Dr. Eric Esrailian is the chief of the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is also the co-manager and producer for Survival Pictures. He attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated with a major in integrative biology and a minor in English. He subsequently graduated from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Southern California.
Esrailian was named intern, junior resident and senior resident of the year during all three years of his residency training. He completed his gastroenterology fellowship at UCLA where he obtained a master of public health degree. He is also a graduate of the Executive Program in Management from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Esrailian served on the Medical Board of California from 2010-2011 after being appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In addition to disease areas within gastroenterology and internal medicine, Esrailian has a particular interest in the development of biomedical innovations, value in health care, medical education and initiatives towards patient-centered care. In 2012, the School of Medicine awarded him the Lincy Foundation Chair in Clinical Gastroenterology.
Esrailian is closely involved in growth strategy and strategic planning efforts for UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He works to facilitate community engagement with a number of other schools and departments within the UCLA campus and its Los Angeles community partners, and is on the UCLA campus steering committee for the Centennial Campaign. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Fulfillment Fund and Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas, the Hammer Museum, XPRIZE Foundation, and is on the Board of Trustees for The Center for Early Education.
Esrailian is involved in efforts to provide healthcare and social services to members of the entertainment industry, and he is on the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) Foundation Board of Governors. He is working with colleagues and community partners to develop new programs at UCLA TFT to impact student and faculty experiences and their future careers in entertainment and the arts.