Conference Faculty

Learn from the leading experts and researchers about the preventive and healing power of plant-based nutrition.

T. Colin Campbell, PhD

Having trained at Cornell (MS, PhD) 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 the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell in 1975 where he presently holds his Endowed Chair (now Emeritus), as the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry.

His principal scientific interests, which began with his graduate training in the late 1950’s, have been on the effects of nutritional status on long term health, particularly on the causation of cancer. He has conducted original research both in laboratory experiments and in large-scale human studies; has received over 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding (mostly NIH), has served on several grant review panels of multiple funding agencies, and has authored over 300 research papers. He has served on many national and international expert committees with mandates to develop food and health policy positions. He is the recipient of several awards, both in research and in citizenship.

Since publication of The China Study in 2005 that he co-authored with his son, Tom (MD, family practice), he has given more than 500 lectures both in the U.S. and abroad. More recently, he published Whole (May, 2013), as well as a new smaller book, Low Carb Fraud (Feb 2014). The very successful 2011 documentary movie, Forks Over Knives features his work and that of his colleague, Caldwell Esselstyn, MD.

Dr. Campbell founded the T Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, which is now headed by his son, Tom Campbell, MD. The Center, in partnership with the Cornell University, offers a highly successful online course in “Plant-Based Nutrition.”

The China Study Whole The Low-Carb Fraud
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Jimmy H. Conway, MD

Jimmy H. Conway, MD graduated from the University of Oklahoma Medical School in 1983. In 1984 he moved to San Antonio, Texas where he began his residency in orthopedic surgery. Upon completion he returned to Oklahoma in 1989 to pursue his career in orthopaedics.

Dr. Conway joined Oklahoma Sports Science and Orthopedics in September of 1996 where he specializes in the surgical management of patients with shoulder and athletic injuries. Dr. Conway is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He has served as an orthopedic surgeon for numerous high school and college teams. Dr. Conway has a passion for treating athletes, particularly those with throwing injuries.

In the early 1990’s Dr. Conway was 1 of 30 clinical investigators worldwide for the DePuy Global Total Shoulder System. He currently serves as a paid consultant for the Lima Corporation teaching other physicians total shoulder replacement techniques.

For personal reasons in 2009 Dr. Conway developed an interest in plant-based nutrition. He subsequently took an online course from eCornell University on Plant Based Nutrition. Currently he and his wife hold free twice monthly seminars as well has host a monthly radio show speaking about plant-based nutrition.

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J. Ted Crawford, DO

Dr. Ted Crawford is a board certified family practice physician who is the Associate Medical Director for Sun Life Family Health Center in southern Arizona. Dr. Crawford was born, raised, and educated in Iowa having graduated from medical school at Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. He did his post graduate residency training in the U.S. Air Force and moved to Arizona in 1988.

After adopting a whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle himself four years go and experiencing the many positive benefits on his own health, he began promoting and advocating this way of eating to his patients. He has given several presentations to groups and at conferences often bringing patients of his along to share their testimonials.

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Hans Diehl, DrHSc, MPH, FACN

Chosen as “One of America’s 20 Super-Heroes of the Health Movement” (Vegetarian Times), Dr. Hans Diehl is the founder of the Lifestyle Medicine Institute in Loma Linda and a Clinical Professor of Preventive Medicine at the School of Medicine of Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA.

Offering more than 30 years of leadership in the emerging field of Lifestyle Medicine, his pioneering efforts as an epidemiologically trained lifestyle interventionist with the Complete Health Improvement Project (CHIP) and its more than 60,000 graduates have consistently shown how simple lifestyle changes can prevent, arrest, and facilitate the reversal of many of our largely lifestyle related chronic diseases. The clinical results of his research (including two Randomized Clinical CHIP Trials) have been published in more than 25 peer-reviewed medical journals.

His books Health Power, Dynamic Health, and Dynamic Living (co-authored with Aileen Ludington), have over two million copies in 19 languages in circulation.

He earned his doctorate in Health Science and an MPH in Public Health Nutrition from Loma Linda University. Prior to founding the Lifestyle Medicine Institute 25 years ago, Hans worked for the Pritikin Longevity Center, UCLA and the National Institute of Health.

Health Power Dynamic Living
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Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD

Dr. Esselstyn received his BA from Yale University and his MD from Case Western Reserve University. In 1956, pulling the No. 6 oar as a member of the victorious United States rowing team, he was awarded a gold medal at the Olympic Games. He was trained as a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic and at St. George’s Hospital in London. In 1968, as an Army surgeon in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star.

During his association with the Cleveland Clinic, which began in1968, Dr. Esselstyn 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.

In 1991, Dr. Esselstyn served as president of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, That same year he organized the first National Conference on the Elimination of Coronary Artery Disease. In 1997, he chaired a follow-up conference, the Summit on Cholesterol and Coronary Disease, which brought together more than 500 physicians and health-care workers. In April, 2005, Dr. Esselstyn became the first recipient of the Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in Medicine. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association in 2009. In September 2010, he received the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame Award. Dr. Esselstyn received the 2013 Deerfield Academy Alumni Association Heritage Award In Recognition of Outstanding Achievement & Service, and the 2013 Yale University GEORGE H.W. BUSH ’48 LIFETIME OF LEADERSHIP AWARD.

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 and serves on the Board of Directors of The Plantrician Project. The Esselstyns have four children and nine (soon to be 10) grandchildren.

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Alan Goldhamer, DC

For the past 30 years, Dr. Goldhamer has been the director of the TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, CA. TrueNorth Health is a multi-discipline in-patient facility staffed by doctors of medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy and psychology.

TrueNorth is the largest facility in the world specializing in medically supervised water-only fasting and treats over 1,000 patients per year in their residential health education program. The affiliated non-profit TrueNorth Health Foundation trains over 30 doctors a year in their internship and residency programs.

Dr. Goldhamer is the author of The Health Promoting Cookbook and co-author of The Pleasure Trap, and was the principal investigator in two studies involving the use of water-fasting in the treatment of high blood pressure.

Health Promoting Cookbook Pleasure Trap
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Brooke Goldner, MD

Dr. Brooke Goldner is the founder of VeganMedicalDoctor.com, SkypePsychiatrist.com, creator of the Hyper-nourishing Healing Protocol for Lupus Recovery, and is the author of Green Smoothie Recipes to Kickstart Your Health and Healing.

Dr. Goldner was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Nephritis with stage IV kidney disease at 16 years old and made a startling recovery from her disease at 28 years old using her protocol, which uses supermarket foods. She has been symptom-free ever since, with normal lab results and no trace of disease in her body.

Now, she educates physicians and patients on how to heal and achieve vibrant health using her protocol and supermarket foods. Dr. Goldner’s Hyper-nourishing Healing Protocol has helped patients with Lupus and a multitude of other diseases.

Dr. Goldner has starred in videos and documentaries such as The Conspiracy Against Your Health, Goodbye Lupus, and Super Healthy Meals for Your Family. She has appeared on TV, news and media outlets such as, RTVi News, Natural News Radio, Health Conspiracy Radio, Wellness Radio, and has been featured on the front cover of Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine.

As a keynote speaker and educator, she delivers her message and trainings to audiences and organizations across the nation, including Lupus LA, Health Healing & Happiness, Belsandia, The American Psychiatric Association, Association of Regional Center Agencies, CASRA, and California State University.

As the former Medical Director of the Transition Age Youth Academy and The Wellness Center for Mental Health America, she created a successful recovery model for at-risk populations and co-authored the Southern California Transition Age Youth Resource guide for treating at risk youth.

Dr. Goldner graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University for her genetic research in Leukemia and neurodevelopment. She received her M.D. from Temple University School of Medicine, and was Chief Resident at UCLA-Harbor Residency in Psychiatry. She also holds a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University.

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Michael Greger, MD

A founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous “meat defamation” trial.

He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. Currently Dr. Greger serves as the director of public health and animal agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States. Hundreds of his nutrition videos are freely available at NutritionFacts.org.

NutritionFacts.org is a non-commercial, nonprofit, science-based public service provided by Dr. Greger, providing free daily updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. He has hundreds of videos on more than a thousand topics, and new videos and articles are uploaded every day.

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Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT

Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT is a Registered Dietitian who has been in private practice in Los Angeles since 2005, specializing in weight management, disease prevention and management, and sports nutrition. Julieanna is the host of the wellness talk show series What Would Julieanna Do? on Z Living Network, author of the brand new The Vegiterranean Diet and the best-selling book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, and the nutrition columnist for VegNews Magazine. She is the co-author of the cookbook, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking, and a recipe contributor to both New York Time Best-Selling Forks Over Knives books. Julieanna counsels a variety of clients throughout the world from her Los Angeles, California-based private practice including elite athletes, adults, and children with various nutritional and/or medical concerns. Julieanna was recently featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Steve Harvey Show, Reluctantly Healthy, The Marie Osmond Show, The Jane Velez-Mitchell Show, and E! News, co-stars on The Chef and The Dietitian, on numerous radio shows, and lectures extensively throughout the United States.

She is published in prominent journals, magazines, blogs, and newsletters. As co-producer and star of the “infotainment” documentary, To Your Health, Julieanna interviewed a host of the plant-based world’s most respected doctors and researchers to bring this important information to film and television audiences. Julieanna has served as a Special Consultant for the best-selling documentary, Forks Over Knives and as the Executive Director of EarthSave, International, which has also provided an opportunity for Julieanna to bring whole food, plant-based nutrition to the forefront of efforts to improve the current global health crisis.

Julieanna received her Bachelors degree from UCLA and Masters of Science in Nutrition at California State University, Northridge, where she also completed her Dietetic Internship. She has taught as part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition Certification Program, worked as a clinical dietitian at Century City Doctors Hospital, and has consulted for numerous businesses.

The Vegiterranean Diet The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
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Micaela Karlsen, PhD Candidate

Micaela is a PhD candidate in Nutritional Epidemiology at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She holds an MSPH in Human Nutrition from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA in Psychology from Cornell University.

A contributor to the New York Times bestseller Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, Micaela was one of the two founding employees of the T. Colin Campbell Foundation (now the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies), where she served as the foundation’s executive director before leaving to focus on her doctoral studies.

Having met so many people over the years who were excited about the idea of research related to diet and disease but did not know where to find or how to interpret original, peer-reviewed research papers, Micaela knew this was a void that needed to be filled. In 2013, she founded the online resource PlantBasedResearch.org, which she now manages as a database of original, peer-reviewed research studies relevant to plant-based nutrition. The website provides the public and health care professionals with access to the original, peer-reviewed research supporting the adoption of a plant-based diet, shining a spotlight on the topic to stimulate awareness and interest within the academic and medical communities.

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Salvatore Lacagnina, DO

Dr. Salvatore Lacagnina is the vice president of Health and Wellness for Lee Memorial Health System. In this role, his mission is to motivate, educate and empower people to improve their health and wellness. He currently is responsible for developing a comprehensive employee health and wellness program for more than 10,500 employees in the system. He is also medical director for Lee Memorial Health System Wellness Centers and medical director of Employee Health Services.

Previously, he was in an internal medicine practice with Lee Physician Group and was the medical director for Lee Physician Group until 2010. His emphasis was on prevention and wellness, disease management, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and risk factor reduction.

Dr. Lacagnina earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, and he is board certified in internal medicine.

Dr. Sal appears regularly on television’s FOX4 Rising, and he writes a weekly column about health and wellness in The News-Press and a monthly column for the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce Trends publication.

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William Li, MD

Dr. Li is president, medical director, and co-founder of the Angiogenesis Foundation. He trained in the lab of Dr. Judah Folkman, pioneer of the angiogenesis field, and has been actively engaged in angiogenesis research and clinical development for 22 years.

Under Dr. Li’s leadership, the Foundation has developed a unique social enterprise model based on national and international collaborations with leading medical academic centers around the world, biopharmaceutical innovators, the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, and medical associations. The Foundation’s work has led to the realization of 27 new treatments for diseases ranging from cancer to blindness to diabetic complications. Having testified and presented before congressional and other government panels on the impact of angiogenesis in healthcare, Dr. Li lectures widely on angiogenesis-related topics in front of clinical, government, and industrial audiences. He is involved in global efforts to advance the application of angiogenesis to health and wellness, and is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, has designed programs featured at the World Economic Forum, and launched the Eat to Beat Cancer, and Do iT Yourself Health campaigns to bring science- and evidence-based health recommendations to the public. Dr. Li has been published in Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, and other leading peer-reviewed medical journals.

Receiving his AB with honors from Harvard College and his MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Li completed his internship, residency, and fellowship training in General Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He has held appointments on the clinical faculties of Harvard Medical School, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Li is an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Wound Care Specialists and has served as advisor and consultant to leading global public and private companies.

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Craig McDougall, MD

Dr. Craig McDougall is a board certified internist and primary care physician working at Kaiser Permanente in Portland, OR. He is also the physician lead and co-developer of the Northwest Permanente Healthy Living Program, a physician led lifestyle medicine clinic where he uses a whole foods, plant based diet to treat, prevent, and reverse chronic disease.

In addition, he is a staff physician and educator for the McDougall Program in Santa Rosa, CA, where he works with his father, Dr. John McDougall. He has also co-authored 2 publications with his father. Outside of work, he spends as much time as possible with his daughter and wife. He enjoys being outdoors in the clean air and sunshine, kitesurfing in the Columbia River gorge.

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Dean Ornish, MD

The founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Dr. Ornish is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his MD from the Baylor College of Medicine, was a clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School, and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dean earned a BA in Humanities summa cum laude from the University of Texas in Austin, where he gave the baccalaureate address.

For over 36 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. Recently, Medicare agreed to provide coverage for this program, the first time that Medicare has covered a program of comprehensive lifestyle changes. He directed the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer. His current research showed that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression, “turning on” disease-preventing genes and “turning off” genes that promote cancer and heart disease, as well as the first study showing that these lifestyle changes reverse aging by lengthening telomeres, the ends of our chromosomes which control aging (in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009).

He is the author of six books, all national bestsellers, including: Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; Love & Survival; and his most recent book, The Spectrum.

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Kathy Pollard, MS

Kathy is an instructor for the renowned T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, offering the plant-based nutrition certification course and other classes online, through eCornell. She holds a Master’s degree in applied clinical nutrition from New York Chiropractic College and a Bachelor’s of Science in Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley.

Previously Kathy’s interest in teaching others led her to open The Wellness Forum in State College in 2010, empowering her community to take control of personal health through an understanding of evidence-based nutrition. She taught classes locally and moderated phone seminars for members across the country and beyond.

Her extensive experience with those interested in making change has inspired her to develop, along with founder and partner Micaela Karlsen, MSPH, Theplantbasedlife.com, an online support program helping individuals to successfully transition to a whole food, plant-based diet, serving largely as a resource for health care practitioners, and for those ready to improve their diet and lifestyle, address disease, and live in accordance with their values for a better world.

Kathy also spent eleven years as a program and conference coordinator for the faculty of The Pennsylvania State University.

She presently serves on the Board of Directors for the nonprofit, Plant-based Prevention of Disease, (P-POD), speaks on the power of plant-based diets to groups, and continues her research and education in plant-based nutrition.

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Chad Sarno, Chef

Chad has brought his unique culinary style to a vast array of projects throughout his career before joining Rouxbe Online Culinary School as VP of Culinary Wellness. Spanning from the launch of a boutique plant-based restaurant brand throughout Europe in Istanbul, London and Munich, to the development of innovative health and wellness initiatives as culinary media spokesperson for Whole Foods Market’s global healthy eating program, Chad’s mission of health inspired plant-based eating has reached all corners of the globe.

Chad has been contributing chef to numerous recipe books as well as featured in many national publications. He has been a guest on dozens of morning shows and food-focused programs on television and radio internationally over the years. Through the intersection of clean food and culinary education, Chad continues to share his passion for helping others achieve their health goals, starting in the kitchen.

In 2012, Chad has teamed up with best selling author, Kris Carr to write the New York Times Best Seller, Crazy Sexy Kitchen.

For more information on Chad’s work visit his website, chadsarno.com and Rouxbe.com for online courses.

Crazy Sexy Kitchen
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Kumara Sidhartha, MD, MPH

Kumara Sidhartha MD, MPH completed medical school training at the Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College in Salem, India. After moving to the U.S., he completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center — affiliated with Cornell University, New York. He is a graduate of the Master of Public Health (MPH) in Nutrition program at the School of Public Health and Department of Nutrition at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (USA). He is certified in Plant-Based Nutrition by eCornell University and Colin Campbell Foundation in New York.

In order to seek the most effective and least toxic treatment for challenging conditions such as cancer and autoimmune disease, he pursued biological medical training to become a diplomat of European Biological Medicine, a nutrition-centered natural therapeutic philosophy practiced at Paracelsus Klinik in Switzerland. He is board-certified in the American Board of Internal Medicine. His patients benefit from his guidance in nutritional treatments to prevent and treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and arthritis. His interest in sustainable and ethical food production led him to study permaculture design under the Permaculture Institute of USA (New Mexico). He is the founder and president of the Institute of Inter-connected Communities of India (IICC India), a not-for-profit organization with the mission to create role model communities that are healthy, sustainable, self-reliant and resilient.

He regularly speaks among the public and professional community on the subjects of nutrition, health, and environmental sustainability – both in the Northeast US and in India. His interviews on plant-based nutrition and sustainable food production has been featured in the National Public Radio and the Cape Cod Times. In 2009, he received the Fragile Earth Award given by Housing-for-All Corporation of Cape Cod, awarded in recognition of his ongoing efforts to educate the public about plant-based food and its inter-connectedness to human and planetary health. Dr. Sidhartha also teaches Plant-based Nutrition, and Anatomy at the Kind Yoga Teacher Training School, a yoga-alliance certified institute in Cape Cod, MA.

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Scott Stoll, MD

Dr. Stoll co-founded the International Plant Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference after recognizing the urgent need to educate and motivate healthcare professionals to use whole, plant-based foods as a foundation for healing and disease prevention. He is also the author of numerous scientific articles and Alive! The Physicians Biblical and Scientific Guide to Nutrition, and is an international speaker with a vision and passion to educate and inspire people and leaders to reclaim their health, and thus their lives, through nutrition and lifestyle.

Specializing in regenerative medicine, Dr. Stoll researches and utilizes natural treatments such as diet, regenerative injections and lifestyle to aid the body in healing chronic disease and injuries. Scott is the team physician at Lehigh University and serves as department chairman of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Coordinated Health.

Dr. Stoll is board chairman and serves as chief medical officer of the The Plantrician Project. He is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Future of Health Now Advisory Board, and the Rouxbe Cooking School Board of Directors and served as a member of the Whole Foods Scientific Medical Advisory Board.

A member of the 1994 Olympic Bobsled team, Dr. Stoll now serves as a team physician for the United States Bobsled and Skeleton team. Along with his beautiful wife, Kristen, the author of Kristen’s Healthy Kitchen Recipes, and their six children, the Stoll family resides in Bethlehem, PA.

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Brie Turner-McGrievy, PhD, MS, RD

Brie Turner-McGrievy received her Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Registered Dietitian credentials from the University of Alabama in 2000. She went on to work in the area of clinical research for four years before pursuing her doctoral degree. Brie completed her doctoral degree in nutrition and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health. Currently, she is an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior.

Brie’s research focuses on behavioral interventions for weight loss and the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. Brie has published research on the use of emerging technologies for weight loss and health promotion. In particular, her research has focused on the use of podcasting and social media to deliver behavioral weight loss interventions. Her research has combined this audio delivery method with other mobile enhancements including prompting and social support delivered via Twitter and use of diet monitoring apps for internet-capable mobile devices. Brie’s work has also focused on plant-based dietary approaches for chronic disease prevention and treatment among adults. She recently completed two randomized trials examining various plant-based eating styles, one among women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and the other among overweight and obese adults.

She has received several awards during her nutrition career including the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year award in 2004, the 2005 Lydia J. Roberts Memorial Scholarship in Public Health Nutrition from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Excellence in Research Award for 2007, and the Pat Simons Award from The Obesity Society in 2012.

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Michael Turpin

Michael is a published author, weekly columnist for the New Canaan News Review, frequent speaker and pundit opining on issues relating to health care reform, employee benefits, and business insurance issues. He is a tireless advocate for children’s health and public health improvement, and has served in a variety of board capacities for teen centers and children’s educational institutions. He has over 30 years experience in benefits and business insurance brokerage and consulting.

Michael started his career with the brokerage firm Johnson & Higgins and served in local, regional and national roles in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, San Francisco, and New York. In 2000, he was promoted to run the Middle Market benefits and property casualty in Europe and the Middle East — based in London. In this role, he was exposed to a range of national healthcare structures and gained invaluable expertise in understanding the strengths and weaknesses of these systems. Mike has also worked as a global practice leader with Mercer. In 2005 he became President of Key Accounts for the U.S. and was ultimately promoted to become CEO of the Northeast region at United Healthcare (UHC). Since 2008, he has worked at USI as a corporate EVP responsible for the U.S. benefits strategy, operating structure, people and processes.

Michael is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College where he majored in literature and minored in business. He is married with three children and lives in New Canaan, CT.

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Kim Allan Williams, MD, FACC, FASNC, FAHA

Dr. Kim Allan Williams was born and raised in inner-city Chicago, and attended the College of The University of Chicago, followed by the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, internal medicine residency at Emory University, and overlapping fellowships in Cardiology at the University of Chicago, Clinical Pharmacology, and Nuclear Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.

Dr. Williams joined the faculty of the University of Chicago in 1986, specializing in clinical cardiology, nuclear medicine and nuclear cardiology. He served as Professor of Medicine and Radiology and Director of Nuclear Cardiology at The University of Chicago School of Medicine until 2010. Among numerous awards and honors for his teaching in the medical school, residencies and fellowships, he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha in 2008.

In 2010, he became the Dorothy Susan Timmis Endowed Professor of Medicine and Radiology and Chairman of the Division of Cardiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. At Wayne State, he has started the Urban Cardiology Initiative — a program of education of physicians on disparities in healthcare, primary school education on cardiovascular health and community health screening in inner city Detroit. In November, 2013 he returned to Chicago as the James B. Herrick Endowed Professor of Medicine and Cardiology at Rush University Medical Center.

Dr. Williams has published numerous peer reviewed articles, monographs, book chapters, editorials, and review articles in the field of nuclear cardiology and minority health issues, with emphasis on education and innovations in perfusion imaging and quantitation of ventricular function. His research interests include selective adenosine receptor agonists, fluorinated perfusion PET imaging, health care disparities and payment policy, and appropriate use of cardiac imaging.

Dr. Williams has served on numerous committees and boards at the national level, including the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Medical Association (AMA), the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the Certifying Board of Nuclear Cardiology, the Certifying Board of Cardiac Computed Tomography, the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC). He served as President of ASNC from 2004 to 2005. He served as Chairman of the Board of ABC from 2008 to 2010. He also served on the Cardiovascular Disease Examination Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM-CV) until 2012. He currently serves as the ACC President-Elect and is slated to serve as ACC President in 2015.

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Julia M.W. Wong, RD PhD

Julia M.W. Wong, RD PhD, is currently an Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and a Research Associate and Metabolic Nutrition Scientist at the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center, Boston Children’s Hospital. She is supported by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) RCT Mentored Training Grant. Dr. Wong was trained as a Registered Dietitian, and completed her PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. She has authored or co-authored 25 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, dealing with the influence of various dietary components and factors upon glycemic response and control, inflammation markers, hematologic risk factors for coronary heart disease, serum lipid profiles generally, blood pressure, body weight, and other health status indicators. She is the lead author of four such articles about the influence of diet/gut microbiota interactions upon cardiometabolic outcomes, or the influence of colonic fermentation upon lipid metabolism.

Dr. Wong is also currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, and has at various times served as a reviewer for 8 peer-reviewed scientific journals and for the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research. She has received numerous research awards and recognitions for her presentations at both national and international conferences. Her current research focuses on (1) the mismatch between “modern” diets and human metabolism, resulting in the rise in incidence of chronic diseases (such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes), and (2) the development of novel dietary interventions to prevent and treat these metabolic complications.

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