Los Angeles (LA)

Healthcare CEO Executives Group

3rd Friday of the month from | 9 am – Noon | Los Angeles, CA


April 21, 2023

Finding a Cure for the Scourge of America

The statistics are staggering. About 20 million people in the US had a substance use disorder in 2019, and during the COVID pandemic it got worse. Beyond the numbers, the true tragedies of addiction are found in the lives lost and families destroyed. Two thirds of adults have been touched by alcohol or drug addiction. Yet, in 2021, the odds of recovery for someone with the disease of addiction was only 2%.

After personally being cured of Stage 4 melanoma in 2014 – a disease that had only a 5% survival rate in 2000, yet reached 60% survival by 2020, our Featured Member, Gene Barduson, Founder & CEO of the Addiction Research Institute, determined it was time to start funding research to cure addiction.  Gene Barduson healthcare career began as a serial senior executive with Siemens Medical Systems, then he became CEO for health tech companies EDiX/IDX, Appexion, Alteer Corporation, and Edge Health. In more recent years, he’s served as Exec Chair of PerfectServe, Board Trustee for Western University of Health Sciences (where he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters), and founded La Jolla Wellness Studio. Since 2017, Gene’s been a Trustee for Scripps Health System.

In founding ARI, Gene was in large part inspired by Nobel Laureate James Allison, PhD, whose pioneering research in cancer immunotherapy (told in the inspirational documentary Jim Allison: Breakthrough) is now saving lives formerly lost to lung, bladder, and skin cancers.

During our Discussion, we’ll look to hear about the “Miracles” that research has produced in your area of the healthcare continuum – as success stories from one field may well stimulate emulation in another!

RSVP today for this inspiring discussion and presentation.


Upcoming Session Dates

2023: JAN 20     FEB 17     MAR 17     APR 21     MAY 19     JUN 16     JUL 21     AUG 18     SEP 15     OCT 20     NOV 17     Dec 6 – Combined Session for the Innovations In Healthcare Awards Event

Our Los Angeles Healthcare Round Table meets on the third Friday of each month.
Meetings are held via Zoom with an In-Person session held quarterly.

Past Meeting Information

  • Using Co-branding to Leverage Your Brand
  • Meet Angle Health: The Health Plan Startup for Startups
  • Gov. Newsom Expands Mental Health Parity
  • Predicting What's Next in The New Normal
  • Adopting the Mindset of an Innovator
  • Diagnostic Breakthroughs for the 21st Century
  • Implications of the Expanded World of Telehealth
  • Getting Back to a New Normal
  • Even During a Pandemic, the Business of Healthcare Must Go On
  • Your COVID-19 experience to date: with employees, clinicians, patients, and yourself AND Infection Control in the Age of COVID-19
  • Lessons Learned from Successful Transactions & Turnarounds
  • Lessons from Business Expansion & Integration (in an era of declining reimbursement)
  • How to Accelerate Bringing New Healthcare Product/Service Ideas to Market
  • Chapter 2 of the Retailization of Healthcare