A recognized leader in the health care industry for over two decades, Mr. Anderson is the former Co-founder and CEO of Schaller Anderson, the largest private health care management company in the United States. Mr. Anderson built the company from an idea in 1986 to over $500 million in revenues in 2008, at which point the firm was purchased by Aetna. Mr. Anderson has held a number of positions in state government including the Deputy Director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System. Mr. Anderson has represented the Nuffield Trust in collaboration with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's health advisors to develop quality standards for health care service contracting in United Kingdom. He also served on the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's "Strengthening the Safety Net". Mr. Anderson is past President of the Board of Directors for Central Arizona Shelter Services. He was named to the National Review Committee for the Medicaid Managed Care Program for the Center for Health Care Strategies. His expertise was sought in drafting legislation for Arizona's long term care system, which he later successfully negotiated with the federal government for the program’s approval. In addition to his professional achievements, Mr. Anderson is a gifted athlete and has participated in a number of ultra-distance cycling events. Joe believes that lasting health and ageless fitness are the products of lifestyle choices, and matches beliefs with action each morning during his heart rate training sessions. In his spare time, Joe pursues his latest venture as Proprietor of Benovia Winery in California's Russian River Valley
Ms. Dewane is the former CEO of CalOptima, an integrated health care system that administers public health insurance programs for Orange County children, low income families, and persons with disabilities. During her tenure as CalOptima's Chief Executive Officer, Mary Dewane championed efforts to protect and provide assistance to individuals through Orange County's safety net providers. In doing so, she recognized that many health care partners in the community play an integral role in ensuring the stability of the county's safety net system. CalOptima's network of doctors and hospitals includes more than 5,000 primary care doctors and specialists and 20 hospitals serving nearly 330,000 members. Personally, Mary is an excellent cyclist, swimmer and skier and has participated in a number of ultra-distance cycling events. She trains each morning with her heart rate monitor, and acts as co-proprietor for Benovia Winery in California's Russian River Valley with her husband, Joe Anderson.
Scientific Board of Advisors:
George Blackburn, M.D., Phd.
The Iron90 Meal Plan is based on over 30 years of published research by Dr. George Blackburn, M.D., Phd. Dr. George Blackburn serves as the S. Daniel Abraham Associate Professor of Nutrition and Associate Director of the Division of Nutrition at Harvard Medical School. He is also the Chief of the Nutrition/Metabolism Laboratory, and Director of the Center for the Study of Nutrition Medicine, which are affiliated with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1965, Dr. Blackburn received his medical degree from the University of Kansas. He completed his internship and residency at Boston City Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and in 1973, he obtained his doctorate in nutritional biochemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Blackburn's laboratory has a priority to investigate the most complex issues dealing with nutrition and health. He has trained over 100 fellows in applied and clinical nutrition and has published widely on various aspects of nutrition, medicine, and metabolism, with over 400 publications to date. He is on the editorial board of and a reviewer for numerous journals including, the Journal of the American Medical Association, New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, International Journal of Obesity. Dr. Blackburn has been most fortunate to be recognized for his contributions to the field of nutrition by being awarded in 1988 the Grace Goldsmith Award by the American College of Nutrition, and was, in 1992, also made an honorary member of the American Dietetic Association. In 1998 he received the Joseph Goldberger award in Clinical Nutrition from the American Medical Association, and was appointed, six years later, an American Society for Nutrition Fellow in recognition of a distinguished career in nutrition.
As an active participant in the field of nutritional medicine, Dr. Blackburn is a past President of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO), now called The Obesity Society, and the American Board of Nutrition. Dr. Blackburn also serves on the board of directors for the Food Research and Action Center, and the Reality Coalition – a recently created organization aiming to spread the message for healthy, moderate weight loss. He remains on the Board of Advisors for the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) of which he served as president; he is a member of numerous other medical societies, including the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association. He is a Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) on the NIH-funded Action for Health in Diabetes (Look AHEAD) and is the Associate Director and executive committee member of the NIH Boston Obesity Nutrition Research Center (BONRC).
Scott Parazynski, M.D.
Dr. Scott Parazynski has lived and traveled all over the world, spending many of his grade school and high school years in places such as Dakar, Senegal; Beirut, Lebanon; Tehran, Iran; and Athens, Greece. A graduate of StanfordUniversity and StanfordMedicalSchool, he went on to train at Harvard and in Denver in preparation for a career in emergency medicine and trauma. Dr. Parazynski is also a physiologist with expertise in human adaptation to stressful environments. In 1992, he was selected to join NASA's Astronaut Corps and eventually flew five Space Shuttle Missions and conducted seven spacewalks (EVAs). In his 17 years as an astronaut, he served in numerous senior leadership roles, including EVA Branch Chief and the Lead Astronaut for Space Shuttle Thermal Protection System Inspection & Repair. Dr. Parazynski has spent over eight weeks in space with more than 47 hours outside on spacewalks.
In addition to being a life-long SCUBA diver and accomplished mountaineer, Dr, Parazynski is also a commercial, instrument, multiengine and seaplane-rated pilot with over 2,500 flight hours. He began climbing in his teens, and has climbed in the Alaska Range, the Cascades, the Rockies, the Alps, the Andes and the Himalayas. On May 20, 2009, he scaled Mt.Everest and became the first astronaut to stand on top of the world. Additionally, as part of a NASA-sponsored expedition to the high Andes, he conducted a scientific dive in the summit caldera lake of 19,700-foot Licancabur volcano, the world's highest lake.
He is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including: five NASA Spaceflight Medals, two NASA Distinguished Service Medals, two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, two Vladimir Komarov Diplomas from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, two Flight Achievement Awards from the American Astronomical Association, the Aviation Week Laureate Award, the Ellis Island Family Heritage Award, Gold Medal from the American Institute of Polish Culture, and the Lowell Thomas Award from the Explorers Club. Additionally, he is a member of the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame.
He is currently a visiting professor of space medicine at the University of Oxford, a consulting professor in the department of medicine at StanfordMedicalSchool, and a clinical assistant professor of aerospace medicine at UTMB-Galveston. He is also chairman of the board of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education non-profit organization, motivating 400,000 school kids each year with simulated space missions
Dr. Parazymski joined The Methodist Hospital Research Institute in 2011 as the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Medical Officer, where he is helping a world class team of scientists and clinicians to develop technologies that will one day reshape medical care around the world.