Board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology, Dr. Alex Shikhman received his MD Cum Laude from the Russian State Medical University and his Ph.D. in Immunology from the Moscow Medical Academy. He served his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center and completed his clinical fellowship in rheumatology at Scripps Clinic. Subsequently, he became a member of Scripps Clinic Division of Rheumatology and a faculty member in the Department of Arthritis Research at the Scripps Research Institute. His additional training included: study of medical acupuncture at UCLA, master classes in musculoskeletal ultrasound, auricolotherapy and auriculodiagnosis, and application of low-level lasers in therapy of arthritis and allied conditions.
He founded the Institute for Specialized Medicine in 2008 as the nation’s first clinic of integrative rheumatology. The clinic offers a holistic approach to healthcare; one that evaluates the total body to get to the root of the problem. Specializing in arthritis and autoimmune diseases, IFSMED was expressly designed to bring diagnosis and care together offering all-inclusive service in one location. Gluten-free himself, he specializes in the connection between gluten and autoimmune diseases. In 2011, he launched a line of all natural gluten-free supplements, Gluten-Free Remedies™, which help treat the complications that can arise from celiac disease.
07/2012-present CEO and Founder, Gluten Free Remedies, LLC, Delaware
04/ 2008-present CEO and Founder, Institute for Specialized Medicine, Del Mar, CA
04/ 2008-12/2010 Medical Director and Founder, Restorative Remedies, LLC, Delaware.
04/2005 -08/2009 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Arthritis Research, TSRI, La Jolla,CA
07/1999 -03/2008 Member, Division of Rheumatology, Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, CA
07/2000 -03/2005 Assistant Professor, Division of Arthritis Research, TSRI, La Jolla, CA
07/1997 – 06/1999 Clinical Fellow, Division of Rheumatology, Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, CA.
07/1995 – 06/1997 Internal Medicine Resident, Department of Medicine, OU HSC, Oklahoma City, OK.
07/1994 – 06/1995 Categorical Medicine Intern, Department of Medicine, OU HSC, Oklahoma City,OK.
01/1991 – 06/1994 Assistant Professor of Research, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, OU HSC Oklahoma City, OK.
09/1987- 07/1990 Head, Laboratory of Immunology, Division of Streptococcal Infections, 1ST Moscow Medical Institute, Moscow, Russia.