Eric Esrailian is an American gastroenterologist who serves on the full-time faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has been an appointed member of the Medical Board of California. He is also a film producer and is active in charity and community service activities in Los Angeles.
Early life and education
He completed his undergraduate education at University of California, Berkeley. He then graduated from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Southern California. He completed his gastroenterology fellowship at UCLA, where he also obtained a Masters of Public Health degree. He is also a graduate of the Executive Program in Management from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.1
Esrailian is a full-time faculty member at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is described as having patient care, teaching, and administrative positions.1 His research publications primarily involve irritable bowel syndrome. He has often been quoted in media reports about patient education topics.234 He was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Medical Board of California and served from 2010-2011.5
Philanthropy and community service
Besides being involved in philanthropic projects for UCLA itself, Esrailian is on the Board of Directors of a college access organization called the Fulfillment Fund.6 He is listed as having involvement with organizing multiple charity events, such as "Stars," for the organization to raise money for educational support for disadvantaged students in Los Angeles.78 In 2009, he started the "Dream" benefit concert series together with friends in the entertainment industry. He joined the Board of Directors of the Hammer Museum in 2012.9 Esrailian is also on the Board of Trustees of the X Prize Foundation which is a non-profit organization that designs and manages public competitions intended to encourage technological development that could benefit mankind.10 Esrailian is on the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) Foundation Board of Governors and the central board of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU).
Esrailian was one of Farrah Fawcett's physicians and was the one she contacted when she believed her private medical records had been leaked to the press.11 He appeared in "Farrah's Story," the 2009 documentary about her.12
Esrailian gave a eulogy at the funeral for Georgia Frontiere and has a statement posted on the team website.13
In 2015, Esrailian was announced as a manager and producer for Kirk Kerkorian's production company—Survival Pictures.14 He is producing The Promise with Mike Medavoy. The epic film stars Golden Globe Award nominee Oscar Isaac and Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Christian Bale.