PACI is proud to present our Board of Directors
Marjan Abbassi has been aboard member since 2006.
Osman M. Galal, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Galal is a Professor of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health and Director of the School's International Health Program. Dr. Galal trained as a pediatrician with a Ph.D. awarded from the Institute of Child Health, University of Birmingham (UK) and has an extensive research and administrative career in child health in developing countries.
Dr. Galal teaches graduate courses on International Health with emphasis on Maternal and Child Health in Developing Countries and on Nutrition Assessment and Policies. Dr. Galal’s research has focused in several areas of child health, including determinants of the timing and patterns of pubertal development, and functional effects (cognitive development and performance) of chronic, mild-to-moderate malnutrition in children. He has been involved in several nutrition projects in the Middle East and Africa; his current project is a WHO multi-country study (Egypt, Morocco, and Iran) on diet, activity and non-communicable disease. Dr. Galal is currently Secretary-General for the International Union of Nutritional Sciences, and he consults regularly on nutrition and child health issues for various international agencies and national governments. He is a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Nutrition.
Fay Ghafouri is a Senior Private Banker with City National Bank’s Private Services team. Based in the Beverley Hills Regional Center, she is responsible for working with a team in the coordinated delivery of wealth management, financial planning, banking, and credit services to high net worth clients.
Ms. Ghafouri has more than 20 years of experience in serving the needs of high net worth individuals and their families. Prior to joining City National, she served as Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank.
Ms. Ghafouri earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. She serves on the Board of Directors for Persian American Cancer Institute.
Armando E. Giuliano, M.D., FACS, FRCSEd, is Executive Vice Chair of Surgery for Surgical Oncology in the Department of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In addition, he is also the Associate Director of Surgical Oncology for the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and Co-Director of the Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center – a Project of the Women’s Guild.
Dr. Giuliano received his medical degree at the University of Chicago, completed his residency in surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at UCLA. He began his academic career at UCLA where he became Professor of Surgery, Director of Breast Services, Medical Director of the John Wayne Cancer Clinic, and Assistant Dean of Students in the School of Medicine. He retains an appointment as Clinical Professor of Surgery both at University of California, Los Angeles and at University of Southern California.
Dr. Giuliano served as chairman of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group Breast Organ Site Research Committee as well as chairman of the Breast Fellowship Program Directors Committee for the Society of Surgical Oncology. He has been awarded the prestigious Fellowship ofthe Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh ad hominem and is President of the International Sentinel Node Society. In March 2011, he was one of only three recipients of the Castle Connolly 2011 National Physician of the Year Award for Clinical Excellence.
Dr. Giuliano is a member of 20 professional societies and serves on the editorial boards of several renowned peer-reviewed scientific journals. Further, he is the author of more than 400 scientific articles and book chapters.
In addition to being a pioneer in the introduction of sentinel node biopsy for the treatment of breast cancer, Dr. Giuliano is actively involved in clinical trials and basic research in breast cancer, thyroid cancer, and parathyroid disease.
Omid Hamid, M.D. is a Medical Oncologist and Hematologist. His research focus involves manipulation of a patient's immune system to attack cancer cells and maintain continuously elevated levels of immunity, and discovery of novel therapies for cancers that have spread to the central nervous system (brain and spine), an area that is historically difficult to treat.
Dr. Hamid realizes that true benefit rests on fostering innovative therapies directly to the clinical trial format, the most effective a quickest way to ensure patients can benefit through therapy. Through his role as the Associate Director of Clinical Research Dr. Hamid oversees a program that ensures all types and stages of melanoma patients have opportunity to benefit from therapy.
Irv Hepner is counsel at the Los Angeles office of Kaye Scholer LLP, where he specializes in real estate finance, securitization, leasing and development matters, including wind energy projects. Mr. Hepner was born in Tel Aviv, and spent his early childhood in Berlin and his youth in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended Yale College, majoring in architecture, and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he served on the Law Review and graduated magna cum laude. After practicing law in New York City for 18 years, Mr. Hepner moved to Los Angeles to become the general counsel of Westfield America, Inc., the second-largest shopping center company in the U.S.
In addition to serving as a Director of the Persian American Cancer Institute, Mr. Hepner serves on the boards of directors of The Westview School and Friends of Jewish Renewal in Poland. He is married to K.C. Victor, with whom he has one child, Kate Victor Mullin.
Maz Jobrani is best known as a founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which featured some of the top Middle Eastern-American comics in the world. The Axis of Evil Comedy Central Special premiered in 2007 as the first show on American TV with an all Middle Eastern/American cast. The tour started in the US and later went to the Middle East in the fall of 2007, selling out 27 shows in Dubai, Beirut, Cairo, Kuwait, and Amman -where they performed for the King and Queen of Jordan.
Maz has starred in many movies including Friday After Next, The Interpreter, and 13 Going on 30. He has also guest starred for many TV shows. He has been a regular on ABC’s Knights of Prosperity as well as FOX’s Life on a Stick.
Maz was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he caught the acting bug in 8th grade. He studied theater throughout high school, and then went on to earn a BA in Political Science and Italian at UC Berkeley. In the fall of 1994, while beginning a Ph.D. program in Political Science at UCLA, he visited the university’s prestigious theater program – and was immediately hooked on acting again. This led to him dropping out of the Ph.D. program to pursue his childhood passion.
Dr. Silvana Martino D. O., FACOI is the Director of Breast Cancer Research and Education for The Angeles Clinic Foundation. She is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. Dr. Martino has specialized in the treatment and research of breast cancer for over three decades. She is a nationally recognized leader in the field of breast cancer. Her body of work has included research in breast cancer prevention, early breast cancer and metastatic disease. Dr. Martino has conducted and coordinated large national and international studies which have resulted in changing the standard of care worldwide.
She began her academic career at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, where she served as medical director of the Breast Cancer Prevention Program and chief of the Section of Breast Cancer for the Division of Hematology/Oncology. In addition to doing research on various new chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of advanced breast cancer, her program was one of the first to study a low fat diet as a means of preventing breast cancer in high risk women and evaluating flow cytometry parameters on breast biopsies from high risk women. In 1993, Dr. Martino moved to California to become medical director of The Westlake Breast Center, and then The Breast Center in Van Nuys. She joined the staff of the John Wayne Cancer Institute in 1999, a move that eventually brought her to The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute. Dr. Martino is also Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Dr. Martino’s appointments are innumerable and highlighted by her previous role as Co-Chair of the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) Cancer Control Research Committee, Chair of the SWOG Breast Committee, and her tenure as Chair of the Oncology Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) for the FDA. She is the recipient of the Phillips Medal of Public Service Award, and has been honored with awards from The Wellness Community, the American Cancer Society and the American College of Osteopathic Internists. She has been listed in Best Doctors in America.
Dr. Martino spends significant time educating the public about early breast cancer detection and breast cancer treatment options. She is the co-author of over 250 scientific publications and abstracts on breast cancer and related topics.
Through her skills as a physician, researcher and educator, she has touched the lives of many.
Bita Milanian is a dynamic and driven team builder and outstanding communicator whose passion is helping people and businesses thrive. A marketing and business development professional with extensive experience in strategic planning and maximizing market opportunities, Bita has contributed to many organizations’ growth and success.
She has worked with everything from startup companies to large multi-national corporations within telecommunications, consumer electronics, construction development and real estate industries. She has built a solid track record of working with non-profit and cultural organizations, as well as artists, to help produce events, fundraisers and special projects; she has also helped such groups organize their processes and integrate technology into their daily activities to become more efficient.
She currently serves as the Executive Director of Farhang Foundation. She is also the founder of Butterfly Buzz, while maintaining the position of Director Marketing at one of the leading telecommunications company, based in Los Angeles.
Charles Sadler, M.D., graduated with honor from Rice University in 1973 with a Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Electrical Engineering. He attended Baylor College of Medicine, receiving the Doctor of Medicine degree in 1976. Postgraduate training included a Fellowship in Spinal Surgery at the Jones/Hunt Orthopedic Hospital in England. Dr. Sadler taught in the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering department at CSU Northridge and as an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at USC. He has held the post of Vice President in the International College of surgeons, is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, and has published numerous scholarly articles in the fields of engineering, medicine, and orthopedic surgery.
Currently, Dr. Sadler is the Medical Director of the Sadler Medical Group, Inc. in Beverly Hills, Ca. He is a former Board Member of the UMMA Clinic.
Mrs. Sadler, PACI's Founding Chair, is currently the CEO of the Sadler Medical Group, Inc. in Beverly Hills, Ca, where she works with her husband, Charles Sadler MD, and her son, Steven Sadler, MD, whose specialty is interventional pain management. As a result of her negative experiences as both a cancer researcher and a cancer survivor, Mrs. Sadler founded PACI as a service organization to enable the Persian-American community to reduce the impact of cancer today and eliminate the threat of cancer tomorrow. PACI was created as both a service organization for the Persian-American minority and as a prototype to enable other minorities to advance their own cancer health care needs.
Mrs. Sadler maintains a hectic schedule of public and media appearances to educate people on the vital need for both prevention and early detection. She also provides personal emotional and motivational support for the many cancer patients and survivors who contact her on a daily basis. Mrs. Sadler also serves the UMMA Clinic (providing free medical care to poverty-stricken South Central Los Angeles) as the Chair of their Friends of UMMA fundraising group. She has served as an Auxiliary Chair for the International College of Surgeons and as a member of the Core Research Group of the U.C.L.A. School of Public Health's Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Project. Mrs. Sadler has received the UCLA certificate in Protecting Human Research Subjects in Social and Behavioral Research.
Mrs. Sadler has received many recognitions of and honors for her public health efforts, including commendations from both the cities of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. In 2010 Mrs. Sadler/PACI received the Women in Action Award from the Israel Cancer Research Fund.
Arash "Ari" Gabayan, MD is a Board Certified radiation oncology physician practicing at the Beverly Hills Cancer Center. He is part of a multi-disciplinary team of oncologists who provide cancer care treatments for all cancer types. Dr. Gabayan specializes in radiation treatments including IMRT, image-guided radiotherapy, brachytherapy and stereotactic radiation therapy of the brain, lungs and spine.
Dr. Gabayan attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as a Neuroscience major. After receiving several prestigious awards and academic scholarships as an undergraduate, including the University of California Regents Scholarship, Dr. Gabayan graduated Summa Cum Laude and College Honors, with a B.S. in Neuroscience. Dr. Gabayan went onto obtain his medical degree from UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. He continued his medical training with a medical internship at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and a residency at University of Arizona’s Department of Radiation Oncology, where he held the position of Chief Resident.
Recognition of Dr. Ari Gabayan’s pursuit and achievement of excellence lead to his selection as Lead Investigator for a national multi-institutional study of the GliaSite Radiotherapy System, a device used in the treatment of malignant brain tumors. Dr. Gabayan’s research studies earned him the prominent Roentgen Research Award.
As the Chief of Radiation Oncology at the Beverly Hills Cancer Center, Dr. Ari Gabayan strives to provide his patients with the highest quality care and the latest treatment technologies. Dr. Gabayan is an active participant in teaching and the community. He is an executive board member for the UCLA Medial Alumni Association and he continues to teach medical students and holds the title of Clinical Instructor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Gabayan dedicates himself to the highest standards in all aspects of his career, from the care and treatment of patients to the pursuit of the latest research and cutting-edge clinical trials.
Negar Ghafouri Bio coming soon
Ali Mahtabifard, MD, is a thoracic surgeon with the Women's Guild Lung Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is also on staff at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica. Dr. Mahtabifard is an expert in minimally invasive surgery for lung cancer, mediastinal tumors, emphysema, esophageal disorders and chest wall disorders. He is board certified in both general and cardiothoracic surgery.
Dr. Mahtabifard's research ad articles have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Journal of Immunotherapy, Clinical Cancer Research, Molecular Therapy, Human Gene Therapy, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and Thoracic Surgery Clinics. He has also authored numerous chapters in various thoracic surgery textbooks and has recently written the most complete and up to date textbook on minimally invasive lung surgery titled Atlas of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery.
Dr. Mahtabifard received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his medical degree from New York Medical College. He completed a general surgery internship at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center of New York and then completed his general surgery residency at The Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard University. During residency, he also completed a two year research fellowship in thoracic oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Following residency he completed his cardiothoracic fellowship at the University of California at Davis and then has completed another fellowship in advanced and minimally invasive thoracic surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Reza Nabavian M.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Keck-USC School of Medicine, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His clinical areas of expertise include Acute Burns, Burn Reconstruction, Wound Care, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.
Dr. Nabavian is attending staff at Los Angeles County-USC Regional Burn Center. He is also the Director of Aesthetic Surgery Education at USC where he leads an effort to train future plastic surgeons who are proficient in aesthetic surgery and understand the ethical ramifications of the specialty. His research interests include stem cell derived tissue regeneration and structural fat grafting. Dr. Nabavian has special expertise in the use of fat cells for correction of deformities as well as in facial rejuvenation.
Recently, Dr. Nabavian has helped coordinate an international medical aid effort to deliver wound care and rehabilitation at St. Damien pediatric hospital in Haiti.
Sepehr Rokhsar, M.D. earned his medical degree at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. He then completed a residency in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a fellowship in hematology-oncology at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Dr. Rokhsar is board certified in internal medicine with a subspecialty in medical oncology. He maintains an active clinical practice at Tower Hematology Oncology Medical Group in Beverly Hills, California, and is dedicated to providing patients personalized state-of-the-art care. Dr. Rokhsar is an active member of the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Southern California Lymphoma Group; and additional serves as a Medical Advisor to the Tower Cancer Research Foundation.
Saeed Sadeghi Bio coming soon
Homayoon Sanati, MD, MS, is Medical Director of Breast Oncology Program at the MemorialCare Breast Center at Long Beach Memorial and Orange Coast Memorial Medical Centers. In his role, Dr. Sanati leads MemorialCare's multidisciplinary breast program that features an integrated team of experts who provide state-of-the-art breast care to Los Angeles and Orange counties.
Dr. Sanati completed his undergraduate studies at UCLA. He received his doctoral degree from Chicago Medical School. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at UC Irvine Medical Center and his fellowship in a combined Geriatric and Medical Oncology at UCLA Medical Center. He is board-certified in Medical Oncology, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, and Hospice/Palliative Care.
Dr. Sanati has been honored with numerous awards, including "America's Top Oncologist", selected by Consumer's Research Council of America. He brings with him many years of experience, having served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine for the Division of Hematology/Oncology at UC Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Sanati continues to participate in various regional and national administrative service appointments and committees, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology. In addition to breast cancer, Dr. Sanati has extensive experience treating cancer in older adults. His research interests have focused on pain management and quality of life and palliative/supportive care for patients undergoing treatment. His work has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals.
Reza Shirazi, M.D. graduated Magna Cum Laude in Electrical Engineering from California State University of Los Angeles, and earned his master’s in Applied Physiology and medical degree from The Chicago Medical School at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. He served his internship at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, and completed his residency in Radiation Oncology at the University of Cincinnati Barrett Cancer Center where he served as the chief resident from 2005-2006. He is certified by the American Board of Radiology in Radiation Oncology. He joined Radiation Medical Group in 2006.
Specific areas of interest and expertise include Cyberknife radiosurgery, prostate cancer radiotherapy, prostate brachytherapy, brain, pancreas, gastro-intestinal and head and neck tumors. He is trained in the use of CyberKnife® stereotactic radiosurgery, radioactive seed implants for prostate and intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and Image guided radiotherapy (IGRT).
Shirin Towfigh, M.D., is a Board Certified General Surgeon with specialty in Laparoscopic and Hernia Surgery. She is Associate Professor of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC. She is a surgical educator and holds multiple leadership positions in surgical societies both locally and nationally. Dr. Towfigh received her BS at UCLA, MD at UC San Diego, and completed her general surgery training at UCLA in 2002.
PACI is proud to present our CPA
Ziba Soroudi heads the CPA firm of Ziba Soroudi, CPA, located in Santa Monica. After receiving her degree from North Carolina State University, Mrs. Soroudi moved to California in 1990, where she established her life, and pursued her career.
Since 1997, the firm has thrived on providing the whole spectrum of financial services to the public, and particularly to small and medium sized businesses. The firm specializes in financial statement audits, taxation, non-profits and government entities. Private industry services encompass industries such as manufacturing, banking, car rental, distribution, medical and dental, and entertainment.
Ziba Soroudi is board certified and authorized to practice in California and North Carolina. She is an outstanding member of California Board of Accountancy, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of CPAs, and National Association of Tax Professionals. She also serves on the board of Hadassah Southern California, as the treasurer/ consultant.