Planning Committee November 2018
Florence Comite, M.D.
Courtesy Attending Physician, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
Private Practice, ComiteMD, New York, NY
Florence Comite, M.D. has been a leader in the evolution of wellness-based health care and preventive medicine. Dr. Comite’s unique approach to healthcare allows for customized health strategies. She primarily directs her practice to Age Management Medicine, including bioidentical hormonal therapy, growth hormone, men’s and women’s health, andropause and menopause, sexual function and lifestyle issues. Dr. Comite has been a leader in Women’s Health for over 12 years. She defined new approaches to optimize health for women at mid-life and beyond. Dr. Comite directs her clinical practice to the prevention of disorders related to aging such as osteoporosis, heart disease and cancer. She has pioneered an integrated approach to healthcare delivery with an emphasis on customized health strategies for women and men. Her clinical program is based upon an individualized, in-depth assessment and risk-benefit analysis that catalyzes conventional, complementary, and lifestyle choices to attain, sustain and maintain well-being. She incorporates a multidisciplinary team, trained to approach the clinician-patient relationship as a partnership. In 1976, Dr. Comite graduated from Yale University School of Medicine with awards for original research, and continued at Yale with a residency in Medicine. She then completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology (Medicine, Gynecology and Pediatrics) at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). She remained at NIH as a Senior Clinical Associate until 1984 and joined the Yale faculty in 1985. In 1988, Dr. Comite founded and directed, until 1998, Women’s Health at Yale as an Associate Professor in Endocrinology, Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and in Reproductive Endocrinology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. From 1994 to 1995, Dr. Comite was a Senior Clinical and Research Advisor to the NIH Offices of Alternative Medicine (OAM) and Research in Women’s Health (ORWH).
Mary L. Corry, R.N., BSN
CNA Program Coordinator, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District
Coordinator, Allied Health, Olney Central College, Olney, IL
AMMG Certification, Essential Knowledge in Age Management Medicine
For the past seven years, Mary Corry has been working as the Coordinator of Allied Health at Olney Central College in Onley, Illinois. She has organized, conducted, and facilitated over 30 nursing education workshops on various healthcare topics. In 2014, she was promoted to the CNA Program Coordinator for all four community colleges in the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District. Since 2011 she has served on the Illinois Department of Public Health Basic Nursing Assistant Advisory Committee. Mary has been a speaker at the State CNA Educators Conferences and has lectured on Age Management and Restorative Care. She presented and moderated for a Wellness Symposium in West Virginia in the summer of 2014. Mary Corry joined the Age Management Medicine Group and completed her Certification in Essential Knowledge in Age Management Medicine in January of 2015. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Indiana State University and has been certified as a Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise for over 10 years. Mary’s passion is to teach lifestyle modification.
Derrick M. DeSilva, Jr., M.D.
Co-Chair, Department of Complimentary Medicine and Senior Attending Staff, Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy, NJ
Teaching Faculty, JFK Medical Center, Edison, NJ
Dr. DeSilva is a practicing Internist at the Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, NJ. As an adjunct professor at JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ, he has lectured on various topics in medicine, nationally and internationally, and is an avid member of The American Medical Association, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, and Society of Internal Medicine, as well as president of the American Nutraceutical Association and vice president of Medical Spa Professional Alliance. Dr. DeSilva has authored and published "Coping with Lyme Disease" and "Ask the Doctor." He has his own radio talk show, "Ask the Doctor" which airs on WCTC Radio in New Jersey (1450 AM), as well as his own television show, "Your Natural Health" on News 12 New Jersey, and a monthly column, "Ask Dr. DeSilva" in the e-Journal of Age Management Medicine. He has also attained national television exposure by hosting medical segments on CNN and appearing as a guest on numerous programs, including ABC Night Line. Dr. DeSilva has been instrumental in the formulation of over 100 different natural products. He is currently Chair of the AMMG Conference Planning Committee.
Gary Donovitz, M.D., FACOG, FRSM
Founder and CEO, BioTE Medical, Irving, TX
Founder and President, Institute for Hormonal Balance
Dr. Gary Donovitz has been an innovator in bioidentical hormone replacement for over 20 years. Founder and CEO of BioTE® Medical, Dr. Donovitz is also the Medical Director for The Institute for Hormonal Balance. Over the past seven years he has championed the mission of changing healthcare through an individualized, comprehensive method of hormone optimization. He is considered an expert in the field of subcutaneous hormone pellet therapy and is an international lecturer on the subject. Dr. Donovitz has performed more than 60,000 pellet insertions. He was given the award for best teaching resident at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the Royal College of Medicine, and delivered 7500 babies in Arlington, TX. Dr. Donovitz was a pioneer in robotic surgery and trained physicians across the country. His book “Age Healthier Live Happier - How to Stop Overmedicating Through Natural Hormone Balance" was a best seller in 2015.
Mark L. Gordon, M.D.
Keck School of Medicine of USC, Department of Family Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
Medical Director, The Millennium Health Centers, Encino, CA
Medical Director, CBS Studios
International Medical Director, Reignwood Wellness, Beijing, China
Medical Director, Dubai Wellness Centers, Dubai and Moscow, Russia
Lead Medical Consultant, AJT Consultancy, Bangkok, Thailand
Medical Director of Education, Access Medical Laboratories, Jupiter, FL
Life Member, AMMG
Originally a residency trained, board-certified Family Physician through Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s in Chicago, Illinois having graduated first in his class, Dr. Gordon subsequently veered into Clinical Orthopedics for 14 years with the State of California in defense worker’s compensation (QME, IME, AME, and IDE). Concurrently, he ventured into alternative and complementary medicine, integrating age management medicine theories into a program of sports rehabilitation using nutrition, exercise, supplementation, and Interventional Endocrinology. His first book, The Clinical Application of Interventional Endocrinology (2007) is used as a primer for physicians in age management medicine around the world. Since 2004, having found the relationship between his own hormonal deficiencies and traumatic brain injury (TBI), Dr. Gordon has spent the past 10 years researching and treating patients with TBI and hormonal dysfunction (military, sports, and civilians). He has become a learned proponent of the neuroendocrine theory of aging as promoted by Dr. Caleb Finch, a colleague at USC Medical School, where Dr. Gordon has provided service as clinical professor to 3rd year medical students since 1997. At present, Dr. Gordon is putting the final touches on his next book: Traumatic Brain Injury – A clinical approach to diagnosis and treatment (2014). Recently, Dr. Gordon was on the Joe Rogan Experience where information about TBI and hormones was presented during a 3-hour long program. The interest that was generated created a massive patient response not only nationally, but also internationally. Due to this response, Dr. Gordon is working on a training program in conjunction with his book, to recruit physicians that will take the overwhelming number of patient candidates into their practice. Additionally, Dr. Gordon has developed a number of revolutionary products such as Secretropin®, Secretropin Advanced®, DynaTropin®, and the Perfect Protocol® line of supplements. Dr. Gordon has been the Medical Director for CBS Studios since 2001, and Medical Consultant to a number of other major studios (HBO, Warner’s, Disney, and FX). As a consultant and past expert medical reviewer to the California Medical Board, he provides a level of rational services to his fellow physicians. In 2005 he obtained a pharmacy license from the State of California and in 2012 a Medical License in Florida. His ultimate goal is to bring patients back to a more youthful level of functioning—psychologically, physiologically, and physically.
Edwin N. Lee, M.D., FACE
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Orlando, FL
Founder, Institute for Hormonal Balance
After graduating from Medical College of Pennsylvania, Dr. Edwin Lee completed three years of Internal Medicine residency and then completed two fellowships - in Critical Care Medicine and in Endocrinology and Metabolism - at the University of Pittsburgh. Over the next ten years, Dr. Lee limited his practice to Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in central Florida. He also served as the Team Endocrinologist for the Cleveland Indians during their spring training in Florida until 2008. Dr. Lee then went into private practice when he founded the Institute for Hormonal Balance in 2008. His driving purpose for opening the Institute was being able to focus on prevention of disease and optimizing health. Hormonal balance, with bioidentical or natural hormones, is the cornerstone at the Institute for Hormonal Balance. Dr. Lee is an author and international spokesperson. In addition to writing his books, Feel Good Look Younger: Reversing Tiredness Through Hormonal Balance and Your Best Investment: Secrets to a Healthy Body and Mind, Dr. Lee has published many articles in Internal Medicine and in Endocrinology. He was also an author in the fourth edition of Textbook of Critical Care in the chapter entitled, Neuroendocrine Immunology and the Role of Neuroendocrine Hormones in the Critically Ill Patient. He also is Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Lee truly enjoys helping his patients achieve better health, and is well-known for passionately “practicing what he preaches.” He has completed many marathons, triathlons and finished the Great Floridian Triathlon (Ironman distance). He has hiked the Grand Canyon south rim to north rim and back, and climbed to the summit of Mount Fuji and Mount Washington. He also recently hiked with his family to the highest peak in South Korea - Mount Hallasan. He also enjoys snowboarding, photography, wakeboarding, fishing, golfing, surfing and mountaineering.
John J. Rush, M.D., FACEP, MBA, MHA
Age Management Physician, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Rush attained his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. He went on to complete an emergency medicine residency at Loma Linda University. Dr. Rush also graduated from Pfeiffer University, completing an executive MBA/MHA program. He has completed physician training & certification in Age Management Medicine, jointly sponsored by the Cenegenics Education and Research Foundation (CERF) and the Foundation for Care Management (FCM). Dr. Rush has been practicing AMM for 9 years and is the President of Cenegenics Washington, D.C. Dr. Rush is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Longevity Physicians Insurance Company (LPIC), specifically designed for the practice of Age Management Medicine. LPIC helps physicians practicing AMM find affordable options for coverage. Reinsured, and in association with Oceanus Insurance Company, LPIC is financially stable; its gross weighted premiums (GWP) have grown by over 40% annually since inception. His medical executive positions have included Chief Financial Officer at Wake Emergency Physicians, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Coastal Physician Services, Medical Director at CIGNA Healthcare, Vice President of Health Services at PacificCare Health Systems, and Chief Medical Officer at Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc. Dr. Rush has a passion for medical paradigms that create superior patient care and offer the best hope for optimized health. He lectures and uses social media extensively to extol the virtues of health and wellness, and he practices what he preaches.
George C. Shapiro, M.D., FACC
Adjunct Assistant Professor Clinical Medicine, New York Medical College
President, Cenegenics, New York City
Dr. Shapiro has been a practicing physician for 25 years specializing in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Age Management Medicine. He completed his training and spent his early career at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City focusing on Cardiovascular Disease Management including Congestive Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation. Dr. Shapiro grew a large, successful private practice in Scarsdale, NY where he currently sees patients daily. Always challenged by the need to innovate medicine, Dr. Shapiro has patented medical devices as well as explored and innovated new medical protocols. This led him to a career in Age Management Medicine focusing on the prevention of heart disease and stroke, including regenerative medicine and improving longevity. Today he has a second practice located at 40 Wall Street as the President of Cenegenics - New York City, serving some of the most powerful leaders in business and society from around the world with Age Management treatments. Dr. Shapiro is active in 13 medical societies, is a speaker for the Age Management Medicine Group (AMMG) and serves on the AMMG Conference Planning Committee. He was chosen as the Chief Medical Officer for the NFL Alumni’s Optimal Bowl and Wellness Challenge, a one-of-a-kind wellness competition, web TV documentary series, social media and publicity campaign to promote methods of improving one’s wellness to the general public. The not-for-profit project also serves as a fundraiser for youth oriented charities supported by the NFL Alumni. He also has been a national speaker for several top pharmaceutical companies. In, addition he was a clinical expert for various radio stations, and has been a medical consultant for several TV shows. He is currently in the process of writing a book on Optimal Wellness. Dr. Shapiro serves as an Emergency Responder for his local, regional and national communities in multiple roles including Physician/Firefighter for the Ardsley Volunteer Fire Department, and is an Advanced HAZ-MAT Technician with the Westchester County Department of Special Operations HAZ-MAT team. He has completed extensive training through the New York State Division of Fire Prevention and Control and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center for Domestic Preparedness in many programs including Weapons of Mass Destruction and Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings at the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center. His passion for optimizing wellness and managing aging is also evident to his 5 children and lovely wife, Celeste.
AMMG 2017 Designated Planners & Reviewers
Lead Nurse Planner – Mary L. Corry, R.N. , BSN
Nursing Content Expert – Derrick M. Desilva, Jr., M.D.
Pharmacy Reviewer – Peter Huseman, R.Ph.