Paul Bressman, MD, FACS, is a general and vascular surgeon with more than 40 years of experience in saving lives. Dr. Bressman received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, Bellevue Hospital, and completed his Internship at USC Los Angeles County Hospital. He obtained his residency training in General Surgery at UCLA Harbor General Hospital and Kaiser Permanente Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles. Upon completing his residency, he served as a Major in the US Army Medical Corp and served in the 477th MASH unit in Korea and with the 101st Screaming Eagles at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
After serving his country, he returned to Los Angeles and completed his Clinical Fellowship in Peripheral Vascular Surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, during this time in which he met and married his wife, Ellen. Following his fellowship training, he was certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Bressman has been a member of the Los Angeles County Medical Society and former President of the Tri County Surgical Society and a founding member and past chairman of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Before my 60th birthday, I walked into my friend Gerry Friedman, MD’s office for a long-overdue check-up. I have spent the past 36 years of my professional life learning and operating in a field I dearly love, general and vascular surgery. I have often placed it ahead of my family, my religion, and my own health. He told me my blood pressure was 168/104, I was spilling 2 grams of protein in my urine, I had exercise-induced asthma, was 35 pounds overweight, and my total cholesterol was 278 with an HbA1C of 6.3. Gerry looked me in the eye and told me I would probably be on dialysis in 2 years. As a vascular surgeon, I knew that the average survival for this situation was about 7 years. For the last 10 years, integrative medicine has become the main focus of my practice. I am off statins and anti-hypertensive medications and only take Metformin, specific vitamins, diet and exercise regularly to control my diabetes and hyperlipidemia. These changes have allowed me to enjoy excellent strength and stamina.