Who We Are
Professor Alexander Bystritsky, M.D., Ph.D. graduated from Pavlov Medical Institute (currently Pavlov Medical University) in St. Petersburg, Russia (former Soviet Union) with M.D. degree in 1977 and then his Ph.D. in Pharmacology in 1979. In 1976 his paper won the Gold Medal for the Best Student Scientific Paper and Maria Petrova National Award in Neuroscience.
After he arrived in New York, he worked for one year as an Associate Researcher in the NYU Department of Psychiatry prior his admission to the NYU-Belleview residency program in Psychiatry. He completed his residency in 1985 and moved to UCLA as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. Dr. Bystritsky has been on the UCLA Faculty since 1987. He is currently a Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California, Los Angeles where he co-directs the Anxiety Disorders Program and Targeted Brain Stimulation Program. Dr. Bystritsky published over 240 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and short publications and has served as the PI and Co-PI on several NIH, foundations and industry sponsored grants. Over the years, he earned several honors and awards including OCD Foundation Research Award and Brain and Behavior Distinguished Investigator Award. He is also listed in the Best Doctors in America for the last 20 years. For several years, he was a Visiting Professor and a collaborator with Brigham and Women’s Hospital Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts investigating Focused Ultrasound Pulsation effects on brain using fMRI. He has authored several patents on image-guided neuromodulation of brain neurons using Low Intensity Focused Ultrasound Pulsation (LIFUP). His current area of interest is neuroimaging guided brain stimulation in anxiety and disorders of consciousness. He was founder and Director of collaborative Targeted Brain Stimulation Clinical and Research program on image-guided DBS, rTMS, LIFUP and other neuromodulation techniques in Anxiety Disorders with the department of Neurosurgery at UCLA. He is Co-Founder and a Board Member of Tiny Blue Dot Foundation dedicated to study consciousness and Co-Founder and the President and CEO of the Institute of Advanced Consciousness Studies. He is also Founder and CEO of Brainsonix Corporation, a start-up company that developed patented LIFUP/MR compatible devices for research and treatment of the brain that are being used in several major research universities such as UCLA, Stanford, Brown, Harvard and Baylor and several others.
For the past 12 years, Bijon Pourst has conducted extensive research in the prevention of Coronary Artery Disease through reversing insulin resistance and treating the aging process itself. His practice has included health optimization through hormone balancing, de-toxification, nutritional counseling, External Counterpulsation and Ozone Therapy. Previous lectures at Cedars Sinai Cardiology Grand Rounds and UCLA have included, ‘Cholesterol Myths’, ‘Pure, White and Deadly’, ‘A Tale of three Sugars’, ‘Amino Acids –weapons of mass construction’ and ‘Prevention of Age Related Muscle loss’. Most recently Dr. Pourat lectured for the American College of Cardiology on Staying Young by Optimizing Health vs. Merely Treating Disease.
University College London (University College Hospital), London, UK
1965 – 1970 degree MBBS
Sunnybrook Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada
1970 – 1971
St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada
1971 – 1972 Medical Resident
Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Canada 1972 – 1973 Cardiology Fellow St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada 1973 – 1974 Cardiology Fellow
Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
1978 – 1979 Chief Cardiology Fellow
American Board of Internal Medicine American Board of Cardiovascular Disease Canadian Board of Cardiology
National University of Iran 1975 – 1978 Assistant Professor of Medicine Private Cardiology Practice, Beverly Hills, CA 1979 – Present Attending Physician at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA 1979 – 2007 Currently a member of the Emeritus Staff
Since 2000, Mr. Bronson has been the Chairman of The Bronson Companies, LLC, a real estate development, investment and advisory company based in Beverly Hills, California. For more than thirty years, Mr. Bronson has been involved in the development of commercial properties throughout the United States.
Mr. Bronson serves on the Board of Directors at Starwood Property Trust (NYSE: STWD), the largest commercial mortgage real estate investment trust in the United States where he has been the company’s Lead Independent Director since its’ inception in 2009.
He is also a member of the board of Starwood Real Estate Income Trust, a non-traded REIT focused on the acquisition of commercial properties in the US and Europe.
Additionally he is a board member at Invitation Homes (NYSE: INVH). Based in Dallas, the company is the largest owner of singlefamily homes in America.
Previously he was the President of New City Development, an affiliate of Mirage Resorts, where he oversaw the company’s new business initiatives and activities outside of Nevada.
He was also a Board Member of Mirage Resorts and is a former Director of TRI Pointe Group, Inc. (NYSE: TPH), one of America’s largest homebuilders.
Additionally he has served as a Trustee and Vice President of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), an association representing 70,000 industry professionals in more than 100 countries.
Mr. Bronson serves on the Advisory Board of the Neurosurgery Division at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He and his wife Edie Baskin Bronson were the recipients of the department’s 2018 “Visionary Award”.
He is a past Trustee of The Forman School in Litchfield, CT and is a past Chairman of the Board of The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles.
A frequent guest on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and Bloomberg TV he is also the best-selling author of “The War at the Shore” which chronicles the complexities of the real estate development process.
At the age of 25, Dr Dominique Fradin-Read opened her first practice in the South of France after graduating summa cum laude from medical school and finishing a residency in internal medicine at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. She soon understood that her true passions were prevention and antiaging and she decided to enhance her education in this field by achieving a two-year fellowship program in preventive and lifestyle medicine at the University of Aix-en-Provence. She then became a leading advocate of preventive aging and regenerative medicine in Europe, adding later one more competency to her education with a fellowship in cardiovascular preventive medicine. She served as a consulting physician and associate faculty member in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Vascular Medicine at the University Hospital Trousseau in Tours (France). She actively worked on the development of cardiovascular and metabolic prevention programs in collaboration with the French Association of Cardiology and the French Committee for Health Promotion and Education. For several years she was associated with one of Europe’s major medical spas, serving both as its medical advisor and as a practicing anti-aging physician.
Dr. Fradin-Read then moved to the United States in 1999 and completed an internship in internal medicine through UC San Francisco, followed by a residency in preventive medicine at Loma Linda University where she concurrently earned a Master of Public Health and was elected a member of Delta Omega, the public health national honor society. Dr. Fradin-Read is board-certified in preventive medicine and, in addition, is advanced fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. She spent several years serving as staff physician and faculty at the Center for Health Promotion in Loma Linda where she was actively involved in the lifestyle and weight management program. She currently holds an appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine.
She was for a few years a consulting physician for the Murad medical group in El Segundo where she collaborated closely with renowned dermatologist Dr Howard Murad to implement the new antiaging concept of the beauty from the inside-out (the idea that in order to look young and beautiful we need to optimize general health).
In 2009 Dr Fradin-Read joined LifeSpan Medicine in Santa Monica as the group was expanding in the field of integrative medicine. She worked as staff physician for the group until 2015 when she decided that it was time for her achieve her dream: opening a practice of her own where she could offer a broader spectrum of treatments to her patients, including wellness and preventive aging programs that combine lifestyle interventions, personalized internal supplementation, and innovative pioneer rejuvenating therapies.
Since its inception in October 2015, VitaLife-MD, Dr. Fradin-Read’s integrative medicine practice in West Los Angeles, has provided patients with a wide range of assessments, treatments, and wellness programs that have contributed immeasurably to their long-term health and wellbeing, and Dr. Fradin-Read has earned widespread praise for her proactive, state-of-the-art approach to preventive and anti-aging medicine.
Taylor P. Kuhn, Ph.D.completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology at the University of Florida, in the Department of Public Health and Health Professions, under the mentorship of Russell M. Bauer, Ph.D., ABPP/CN, who was the Department Chair and Director of Clinical Training during my graduate tenure. He completed a predoctoral internship at the Boston Consortium for Clinical Psychology with a major rotation in adult neuropsychology and a minor rotation in geriatric psychology. During the predoctoral internship, Taylor held a clinical fellowship in Psychology within the Department of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine as well as a teaching fellowship in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. For research conducted for my doctoral dissertation I was awarded the Greiffenstein-Kaplan Research Award from the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology and the Phillip M. Rennick Research Award from the International Neuropsychological Society. After conferral of my Ph.D. in 2014, Taylor completed a 2.5 year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles under the mentorship of Charles Hinkin, Ph.D., ABPP/CN, April Thames, Ph.D., Robert Bilder, Ph.D., ABPP/CN, Susan Bookheimer, Ph.D. and Philip Stenquist, Ph.D., ABPP/CN. During his postdoctoral tenure, Taylor was the Chief Research Fellow and Assistant Chief Clinical Fellow.
Following the completion of his postdoctoral fellowship in 2017, he assumed a position as a research faculty member at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. His experimental expertise includes structural and functional MRI, non-invasive neuromodulation techniques, machine learning analyses, advanced statistical methods, and experimental as well as traditional neuropsychological approaches.
Dr. Sheldon Jordan, MD serves as Vice President of the Pacific Institute of Medical Research. He is a clinical associate professor of neurology at UCLA and USC, an author, a researcher, and a highly-sought after clinician based out of Santa Monica, California. He has lead several interventional medicine programs and helped establish the stroke service at UCLA and Providence Saint John’s Health Center. He has authored numerous books and journal articles, and he lectures nationally and internationally on brain health and regeneration. His newest book, Regenesis: The Brain Doctor’s Guide to Health, is available as of Summer 2021. He specializes in pioneering advanced imaging techniques, interventions for brain and nerve injury, anti-aging of the brain, and regenerative medicine. As chief investigator for The Regenesis Project, Dr. Jordan advances the boundaries of neurological care through the exploration of cutting-edge, targeted approaches for brain health and regeneration. He facilitates ongoing laboratory research, which he is translating from the bench to the bedside. Dr. Jordan is also an avid photographer and artist; he has illustrated many books and presented his artwork in various galleries. His diverse professional background is the foundation of his unique and comprehensive approach to healthcare.