Leading Plant-Based Nutrition & Lifestyle Experts

Dr. T. Colin Campbell

T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies

For decades Dr. T. Colin Campbell has been at the forefront of nutrition education and research. Dr. Campbell's expertise and scientific interests encompass relationships between diet and diseases, particularly the causation of cancer. His legacy, The China Project, is one of the most comprehensive studies of health and nutrition ever conducted. The New York Times has recognized the study as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology”.

He is also the founder of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and the online Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate in partnership with eCornell.

He was trained at Cornell University (M.S., Ph.D.) and MIT (Research Associate) in nutrition, biochemistry and toxicology. Dr. Campbell spent 10 years on the faculty of Virginia Tech's Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition before returning to Cornell in 1975 where he presently holds his Endowed Chair as the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry in the Division of Nutritional Sciences. Dr. Campbell has conducted original research both in laboratory experiments and in large-scale human studies; received over 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding (mostly with NIH), served on grant review panels of multiple funding agencies, actively participated in the development of national and international nutrition policy, authored over 300 research papers and given hundreds of lectures around the world.

Dr. John McDougall

Dr. McDougall's Health & Medical Center

Dr. McDougall is the founder of The McDougall Program and has been studying, writing and speaking about the effects of nutrition on disease since 1968. He believes people should look and feel great and enjoy optimal health for a lifetime. Dr. McDougall has developed a nourishing, low-fat, starch-based diet that not only promotes a broad range of dramatic and lasting health benefits, such as weight (fat) loss, but most importantly can also reverse serious illness, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and arthritis, without drugs. He helps stop unnecessary medications and avoid, whenever possible, tests, surgeries and other treatments.

A graduate of Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine, Dr. McDougall performed his internship at Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and his medical residency at the University of Hawaii. he is certified as an internist by the Board of Internal Medicine and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He and his wife, Mary, are also the authors of several nationally best-selling books as well as the co-founders of Dr. McDougall's Right Foods, which produces high quality vegetarian cuisine to make it easier for people to eat well on the go.

Dr. Neal Barnard

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Dr. Barnard is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., and has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body, weight and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Barnard has authored more than 70 scientific publications as well as 17 books.

As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventative medicine, good nutrition and higher ethical standards in research. He has hosted three PBS television programs on nutrition and health and is frequently called on by news programs to discuss issues related to nutrition and research. Originally from Fargo, N.D., Dr Barnard received his medical degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York before retuning to Washington to found the Physicians Committee.

Dr. Michael Greger


Dr. Greger is a physician, New York Times bestselling author and internationally recognised professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectures at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health and the International Bird Flu Summit among countless other symposia and institutions; testified before Congress; has appeared on shows such as the Colbert Report and The Dr. Oz show and was invited as an expert witness in defence of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.

Dr. Greger's recent scientific publications in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, Critical Reviews in Microbiology, Family and Community Health and the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health explore the public health implications of industrialised animal agriculture.

Dr. Greger is also licensed as a general practitioner specialising in clinical nutrition and is a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He was featured on the Healthy Living Channel promoting his latest nutrition DVDs and honoured to teach part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell's esteemed nutrition course at Cornell University. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Program

Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.D. from Western Reserve University. He was trained as a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic and at St. George's Hospital in London. Dr. Esselstyn has been associated with the Cleveland Clinic since 1968. During that time, he has served as President of the Staff and as a member of the Board of Governors. He chaired the Clinic's Breast Cancer Task Force and headed its Section of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

His scientific publications number over 150. "The Best Doctors in America" 1994-1995 published by Woodward and White cites Dr. Esselstyn's surgical expertise in the categories of endocrine and breast disease. In 1995 he published his bench mark long-term nutritional research arresting and reversing coronary artery disease in severely ill patients. That same study was updated at 12 years and reviewed beyond twenty years in his book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, making it one of the longest longitudinal studies of its type.

Dr. Esselstyn and his wife, Ann Crile Esselstyn, have followed a plant-based diet for more than 26 years. Dr. Esselstyn presently directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.

Dr. Michael Klaper

Nutrition-Based Medicine

Dr. Klaper is a gifted clinician, internationally recognised teacher and sough-after speaker on diet and health. He has practiced medicine for more than 40 years and is a leading educator in applied plant-based nutrition and integrative medicine. Dr. Klaper is also the author of a successful book on cholesterol-free nutrition as well as numerous health videos. A source of inspiration advocating plant-based diets and the end of animal cruelty worldwide, Dr. Klaper contributed to the making of two PBS television programs Food for Thought and the award-winning Diet for a New America movie based on the book of the same name by author, John Robbins. He teaches his students and patients that "health comes from healthy living" and is dedicated to the healing and flourishing of all living beings and of the planet itself.

Dr. Klaper graduated in 1972 from University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He served his medical internship at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia, Canada, and undertook additional training in surgery, anaesthesiology and orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia Hospitals in Vancouver and obstetrics at the University of California Hospitals in San Francisco. Dr. Klaper served as the Director of the non-profit Institute of Nutrition Education and Research. He was also a member of the Nutrition Task Force of the American Medical Student Association and served as an advisor to the NASA project on nutrition for long-term space colonists on the moon and Mars.

Dr. Klaper practices acute care medicine in New Zealand for three years and currently serves on the staff of the TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California, a nutritionally-based medical clinic specialising in therapeutic fasting and health improvement through a WFPB diet.

Dr. Dean Ornish

Ornish Lifestyle Medicine

Dr. Ornish is physician, researcher, speaker, president and founder of the non-profit Preventative Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California, as well as Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Fransisco. He earned his M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine, was a Clinical Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and completed a medical internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Ornish is known for his lifestyle-driven approach to the control of coronary artery disease and other chronic diseases. He promotes lifestyle changes including a WFPB diet, smoking cessation, moderate exercise, stress management techniques including yoga and meditation and psychosocial support. He is the author of six books and has been a physician consultant to former President Bill Clinton.

Dr. Joel Fuhrman

The Nutritarian Diet

Dr. Fuhrman is a Board-certified family physician with over 25 years experience in nutritional medicine. Through his medical practice, as well as his New York Times best-selling books and PBS specials, Dr. Fuhrman has helped thousands of people lose weight permanently and reverse chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases and chronic pain syndromes, including migraines, using a nutrient-dense, plant-rich eating style that he calls the Nutritarian diet. Dr. Fuhrman is the President of the Nutritional Research Foundation and is a frequent guest on the Dr. Oz Show fro which he serves on the medical advisory board.

Dr. Pam Popper

Wellness Forum Health

Dr. Pam Popper is a naturopath and internationally known expert on diet, health and nutrition. As Executive Director of Wellness Forum Health, the company offers educational programs to both consumers and providers that facilitate informed medical decision-making, diet and lifestyle intervention and improved long-term health outcomes. Dr. Popper serves on the Physician’s Steering Committee and the President’s Board for the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington D.C. and was one of the health care professionals involved in the famed Sacramento Food Bank Project, in which economically disadvantaged people were shown how to reverse their diseases and eliminate medications with diet.

Dr. Popper is also a lobbyist and public policy expert, and continually works toward changing laws that interfere with patients’ right to choose their health provider and method of care. She has testified in front of legislative committees on numerous occasions, and has testified twice in front of the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Dr. Pam Popper is a straight-talking professional who is not afraid to criticize national health organizations, government agencies, medical professionals, pharmaceutical companies, agricultural organizations and manufacturing companies, many of whom have agendas and priorities that interfere with distributing truthful information and promoting public health.

Jeff Novick, Registered Dietician

Jeff Novick

With over 30 years of experience in nutrition, health and fitness, Jeff Novick offers expert health advice distilled into powerful, easy-to-understand language on a variety of topics. His insightful and humorous approach to nutrition and health has helped thousands worldwide make the transition to healthy living. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana State University in Nutrition with minors in Exercise Science.

Jeff currently serves as Vice President of Health Promotion for Executive Health Exams International and lectures and at the McDougall Program in Santa Rosa, California. Previously, he lectured a the Engine 2 Immersion programs, served as the Director of Nutrition for the Meals for Health community project, which helped empower low-income families to achieve optimum health. Jeff has also worked closely with Whole Foods Market in assisting them with the developments of their Wellness Club program, their healthy eating initiatives and their food rating system. For almost a decade, Jeff served as the Director of Nutrition at the Pritikin Center in Aventura, Florida, and as Vice President of the Board of the Directors for the National Health Association (NHA) where he also served as the Director of Health Education.


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