Peter H. Grossman, M.D., President
Dr. Peter H. Grossman is a Board certified plastic surgeon whose medical practice is divided between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and the care of the burn-injured patient. After graduating from Northwestern University and Chicago Medical School, Dr. Grossman continued his education with a surgical residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, a plastic surgery residency at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and fellowships in breast reconstructive surgery and aesthetic and endoscopic surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. Grossman knew early on what he was going to do with his life. His father, A. Richard Grossman, M.D., founder and Medical Director of the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital, often brought his two young sons with him on weekend rounds. Seeing the difference his father made in people’s lives had a profound effect on Peter, who decided at age 8 to become a physician.
Dr. Peter Grossman returned to Los Angeles in 1995 and began practice with his father at what has become the Grossman Medical Group. He is the Medical Director of the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital and currently serves as Chair of American Burn Association’s Region 9, which includes California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii, and in 2001 was appointed as an expert reviewer by the Medical Board of California.
Peter Grossman is the author of numerous articles that have appeared in prestigious medical journals and has lectured extensively around the United States. In addition to being a member of multiple medical societies and organizations, Dr. Grossman is the medical editor and featured columnist of “Ask the Doctor” in Westlake Magazine.
Dr. Grossman has been appointed by the United States Department of State as a member of the Health Advisory Committee for the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council.
The Consumer Research Council of America has listed Dr. Grossman among America’s top surgeons and currently serves as the President of The Los Angeles Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Rebecca Gray Grossman – Founder and Chair
Rebecca Gray Grossman has worked extensively in the healthcare field for over two decades as a researcher, journalist, and marketing executive. She owned and operated a medical marketing business, Medi-Marketing and Associates, and later founded Advanced Laser Specialist, Inc. In 1997 the company merged with Physiologic Reps, Inc. in Glendale, California where she was appointed Director of Marketing and focused on marketing strategies and corporate profile development. After marrying respected, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Peter Grossman of The Grossman Burn Center she realized a need for the public to have access to the latest medical research and treatments, in turn, centering on her career as a journalist. Rebecca was a guest host with news anchor Ellen Leyva on a weekly morning news segment entitled, “Stop The Clock” for ABC7 Eyewitness News in Los Angeles. The segment focused on breakthroughs in the field of anti-aging medicine. In 2002, Rebecca and Peter became the legal guardians for a young girl named Zubaida Hasan who was a burn patient from Afghanistan. Zubaida became like a daughter to the Grossman’s and her story was featured on several television shows including The Oprah Show, ABC Primetime, and Good Morning America, in turn, a book was published about the young girl and her journey to recovery with the Grossman family entitled “Tiny Dancer” published by St. Martins Press. Dr. Peter Grossman performed over thirteen reconstructive surgeries while Zubaida lived with them. After learning of the trials and tribulations of loving a young burn survivor, the Grossman’s formed The Grossman Burn Foundation.
Rebecca took on the position as Chair of The Grossman Burn Foundation (GBF) in 2006. GBF is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization and signature projects include helping to open the first highly specialized reconstructive surgery and burn center in Kabul, Afghanistan, publishing a Humanitarian Assistance manual for worldwide distribution, developing a Triage Training Program for physicians in developing countries and Project Faith, an ongoing program to support the needs of burn survivors as well as their Stop Violence Against Women globally campaign. Faith Wanjugo, the inspiration behind the Project Faith program and was one of the patients GBF brought here from Kenya, Africa for reconstructive surgery after suffering a severe burn injury.
Rebecca and Peter have two children (eleven and thirteen years old) and reside outside of Los Angeles, California. They are both involved with a number of charitable organizations. In 2003, they received the Baha’i Human Rights Award and in 2007 The American Heart Association honored Rebecca as their Woman Of The Year at the annual Go Red For Women event. In 2009, The Bayat Foundation honored Rebecca and Peter with the Humanitarian and Leadership Engagement Award in Washington D.C. and In August 2010, Rebecca was honored for her humanitarian work at the first annual fearless woman day luncheon benefitting the Anne Douglas Center for Women at the Los Angeles Mission. in 2015 The Concern Foundation chose Rebecca and Peter for their annual Humanitarian and Community Leaders Award and in 2017 the Haven Hills Foundation honored the couple for their commitment to the prevention of domestic violence. Both are active members of the U.S. Afghan Women’s Council working closely with Vice Chair Laura Bush.
Rebecca is the Publisher and Editor In Chief of Westlake Magazine (founded in 1992), West Luxury Magazine and Paragon Healthy Lifestyles Magazine, premier west coast luxury publications. She is the CEO of Powerhouse Lux Media, Inc. and DITL (Day In The Life) Apps, a cutting-edge mobile application development company. Rebecca’s passion for educating the public on ways to live better, healthier and longer is the driving force behind her latest business venture, Paragon Societies, Inc., the development of communities around the world that embrace a seven-step blueprint for living longer.
Mr. Francis has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer since the inception of Tix Corporation in April 1993. Tix Corporation is a fully integrated entertainment company with three divisions focused on ticketing, branded merchandising and live theatrical production throughout the USA and Canada. Tix Corporation is publicly traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange, under the symbol TIXC. Prior to founding the Company, Mr. Francis was a commercial real estate developer, specializing in site acquisition, analysis, architectural design, construction, management and marketing of office building and shopping center projects. He was one of the first real estate majors in the USA, at the University of Colorado.
Hilton Kaplan, MBBCh FCSSA PhD
Dr. Hilton Kaplan is a Plastic, Reconstructive and Maxillofacial Surgeon, and a Biomedical Engineer. His research focuses on neurosciences (neural prosthetics and implantable man-machine interfaces), and tissue engineering (decellularized composite tissues for limb and face allotransplantation). Dr. Kaplan is Associate Director of the NJ Center for Biomaterials and a Research Associate Professor at Rutgers University; and an Adjunct Professor in Regulatory Science at the University of Southern California. Dr. Kaplan has held various clinical and research positions in industry, including Senior Medical Director at Allergan (Fortune 500 healthcare) and Vice President of Clinical Sciences at LifeCell (pioneered decellularizing dermis). He has a long history of passionately advocating for burn prevention and reconstruction (as a burn surgeon, a founding board member of the non-profit Grossman Burn Foundation, and the adoptive father of a spirited burn survivor), and for craniofacial reconstruction (as a founding director of the non-profit Look-at-Us Alliance for Craniofacial Differences).
Dr. Sherry Thomas, MD, MPH, FACOG, FPM&RS
Renowned surgeon and urogynecologist Dr. Sherry Thomas, MD, MPH, FACOG, has been at the forefront of advancing women’s medicine and healthcare for over two decades.
Double board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, she is one of the first women in the United States to ever receive fellowship training in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and was among the first to be board certified when the discipline became an official medical subspecialty in 2013. Dr. Thomas additionally holds a Master of Public Health degree from UCLA Medical Center.
Driven by a passion to improve women’s lives, Dr. Thomas is on the cutting-edge of technology and other treatment innovations. She is one of only a handful of surgeons in Southern CA, who is certified to perform gynecological procedures with the revolutionary da Vinci Surgery System. Additionally, she is a pioneer in utilizing both laser and radiofrequency procedures for the treatment of vaginal laxity and atrophy (also called genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM), and instructs other physicians in performing these treatments.
Dr. Thomas earned her medical degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and subsequently completed a residency in OB/GYN at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas in Houston. She followed her residency with a fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at Los Angeles’ Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.