citations and proclamations from local government officials in recognition of these efforts. Dr. Adler has also been involved with clinical and basic science research regarding prostate cancer and other areas. He has multiple publications focusing on a number of areas including gene therapy of prostate cancer and urological knowledge of primary care physicians.

Azedine Medhkour, MD

Dr. Azedine Medkhour is a member of University Of Toledo Medical Center Faculty; he is an Associate Professor of Surgery and the Chief of the Neurosurgery Division.

He completed his Internship and Residency in Neurosurgery at the University Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. He had his Research Fellowship in Neuro-Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Medkhour also finished his Clinical Fellowship in Neurosurgical Oncology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Spine & General Neurosurgery in Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia.

He is a board certified neurosurgeon and has special expertise in conditions such as: Back Injuries; Back Pain; Brain Aneurysm; Brain Injuries; Cancer; Cancer Pain; Cerebrovascular Disorders; Cervical Herniated Discs; Complex Regional Pain Syndromes; Degenerative Spine; Head and Neck Disorder; Leg Pain; Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease; Multiple Sclerosis MS; Muscle Spasticity, and many more.

Dr. Medkhour's works has been published in various prominent journals such as the Journal Of Neurosurgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery, The Journal Of Trauma, and Surgical Neurology.

Richard H. Tholen, M.D.

Dr. Tholen received his undergraduate degree (BS, honors) in Mathematics and Physics at Fort Hays (Kansas) State University, and his MD from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1980. Dr. Tholen is the president of Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, Ltd., and has been associated with MPS since he completed General Surgery residency and Plastic Surgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in 1987. He was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1986, and the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1989. He has completed additional training in cosmetic surgery, breast surgery, suction-assisted lipoplasty (liposuction) and ultrasonic liposuction, and laser surgery. He served as co-director for laser education at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and was co-chairman for annual courses in Cutaneous Laser Surgery taught at Abbott’s Laser Center, Minimally Invasive Care Center, and Center for Cosmetic Care. As a faculty member of Laser Centers of America, he has taught numerous courses nationally, and has been an invited instructor in Seoul, Korea. Dr. Tholen has written several journal articles and book chapters in the peer-reviewed plastic surgical literature, and has presented over 150 papers on all aspects of cosmetic surgery and other plastic surgical procedures as visiting professor, invited lecturer at national plastic surgery meetings, and individually. He has served on several plastic surgical and medical/surgical committees, has been a case reviewer for Blue Cross/Blue Shield as well as Medicare, has served as president of the state and regional plastic surgery societies, and remains a strong advocate for advanced training, education, and certification for doctors who perform cosmetic surgery.

As a plastic surgeon for Operation Smile International and Children’s Surgery International, he has performed cleft lip and palate surgery for children in Peru, Venezuela, Philippines, Romania, and Honduras. His private practice is aesthetic in nature, and has been focused virtually exclusively on cosmetic surgical procedures for the past decade. However, with complete training and Board-Certification in both General Surgery and Plastic Surgery, Dr. Tholen has the depth and full breadth of clinical and surgical experience as foundation for his aesthetic and artistic surgical expertise. His practice is focused on cosmetic breast surgery, facial surgery, body lifting and contouring, laser surgery, non-genital transgender surgery, as well as for other aesthetic concerns.

Dr. Tholen enjoys travel with his wife Sami, and occasionally with one or more of their six children, golf, plastic surgery teaching trips at least once per year, all things electronic, and sporty automobiles. Dr. Tholen and Sami reside in Plymouth, MN when they are not working at MPS. Sami Tholen, R.N. is a former Mayo Clinic critical care nurse with 30 years experience. She can often be found in the recovery room at MPS, caring for patients after surgery.

Mario G. Loomis

Dr. Mario Loomis has been in practice since 1992. He received a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Cornell University and then graduated with honors from The University of Vermont College of Medicine. He was trained in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at Northwestern University, and is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

For years, Dr. Loomis had an office on Park Avenue in Manhattan, as well as the office in Middletown, NY, performing surgery both in the city and in Orange County. We are pleased to say that he is currently so busy in the upstate area that he is providing his services full time in Orange County, seeing patients exclusively in the Middletown office. While a majority of the surgery Dr. Loomis performs is cosmetic, he also provides a broad range of reconstructive procedures for traumatic injuries, reconstruction following cancer surgery, and breast reduction surgery.

Dr. Loomis has always taken a lead in bringing the latest technological advances and innovations to his patients, while making their safety his top priority. He was one of the first to perform endoscopic breast augmentations and endoscopic forehead lifts in the New York area. He began providing fat-sparing eyelid surgery 16 years ago at a time when few surgeons in this country were considering it. He has made a number of personal innovations to minimize the necessary incisions with breast surgery and has extensive experience with the vertical breast reduction technique, as well as minimal incision breast lifts. He has explored and utilized a number of new liposuction techniques and technologies over the years. He has incorporated these liposuction techniques with advanced quilting suture abdominoplasties which avoid the need for drains, allowing patients to shower the first day after surgery.

He is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Mont J. Cartwright

Dr. Mont Cartwright is a board-certified ophthalmologist with additional certification in oculofacial plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. After graduating with honors from the University of Illinois, Dr. Cartwright completed medical school at the University of Chicago.

His diverse medical training and merits include: General and neurosurgery training, University of Miami; Ophthalmology residency, Medical College of Virginia; Fellowship in oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery; Fellowship in glaucoma, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute; Fellowship in general cosmetic and facial cosmetic surgery; Sub-certified in oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery; and Diplomat for the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Such diverse and varied medical training gives Dr. Cartwright a unique set of skills, knowledge, and perspective rarely found in a physician. Dr. Cartwright and his wife Lisa have been raising their three children in the Central Florida community since 1992 where he is known as one of Central Florida's premier ophthalmologist and oculofacial plastic, cosmetic, and reconstructive surgeons. His expertise in the field has led him to write over 70 medical publications, conduct numerous lectures, and participate in multiple speaking engagements.

Although originally pursuing an academic career, Dr. Cartwright has found greater satisfaction from private practice and founded Medical Eye Associates to provide patients with a practice that is sincerely committed to providing only the highest quality of medical and surgical care.

Not only is Dr. Cartwright known as one of Florida's premier ophthalmologists and reconstructive surgeons, but his commitment to the local community is noticeable.

Various organizations where Dr. Cartwright belong are: AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology); ASOPRS (American Society of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons), Fellow; SCMS (Seminole County Medical Society), Member; FMA (Florida Medical Association), Member; AKA (American Karate Association), Member; AMA (American Medical Association), Member; PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instruction), Certified Open-Water Diver; and many others.

Daniel Jacobs, MD

Since 1994, Dr. Daniel H. Jacobs, MD, has been in practice in neurology. He has been in Orlando since 1997. Dr. Jacobs accepts patients with all types of neurological problems. Dr. Jacobs does direct the Multiple Sclerosis Care Center of NSO, and participates in clinical research associated with multiple sclerosis. Dr. Jacobs also serves as Director for Stroke Services at Orlando Regional Medical Center, and maintains a strong interest in stroke.

Dr. Jacobs teaches at Orlando Health, and was appointed Associate Professor of Neurology at University of Central Florida College of Medicine. He has served as Assistant Professor of Neurology at Tufts Medical School, as a founding physician and Research Director of the Memory Disorder Clinic at Orlando Health, and as an Examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Jacobs has published several dozen journal articles in peer reviewed neurologic journals.

Dr. Jacobs received an A.B. in history from Stanford University, MD in medicine from the University of Kansas, and residency degrees from the University of Iowa, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Kansas. Dr. Jacobs completed a fellowship in Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neurology from the University Of Florida College Of Medicine.

Richard L. Reece, MD

Dr. Reece attended medical school at Duke University School Of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. He completed his Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency at Hartford Hospital.

Richard L. Reece, M.D., is the author of nine books on the health care system and managed care and more than 1,000 articles in medical journals and literature.

Dr. Reece has served as Editor in Chief of Minnesota Medicine and Physician Practice Options. His latest two books are Sailing the Seven "C's" of the Hospital-Physician Relationship with co-author James Hawkins and Innovation-Driven Health Care: 36 Key Innovations with a foreword by Regina Herzlinger, a Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and author of Consumer-Driven Health Care. The latter book has a publishing date in early 2007.

Dr. Reece is a member of the board of advisors of Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors and serves as a Consultant for Pfizer Health Solutions Inc. His principal interests are consumer-driven health care, health care innovations, health care reform and hospital-physician relationships.

Dr. Caroline Marquez

Dr. Caroline has more than 12 years of experience in helping people achieve happiness. She completed her medical training in India and completed postgraduate training in Psychiatry in Texas, USA. She then moved to Australia to practice as a psychiatrist in Melbourne, Australia. She is also an expert in complimentary treatments such as Neurolinguistic programming, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment therapy and other self empowerment techniques. Dr. Caroline upholds integrity and believes in practical application of various techniques to empower maximum number of people to have happier lives. She is an expert in the psychology of emotional empowerment, conquering fear and anxiety, thoughts and behaviors to a better quality of life.

Dr. Caroline is passionate about improving value in people's lives in the currency of better quality relationships, improved satisfaction at work and career, stepped-up quality of life and financial freedom. She uses her website, blog and social media to reach out to her subscribers with highly effective techniques to surmount obstacles to a best life.

Andrew Wilner, MD, FAAN, FACP

Dr. Wilner graduated from Yale University and Brown University School of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine and neurology. He was medical director of the Carolinas Epilepsy Center, Charlotte, NC, and then Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI. Currently, he is a neurohospitalist, and medical advisor for the Accordant Health Services Epilepsy Disease Management Program.

Dr. Wilner has a lifelong interest in writing fiction and nonfiction, and writes for many medical and other publications. Dr. Wilner received the American Academy of Neurology's Creative Expression of Human Values Award (2001), the American Academy of Neurology's Journalism Fellowship for Excellence in Medical/Health Reporting (2008), and is the author of two books on epilepsy; Epilepsy: 199 Answers, 3rd Edition, and Epilepsy in Clinical Practice. He is a Section Editor for Atlas of Epilepsies and leads annual medical missions to the Philippines.

Brent Moelleken, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Brent Moelleken, M.D. is a Plastic and Reconstructive Cosmetic surgeon with offices in Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara. He is double board certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Plastic Surgery and specializes in cosmetic surgery. He received his premedical, medical and surgical training at Harvard University, Yale University, UCSF and UCLA. He was a regularly featured plastic surgeon in ABC's Extreme Makeover and Discovery Channel's Plastic Surgery Before and After. He commentates frequently on plastic surgery topics on local and national media outlets.

Dr. Moelleken is one of three surgeons to complete the yearlong Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at UCLA. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), Who's Who in the World and numerous medical and scientific organizations. He has been selected by Who’s Who in America’s Top Plastic Surgeons in Los Angeles, Ciudad’s Top Doctors in Los Angeles, and by Vogue Magazine as one of the Top 10 Plastic Surgeons in America. He is Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Dr. Moelleken is an Attending Surgeon and Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery at UCLA and is the recipient of the 2009 Annual UCLA Faculty Teaching Award. His CV includes over 100 publications, abstracts, and national and international presentations. He volunteers at UCLA and the affiliated West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital, performing charity surgeries on veterans.

Mark S. Cantieri, D.O., F.A.A.O.

Dr. Cantieri graduated from Creighton University with a BA in psychology in 1978. He graduated from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA in 1981. He completed a fellowship program in osteopathic manipulative medicine at the University in 1982 and then a rotating internship at Des Moines General Hospital in 1983.

He performed general practice for the next three years before becoming the associate director of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at Phoenix General Hospital. In 1990 Dr. Cantieri moved to South Bend, Indiana to become the Director of Medical Education of the former Michiana Community Hospital, In 1993 he established Corrective Care, a private medical practice devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of difficult pain problems. Dr. Cantieri is board certified in osteopathic manipulative medicine. He is the Co-author of "Principles of Prolotherapy."

Dr. Cantieri is a member of the American Academy of Osteopathy, a member of its board of trustees and Past-President of the Academy from 1999-2000. He is an Affiliate Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a former chair of the Academy's Hospital Assistance Committee and a member of its Bureau of Experts and its Medical Education Committee. He is a 1996 graduate of the American Osteopathic Association and Ohio University and Michigan State University fellowship program in health policy. In March of 1997 Dr. Cantieri was elevated to the status of Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy, one of only 75 physicians in this country to receive this recognition. He is past Chairman of the Indiana Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons Committee on Legislative Affairs and is a member of the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine and the American Osteopathic Association.

Ivan Aleksic, MD, PhD, FETCS

Dr. Aleksic is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon based in Wurzburg, Germany. He is a graduate of Göttingen Medical School in 1989. He finished his surgery residency in 1993 at Göttingen CT. He has done an HTX research fellowship Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, U.S.A. in 1993. Dr. Aleksic had been a Staff Surgeon at Essen Medical School from 2002 to 2007. Currently, he is a Staff Surgeon at University Hospital Würzburg.

Some of Dr. Aleksic’s special interests include Cardiac transplantation, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Alternative surgical therapies for heart failure, and Lung transplantation.

Dr. Aleksic also has many publications appearing on PubMEd. Some of them are “Glutathione preconditioning ameliorates mitochondria dysfunction during warm pulmonary ischemia-reperfusion injury,” “Ischemia-reperfusion injury-induced pulmonary mitochondrial damage,” “Cardiac surgery and hematologic malignancies: a retrospective single-center analysis of 56 consecutive patients,” “Cone degeneration following rod ablation in a reversible model of retinal degeneration,” “Sexual dimorphism of skull shape in a lacertid lizard species (Podarcis spp., Dalmatolacerta sp., Dinarolacerta sp.) revealed by geometric morphometrics,” “Cardiac operations in the presence of meningioma,” and “Heartmate II implantation with right coronary bypass grafting in ischemic cardiomyopathy with "fixed" pulmonary hypertension: treatment strategy to protect right ventricular function,” among many others.

Marion Boyd Gillespie MD, MS

Dr. Gillespie specializes in Otolaryngology and is based in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1994, and completed a residency in Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins in 1999, followed by a one year fellowship in head and neck surgery and laryngology. Dr. Gillespie received a Masters in Clinical Research from the MUSC Department of Biometry and Epidemiology in 2004 after completing 2 years of rigorous course work. He is a faculty member in the MUSC Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery since 2000.

He is the Director of the MUSC Snoring Clinics and a surgical consultant to the MUSC Sleep Disorders Center. He is currently director of the MUSC Salivary Endoscopy program which has been designated the U.S. Reference Center for salivary endoscopy training. He has published over 70 papers and book chapters on diseases of the head and neck, and has given presentations at over 100 regional and national conferences. He serves on national committees on head and neck cancer, evidence-based medicine, and sleep apnea. Dr. Gillespie is a consultant to the American Academy of Anesthesiology’s guidelines on the management of the sleep apnea patient. He has had grant funding from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Disorders. During his professional career, Dr. Gillespie has focused on the care of patients with head and neck cancer, thyroid tumors, voice and airway disorders, swallowing disorders, and sleep apnea.

Dr. Gillespie is actively involved in organized medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery, American Medical Association, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and is a fellow in both the American College of Surgeons and the American Head & Neck Society. He is a guest examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology, and a governor for the SC Society of Otolaryngology. He is past president of the SC Chapter of the Yul Brynner Head & Neck Cancer Foundation which supports head and neck cancer survivors and their families. Dr. Gillespie is an elder at First Scots Presbyterian Church and lives in Mt. Pleasant with his wife and three children.

Gary Magee, MD

Dr. Magee is certified from the American Board of Anesthesiology with added Qualifications in Pain Management. As an original founder of a small anesthesia group in 1987 Dr. Magee has managed the work schedules for his group that grew to become a large cardiac and GI center with clinical services at multiple locations.

He is the Founder and Vice President of Barrington Anesthesia Associates and owner of Currently, he is also the President of Productive Scheduling Solutions, which is a software company specializing in web based scheduling systems for human resource deployment.

Dr. Magee received his medical degree from the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine in 1982. He finished his internship and residency at the University of Illinois Hospital Chicago. Dr. Magee is also a Fellow of the American College of Pain Medicine.

Sameh Girgis, MD

Dr. Girgis grew up in northern New Jersey. After graduating valedictorian in high school he attended Cornell University. While at Cornell University, he majored in biological sciences and participated in biomedical research in the area of folate metabolism. After graduating from Cornell University, he attended Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).

Dr. Girgis completed a residency in internal medicine at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He is currently licensed to practice medicine in New York, and also board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is working as a hospitalist in New York City at Coney Island Hospital.

Some of Dr. Girgis’ published works are “Purification and properties of a folate-catabolizing enzyme,” “Molecular cloning, characterization and alternative splicing of the human cytoplasmic serine hydroxymethyltransferase gene” and “5-Formyltetrahydrofolate regulates homocysteine remethylation in human neuroblastoma.”

David A. Fisher, MD

Dr. Fisher is an Orthopedic surgeon practicing in Indianapolis with a group called Ortho Indy. His practice is dedicated to providing care to those who suffer from arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, and other degenerative or traumatic conditions of the hip and knee. In that capacity he performs approximately 500 total joint replacement procedures and several arthroscopic procedures annually. While the majority of his patients are from Indiana and the Midwest, he has patients from all over the United States and from 5 foreign countries.

From 1988 until 2005, Dr. Fisher was the Director of the Total Joint Service at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He is currently the Director of the Total Joint Center at the Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital and is the Past-President of Ortho Indy. While many of his patients are referred by their primary care physician or specialists, most are referred by family or friends.

He received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1982. He had his internship at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and his residency at Indiana University School of Medicine. He then finished his fellowship at St. Anthony Hospital in Columbus Ohio.

John R. Vigil, MD

Dr. Vigil is a semi-retired general and vascular surgeon and practicing urgent care and general medical physician. He is the founder, CEO, and Medical Director of Doctor On Call, a unique and innovative medical practice committed to improving the access and quality of medical care to all. Dr. Vigil is a Fellow of the American College of Physician Executives and is currently enrolled in an Executive MBA program at the Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico.

Dr. Vigil completed medical school in 1988 and while in medical school he received two very prestigious awards, The Khatali Alumni Award and the Faculty Award of Excellence recognizing his accomplishments in academics and community service. After the completion of medical school, Dr. Vigil entered a residency in general surgery at the University Of New Mexico Hospital where he completed 4 years of training before moving to Dayton, Ohio where he completed his surgical training in 1994. During his residency, Dr. Vigil admitted into the national honor medical society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Vigil also served honorably as a medical officer in the New Mexico Army National Guard during his residency in New Mexico. In 1995 was initiated as a Fellow into the American College of Surgeons which is one of the highest honors a surgeon can achieve.

Dr. Vigil has passed the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners examination and is certified as an Independent Medical Examiner. Dr. Vigil has been recognized as one of America's "Top Family Doctors" in general medicine and urgent care by the Consumer's Research Council of America for 2009-2010.

Keith Scott-Mumby, M.D., Ph.D., M.B., ChB.

Dr. Keith Scott-Mumby has 30 years of advanced clinical work in diet and nutrition. He is well known by the international press as “Britain’s Number One Allergy Detective.” Dr. Scott-Mumby is a Member of the Royal Society of Medicine, London; Professor of Nutrition at Open International University for Complementary Medicines and a Fellow of the Royal College of Practitioners, Colombo.

Dr. Scott-Mumby has been studying and practicing alternative medicine for 36 years and is the author of several books including "The Food Allergy Plan," "Allergies: What Everyone Should Know," "Virtual Medicine" and now, "Diet Wise: Let Your Body Choose the Food That's Right For You" (available January 16, 2007). He also opened one of the world's first alternative allergy clinics in Manchester, United Kingdom.

After years of controversy over alternative medicines, Dr. Scott-Mumby became well-known, and was finally "accepted" as an expert by the conventional medical world. In fact, by 1990 he was labeled by the media as the "Number One Allergy Detective." In 2005, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Practitioners as well as a professor of energy medicine at the Capital University for Integrative Medicine in Washington. Today, he is on the faculty of the California Institute for Human Science.

Dr. Guilhem Seban

Dr. Guilhem Seban is vascular surgeon based in Annecy, France. He is the former head of clinical medical school of Paris (DES vascular surgery, general surgery), and a member of the French Society for Vascular Surgery, holder of diploma in therapeutic endovascular and medical FMH (general and vascular surgery). Dr. Seban is also holder of the Inter-University Diploma of Medical and Surgical Oncology Thoracic (Faculty of Medicine Paris Descartes, Cochin).

Dr. Seban’s procedures of specialization are EVAR (Endovascular aneurysm repair), Bypass, and endovenous surgery.


Dr. Chew Keng Sheng

Dr. Chew Keng Sheng is a Senior Lecturer/Emergency Medicine Physician at Universiti Sains Malaysia. He received my basic medical degree at Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1999. The doctor completed a year of internship under the internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology rotations.

He worked as a government medical officer in an out-patient family clinic before joining the fraternity of emergency medicine for the last 11 years. He obtained his Master of Medicine (MMED) in Emergency Medicine in 2007.

Dr. Chew is an editorial board member of the International Journal of Emergency Medicine, World Journal of Emergency Medicine, and the International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science (IJCIIS).

He has won several academic awards in both international and national levels: Year 2008 Outstanding Peer Reviewer Award For International Journal of Emergency Medicine, Best Paper Award in The 16th International Symposium on Critical Care & Emergency Medicine 2009, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia (30th July – 1st August 2009), Students’ Popular Choice Lecturer of the Year 2009 Award for the School of Medical Sciences – [Male Clinical Lecturer Category] in 2009, Best Presenter Award for Oral Presentation in the 3rd National Scientific Meeting and Clinical Conference on Emergency Medicine 2009 in Sabah, Malaysia, and the Second prize For Oral Presentation during the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Emergency Medical Services, Ministry of Health Malaysia in 2006.

Gregory S. Pokrywka, MD, FACP, FNLA

Dr. Pokrywka is a Board-Certified Internist from Baltimore/Towson, Maryland. He attended Duke University, worked as a biochemist, attended University of Maryland Medical School and was Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at Mercy Hospital, Baltimore. He has been in private practice since 1987 and formed the Baltimore Lipid Center in 2001.

He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Pokrywka is also a Diplomate at the American Board Clinical Lipidology and a Fellow of the National Lipid Association. He is Certified Menopause Practitioner, the Director of Baltimore Lipid Center, and a Board Member of South East Lipid Association.

Dr. Pokrywka is a member of the American Heart Association Council on Atherosclerosis, the National Lipid Association (NLA), the International and the European Atherosclerosis Societies, the American Society of Preventive Cardiology and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He was elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Southeast Lipid Assn., 2009-2012, serves on the Consumer Affairs Committee of the NLA, and the Professional Education Committee of NAMS. Since 2004 Dr. Pokrywka has conducted over 100 lipid / lipoprotein educational programs / year, nationwide in 42 states since 2001.

Dr. Martin Schwarz

Dr. Schwarz is born, raised and educated in Freiburg, Germany. He started his clinical practice in anesthesiology at Siloam Hospital in Pforzheim. He first practiced surgery in the Department of Hand Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Baden-Baden, then in the Surgical University Clinic Freiburg. He is certified since 1991 as a Member of the Association of German Plastic Surgeons.

He published the book "Freie und gestielte Lappenplastiken" in the Huber-Verlag. Dr. Schwarz is co-author of the standard two-volume work, "Cosmetic Surgery" in Ecomed publisher. He has numerous publications on Liposuction, Reconstruction of the eye socket and nail reconstruction, as well as hand and microsurgery. He is the author of two educational films (Thieme Verlag), a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the journal "The established surgeon," and a Member of the New York Academy of Science.

Dr. Schwarz’s practice ranges from his usual work on several plastic surgery clinics to very complex cases, such as those which encompass the entire surgery of deformities, microsurgery & laser surgery, and cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Bernt-Dieter Huismans

Dr. Huismans received his medical degree from the Universität zu Köln (Chirurgie) in Germany. He had undergone training in general medicine in Köln und in Mayen (Eifel). Dr. Huismans has Training in various fields such as Angiology (Aggertalklinik `Engelskirchen), Cardiology (University of Düsseldorf), and internal medicine (Municipal Hospital Köln-Holweide). In 1975, he set up his practice in Crailsheim (Germany North - Württemberg). He also practiced as an internist and general medical practitioner until 2003 and as national licenser for private airmen and private divers.

Dr. Huismans finished his training in psycho - somatic medicine in 1985. In 1995, he had his training in environmental medicine. He accomplished further education in nano-biology and nano-structure in 2003.

Dr. Pramod Kumar Sharma, MBBS, MS, M.Ch, DNB, MNAMS, FIACS, FCGP

Dr. Sharma finished his medical degree at the LLRM Medical College, Meerut. He also obtained a master’s degree from the same institution. Dr. Sharma finished his master’s degree in surgery (M.Ch.) at Kanpur University in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Dr. Sharma has 17 years of Cardiac Surgery experience. He has independently operated 2000 cases of cabg (300 on pump & 1700 cases off Pump), 300 valve replacement and 100cases of congenital heart disease (Asd, Vsd and Tof). Apart from this he has assisted in more than 10000 cases of Open Heart Surgeries including the Adult Cardiac Surgery and paediatric Cardiac Surgery. He has performed sternotomy in more than 8000 cases; Saphenous vein harvesting in more than 3000 cases; Internal mammary artery harvesting in more than 2500 cases; Proximal anastomosis in CABG more than 1500 cases; and Distal anastomosis in CABG more than2000 cases.

He has actively participated in the Crash cases of PTCA failure in 68 cases. Managed post operative cases of complex paediatric cardiac surgery varying from weighing 3kg to 25kg successfully. Dr. Sharma also participated in developing the technique of Myocardial Protection with antigrade continuous blood cardioplegia during CABG and use of Leucocyte filtration to prevent the reperfusion injury. He assisted in developing the technique of beating heart surgery in our unit at Inderprastha Apollo Hospital and DHLI at New Delhi.

John A. Nesbitt

Dr. Nesbitt currently practices as an Attending Urologist at TJ Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow, Kentucky. He holds three degrees namely Bachelor of Science in Biology, Master of Science in Anatomy, and a medical degree from Wake Forest University, University of Louisville, and University of Louisville School of Medicine respectively. He completed his residency at Duke University Medical Center.

His work experience includes being an Assistant Professor of Urology at The Ohio State University, and a Urologic Surgeon at University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Dr. John Nesbitt’s special expertise Male Infertility and Reproduction, Robotic Surgery, Urologic Oncology, Prostate Urology, and Voiding Dysfunction in males and females. He is named as one of America’s Top Urologists and a member of the American Urological Association and the American College of Surgeons.

Myrdalis Diaz-Ramirez

Dr. Myrdalis Diaz-Ramirez MD practices pain medicine and anesthesiology in Sarasota, Florida. She is board-certified on both Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology. Dr. Diaz-Ramirez obtained her medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is currently connected with the Comprehensive Pain Center of Sarasota in Florida.

Dr. Diaz-Ramirez focuses on consultation and diagnostic evaluation for both acute and chronic pain disorders, neuropathic pain, cancer pain, and pain of uncertain etiology. The diagnostic and therapeutic procedures she specialize includes occipital and paravertebral nerve blocks; sympathetic nerve blocks such as stellate ganglion, celiac plexus, lumbar and thoracic blocks. She is also experienced in minimally invasive spinal treatments like epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, medial branch radiofrequency ablation, intrathecal pain pump, spinal cord stimulator - trials, implant, explant, and revisions.

Daniel A. Medalie

Dr. Medalie prides himself on being at the forefront of plastic surgical technique. He was recently voted by the Best Doctors, Inc. as one of the best plastic surgeons in America (2009-2010). He was then named by US News as one of America’s 'Top Doctors', based on a survey by Castle Connolly in 2011.

Dr. Medalie is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who originally hails from the east coast, having grown up in Washington D.C. and lived in both Boston and New York City. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and then studied art in New York City at Parsons School of Design and the Art Students League, prior to entering Cornell University Medical College. After his third year of medical school, he spent a year in Paris conducting research, returning to Cornell for his fourth year to receive his Doctorate of Medicine with early membership in the honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. At graduation, he and two classmates were recognized as the top three medical students in the graduating class. He then received the honor of being the first physician ever accepted into the new and highly regarded University of Pittsburgh Medical Center integrated plastic surgery training program. This comprehensive program combines six years of general and plastic surgery training with two additional years of intensive research. Dr. Medalie decided to spend those two years at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Shriners Burns Institute as a surgical research fellow studying gene therapy and skin tissue engineering.

Jean-Louis Vincent

Jean-Louis Vincent is Professor of Intensive Care, Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Head of the Department of Intensive Care, Erasme University Hospital (University of Brussels). He earned his medical degree from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium with magna cum laude, with a specialty in Internal Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine. His training included two years of fellowship in critical care medicine at the University of Southern California with Prof Max Harry Weil.

Dr Vincent is presently Secretary General of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine. He is a former President of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), the European Shock Society (ESS) and Past-Chair of the International Sepsis Forum (ISF).

Dr Vincent is the Editor-in-Chief of Critical Care, Current Opinion in Critical Care and ICU Management. He is a member of the editorial board of about 30 international journals including Critical Care Medicine (Senior Editor), Public Library of Science (PLoS), Lancet Infectious Diseases, Anesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine, Chest, Shock and Journal of Critical Care.

He received the Foundation André Loicq award in 1986, the Foundation De Kerckheer award in 2000, the Distinguished Investigator award of the Society of Critical Care Medicine in 2001 and the College Medalist Award of the American College of Chest Physicians in 2003. He was the Recipient of the 'Society Medal' (lifetime award) of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine in 2009 and he received 'Prix Scientifique Joseph Maison-Sciences biomédicales cliniques' (scientific award of the FRS-FNRS) in 2010.

Dr Vincent's main fields of research interest and investigation are sepsis, acute circulatory failure (circulatory shock) and its treatment, oxygen transport, haemodynamic monitoring, vital emergencies and a special interest in the ethical aspects of intensive care. For 31 years, Dr Vincent has organized an International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine which is held every March in Brussels. This symposium, which gathers around 6,000 participants, has become one of the largest meetings in the field.

Osvaldas Pranevicius

Dr. Pranevicius practices in New York, NY. He is board-certified on both Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology. He obtained his medical degree from the Kaunas Medical Institute in Lithuania.

He finished his residency at the State University of New York, Health Science Center in Brooklyn and his fellowship training at St. Luke Roosevelt Hospital Center. Currently, Dr. Pranevicius is connected to New York Hospital Queens in Flushing, New York.

Jay Bansal

Jay Bansal, MD, is a highly educated ophthalmologist who has trained at some of the US’ foremost educational institutions. He received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska, School of Medicine and went on to complete an internship at Los Angeles County Hospital as well as a residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he was Chief Resident. He also completed a fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at Hermann Eye Center, University of Texas Medical Center.

Jay Bansal, MD, medical director of LaserVue Eye Center is a nationally recognized Refractive Surgery specialist. Dr. Bansal is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the Council for Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance. Recognized as a VISX Star Surgeon and one of “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” by Consumers’ Research Council, Dr. Bansal was among the first surgeons in California to perform the LASIK procedure. His career is dedicated to the research, teaching, and practice of advanced vision correction techniques. He has performed over 18,000 successful LASIK procedures and is certified as a trainer to other surgeons on both the VISX™ STAR and IntraLase™ Femtosecond laser systems. Dr. Bansal was the first surgeon in Northern California to offer the Wavelight Allegretto excimer laser to Bay Area LASIK patients.

Jeffrey T. Junig, MD, PhD

Dr. Junig is a board-certified psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a practicing psychiatrist at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Student Health Service and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

After graduating from Carroll College in Wisconsin, Dr. Junig went straight to grad school at the Center for Brain Research, University of Rochester, NY, without any significant thought toward an eventual career. Those thoughts eventually materialized as he was finishing my PhD, leading him to continue his education in Medical School at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He then did a residency in Anesthesiology at Penn and the affiliated hospitals, and became Board Certified in Anesthesiology in 1993. He entered residency in psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2003 and became Board Certified in Psychiatry in 2008.

Seth Zeidman

Dr. Zeidman attended Duke University for both undergraduate and medical school. He graduated with honors from Trinity College of Duke University. He graduated from Duke University School of Medicine with Special Recognition for excellence in Internal Medicine and Pathology. He completed an internship in General Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital as well as a Residency in Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Zeidman completed a fellowship in Neurosurgical Research with an emphasis on brain and spinal tumors at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda Maryland. Following a year as the Assistant Chief of Service at the Johns Hopkins Hospital he served in the US Army as director of Neurosurgical Spinal Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He relocated to Rochester in 1999 and was appointed the director of Complex Spinal Neurosurgery at the University of Rochester – Strong Memorial Hospital. In 2002 he founded Rochester Brain and Spine and has since served as its President and founding Partner.

Asaad H. Samra

Dr. Asaad H. Samra, a native of New Jersey, received his Bachelors of Arts in Biology in 1997 from the highly prestigious Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He then returned to NJ where he obtained his medical degree in 2001 from the prominent UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Upon graduating, he went on to train in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Baylor College of Medicine's world renowned residency program located at the largest medical center in the world, Texas Medical Center. While there, Dr. Asaad H. Samra obtained extensive experience operating with some of the nation's top surgeons in some of the country's finest institutions including the Texas Children's Hospital and the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

In addition to his clinical training, he also conducted research and gave many presentations on a variety of topics ranging from cosmetic surgical and non-surgical interventions to extensive reconstructive surgery. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Asaad H. Samra is delighted to be back in his home state to start his practice. He has a special interest in aesthetic surgery, breast surgery, as well as hand and post-traumatic reconstruction.

Jim Cunnar, M.D.

James Cunnar M.D., Medical director of Dupage Family Medicine, did his undergraduate training at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Illinois in 1990. He completed his medical education at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 1994. His residency training was performed at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, Indiana, after which he became board certified in Family Practice in 1997.

Dr. Cunnar's clinical interests include pediatrics, diabetes, and women's health. Other professional interests include clinical research, in which he has participated as a principal investigator in numerous studies.

Arthur Dean Jabs, Jr.

Dr. Dean Jabs is an experienced, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons trained, board certified, plastic surgeon, dedicated to providing quality, state of the art plastic surgery to patients in the Maryland-Virginia-Washington, DC metro area as well as to patients from around the world. He has been in practice since 1989 and possesses skills that have led to thousands of happy patients. Dr. Jabs performs all aspects of cosmetic plastic surgery. He has special expertise in minimal incision facial rejuvenations (similar to the "Quicklift"), small incision breast augmentation, nasal surgery (rhinoplasty) both primary and revision and body sculpting (tummy tucks, liposuction) utilizing the latest Vaser techniques.

He is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). He is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons. He holds the prestigious Certificate of Added Qualification in Cosmetic Surgery from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery as well as the Physicians Recognition Award from the American Medical Association.

Dr. Jabs graduated from the University of Southern California before pursuing graduate work at the University of Illinois in Chicago where he received a Ph.D. in Immunology. He then attended Rush Medical College in Chicago obtaining his M.D. in 1984. Dr. Jabs trained in general surgery at St.Vincent's Hospital in New York City followed by plastic surgery training at world renowned Columbia University before moving to the Washington, D.C. area.

David Kahn

Dr. David Kahn was born and raised in the New York City metropolitan area. He graduated from Tufts University with honors both overall and for his thesis. Dr. Kahn went on to earn his medical degree at the Albany Medical College. In Albany, he received an award for outstanding academic achievement in surgery. He then completed a five-year General Surgery residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, serving as Chief Resident in his final year. As a resident he discovered his love for the challenges of achieving artistic results for those who were born with deformity, had it thrust on them through trauma or disease, or those who wanted to make a change in their life. Because of this passion, Dr. Kahn pursued Plastic Surgery fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco. He followed this with sub-specialty fellowship training at the Institute for Reconstructive Plastic Surgery located at New York University Medical Center and then completed his training at Stanford University with a fellowship in Craniofacial and Maxillofacial Surgery.

In August 2000, Dr. Kahn joined the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery. Dr. Kahn is a board certified Plastic Surgeon, and is an active member of several societies including The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

In 2010 Dr. Kahn was inducted into the prestigious American Association of Plastic Surgeons. His research interests are in studying how the face changes with age, and toward finding an optimal approach to rejuvenation. He has also authored and is continuing to work on studies that focus on improving the results of surgery on the nose, breast and body contouring. He has authored chapters on facelifts, and other aspects of cosmetic surgery for several textbooks. In addition he has presented his research, and approach to cosmetic plastic surgery at meetings both nationally and internationally. Dr. Kahn's surgical expertise is in aesthetic surgery focusing on the face, nose, breast and body.

Leonard A. Rubinstein, M.D.

Dr. (Prof.) Leonard A. Rubinstein has been and continues serving as an invited speaker and Faculty Member of numerous national and international medical symposia where he is invited to teach the innovative techniques he has developed. In private practice for over 25 years in Sarasota, Florida, USA, he has served on the Faculty of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, the Mexican Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, the Italian Society of Cosmetic Surgery, and the Spanish Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, to name just a few. He will serve on the Faculty of the upcoming Korean Congress of Anti-Aging Medicine and the Brazilian Congress on Anti-Aging Medicine and Bio-technologies.

Dr. Rubinstein is credited for many advances in the fields of Cosmetic Surgery, including an innovative approach to Cosmetic Breast Enhancement Surgery wherein his surgical approach can be performed without a resultant scar on the skin. This unique approach, called RejuvENHANCE Intra-Areolar Multi-W-Plasty Technique, which he developed has been featured in several trade journals, including the April 2003 issue of the national publication Cosmetic Surgery Times, and has been the featured topic of many medical symposia. Having served on the development of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and its efforts in brining Liposuction to America, and as one of the first Cosmetic Surgeons to perform Liposuction Surgery in the United States, Dr. Rubinstein's unique techniques of Liposculpture Body Contour Enhancement, including his RejuvLiposelective Ultrasound-assisted Liposculpture, have earned him world-wide recognition as a master surgeon and he is frequently invited to serve as Faculty of Liposuction Surgery meetings.

Dr. Rubinstein prides himself in always reaching out to the latest advances in his field and strives to provide the latest treatment options to his patients. He promotes an Integrative Approach to the practice of Medicine, Rejuvenation and Anti-Aging which he prefers to refer to as Healthy Age Management. As such, after completing his Allopathic Medical training at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, his Internal Medicine and General Surgical Residency years, and his specialty training in Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University, he pursued further training in Body Contour Cosmetic Surgery and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. He then obtained further training in Homeopathic Medicine in Germany and Oriental Medicine in China. Dr. Rubinstein’s office practice and teaching includes a merging of Allopathy, Homeopathy, Osteopathy, and Oriental Medicine into virtually every aspect of his care of patients. In his practice of Allergy, Dr. Rubinstein has promoted the embracing of the more modern accepted alternative to skin prick allergy testing called in-vitro allergen-specific allergy testing and the use of sublingual allergy drops as desensitization treatment in place of allergy shots.

David Kirsch

Dr. David Kirsch offers a full range of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures and has been in practice since 1977. Dr. Kirsch is a member of the most important surgery associations in Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and in the United States (The American Society of Plastic Surgeons). He studied at Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Mexico. Dr. Kirsch finished both his general surgery and plastic surgery residency at Centre Universitaire Hospitalier Regional De Nancy in France.

Dr. David Kirsch is a proud member in some of the most important plastic surgery associations nationally and internationally. They include: Associete member of Sociedad Española de Cirugía Plástica, Certified by Consejo Mexicano de Cirugía Plástica y Reconstructiva, Member of Asociación Mexicana de Cirugía Plástica, Estética y Reconstructiva, A.C., Member of Asociación Mexicana de Cirujanos Plásticos, Member of Sociedad Suiza de Cirujanos Plásticos, Member of ISAPS International Society of Aestetic & Plastic Surgery, Founder Member of Asociación Noreste de Cirugía Plástica, Estética y Reconstructiva A.C., and Member of The American Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

Michael A. Zadeh, MD

Michael A. Zadeh, M.D. is a Board Certified General Surgeon practicing in the San Fernando Valley area. He completed his internship and residency training in General Surgery at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. Saint Barnabas has long been recognized as the top hospital in the state of New Jersey and was recently ranked as the 13th best hospital in the United States by AARP Modern Maturity Magazine.

Dr. Zadeh’s passion for surgery is reflected in the wide variety of procedures he performs. He has a special interest in laparoscopic surgery in which he is highly trained, and is one of the few surgeons in the Los Angeles area who performs Single Port Laparoscopic Surgery procedures. His expertise in minimally invasive techniques, along with the application of the most up-to-date and evidence-based treatment strategies, leads not only to great surgical results with minimal scars, but also enables him to produce the best outcome for his patients.

Dr. Zadeh is also a skilled provider of BOTOX and JUVEDERM treatments. His intimate knowledge and understanding of facial anatomy enables him to provide precise injections that produce the exact effects desired by patients, and avoids treatment complications.

Most importantly is Dr. Zadeh’s commitment to superior patient care and education. This motivation resonates throughout his practice and office staff, who pride themselves in taking extra steps for their patients’ satisfaction. Dr. Zadeh's patients receive exemplary service, not just good medical care.

Hythem Ali Alsum

Dr. Alsum specializes in Obstetric Critical Care Medicine. He obtained his medical degree from King Khalid University and finished his residency training at King Abdulaziz Medical City, National Guard Health Affairs. He had his fellowship training at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences.

Currently, Dr. Alsum is working as the chairman of the maternal ICU and the head of academic affairs and postgraduate education at Alyamamah Women and Children Hospital, Riyadh, KSA. He is also the chairman of the Saudi chapter of obstetric critical care.


Alampallam K. Venkatachalam

Dr. A.K. Venkatachalam acquired his MS in Orthopedics from one of Asia’s busiest orthopedic institutes, The Central Institute of Orthopaedics at Safdarjang hospital, New Delhi. His interests in Joint replacements took him to the UK where he gained extensive training in primary and revision at some of the best hospitals. These include hospitals in Northwest England, Scotland and Addenbrooke’s hospital. He acquired post graduate qualifications from India and the UK. Later he visited centers of excellence in knee surgery in Australia, Belgium and Dubai. He has spoken at international conferences in Arab health conference, Dubai and International medical tourism conference in Canada.

In the UK he got a sound exposure in all super specialties like Joint replacements, revision surgery, arthroscopy, spinal surgery, paediatric orthopaedic surgery, hand and foot surgery and trauma.

He has been working as a consultant in private hospitals in India and abroad for the last thirteen years. His teaching appointments include the post of an Associate Professor at the Chettinad medical college, Tamil nadu, India.

He is presently a consultant at the Chettinad super specialty hospital. This hospital has state of the art infra-structure and equipment. He attracts patients from India and abroad.

His articles have been published in newspapers like The Hindu, Indian Express, Deccan Chronicle, Time, Woman’s era etc. He contributes articles to several news, papers, journals and magazines. He has been interviewed by British TV Channel 4, CNN IBN & Indian channels for his experience in treating overseas patients from the UK, USA and Canada. He participated at the International medical tourism Expo in London, June 2006

Susan L. Vannucci, D.O., NMD

Dr. Susan L. Vannucci DO, NMD practices obstetrics & gynecology in Roseburg, Oregon. Dr. Vanucci finished her osteopathic medicine education from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (Western University of Health Sciences). She had her internship training at Los Angeles County USC and her residency at University of Southern Alabama.

Currently, Dr. Vannucci is a board-certified gynecologist in private practice at La Bella Vita health and Wellness in Roseburg, Oregon.

Shakir Husain

Dr Shakir Husain graduated from The RNT Medical College, Udaipur in 1986, completed residency in Internal Medicine at the same Institute to obtain MD (Internal Medicine) in 1991. He joined a post-doctoral programme in Neurology at G B Pant Hospital & Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi to obtain DM (Neurology) from Delhi University in 1995.He worked at GB Pant Hospital as senior research associate in the Department of Neurology and as a neurologist at St. Stephen's hospital, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital and VIMHANS in New Delhi before leaving for Zurich for a Fellowship in Interventional Neuroradiology.

He completed fellowship in Interventional Neuroradiology at the Institute of Neuroradiology, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland in 1999. He had visiting fellowships in Interventional Neuroradiology at Fondation Ophthalmique Adolphe de Rothschild, Paris and University Hospital Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany. He worked as a Consultant Neurologist & Interventional Neuroradiologist at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India from May 1999 till October 2009. He is currently with the Max Group of Hospitals as the Director of Interventional Neurology. His clinical & research interests are in brain and spine interventions, especially carotid stenting and intracranial angioplasty & stenting, aneurysm coiling, brain and spinal AVM embolization. He is the author of several book chapters and original publications in various journals. He has designed a fellowship program in Stroke & Interventional Neurology and started it in the year 2004 at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi. He has now joined Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket and has taken the Fellowship programme with him. He is closely involved in the development of comprehensive Stroke and Neurointervention centers in Asia Pacific region in collaboration with the universities and major hospitals of this region.

Marc E. Yune, MD

Dr. Marc Yune is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon. After graduating with honors from medical school and completing his residency in head and neck surgery at Indiana University, he was selected for a fellowship in facial plastic surgery with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and Lake Oconee area. During his fellowship, he worked with leaders in the field of facial plastic surgery and achieved the highest level of training available.

Dr. Yune has written and lectured nationally on many topics relating to facial plastic surgery. He is a volunteer surgeon for the Face to Face domestic violence project and a spokesperson for and fellow of the AAFPRS. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.

As a recognized authority on facial plastic surgery, Dr. Marc Yune has been featured on CNN, Discovery Health Channel, She TV, and the Women's Entertainment Network.

Walter Eric Jacobson

Dr. Jacobson, a graduate of Cornell University, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and the UCLA / San Fernando Valley Psychiatry Residency Program, is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who has been in private practice in the Los Angeles area since 1999.

He specializes in insight-oriented psychotherapy, cognitive-behavior therapy, spiritual psychotherapy, couples therapy, equine-assisted psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and past life regression therapy.

He’s also a Motivational & Inspirational Speaker and a Mastery Of Life Mentor guiding people towards the fulfillment of their goals and dreams. He has authored his first book, Forgive To Win!, which teaches people techniques for building self-esteem, eliminating sabotaging behaviors, and creating the lives that they want.

Richard Saint Cyr

Dr. Richard Saint Cyr is an American board-certified family medicine physician with considerable clinical experience both in the U.S. and China. He completed a bachelor’s degree in English at Columbia University (New York) before turning his interests to the medical field. He received his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine (USA) and his Family Medicine specialty certification from the University of California, San Francisco program at Sutter Santa Rosa Medical Center.

Dr. Saint Cyr began his medical career at three different California health care providers: 1) the Russian River Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center; 2) the Petaluma Health Center (USA), and 3) St. Joseph’s Urgent Care Clinics. In February 2007, he moved to Beijing and worked for International SOS Clinic and later at the International Medical Center as a staff physician, with frequent consulting opportunities with the United Nations Development Programme as well as the U.S. Embassy. Dr. Saint Cyr joined Beijing United Family Hospital in May 2011 where he continues his family medicine practice, as well as taking a position as their Director of Clinical Marketing and Communications for the United Family Healthcare chain of hospitals and clinics in China.

Dr Saint Cyr also has a large media presence in Beijing, and his wellness blog ( is the most popular expat medical Web site in China. He is also the featured health columnist for BeijingKids magazine. He is dedicated to providing international-standard primary care to the expatriate and local communities in Beijing. He has a strong interest in supporting the modernization and education efforts related to China's primary health care system.

Dr. Saint Cyr speaks English and Spanish and is learning Mandarin.

Dr. Alfonso Jimenez

Dr. Alfonso Fernandez Jimenez DO practices family practice in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He graduated from Michigan State University College Of Osteopathic Medicine. He finished his internship training at LAC Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and his fellowship at University of Hawaii.

He is recipient of various honors and awards which includes: Physician Recognition Award, 1999; Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice, 1996; AOA/Burroughs-Wellcome Resident Leadership Award, 1994; Patient Education Resident Scholarship Award, 1994; Diplomate, National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, 1993; Family Medicine Upjohn Achievement Award-Clinical Performance, 1992; National Medical Fellowship Award, 1988; and Pre-Medicine Science Scholarship, 1986.

Dr. Darren Lee, MBBS, MRCP (UK), MRCP (London)

Dr Darren Lee received his medical degree from International Medical University, Malaysia. After completing his internship in Taiping Hospital, he went on to specialize in Internal Medicine and was awarded membership of Royal College of Physicians (MRCP), United Kingdom in 2010. He developed strong interest in Nephrology, and continues to pursue his subspecialization in Renal Medicine, Singapore General Hospital since 2011.

His interest includes Kidney transplantation and Interventional Nephrology especially on exciting application of renal denervation. He is actively involved in academic training, clinical researches and he is a member of many national and international medical societies.

Beside his academic career, Dr Darren Lee has found great satisfaction from running his blog, called “Life of Medicine & Magic”, sharing his thoughts on medicine as well as another side of him performing magic professionally, as a form of arts which he uniquely entertains and brings joy to people and his patients.

Paul T Finger, MD, FACS

Dr. Paul T. Finger, M.D., F.A.C.S. is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is the founding Director of Ocular Tumor Services at several renowned institutions, including the New York University School of Medicine (where he also serves as a clinical professor of Ophthalmology), New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, Tisch Hospital, and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. He is fellowship trained in ocular tumor, orbital disease and ophthalmic radiation therapy.

Dr. Finger has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers in and around the eye. These cancers are all rare and typically diagnosed without biopsy. That is why his more than 25 years of experience with research, teaching and clinical care are so important. In order to make the diagnosis, Dr. Finger uses the latest diagnostic imaging and ultrasound techniques. In fact, he has researched and developed many of the diagnostic techniques now employed around the world. These include high frequency anterior segment ultrasound ("ultrasonic biomicroscopy," or UBM), OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography), digital imaging and the "Finger Iridectomy Technique" biopsy when indicated.

Dr. Finger has published more than 190 original articles, 30 book chapters and scientific reviews. He has worked on national and international committees to improve radiation therapy and develop a standard "universal" language to classify eye tumors. As chair of the Ophthalmic Oncology Task Force of the American Joint Committee on Cancer, he worked with 45 eye cancer specialists from 11 countries to make universal staging and a common scientific language a reality.

George Perry

Dr. Perry is professor of biology and dean of the College of Sciences at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is past-president of the American Association of Neuropathologists, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, and recognized as one of the top ten most cited scientists in Alzheimer's disease research. He is a member of the Alamo Chapter of Sigma Xi, Dana Alliance on Brain Initiatives, Iberoamerican Molecular Biology Organization, Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow Linnean Society, Fellow Royal Society of Medicine, Fellow Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow Microscopy Society of America, Foreign Corresponding member the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences and Corresponding member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences.

Perry received his bachelor's of arts degree in zoology with high honors from University of California Santa Barbara. After graduation, he headed to Scripps Institution of Oceanography and obtained his Ph.D. in marine biology under David Epel in 1979. He then received a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Cell Biology in the laboratories of Drs. Bill Brinkley and Joseph Bryan at Baylor College of Medicine where he laid the foundation for his observations of abnormalities in cell structures. In 1982, Perry joined the faculty of Case Western Reserve University, where he currently holds an adjunct appointment.

He is distinguished as one of the top Alzheimer’s disease researchers with over 900 publications, one of the top 100 most-cited scientists in neuroscience and behavior. Perry has been cited over 27,000 times and is recognized as an ISI highly cited researcher. Perry is editor for numerous journals and is editor-in-chief for the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, Microscopy Society of America, Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Society of Medicine, Society of Biology and the Linnean Society of London, past-president of the American Association of Neuropathologists, Foreign Correspondent Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences, Corresponding member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and member of the Iberoamerican Molecular Biology Organization. He won the Distinguished Professional Mentor award from the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Sciences and the Panama National Plaque of Honor for Excellence in Neuroscience.

Dr. David E. Marcinko, FACFAS, MBA

Two-plus decades experience as a dynamic industry leader highly experienced as a reconstructive foot and ankle surgeon, visiting professor, health economist, marketing and sales consultant, visionary, C+ level executive and serial entrepreneur. A nationally recognized strategic management expert on health leadership trends, operations, financial management, competitive analysis and IT solutions that shape competitive medical care and related fast- paced ERP and health plan markets. Armed with extensive industry contacts, client engagements and national notoriety, with proven skills for preparing CEOs, CFOs, VPs, directors, managers and inside/outside executives, leaders and sales teams to approach the future of medical business and marketing proactively with hybrid heutagogic principles of customer-centricity and Miller-Heiman strategic-selling initiatives; combining them with contemporary operational management principles for industry modernity. Skills augmented by strong medical, technical and business qualifications with an impressive track record of strategic planning, business development and operational strategies. A leader familiar with Six Sigma to successfully analyze critical business requirements, identify deficiencies and potential opportunities and develop innovative cost-effective team solutions for enhancing competitiveness and executing goals that increase revenues and improve customer service offerings.

  • Functioned as a surgeon and physician-executive at the Board and senior management level in complex healthcare organizations as CXO, strategist and advisor. Roles include a gamut of organizational positions in start-ups - to mature - and pre IPO firms. Value emphasizes as a collaborative thought leader and change agent to enable optimal results.
  • Acted in senior management, CEO, CXO, VP and system implementation consulting roles for single and multi-entity healthcare systems. Varied implementation experience of integrated healthcare systems, capable of addressing the intricacies of consolidation.
  • Excelled at thought leadership by simplifying complex organizational ideas, resulting in enhanced performance and engagements with limited obstacles. Proficient in business process design, along with a client-focused approach to consulting and employee- focused approach to leadership, enabling successful completion of multiple business lines and implementations in health economics, finance and clinical matters.
  • Nationally known writer, editor, speaker, thought leader and expert legal witness

Ray M. Chu, M.D.

Ray M. Chu, M.D. is board certified attending neurosurgeon in the Brain Center of Excellence at the Department of Neurosurgery and part of the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He focuses on operative work for brain tumors as well as radio surgery such as gamma knife, but he also perform some spine surgery, surgery for adult hydrocephalus (including endoscopic procedures, shunting with programmable valves), and peripheral nerve surgery.

Cedars-Sinai is proud to be the first site in the United States with the most current intraoperative MRI and Dr. Chu has taken the lead in utilizing this new technology. Dr. Chu was listed as one of America's Top Surgeons and LA Magazine's Super Doctors. He also co-authored a chapter for the Textbook of Neurological Surgery: Principles and Practice and wrote a chapter on surgical management of high grade gliomas.Cedars-Sinai is proud to be the first site in the United States with the most current intraoperative MRI and Dr. Chu has taken the lead in utilizing this new technology. Dr. Chu was listed as one of America's Top Surgeons and LA Magazine's Super Doctors. He also co-authored a chapter for the Textbook of Neurological Surgery: Principles and Practice and wrote a chapter on surgical management of high grade gliomas.

Daniel Royal

Dr. Daniel Royal, DO, HMD, JD, Physician and Medical Director for the Royal Medical Group (RMG), holds a license to practice osteopathic medicine and surgery in the States of Nevada, Wisconsin and Utah and homeopathic medicine in the State of Nevada. He obtained board certified by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (1997 to 2005). In addition, he is licensed as an attorney to practice law with the State Bar of Nevada and the United States Patent Office.

During his undergraduate studies, he attended Brigham Young University as a Dean's Scholar and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV). He interrupted his college career to serve a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hamburg, Germany. Upon his return, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from UNLV in Biology. He went on to attend the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (now Western University Health Sciences) in Pomona, California where he obtained his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing his residency training at Mesa General Hospital, he became licensed as an osteopathic physician and began practicing in Las Vegas, Nevada. Later, he obtained his board certification in Family Practice.

Charles Parker

Dr. Parker is a Child and Adult psychiatrist, and board certified in Adult and Forensic psychiatry. He specializes in diagnostic and medical services for troubled children, adolescents and adults. His broad range of clinical experience from psychoanalysis to substance abuse, to psychopharmacology and SPECT neuroimaging, – and his experience with systems/functional medicine and neurofeedback provide a comprehensive foundation for treatment interventions and recommendations.

Dr. Parker’s philosophy starts with a consistent practice of teamwork with everyone from the family in the office to a growing team of national and international providers with whom he regularly consults. With 40 years of experience he is interested in a variety of treatment issues from the challenging to the apparently simple, with patients who have multiple issues and treatment trials, and those uncomfortable with that first psychiatric consultation. Frequently he presents to a variety of national medical and lay audiences on topics from neuroimaging to advances in psychopharmacology, and the growing pervasive problems with the downstream brain effects of neurotoxins.

Leslie Kardos

Dr. Leslie Kardos has practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology for fifteen years. She completed her undergraduate degree in French and Physiology at UC Berkeley. She then moved to Boston and received her MD from Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Kardos did her residency training at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. During this time she completed a course in advanced laparoscopy and was appointed administrative chief resident.

Dr. Kardos has become one of the leading gynecological surgeons in the Bay Area. She specializes in advanced laparoscopy and robotic surgery. Her goal is to offer minimally invasive surgery whenever possible.

Dr. Leslie Kardos is a clinical instructor at UCSF Medical School where she is involved in teaching students and residents. She is Chief of Gynecology and Director of Gynecologic Robotic Surgery at California Pacific Medical Center. She serves on the Medical Executive Committee and the New Technology Committee.

Dr. Kardos is an official proctor for Intuitive Surgical da Vinci minimally invasive robotic procedures. This means she has done more procedures than the majority of surgeons and other surgeons refer patients to her, ask her to help them do the procedure or teach them how to do the procedure in their own hospitals. She is a member of S.F. Gyn Society, the S.F. Medical Society and The Society for Laparoscopic Surgeons.

Hatem Abou-Sayed

Dr. Abou-Sayed has particular interests in minimally invasive breast augmentation, breast reconstruction, rhinoplasty, facelifting, and abdominoplasty. He is also the Medical Director of the JFK Wound Management Center and Chairman of the Young Physicians Section of the Palm Beach County Medical Society. He was recently appointed to the volunteer clinical faculty of the University of Vermont at St. Mary's Medical Center and Voluntary Assistant Professor of Surgery at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Abou-Sayed is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has earned numerous academic awards for excellence in scholarship.
Dr. Abou-Sayed joined Plastic Surgery of Palm Beach in 2003. Since joining the practice, Dr. Abou-Sayed has won the hearts and minds of many patients and referring physicians, as well as the staff. He keeps up to date on new techniques and regularly pursues continuing education at plastic surgical conferences. During his long residency training, Dr. Abou-Sayed received surgical instruction from many recognized leaders in breast reconstruction, aesthetic surgery, and complex reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Abou-Sayed received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). While pursuing his academic career, Dr. Abou-Sayed worked as a Research Assistant for both the University of California Department of Surgery and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories in Berkeley, California. He then completed a five-year Residency in surgery at Harvard Medical School's prestigious Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, before returning to UCSF for his plastic surgery training. In his spare time, he plays several musical instruments and enjoys sports and the arts.

Dr. Abou-Sayed's opinions are sought by local and national media outlets, and he has extensive public speaking experience. He is exploring several entrepreneurial projects and has matriculated in the Executive MBA program at the prestigious Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

John Karamichalis

Dr. Karamichalis is affiliated with Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, Department of Cardiac Surgery. His specialties include adult cardiac surgery, pediatric surgery, and general thoracic surgery.

He graduated from the University of Oxford Medical School. He completed his General Surgery residency at the University of Nebraska, his Cardiothoracic Surgery residency at the University of Tennessee, and his Congenital Cardiac Surgery residency at the University of Colorado Children’s Hospital. Dr. Karamichalis is also a Clinical Instructor of Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of California at San Francisco.

His interests include pediatric cardiac surgery, complexity scoring systems/clinical outcomes and cardiac transplantation. He has written a number of articles including “Surgery residents and volunteerism” and “Mentoring the modern surgeon.”

David D. Clarke, MD

David D. Clarke, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology Emeritus and Senior Scholar at the Center for Ethics at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He is President of the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association (U.S.), Clinical Advisor to the Stress Illness Recovery Practitioners Association (U.K.) and a Clinical Lecturer with Pacific University. He is board-certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine and practiced Gastroenterology in Portland, Oregon from 1984 to 2009. In surveys of physicians by Portland Monthly magazine in the metropolitan area, Dr. Clarke was twice named one of the “Top Doctors” in his specialty. He has received numerous awards for patient care and is a member of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the American Psychosomatic Society and the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association.

Dr. Clarke is a graduate of Williams College (Phi Beta Kappa) and the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine where he received the Mosby Award for clinical excellence. He completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Gastroenterology at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane, Australia and at Oxford University in England. He was the Ethics Director for his medical group from 2005-2008.

David Ross

Dr. Ross has performed thousands of cosmetic surgery procedures in Chicago from facial cosmetic surgery to all forms of body contouring and sculpting. Whitney Lasky quotes, "For a more serious nip and tuck, choose Dr. David Ross at the Chicago Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute, he's "THE BEST".

However, Dr. Ross is best known for his expertise in breast augmentation, lift and reduction. A local news article once written about Dr. Ross was entitled, “The Best Breast in the West.” His skills in Cosmetic Breast Surgery helped him become a leader in Reconstructive Surgery of the breast following mastectomy. His experience in mastectomy reconstruction qualified him to act as one of the founding medical advisors for the Y-Me Breast Cancer Support Group. He now serves as medical advisor emeritus for this National Organization.

Dr. Ross has published several articles for peer reviewed journals and has authored a chapter on Cosmetic Surgery for the male in a book on Men’s Health published by the AMA. He has appeared on numerous television programs including the Oprah Winfrey Show, Sally Jesse Raphael Show, the Jenny Jones Show, the MacNeil-Leher News Hour, Primetime Lifestyle on CBS the Learning Channel and Fox Broadcast News. Dr. Ross has been featured in Chicago Magazine as one of the “Best Plastic Surgeons in Chicago” and by the prestigious Castle Connelly Guide as a “Top Cosmetic Surgeon in Chicago”.

Mark A. Sison

Dr. Sison earned his Medical Degree from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. He completed both his Clinical Internship and General Surgery Residency at the Makati Medical Center. Dr. Sison is certified by the Philippine Board of Plastic Surgery.

He has been fascinated about self improvement as early as he could remember. Being the youngest of five siblings, I was brought up in a very competitive environment. Dr. Sison had to develop the discipline and the passion to constantly improve myself.

As a board certified plastic surgeon, he offers his experience, expertise, dedication and passion to help people in their own quest for personal improvement to achieve their best potential in life.

Dr. Sison hold clinic at Delos Santos-STI MEGACLINIC, located at the 5th Level of SM Megamall. It is the largest and most complete multi-specialty ambulatory center in the Philippines today. Conveniently located in the heart of Metro Manila, it offers comprehensive diagnostic and out-patient surgical facilities. With its own exclusive elevator, the privacy of the patients (especially cosmetic surgery) is maintained. MEGACLINIC is a Department of Health and Philhealth accredited one-stop-shop and a member of the Philippine Society for Quality in Health Care.

Shlomo Widder

Dr. Shlomo Widder has been practicing plastic surgery since 1985 and is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialists to certify plastic surgeons.

He received his pre-medical degree from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1973 and then his medical degree from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), Israel, in 1978. He served his internship and initial general surgery residency at the University of Tel Aviv and then moved to the United States in 1981 to become a resident at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston, MA.

Dr. Shlomo Widder has also served residencies at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C, and in Buffalo, NY. In 1987 he completed a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals of Cleveland, OH.

Dr. Shlomo Widder is licensed to practice plastic surgery in the states of Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C. and New York. He holds a number of certificates from several prestigious medical organizations such as ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons), AAAAPSF (the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Plastic Surgery Facilities) and the Fairfax County Medical Society.

Jim Bates, D.D.S., M.D.

Dr. Jim Bates hails from Lubbock, Texas, where he attended Texas Tech University as an undergraduate. He subsequently graduated with honors from both the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston, where he received the doctor of dental surgery (D.D.S.) degree, and from Texas Tech University School of Medicine, where he received the doctor of medicine (M.D.) degree.

Dr. Bates completed his postgraduate residency training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University Of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and received an additional year of training in surgery at Baylor University Medical Center. Dr. Bates is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

In addition he has served on the faculty of The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, Baylor College of Dentistry as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and is active in many professional and civic organizations. In addition to receiving several professional honors, he is often asked to lecture on new horizons in his specialty. Dr. Bates and his staff are committed to providing the highest quality health care possible for their patients.

G. David Adamson

Dr. Adamson is a Board Certified specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is Director of Fertility Physicians of Northern California and the Fertility and Reproductive Health Institute, a Clinical Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Associate Clinical Professor at U.C. San Francisco School of Medicine. Dr. Adamson received his M.D. degree from the University of Toronto in Canada, and his reproductive endocrinology fellowship training at Stanford University. Dr. Adamson has published extensively and is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on IVF, reproductive surgery and endometriosis.

Dr. Adamson is a charter member of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists and the Society of Reproductive Surgeons. He has served as President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, and on committees at the Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, and Centers for Disease Control. He has also served on the National RESOLVE Board for 10 years. Recognized by Good Housekeeping Magazine as one of the best 400 physicians for women in America, he received the 2006 Outstanding Achievement in Medicine award from the Santa Clara County Medical Society.

David Boyer

David S. Boyer, MD is a practicing ophthalmologist who specializes in the treatment of diseases of the retina and vitreous. Dr. Boyer is a Senior Partner at the Retina-Vitreous Associates Medical Group and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Southern California. He also has an extensive research background involving trials for age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and cytomegalovirus retinitis.

Dr. Boyer has been on the advisory boards for Alcon, Novartis, Eyetech/Pfizer, Genentech, Neurotech and the Macular Degeneration Partnership and is a reviewer for several ophthalmology and diabetes medical publications including Archives of Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, Diabetes Care, and Ophthalmology.

Throughout his career, Dr. Boyer has been honoured by prestigious organizations including the American Academy of Ophthalmology (Board of Trustees Honor Award Certificate) and Retinitis Pigmentosa International (1996 Jules Stein Living Tribute Award). Every year since 2000, he has been selected by his peers to be listed in Best Doctors in America. Dr. Boyer earned his medical degree at Chicago Medical School, completed his internship and residency at the USC/Los Angeles County Medical Center, and went on to do his fellowship in retinal surgery at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.

Prof. Dr. Armin Sablotzki

Dr. Sablotzki studied medicine at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen. He also completed his training in cardiovascular surgery and anesthesia and critical care medicine at this institution. He is board certified in various specialties namely Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Pain Therapy, Emergency Medicine, and Medical Quality Management.

Dr. Sablotzki is a member of important societies such as the German Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (DGAI), European Society of Anesthesiologists (ESA), Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), German Sepsis Society (DSG), German Society of Acupuncture (DÄGfA), and the Austrian Society of Alpine- and Altitude-Medicine (ÖGAHM).

Dr. Sablotzki is the director of the clinics of anesthesiology, critical care and pain medicine at St. Georg Hospital at Leipzig since 2005; from 1998-2005 he worked as assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care at Martin-Luther-University in Halle/Saale.

Dr. Kimberly Parks

Dr. Parks is a graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and completed her residency and fellowship through Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She completed subspecialty training in advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation at Massachusetts General Hospital where she currently practices with a focus on clinical care. She is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and is actively involved in teaching residents, fellows and medical students.

She has been an active participant in medical organizations, previously serving on the governing council of the American Medical Association. She has received awards in teaching and for her leadership and has lectured nationally and internationally on heart failure and cardiac transplantation. Her interests are focused on clinical care of patients with heart failure and she is involved in numerous clinical research studies on cardiac resynchronization therapy and implantable monitoring for heart failure. She developed the Heart Failure Device Monitoring Clinic, designed to provide intensive monitoring for patients with heart failure and prevent hospitalization for decompensated heart failure.

She volunteers her time to medical missions with an organization by the name of International Health Care Volunteers, an organization that provides free health care to people in underserved countries. She is currently writing a non-fiction novel about her inspirational and interpersonal experiences with patients and the physician/patient relationship.

Richard A. Baxter

After graduation from the University Of California School Of Medicine in San Diego in 1983, Dr. Baxter completed residency training programs in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Past President of the Washington Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Baxter has pioneered several new techniques in the Seattle and the Pacific Northwest and has been recognized as a plastic surgery expert by regional and national media. Dr. Baxter has lectured on advanced plastic surgery techniques internationally and has a Certificate of Advanced Education in Cosmetic Surgery.

Ricardo Luis Rodriguez, MD

Dr. Rodriguez has been practicing Plastic Surgery for over 20 years. He has performed thousands of Cosmetic and Reconstructive cases over the course of his career. These cases have included breast reconstruction, replants of fingers after traumatic injuries, skin grafting on burn patients and diabetics, as well as two decades of experience with the full spectrum of cosmetic surgery.

His practice is now dedicated exclusively to cosmetic surgery, performing unique procedures such as the Brazilian butt lift, body lift, lip lift, and endoscopic forehead lift, as well as traditional procedures such as breast augmentation and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Dr. Rodriguez combines a love of technology and new surgical techniques with a high respect for the "tried and true" plastic surgery techniques that have been practiced for decades. After a decade of fat grafting, Dr. Rodriguez has developed a research focus on cell enhanced fat grafting using stem cells from your own adipose tissue.

Dr. Rodriguez was trained in Plastic Surgery at Yale University Medical School. After completing his Plastic Surgery Residency, he was invited to become a Professor of Plastic Surgery at Yale Medical School, where he taught residents reconstructive and cosmetic surgery procedures. Dr. Rodriguez is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In continuing with his academic dedication, Dr. Rodriguez currently serves as a clinical instructor in the Johns Hopkins Plastic Surgery Department, teaching residents of the Plastic Surgery Clinic.

Borko B. Djordjevic, MD., F.I.C.S., F.A.A.C.S., PhD

Dr. Borko Djordjevic (pronounced Jor’-ja-vik) is a distinguished physician in his field for many years. Dr. Djordjevic has always remained at the forefront of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery’s latest advances. Board qualified by the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), Dr. Djordjevic specializes in general plastic surgery, as well as aesthetic and reconstructive surgery including facelifts, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, chemical peels, breast augmentation and reduction, arm, leg, hip and abdominal reductions and reshaping, liposuction, and genitalia repair and reconstruction.

Dr. Djordjevic served as Chief Resident in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Surgery of the Hand and Genitalia, and Cosmetic Surgery at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and has continued his education at such prestigious institutions as Stanford and Northwestern Universities. Dedicated to learning new techniques, he has attended international symposiums with some of the world’s foremost surgeons. Dr. Djordjevic has also been published in numerous books and medical journals.

In Belgrade, Dr. Djordjevic served as Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University Of Belgrade School Of Medicine. He was a Contributing Editor of the University’s Journal of Medical Research and Director of the Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship Training Program. In 1994, he received a special appointment by former President Jimmy Carter to assist the Carter Center of Atlanta, Georgia in its efforts to further peace in Bosnia and Yugoslavia and was personally responsible for bringing President Carter to Bosnia.

Dr. Christopher Leat

Dr. Christopher Leat has 29 years experience in Medicine, is a Member of The Royal College of Physicians of London, and has devoted the last 15 years to Cosmetic Medicine. Dr. Leat is recognised throughout Australia as one of the founders of, and one of the most experienced doctors in the field of Cosmetic Medicine. He has lectured regularly at conferences throughout Australia and is frequently asked to demonstrate his techniques at advanced training courses.

Dr. Leat is a Clinical Trainer for two major cosmetic injectable companies (Ipsen and Anteis) and has performed Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments for over 16 years – probably longer than any other practitioner in Australia. Dr. Leat is also an experienced hair transplant surgeon and sclerotherapist (leg vein practitioner).

Alberto S. Gallerani, MD

Dr. Gallerani attended the UCLA School of medicine, and received his advance degree from Harvard Medical School. During his years of training he was the chief resident in plastic surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital in affiliations the University of Miami school of Medicine. His impressive curriculum will help to ensure you are in the hands of a real expert.

Dr. Gallerani stops at nothing to ensure patients feel content and are fully educated in their decisions. His confident demeanor comes from advance levels of education, training, and experience. As an additional testament to his extremely hands-on approach, Dr. Gallerani chooses not to delegate procedures, performing all of his own injectable and facial rejuvenation treatment in his Medical Spa.

Dr. Gallerani recognizes the value of medical excellence in every aspect of his practice. For procedures that can be performed with only local anesthesia, like blepharoplasty, liposculpture, and certain face lift treatments, Dr. Gallerani uses his state-certified, in-office operating suite for the utmost convenience and confidentiality. For surgeries that require general anesthesia Dr. Gallerani maintains privilege at award –winning hospitals and fully accredited private outpatient surgical facilities, working only with board certified anesthesiologist.

Guillermo Blugerman

He was born in Corrientes where he studied and graduated as Surgeon Doctor at the Nacional University of the Northeast in 1982. That same year he came to Buenos Aires where he specialized in Plastic Surgery being Resident and Chief of Residents in Ripetta Foundation. He has been a Specialist in Plastic Surgery (Aesthetic and Restorative). Dr Blugerman is an active participant and speaker in national and international courses, Congresses, and Workshops of Plastic Surgery, Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine.

He has performed live surgical demonstrations in the US, Germany, France, Austria, Holland, Paraguay, Brazil, Venezuela and Chile. He is Consultant in Centers of Germany, Holland and Chile. He was distinguished as The Surgeon of the Month in the scientific magazine Forum in Hair Restoration in 1996. He was distinguished as Chairman in the 2002 World Congress of Liposuction in Denver, Colorado, US where more than 500 surgeons and masters of surgery of Corporal Contour of more than 50 countries participated.

Dr. Blugerman has made important contributions in the area of corporal surgery and hair transplant, inventing numerous instruments and techniques used by professionals on the five continents. He is an Associate Professor of the Third Professorship of Surgery of the School of Medicine of the UNNE.

He is the author of chapters in text books about Tumescent Anesthesia (German and English), Botulinum Toxin (Portuguese and English), Hair Transplant (English), and Liposuction (German). He is the author of books of scientific publication about Definitive Depilation, Laserlipolysis, Breast Surgery, Rhinoplasty and Treatment of Varicose Veins. He is the President of ASE (Aesthetic Surgery Experts). He is now member of the Advisory Board and of the Local Contact Committee of the International Master Course on Aging Skin (IMCAS). In 2008 he was awarded the Prize Luisa of the International Society of Cosmetic Gynecology.

P. Henry Adapon, MD

Dr. Henry Adapon did his general radiology residency at the Makati Medical Center. Afterwards, he did his diagnostic neuroradiology fellowship from 1998-2000 under his father, Dr. Benjamin Adapon who founded Cii (the Computerized Imaging Institute) 30 years ago, also in Makati Med. Cii is the diagnostic imaging center that was the first to bring a CT scan to Southeast Asia in 1978. Cii also brought and operated the first MRI as well as the first digital subtraction angiography (DSA) machine. Cii presently operates a 64-slice CT scanner and 1.5T GE Hdx MRI.

After his diagnostic fellowship, he was sent to do an interventional neuroradiology fellowship in 2000 under Dr. Dong Ik Kim at the prestigious Severance Hospital at Yonsei University in Seoul. Dr. Kim is the leading Neurointerventionalist in Asia and is currently the president of the Korean Society of Radiology.
He was then sent to UCLA for further fellowship training in 2000 under Dr. Fernando Viñuela. Dr. Viñuela is the premier Neurointerventionalist in the World. Dr. Viñuela developed the coils that are now presently used to endovascularly embolize brain aneurysms and AVMs and other cerebral blood vessel afflictions. He stayed in LA for 5 years at UCLA, his last year as the head of research for the department after his interventional training was over. He returned home in June 2005 to be one of the attending interventional neuroradiologists at Cii.

In October 2005 he was sent to Paris to train on the use of the 64-slice MDCT at the Centre Cardiologique du Nord, and in 2006 to Cornell University in New York for the use of Cardiac MRI.

John Ayres M.D.

Dr. Ayres was born in Binghamton, NY. He attended college at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY and received his MD from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. After completing his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, FL, he spent an additional year at UF as Clinical Instructor.

Dr. Ayres is Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. He is on the Adjunct Clinical Faculty for LECOM and Barry University and a Clinical Instructor for Nova University. He is an Officer with the Manatee County Medical Society and Committee Member of the Florida Orthopedic Society. He is a member of the Florida Medical Association, the International Society of Computerized Surgery, and the International Cartilage Restoration Society. He belongs to Kiwanis and We Care Manatee Inc. The mission of We Care Manatee Inc. is to promote and facilitate the provision of free specialty and primary medical care to low-income uninsured residents of Manatee County, FL.

Dean Dornic

Dr. Dean Dornic is one of the Carolinas’ most experienced and qualified refractive surgeons, having performed thousands of successful LASIK surgery and other vision correction procedures at his Raleigh/ Durham NC area practice and nearby hospitals! He is a board-certified, fellowship-trained, vision correction specialist dedicated to the highest standards in ophthalmic surgery.

Dr. Dean Dornic is the first Raleigh/ Durham-area ophthalmologist to perform IntraLase®, a revolutionary advance in LASIK that utilizes a laser rather than a metal blade to make the LASIK flap. He is also the first area ophthalmologist to provide Intacs®, and implantable contact lenses. Unlike centers that offer only LASIK, Dr. Dornic’s expertise and extensive experience in a variety of vision correction procedures means that he can offer the procedure most likely to satisfy your visual needs.

Dr. Dean Dornic is an active member of the medical staff at Rex Health Care Center, WakeMed Cary Hospital and Johnston Memorial Hospital. After completing his ophthalmology training at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, he underwent additional fellowship training in refractive surgery at the prestigious Sinskey Eye Institute in Santa Monica, California.

James A. Thompson, M.D.

Dr. Thompson is a board certified allergist practicing in the Chicago and greater Chicago area. He is a senior partner of Associated Allergists and Asthma Specialists Ltd. He and colleagues’ practice has ten offices and twelve board certified or eligible allergists. He works out of his downtown Chicago, Flossmoor and Orland Park offices. He has been in practice twenty years.

Dr. Thompson is a fellow of the Illinois Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, member of the Chicago Medical Society, American Medical Association, Illinois State Medical Society, National Medical Association and the American College of Physician Executives.

Jacob Bergsland

Dr. Bergsland obtained his medical degree from the University of Oslo in Norway. He completed his Surgery and Cardiothoracic residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo. At present, he is affiliated with the Oslo University Hospital and BH Heart Center in Tuzla. He practices both in Norway and in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Dr. Bergsland has received multiple awards both in the United States and Europe. He has more than a hundred peer reviewed papers. His clinical interests include Adult cardiac surgery, Robotic surgery, and Sensor technology.

Casselman Filip

Filip P. Casselman, MD, PhD, FETCS finished his medical studies at the K.U.L. (Leuven-Belgium) Medical School. His specialties include Adult Cardiac Surgery and Peripheral Vascular Surgery. He trained in General and Cardiac Surgery at the University of Leuven, Belgium (1991-1997) and continued his training with a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (1997-1998) and at the St Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein, The Netherlands (1999-2000).

He is currently staff surgeon in the department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the OLV Clinic in Aalst, Belgium. His interests include minimally invasive surgery (including robotic surgery), valvular reconstructive surgery, percutaneous valve replacement and arrhythmia surgery. He is actively involved in cardiac clinical research and has participated in multiple multicenter trials (including Syntax trial, Partner and Prevail trial). He is author of more than 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has given more than 120 presentations at international meetings.

Bill Dean

Dr. Bill Dean is a physician/surgeon who is actively engaged in his own urology practice to marry the currently practiced matter science medical discipline with the more contemporary energy science medical discipline. He is also engaged in speaking about the model of healing that he is espousing
He was trained in the allopathic medical tradition graduating from the University of Nebraska but in the last 16 years has been actively integrating the energy science of Ayurveda into his practice He is married to Diana and they have three children (Sami, Katie, and Cooper) and four grandchildren (Hannah, Sophie, Landon, and Quinn).

Dr. Dean's philosophy of patient care can best be summarized by the relentless pursuit of excellence at every level on behalf of every patient. He is medical doctor who is board certified in both adult and pediatric urology, i.e. the medical and surgical care of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and prostate gland. Erectile dysfunction, interstitial cystitis, incontinence, and kidney stones are among common conditions treated. With advanced training in endourology and now robotic surgery with the da Vinci Surgical system, he is one of the first physicians in western Washington to offer men with prostate cancer the option of robot-assisted prostatectomy.

Dr. Dean maintains offices in Tacoma and Harbor to serve patients throughout the South Puget Sound Region and the Olympic Peninsula. Patients are provided complimentary parking in the Jackson Hall Parking Garage when being seen in the Tacoma office across the street from the main entrance of Tacoma General Hospital.

Ángeles Flórez

Dr. Florez graduated from the University of Oviedo where she obtained her Medical degree in 1996, receiving the Award for the Outstanding Graduate of the Year.

In 1997, she began her Residency in Dermatology in the Department of Dermatology of the Hospital Clínico Universitario in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. In 2000, she obtained her PhD degree in the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Since 2000 she has been working as a Dermatologist in the Hospital Provincial in Pontevedra, Spain.

Mainly interested in skin cancer, she has published 45 articles both in international and Spanish journals, has contributed to several chapters in dermatology textbooks and is currently peer reviewer of two international Dermatology journals. Her clinical interests are cutaneous oncology and dermatologic surgery.

Julien L. Pham

Dr. Pham received his medical degree from the University Of Washington School Of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is part of the Brigham and Women's/Massachusetts General Hospital Joint Nephrology Fellowship Program for Nephrology.

At present, Dr. Pham is an Instructor at the Harvard Medical School. He specializes in renal-kidney diseases; his clinical interests include dialysis, interventional nephrology, and general nephrology. The Dr. Pham speaks French, English, and Vietnamese.

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