MEET OUR DOCTORS
DR. MICHAEL SEDRAK M.D.
Dr. Michael Sedrak M.D. joined our multiple specialties practices as both the Medical and Bariatric Director. He's passionate about staying on the cutting edge of advanced minimally invasive and robotic surgical procedures. His desire for knowledge and guidance sets the bar for patient care standards extremely high. Dr. Sedrak applies minimally invasive techniques to all areas of general surgery because they’re exactly that; less invasive to his patients - procedures involve smaller incisions, shorter operating hours, less recovery time and most importantly, less pain for patients. He also specializes in bariatric and esophageal surgery, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), cancer and endoscopy. His research has centered around the study areas of regenerative bioengineering and repair, and microvascular and vascular tissue engineering. Dr. Sedrak is has been active in research at the UC San Diego Surgical Research Lab and the Center for the Future of Surgery. Almost equally important, he has undergone multiple of the curative surgeries he performs - making him not just a clinical expert but an experienced patient. Life Back Medical considers Dr. Michael Sedrak’s ability to consider treatment options from both the surgical and the patient side a winning combination of professionalism and integrity.
Board Certification - Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery
Assistant Professor - University of Southern California
Clinical Instructor - University of California at San Diego
Minimally Invasive Surgery - University of California at San Diego
Residency - Department of Surgery - New York University
Residency - Department of Surgery - Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Internship - Department of Surgery - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
M.D. - University of South Alabama - College of Medicine
B.S. - University of California at Riverside - Biochemistry with emphasis in Molecular Biology
Minor - Philosophy with an emphasis in Ethics
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Dr. Michael Sedrak M.D. also has a personal life. He visits his parents often and loves to play chef with his talented support team of nieces and nephews. Teaching the children how to show love through family cooking is an important and cultural pastime in his Egyptian American heritage. He does not enjoy clothing shopping and has been criticized by his nieces for this.Dr. Sedrak is very proud of being born and raised in Norco,CA a small community where he and his brothers were able to thrive and grew up with good values thanks to their parents and their teachers at Crossroads Elementary and Middle School.
When not spending quality time with his family members he likes to get out in nature on the golf course, read anything he can get his hands on and set out for wind and adventure on the open seas, sailing boats with friends and flying on his plane.
DR. PAUL BRESSMAN
Paul Bressman, MD is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgery (FACS) and a Registered Vascular Technician (RVT) and completed an additional clinical fellowship in peripheral vascular surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.
Dr. Bressman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology and has dedicated his practice to taking care of patients with the full spectrum of venous disorders. Your treatment will be based upon a complete consultation, a full venous duplex ultrasound examination, and tailored to meet your unique needs. We employ both Laser and Vnus Coviden Radiofrequency endovenous ablation therapy, ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy and Microphlebectomy and will utilize your PPO or Medicare Insurance benefits whenever possible. Most importantly you are placing your problems in hands of a master surgeon with lifetime of experience and a dedication to the art and science of your problem.
In his spare time Dr. Bressman likes being active and loves biking with his family,
The AHA (American Heart Association) recently estimated that the annual rate of new heart attacks inUnited States is 785,000, another 470,000 will have a recurrent heart attack and another 195,000 will have a silent heart attack. The figures for stroke (cerebrovascular accident, CVA) are not much better: 610,000 new strokes a year and 185,000 recurrent strokes each year.
Fortunately today with the rapid advances in non invasive DNA based technology we are able to take a more proactive and scientific approach to optimize our own unique metabolism inorder to improve our healthcare. The recent improvements in non invasive laboratory testing have enabled us to start identifying the subclinical root causes responsible for our illnesses. Maladaption to our life stressors can lead to insulin resistance and alteration in our Pituitary Adrenal Thyroid Axis response systems. By identifying these alterations as early as possible we can not only prevent the progression of these problemwe can actually begin reverse this disease process.
There is no short answer and every intervention is based on modulating our lifestyle (diet, exercise and sleep) and adding proven effective supplements or medications to increase our concentration of the beneficial fraction of our High Density Lipids ( HDL 2b %) and decrease the inflammatory risk factors (hsCRP, Lp(a), LP-PLA2, MPO, ApoE, LDL IIIa+b, Fibrinogen, oxidized fatty acids) that precipitate intimal failure and plaque rupture.
The Metabolic Code and Bale Doneen Method are prime example of this. Plaque formation is not a normal sign of aging and can be reversed. Carotid intima media testing (CIMT) is the most sensitive, least invasive and least costly method of physically determining subclinical atherosclerosis. Advanced lipid profiles and genetic testing as employed by Berkeley Heart Lab, Spectracell Laboratories, and Genova Diagnostics Laboratory are some of the modern tools that now give us the ability to objectively identify risk factors before diseases are established. These new technologies allow us to scientifically create a treatment plan to optimize your health, measure your treatment response, and guide your therapy to meet the changes in our lives.
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