Dr. Bretsky is an experienced, Board-certified Internist and primary care doctor located in Santa Monica, California. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and has won numerous awards including the Irving Lasker award for best research from the USC Keck School of Medicine, and the prestigious Scholar-In-Training award from the American Association of Cancer Research. Dr. Bretsky was raised in the town of East Setauket on Long Island, New York. He frequently visited New York City, spent summers at his grandparents’ ranch in Texas, and as soon as he could carry a pack he became a field assistant for his dad, a Geology professor. Dr. Bretsky began traveling the world at a young age including time in Denmark and Sweden as a grade-schooler. After finishing high school in India, he returned to the U.S. to attend Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. He majored in English Literature, and was a collegiate athlete in both baseball and football. Dr. Bretsky then went on to attend Yale University, where he received his Master’s in Public Health in Epidemiology with an emphasis in Infectious Disease. Along with this degree, Dr. Bretsky also received an award for his Master’s Thesis on Rabies, as well as high honors and Distinction from Yale University. After Yale, Dr. Bretsky moved west to California and worked for the Los Angeles County Health Department conducting Alzheimer’s Disease research. There he wrote an influential paper demonstrating an association between ApoE genotype and dementia in women.
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