ROBERT S. BRAY, JR., MD
Neurological Spine Surgeon | Founder & Chairperson, VALOR for LIFE
Nicknamed “Dr. Fix-It” by The Red Bulletin, Robert S. Bray, Jr., M.D. makes an art of helping the world’s most elite athletes return to push the boundaries of performance. The neurological spine surgeon, recognized globally for his thorough diagnoses and pioneering minimally invasive approach, is quickly redefining sports medicine, one champion at a time. During 20 years of combined active and reserve duty with the United States Air Force and Navy, Dr. Bray served as a Major while stationed as Chief of Neurosurgery at the David Grant Medical Center.
RICK ROSENFELD, JD
Co-founded California Pizza Kitchen, Inc. (CPK)
Rick Rosenfield is co-founder of Flax and Rosenfield Capital Partners and has more than 25 years of experience leading one of the world’s most recognizable restaurant companies, California Pizza Kitchen. Following on his great success, Rosenfield just open Bottlefish, a contemporary neighborhood restaurant that celebrates responsibly sourced seafood, California’s bountiful produce and exceptional wine. Before his career in the restaurant industry, he served as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice. Rosenfield sits on the board of directors for Callaway Golf Company and is the longest tenured member, serving since 1994.
MAJOR GENERAL PAUL DWAN, MD
Mobilization Assistant to the Surgeon General of the Air Force (Ret.) | Neurosurgeon
Voluntary Consultant to Valor for Life Board
General Dwan was commissioned in 1994 and served as an individual mobilization augmentee in the Department of Neurosurgery, David Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. He was also the senior flight surgeon attached to the 79th Air Refueling Squadron at Travis AFB. The general has been an aerospace medicine chief, professional services chief, medical squadron commander and deputy group commander. He has twice been Chief of Aerospace Medicine in Southwest Asia, and served two tours as flight surgeon for the National Science Foundation’s mission to Antarctica. From September to December 2009, General Dwan was deployed in support of operation Enduring Freedom as Chief of Neurosurgery, 455th Expeditionary Medical Group, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.
MICHAEL PORT, MD
Interventional Pain Management | Anesthesia
Dr. Michael Port, a double-board certified pain management specialist with extensive trauma experience, serves as medical director for DISC Sports & Spine Center, a role he has held since helping to launch the center alongside founder Robert S. Bray, Jr. In his more than 15 years of practice, Dr. Port has treated thousands of world-class athletes, weekend warriors and everyday people. He is also an advanced trauma life support instructor who serves as medical advisor and active flight physician for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Emergency Services Detail/Air Five search and rescue team.
Senior Chief Petty Officer (SCPO) SEAL
Matt Bissonnette is a former member of the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group commonly known as SEAL Team Six. During his 14-year special operations career Bissonnette participated in hundreds of missions around the world via 13 consecutive combat deployments. These missions included the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips and the mission that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden. Bissonnette is the recipient of a Silver Star, a Purple Heart, five Bronze Stars with Valor, and many other honors. He is the author of No Easy Day and No Hero: The Evolution of a Navy SEAL. For privacy reasons, Bissonnette is not pictured.
U.S. Navy SEAL Lieutenant Commander (Ret.)
From his earliest days Jack Carr dreamed of becoming a Navy SEAL. After graduating from college he enlisted in the Navy to pursue his goal, beginning a journey that would take him to the front lines of the War on Terror. Since September 11th 2001 he has led special operations teams on four continents as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander, Task Unit Commander, Operations Officer and Executive Officer, deploying seven times and working with special operations teams from 20 different countries. Over his 20 years in Naval Special Warfare he rose from an enlisted SEAL sniper specializing in communications and intelligence, to a junior officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, to a platoon commander practicing counterinsurgency in the southern Philippines, to commanding a Special Operations Task Unit in the most Iranian influenced section of southern Iraq throughout the tumultuous drawdown of U.S. Forces. Jack retired from active duty in July 2016.
Skipper and Helmsman, Oracle Team USA
Jimmy Spithill made history by becoming, at age 30, the youngest skipper to win the America’s Cup, but his sailing success goes far beyond that. The Australian native is one of the most decorated sailors in the world.
A two-time winner of the America’s Cup, in 2013 Jimmy Spithill led his team to what has been called the greatest comeback in international sport. ORACLE TEAM USA was down 8-1, before rallying for eight consecutive wins to defeat Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8 to win the America’s Cup. Spithill was further honored for the epic victory with the 2014 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year award.
Board members participate on a volunteer basis and are not compensated for their time.
Elizabeth Hawk, MS MD PhD DABNM
Chief Science Officer, VALOR for LIFE
Dr. Elizabeth Hawk is continuously motivated by the mantra to explore, discover, integrate and practice. As a physician scientist, integrated MD/PhD training helped build a foundation to explore transnational research efforts, using a full and intricate understanding of the research process, and the developed ability to understand, discuss and teach new emerging concepts. Dr. Hawk has a Masters degree in Medical Radiation Physics, Medical Doctorate from the University of Southern California (USC), and has completed her clinical fellowship requirements in Nuclear Medicine at USC. Currently, she serves on the national ACR Commission for Women and General Diversity as well as the ACR Commission on Nuclear Medicine. Dr. Hawk also sits on the national Board of the Brain Imaging Council for the Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI).