About Dr. Bressman
Paul Bressman, MD, FACS
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.
"A picture is worth a thousand words."
Lessons Learned after Medical School, Internship, Residency, and Fellowship:
Our health care system has been magnificently designed to deliver acute lifesaving interventions and alleviate pain. Yet, it has been unable to effectively address our unique preconditions and individual root causes that have led to our inexorable failing health. Initially, this was because biotechnology was not yet available. As medical science progressed, insurance companies were hesitant to provide coverage for diagnosis and treatment based on this novel practice.
They were also slow to recognize the effort it took to address early disease markers that had not been previously associated with chronic inflammatory conditions. The terms hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis dysfunction, microbiome, environmental toxic exposure, intracellular nutrition, and hormone homeostasis were simply not well understood. Thanks to the efforts of groups such as Bale and Doneen Clinic, the American Association of Anti Aging Medicine (A4M), the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM), Synergetics, USC Center for Longevity (Valter Longo, Ph.D.), and countless others, there has been an explosion of information made available to physicians already in practice that has enabled them to take patient care to the next level. These, coupled with new advances in laboratory testing, genetics, endocrinology, toxicology and immunology has been the basis for establishing the field of Integrative Medicine. Through this approach, we seek to identify the root causes of chronic inflammatory diseases and intervene at the intracellular level of molecular biology.