Physician Advisors

Melinda Hakim MD Ophthalmologist

Dr. Hakim is the Founder of She established DoctorCPR to provide the best medical jobs and resources for the country's top physicians. She graduated Magna cum Laude from Harvard University and was a recipient of the John Harvard Award— the highest academic scholarship at the university. She received her MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and her business education from The Yale School of Executive Management. She completed her residency training in ophthalmology at the Doheny Eye Institute in Los Angeles and a Lasik fellowship at Cedars Sinai Hospital. She currently practices comprehensive ophthalmology in Los Angeles.

Dr. Hakim served on the board of the Division of Ophthalmology at the USC Keck School of Medicine and was the President of the American Medical Student Association as well as the Vice President of the American Medical Women's Association. She was voted one of the Top 10 Ophthalmologists in Los Angeles by, Super Doctor in Southern California by her peers, and America's Top Ophthalmologist by the Consumer Research Council of America. She is also the recipient of the Vitals Patient's Choice Award for the past 7 years and was recently inducted to the Leading Physicians of the World. She was a recipient of the American Medical Association Leadership Award for over two decades of contributions to physician career development. She continues to be deeply passionate about providing the very best career opportunities for America's top physicians.

Pejman Cohan MD Endocrinologist

Dr. Cohan is the Director of the Specialized Endocrine Care Center in Beverly Hills, California and an Associate Professor of the UCLA School of Medicine. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa cum Laude with a degree in Biochemistry from UCLA and went on to complete his residency and fellowship at the UCLA School of Medicine. He co-founded and directed the UCLA Pituitary Tumor and Neuroendocrine Program for 10 years. He also served as the fellowship director for the UCLA Endocrinology Fellowship Training Program. He was recipient of the UCLA Top Teaching Award for his contributions to medical education.

Dr. Cohan is Co-director of the Pituitary Symposium of Los Angeles and the Pituitary Patient Support Group in Los Angeles. He is an attending physician at Cedars Sinai Hospital, UCLA, and St. Johns Hospital in Los Angeles. He has a long academic track record in clinical endocrinology and has written over 100 scientific publications in major peer reviewed journals. He lectures on endocrinology all over the country and has been voted Best Doctors of America in Endocrinology and a Super Doctor in Southern California by his peers.

Andrew S. Klein MD MBA Transplant Surgeon

Dr. Klein is the Esther and Mark Schulman Chair in Surgery and Transplant Medicine, Director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center, and Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. In this capacity, he provides oversight and programmatic direction for the institution's liver, kidney, pancreas, heart, and lung transplant programs. Dr. Klein received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his MD and MBA degrees from Johns Hopkins University.

He completed residency training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, was a fellow in transplantation immunology at Harvard University, served as a Surgical Registrar at The John Radcliffe Hospital at Oxford University, and was a fellow in liver transplantation at UCLA. In 2000, he was appointed tenured Professor of Surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. While at Johns Hopkins, he was Director of Liver Transplantation and Chief of the Division of Transplantation.

Dr. Klein is the recipient of the Johns Hopkins Clinician Scientist Award, has authored or co-authored more than 100 original manuscripts and 25 chapters and has lectured extensively around the world. For nearly two decades, he has played a leadership role in local and national policy making focused on organ donation, allocation, and transplantation; chairing the Living Donor Transplantation Committee, the Liver Transplantation Committee for The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and serving on the UNOS Board of Directors.

Anne Peters MD Endocrinologist

Dr. Peters is one of the world's leading clinicians and researchers in the field of diabetes. She is a Professor of Medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine and the Director of the USC Clinical Diabetes Program. She earned her medical degree from the University of Chicago, completed an Internal Medicine internship and residency at Stanford University, and followed up with an endocrinology fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She served as the Director of the Clinical Diabetes Programs at both Cedars-Sinai and UCLA.

She has been a Principal Investigator on multiple clinical trials, including two current grants supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is a special consultant to the FDA on the development of devices for diabetes treatment. She serves on the American Diabetes Association (ADA)/European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) Guidelines and Device Safety Committees for Management of Type 1 Diabetes. She also chairs the Endocrine Society Committee on the Use of Devices in Treatment of Diabetes.

One of the most sought out speakers in the field of endocrinology, Dr. Peters has been invited to lecture at over 300 meetings on the subject of the clinical treatment of diabetes. She has written over 200 scientific publications and authored the Fifth Edition of Davidson's Diabetes Mellitus. More recently, she also published Conquering Diabetes— one of the most popular books for patients on how to treat diabetes. She was voted one of the Best Doctors in America and was also awarded the ADA Outstanding Physician Award.

Amy Comander MD Hematologist-Oncologist

Dr. Amy Comander is a hematologist-oncologist who specializes in the care of women with breast cancer and gynecologic cancers. She is Medical Director of the Auerbach Breast Center and a medical oncologist at the Vernon Cancer Center, an affiliate of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. She graduated Magna cum Laude with an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and a master's degree in Biology from Harvard University. She received both her medical degree and a master's degree in Neuroscience from the Yale University School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency training and Hematology-Oncology fellowship training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School.

Her interests include individualizing treatments for breast cancer and gynecologic cancers, as well as cancer survivorship. She is also deeply passionate about cancer prevention and counseling patients at increased risk for breast cancer and other malignancies. It is her goal to improve the quality of life and outcome of patients after their cancer treatment. Dr. Comander has run the Boston Marathon for many years to raise money to support pediatric cancer research and patient care programs at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children Cancer Center.

Guy Maytal MD Psychiatrist

Guy Maytal, MD is the Director of Ambulatory Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Director of the MGH Psychiatry Urgent Care and Primary Care Psychiatry Clinics, and Psychiatric Liaison to the Palliative Care Team at MGH. He is a senior member of the MGH Optimum Care Committee (Ethics Committee). He is also a Professor at Harvard Medical School.

After graduating Valedictorian of Stuyvesant High School in New York, Dr. Maytal attended Harvard University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude and was a recipient of the John Harvard Award—the highest academic scholarship at the university. He then received a medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He trained at the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program at Harvard where he served as Chief Resident of the Consultation-Liaison Service. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at Mass General Hospital, a fellowship in Psycho-Oncology and Psychosomatic Medicine at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and a fellowship in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Maytal lectures and publishes all over the country on the psychosocial aspects of cancer, the interface of spirituality and psychiatry, psychiatric aspects of ethics consultation, and physician-patient communication. He is the recipient of the Thomas Hackett Award for academic achievement and the Partners in Excellence Award for clinical innovation in Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Catherine H. Begovic MD Otolaryngologist and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Prior to attending Harvard University for college, Dr. Begovic scored a perfect score on her SAT’s and was honored at the White House for her extensive contributions to scientific research. She graduated from Harvard with Honors in Molecular and Cellular Biology. From there, she received her medical degree from UCLA. Upon completion of her medical degree, Dr. Begovic joined the Head and Neck Surgery training program at UCLA. She also completed a second surgery training program in Plastic Surgery at UCLA—one of the most competitive Plastic Surgery training programs in the country.

Dr. Begovic has published and presented over 40 articles in scientific journals and meetings on topics ranging from molecular biology, cancer, anti-aging, skin care, fat stem cells, and cosmetic surgery. She has also been featured in multiple media outlets such as "The Doctors" TV show, "Entertainment Tonight", "Fitness RX for Women", Fox News, CBS, Spike TV, as well as Maria Shriver's Women's Conference.

Dr. Begovic is one of the most sought-after physician role models for young women all over the world and has over 1 million social media followers. She is an incredibly accomplished entrepreneur and is currently the publisher for Iron Man Magazine and the founder of the successful skincare line MDGlam.

Sonia Batra MD, MSc, MPH Dermatologist

Dr. Batra attended Harvard University after graduating Valedictorian of Palisades High School in Los Angeles. At Harvard, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Batra graduated early from Harvard in three years and was selected from California as the youngest Rhodes Scholar. She graduated with a master's degree in Genetics at the University of Oxford, England.

Dr. Batra earned her medical degree with honors from Harvard Medical School, where she was President of the Student Council. She also earned a master's degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her Internship, Residency, and Chief Residency in dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine. She returned to Boston for fellowship training in Dermatologic, Laser, Cosmetic and Mohs Micrographic Surgery at SkinCare Physicians of Chestnut Hill while conducting clinical research at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Prior to private practice, Dr. Batra was the Section Head of Dermatologic Surgery at City of Hope National Medical Center. She remains involved in clinical research and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the USC Keck School of Medicine. She is also a Contributing Editor for the journal Dermatologic Surgery and a reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and JAMA Dermatology. She is a frequent media expert and recurring co-host on "The Doctors" TV Show on CBS.

Dr. Paul Nassif Otolaryngologist and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Dr. Nassif is one of the most well-known and well-respected plastic surgeons in the country. He is known for his brilliant work in facial plastics and his ability to reconstruct some of the most challenging plastics cases in America. He has authored numerous peer-review articles on facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and has been called upon to give medical conference presentations and lectures about the latest surgical techniques. A graduate of the USC Keck School of Medicine, he is now a professor at both USC and the UCLA School of Medicine.

Dr. Nassif has over 1 million social media followers and has developed a highly successful skincare line, NassifMD, which is sold at department stores all over the country. His expertise attracts patients from all over the world who trust his work in facial plastics. Dr. Nassif's surgical skill set is featured on "Botched"-- a television show which is the #1 show for its time slot and one of the most popular reality shows of all time. His remarkable talent in revisional and reconstructive plastic surgery highlighted on this show draws in over 1 million viewers per episode.
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