Dr. Gedissman received his medical degree in Buenos Aires, where he was born. He completed his training in Chicago and moved with his family to practice in Southern California. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Board Certified in Pediatrics and holds a University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, Master in Medical Management degree. He is a Certified Physician Executive and member of the American College of Physician Executives and a Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Gedissman is fluent in both English and Spanish languages.
Currently he is the CEO and Medical Director of a Wellness Center, an innovative weight management program dedicated to serve the needs of overweight children and Almon Clinical Research conducting clinical trials to improve the conditions associated with this epidemic and has been appointed Medical Director of Pediatric and Adolescents Obesity Programs at AltaMed Clinics a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers in Los Angeles and Orange County.
Dr. Gedissman was the Executive Director of Pediatric and Adolescent Comprehensive Care Medical Group (PACC) and Medical Director of Outreach Clinics at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) from 1999 until 2004. He served as the Administrative Director of the California 4/American Academy of Pediatrics Injury Prevention Program, funded by the Orange County Children and Families Commission until May 2005. He is member of the Council on Communications and Media and the Section on Injury and Poison Prevention of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
He was the President of the local Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics from 1993 to 1995 and chaired the Chapter’s Youth Violence Prevention Committee. He was an Editorial Consultant to the AAP News. He was awarded the “Ambassador of Peace Award” of the Orange County Violence Prevention Coalition in 1997 and the “Apple Pie Award” of the Million Moms March in 2000. In 2001 he was honored with the American Academy of Pediatrics District II and IX Special Achievement Award for his work in violence prevention and he is the recipient of the Champion of Health, 2001 Award from the Healthcare Foundation for Orange County and the 2004 Martin Gershman Advocacy Award of the California American Academy of Pediatrics.
In 2007 and 2008 he is given the “Physician of Excellence award of the Orange Coast Magazine and the Orange County Medical Association (OCMA). He has received the CalOptima “Circle of Care Award” in 2007, 2008 and 2009 for his dedication to the community.
He hosted “Comunidad”, Century Cable Communications Spanish cable television program and a he was a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Media Resource Team and the National Committee on Public Education as well a Co Editor for “Healthy Kids en Español” the Spanish Language American Academy of Pediatrics magazine. His columns are published regularly in “Para Todos” Southern California Spanish language magazine and Healthy Kids en Español.
He has been involved in multiple community projects and has been a national and local radio and television guest both in his capacity of recognized physician and community activist in the areas of violence prevention, gun injury prevention in children and adolescents and the prevention of substance abuse in the young. He participated in a number of Pediatric Obesity task forces and developed a screening program for the CHOC Clinics. He served as a Commissioner in the first Orange County Children and Families Commission funded with Proposition 10 tobacco tax monies and also as the Chair of the Commission’s Special Subcommittee for Marketing and Community Outreach. Dr Gedissman completed his second term as Chair of the CalOptima Professional Advisory Committee and is actively involved in community affairs. He frequently speaks in schools and other forums to parents, teachers and healthcare personnel about the subject of pediatric obesity and its consequences.