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Cardiovascular Research Foundation of Southern California

Officers

Eli S. Gang, MD
Secretary/Treasurer

Dr. Gang, who practices medicine full time, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of complex arrhythmias and is an expert in radiofrequency ablation and implementation of pacemakers and automatic defibrillators. He completed his medical studies and residency at Columbia University and is currently a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where he teaches courses on Electrophysiology and Pacemakers. Dr. Gang has served as co-director of clinical electrophysiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and American College of Physicians.

Ronald P. Karlsberg, MD
Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director

Dr. Karlsberg practices medicine full time and oversees the Foundation’s research activities. He completed his medical studies at U.C. San Francisco, residency at the University of Colorado Medical Center and fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular computed tomography. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His special area of expertise is in digital medical imaging. He directs the Cardiovascular Research Institute and has developed and directs CVMG’s Advanced Imaging Center, one of the first office-based 64-slice CT centers.

Harold L. Karpman, MD
Chairman and President

In addition to his Foundation duties, Dr. Karpman is a full-time practicing physician and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He studied medicine at U.C. San Francisco and completed residencies at Los Angeles County General Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital at Harvard Medical School. A member of the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Karpman has written Your Second Life and Preventing Silent Heart Disease, both for people needing to prevent or forestall cardiovascular disease:. Dr. Karpman serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Opera and is commissioner on the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Harold L. Karpman, MD

In addition to his Foundation duties, Dr. Karpman is a full-time practicing physician and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He studied medicine at U.C. San Francisco and completed residencies at Los Angeles County General Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital at Harvard Medical School. A member of the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Karpman has written Your Second Life and Preventing Silent Heart Disease, both for people needing to prevent or forestall cardiovascular disease:. Dr. Karpman serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Opera and is commissioner on the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Ronald P. Karlsberg, MD

Dr. Karlsberg practices medicine full time and oversees the Foundation’s research activities. He completed his medical studies at U.C. San Francisco, residency at the University of Colorado Medical Center and fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular computed tomography. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His special area of expertise is in digital medical imaging. He directs the Cardiovascular Research Institute and has developed and directs CVMG’s Advanced Imaging Center, one of the first office-based 64-slice CT centers.

Eli S. Gang, MD

Dr. Gang, who practices medicine full time, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of complex arrhythmias and is an expert in radiofrequency ablation and implementation of pacemakers and automatic defibrillators. He completed his medical studies and residency at Columbia University and is currently a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where he teaches courses on Electrophysiology and Pacemakers. Dr. Gang has served as co-director of clinical electrophysiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and American College of Physicians.

Martin J. Wolff

Founder and Chairman of Martin J. Wolff & Company, Mr. Wolff has been an insurance industry executive for more than four decades, founding his current firm in 1975. He attended UC Berkeley and UCLA, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science. He was an appointee to the Agents and Brokers Advisory Committee of the State of California Department of Insurance, and is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table. He serves on the board of directors of LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program and on the advisory board to SOVA Community Food and Resource Program. He is also on the Board of Governors of Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

Sanford B. Weiss

A partner in Charitable Endeavors, a firm that specializes in working with nonprofit organizations to ensure their financial viability, Mr. Weiss has been involved in health care, property development and insurance and financial services for more than a half century. He has owned several companies in healthcare, real estate development and insurance and owns a device for the management/treatment of diabetes that is under development. His philanthropic endeavors have included Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Foundation for the Junior Blind and the Los Angeles County Music Center.

Peter E. Schwab

Mr. Schwab recently retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wells Fargo Foothill. A veteran of the asset-based lending industry, he was earlier Vice President/Business Development of Barclays American/Business Credit. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the Entrepreneurial Studies Center, Anderson School of Business at UCLA, and on the Board of Directors of The School of Business, California State University, Northridge. A graduate of California State University, Northridge, he earned his Master’s Degree from California State University, Los Angeles.

Peter Rich

A specialist in healthcare law for more than 30 years, Mr. Rich is a partner in McDermott Will & Emery, LLP in the firm’s Los Angeles office where he co-chairs the firm’s Insurance/Payors Affinity Group. He provides counsel to hospitals, health plans/health insurers, medical groups, integrated systems and other health industry clients. He has been named to Best Lawyers in America® in healthcare and administrative law and Super Lawyers® in healthcare law. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, he earned his Juris Doctor at Harvard Law School.

Daryoush Mahboubi-Fardi

Mr. Mahboubi-Fardi co-founded Bijan Beverly Hills in 1976 with his late friend and partner, legendary designer Bijan. He serves as the company’s Chairman and President. Under his reign, the Bijan enterprise added a New York showroom, developed and marketed an exclusive line of Bijan fragrances and collaborated with Rolls Royce Motor Cars to launch a series of limited edition bespoke Rolls Royce automobiles which are currently in production in Goodwood, England.

Bahador Mahboubi

A Beverly Hills commercial real estate developer and co-owner of Dominium Management Corporation, Bahador Mahboubi, together with his brothers, built the Rodeo Collection. A native of Iran, he was educated in England and holds a Master’s Degree in economics from the London School of Economics. Committed to philanthropic causes dear to his heart, Mr. Mahboubi volunteers at the Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills as well as at Junior Blind of America in Los Angeles. He is a supporter of and contributor to the Beverly Hills Police and Fire Departments and other local charities.

Maurice Lewitt

Mr. Lewitt, a partner in the law firm Lewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall & Harlan, was formerly CEO of SETCO, Inc., a public health care company that purchased, built, owned and operated acute general hospitals and other healthcare entities. He later served as Chairman and CEO of both Hyatt Medical Enterprises and Nu-Med and was on the board of Hyatt Corporation. He advises clients primarily in the area of business and health care law. He earned his B.S. and MBA degrees from Kent State University and was awarded the Juris Doctor degree from Ohio State University.

Madan Sharma, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Internal Medicine, Clinical and Interventional Cardiology

Following his medical studies at Gandhi Medical College in India, Dr. Sharma completed his residency at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati, as well as fellowships in General and Interventional Cardiology at U.C. San Francisco and General Cardiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, Nuclear Cardiology and Vascular Medicine as well as Internal Medicine. Dr. Sharma’s areas of expertise are in Internal Medicine, Clinical and Interventional Cardiology, valvular heart disease, structural heart disease, heart failure and peripheral vascular disease.

Bruce A. Samuels, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine,
David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA

Dr. Samuels received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. After an internal medicine internship and residency at the L.A. County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he also served as chief resident in medicine, he completed cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowships at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. He has participated in a wide variety of interventional and non-interventional clinical trials, and as a sought after speaker in the community. He is a recognized expert in general clinical, consultative and interventional cardiology.

Robert M. Rose, MD

Dr. Rose studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, and then completed his internship at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and his residency at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He did a subsequent residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Cardiovascular diseases at the Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital/Harbor General Hospital/ UCLA training program. He later served as a Major in the United States Army Medical Corps as cardiologist for the U. S. Army Medical Center Hospital in Okinawa, Japan. Prior to joining the Cardiovascular Medical Group of Southern California, Dr. Rose served as Chief of Staff at Brotman Medical Center, where he continues to be the director of cardiac rehabilitation and critical care. He also directed the coronary care unit and trained cardiovascular fellows in the cardiac catheterization laboratory of the West Los Angeles Veterans’ Administration Hospital. He is a recognized expert in general clinical, consultative and interventional cardiology.

William J. Mandel, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine (Adjunct),
David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA
Clinical Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cedars-Sinai
Cardiology and Clinical Electrophysiology

Dr. Mandel completed his electrophysiology fellowship at the Upstate Medical Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, following medical school at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York where he also completed his internship and residency and served as chief resident. He has served as Clinical Director of the Electrophysiology Laboratory at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Mandel has published a definitive textbook on arrhythmias, over 35 additional book chapters, over 350 peer-reviewed abstracts and journal articles, and has participated in over 150 symposia. He is a recognized international authority on arrhythmias and electrophysiology, has served on the editorial boards of several important journals and gives frequent international lectureships. Dr. Mandel is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of complex arrhythmias.

Harold L. Karpman, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine,
David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA
Clinical Cardiology

Together with Dr. Selvyn Bleifer and the late Dr. Dan Bleifer, Dr. Karpman founded the Cardiovascular Medical Group of Southern California. He received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and completed internships and residencies at L.A. County General Hospital and the Beth Israel Hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Karpman has served as Chairman of the Board of the Western Cardiovascular Network, has served on the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and founded Cardio-Dynamics Laboratories, Inc. the creators of the world’s first Holter 24 hour cardiac recording monitors. He is the author of several books, including “Your Second Life” and “Preventing Silent Heart Disease”, two books for lay people on heart disease and over 100 peer reviewed papers and presentations. He is an authority on the economics of health care delivery and managed care, and is a known master of all aspects of clinical and consultative cardiology.

Ronald P. Karlsberg, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine,
David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA
Clinical and Interventional Cardiology

Dr. Karlsberg practices medicine full time and oversees the Foundation’s research activities. He completed his medical studies at U.C. San Francisco, residency at the University of Colorado Medical Center and fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular computed tomography. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His special area of expertise is in digital medical imaging. He directs the Cardiovascular Research Institute and has developed and directs CVMG’s Advanced Imaging Center, one of the first office-based 64-slice CT centers.

Eli S. Gang, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine,
David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA
Electrophysiology and Pacemakers

An expert cardiac electrophysiologist, Dr. Gang received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Columbia University in New York City, where he also completed his residency and fellowship in cardiology. He has served as co-director of clinical electrophysiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has received over a dozen research grant awards in electrophysiology and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed abstracts and articles. Dr. Gang is highly skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of complex arrhythmias, and is expert in radiofrequency ablation and implantation of pacemakers and automatic defibrillators.

Suhail Y. Dohad, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Vascular and Cardiac Interventionalist

After studying at Bombay University in India, Dr. Dohad went to Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia where he completed his residency in Internal Medicine, served as chief resident, and then completed a fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases. He continued to train there in Interventional Cardiology, later completing fellowships in Peripheral Vascular Diseases and Endovascular Therapies at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston and again at Hahnemann. His areas of expertise are interventional cardiology, high risk coronary interventions, valvular heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, carotid artery disease and aortic diseases with options of various endovascular therapies for these diseases. Widely published, he is currently a principal investigator or co-investigator in 10 ongoing clinical trials including trials sponsored by the National Institute of Health. He joined CVMG in 2001.

Neal A. Buchbinder, MD

A renowned interventional cardiologist, Dr. Buchbinder received his medical degree from the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. After internship and residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, he spent two years as a clinical associate at the National Heart and Lung Institute of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He then completed his fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he served for many years as co-director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory and as clinical chief in cardiology. He has published extensively and is recognized as an authority in all aspects of clinical, consultative and interventional cardiology.

Selvyn B. Bleifer, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine,
David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA
Clinical Cardiology

Along with his late brother Dan and Dr. Harold Karpman, Dr. Bleifer is one of the founding members of the Cardiovascular Medical Group of Southern California. He received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and completed residencies at UCSF, the Veterans’ Administration Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He served for many years as director of the Division of Cardiology at Brotman Medical Center. He has published over 60 peer reviewed papers and presentations on a wide variety of topics in cardiology, as well as three chapters in text books on cardiology. He is a sought after expert witness and legal consultant. Recognized as one of “America’s Top Doctors,” he is a renowned master of all aspects of clinical and consultative cardiology.