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.
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.
Shade Mokuolu, MPA
Ms. Shade Mokuolu is a fundraiser, philanthropic gift advisor, and non-profit management professional with an extensive background in advertising sales. She has a Master in Public Administration majoring in non-profit management from California State University, Northridge; a certificate in Fundraising from University of California Los Angeles, and a Bachelors in Sociology with a concentration in Social Welfare and Community Development from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Her work experience spans over two decades in the healthcare, social services, and newspaper publishing sectors.
She has been married for over twenty years to her supportive husband, Seun, and has three exceptional children. As a young adult burn survivor parent, Shade understands the challenges of nurturing a burn champion while raising a family and re-entering the workforce. She is excited about giving back to the community that supported her when her family was most vulnerable. She is thrilled to help create a lasting impact in the burn community across the globe.