Patient-Centered Leadership

Dr. Tomer Anbar, Ph.D., CGP, CTC

CEO Institutes of Health, Behavioral Medicine and Medical Psychology Inc.

Dr. Anbar is Founding Director and CEO of Institutes of Health. For the past 15 years he has been an advisor and presenter to the public and private sector on the national pain epidemic. In 2002 he established for California insurance stakeholders the prevalence of chronic pain as the most prevalent and complex health issue and largest cost driver in the workers’ compensation system. During the same year he launched the first evidence-based interdisciplinary biopsychosocial delayed recovery programs, and community based functional restoration bootcamps in California to address the chronic pain epidemic. Most recently the organization expanded its expertise to include its PTSD clinic, Traumatic Brain Injury rehabilitation program and services to address opioid/alcohol issues related to pain and disability in the work comp space.

In 2008 Dr. Anbar founded and was the first Director of the Interdisciplinary Chronic Pain & Functional Restoration Program at Scripps Health in San Diego. As Chief Clinical Advisor of the California Employers’ Fraud Task Force, he advised the California Department of Industrial relations, insurance carriers, claims administrators, and employers on how to systematically improve clinical outcomes and more effectively address chronic pain, delayed recovery and related conditions. As former Chairman of the Pain Rehabilitation SIG of the American Pain Society and former Treasurer of the Musculoskeletal Pain SIG of the International Association for the Study of Pain comprised of 125 countries, Dr. Anbar has focused on promoting advances in the field of interdisciplinary biopsychosocial evidence-based care to address the chronic pain epidemic. His chronic pain and functional restoration programs were adopted as models by the Navy in San Diego, and Intel-GE’s telehealth platform. Dr. Anbar is former head of the Unit of Clinical and Research Psychobiology at the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery, a research component of the World Health Organization in Mexico City. His work on the effects of environment on mental and physical health received international attention as the media reported on his research chronicling the toll Mexico City’s pollution was having on one of the world’s largest metropolises. His clinical, laboratory, psychological and social analysis and recommendations have become a blueprint for both civic groups and governmental agencies in taking action and forming sustained policy. His research into the effects of heavy metals and other contaminants on behavior have been integrated into numerous health and environmental programs around the world.

In 1995 Dr. Anbar entered into an industrial partnership with the San Diego Supercomputer Center, a component of the U.S. National Science Foundation to support his groups development and implementation of an internet-based platform and infrastructure to help protect the culture and posterity of the six million Mayans living in their original homelands of Mesoamerica known as Mundo Maya (the Mayan world) comprised of five countries: Mexico (States of Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Chiapas and Tabasco), Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Clark Smith, M.D., DFAPA

Medical Director
IOH San Diego & Imperial County

Dr. Smith was founding Medical Director of the Sharp McDonald Center/Vista Pacifica Chemical Dependency Recovery Hospital, from 1989 to 2012. He has board certification in Pain Management, Addiction Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry. He completed an Internal Medicine internship and worked as an emergency medicine physician while completing specialty training in Psychiatry. Dr. Smith was Chief Resident at UCSD Medical Center, Chief of Staff at Mesa Vista Hospital, and then UC San Diego. He is former president of the San Diego Psychiatric Society, the San Diego Psych-Law Society, and was an Adjunct Professor in Forensic Studies at Alliant University in San Diego. He is now on the California Psychiatric Association Judicial Action Committee.

Dr. Smith is a recognized expert in the evaluation and treatment of physicians, nurses, law enforcement officers and attorneys and has worked extensively with the courts, professional licensing boards and the media to provide accurate information regarding chemical dependency and psychiatric illness treatment and recovery, while dispelling damaging and stigmatizing stereotypes.

Elic Anbar

CEO and Chief Legal Counsel
Institutes of Health, LLC. (MSO)

Elic Anbar is CEO of Institutes of Health LLC., a Medical Services Organization (MSO). Mr. Anbar’s expertise bridges healthcare management and law. From 1975 through 1985 he worked in the healthcare field filling various positions including administrator in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. In the workers’ compensation space he has represented employers, physicians, and injured workers. Mr. Anbar began his legal career as a trial attorney and then as corporate counsel to a healthcare management company and subsequently established his own law firm with departments in business, civil law and criminal law.

In April 2018 Mr. Anbar joined Institutes of Health, LLC as CEO and Chief Legal Counsel. HIs vast experience in the workers’ compensation space has led him to understand and promote the fact that the most effective path for all the stakeholders in workers’ compensation is to ensure that the injured worker is returned to health and function as quickly as possible and that the answers to proper patient care and controlling costs are driven by recognized best practices and evidenced based medicine.

Mr. Anbar has been a practicing attorney since 1985 and was admitted to practice law in the State of California, United States Federal Court, The State of New York, the District of Columbia and the State of Israel.

Mark H. Mann

Chief Financial Officer

For the past 25 years, Mark has worked in the healthcare and senior housing field as a CFO specializing in the areas of financial reporting, financial planning, financial forecasting, partner compensation planning, tax planning, investment funding including debt and equity, medical billing, site acquisition and rental services and billing and collection issues.
Mark was a founding member of CRL Services, which was a real estate and health care development group based in Chicago, Illinois specializing in the integrated design, location identification, entitlements, development, financing, construction, management and marketing of CCRC’s (Continuing Care Residential Communities), senior living communities, empty-nester housing and specialized healthcare facilities. The majority of the development and construction financing was through a New York Stock Exchange Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). During this period, Mark worked closely with the REIT and supplied them with all the financial information they required to make a lending decision regarding projects under development including financial projections. Mark and CRL achieved financing commitments and closings from the REIT during this period in excess of $250 million.

Prior to founding CRL, Mark served in the public accounting industry as the managing partner of the CPA firm Mann, Benzinger & Co., where he specialized in all phases of real estate development including entitlements, operations, public and private financing of real estate, construction and sales of real estate as well as estate planning, retirement planning, and business consulting in both the profit and non-profit sectors. Mann has acted as a consultant for governmental units such as school districts, local educational agencies, municipalities and others. He has worked closely and regularly with government officials, third party administrators, insurance administrators and agents, loan agents and attorneys. Prior to founding Mann, Benzinger & Co., he was a partner in a large CPA firm based in downtown Chicago which grew during Mark’s tenure to employing over 300 CPA’s.

Dan Emmett Anbar

Chief Business Development Officer

Dan Emmett Anbar is a real estate and healthcare business developer. His work encompasses projects in the United States, Canada, and Israel. In the healthcare field his expertise includes start-up, turnaround and expansion phases of retirement facilities, chronic care institutions and medical service businesses. His real estate development experience includes project conceptualization, planning, financing, construction management, operations and marketing for residential, healthcare and hospitality complexes. Over the past 25 years, Dan Anbar has developed and managed well in excess of $500 million worth of projects.