2016 Conference Faculty (2017 Pending)
Learn from the leading experts and researchers about the preventive and healing power of plant-based nutrition.
Learn from the leading experts and researchers about the preventive and healing power of plant-based nutrition.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Hicks is the author of Healthy Eating, Healthy World and the creator of the 4Leaf concept. Shortly after learning all about the many alarming truths regarding our food choices in 2003, Jim realized that there needed to be a better way to explain healthy eating to the world. The “V” words, at best, convey more information about what you’re avoiding than what you ARE eating. He began developing the 4Leaf concept in 2009 and introduced it to the public in his 2011 book, co-authored with his son, Jason.
A former strategic management consultant and later, a senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, Jim has always focused on the “big picture” when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about the “optimal diet” for humans, he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective—discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way.
In addition to a BS in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from the University of Hawaii, he holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012.
Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made them his #1 priority—exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural, plant-based diet for our species—in the interest of promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.
Dr. Graff began laying the foundation for her medical career at Cornell, graduating summa cum laude as a biology major in 1990. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine cum laude four years later, she completed a three-year Family Practice Residency at UPMC Shadyside in Pittsburgh. In 1997, she relocated to Canandaigua, NY, where she was employed by Thompson Health for the next nine years, providing primary care, including obstetrics.
In 2006, she opened her own practice that allowed her more flexibility in the way she practiced medicine. Then, after watching the powerful documentary, “Forks Over Knives” in 2013, she adopted a whole food, plant-based diet herself and quickly began experiencing a host of huge improvements in her health. She knew immediately that her medical career was about to change in a big way.
So it was back to Cornell, where she quickly earned her Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and began incorporating the 4Leaf Survey as a teaching tool in her medical practice to help patients transition to a healthier diet. She reports that the results have been absolutely amazing, and that the 4Leaf Program has become an integral part of the way she practices medicine today. She currently serves as Assistant Medical Director and Lead Physician for Rochester Lifestyle Medicine and Chief Medical Officer at 4Leaf Global, LLC, helping to create teaching tools for patients.
Dr. Chutkan is the author of the bestselling digestive health books Gutbliss, The Microbiome Solution, and The Bloat Cure.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University and her medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, where she also did her internship and residency and served as chief resident. She completed her fellowship in gastroenterology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Dr. Chutkan has been on the faculty at Georgetown University Hospital since 1997. In 2004 she founded the Digestive Center for Women, an integrative gastroenterology practice incorporating nutritional optimization, exercise physiology, biofeedback, and stress reduction as part of the therapeutic approach to digestive disorders. In the last few years she has focused exclusively on diagnosing and treating microbial discord in the gut, and created the GutBiome Institute to facilitate better patient access to microbiome education, testing and treatment.
A former Board member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), Dr Chutkan also chaired the ASGE Training Committee and Public Relations Committee. She has authored dozens of journal articles and book chapters and has been a featured lecturer throughout the United States and Europe.
A regular guest on the Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Chutkan is also a member of the medical advisory board for the show. She was the host of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Roundtable Series and a medical consultant and on-air talent for Discovery Health Channel. In addition to regular local network appearances, she has also made national appearances on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, and The Doctors. She is frequently interviewed as a medical expert for the Washington Post and women’s health magazines and has been consistently named one of the area’s best doctors by Washingtonian magazine.
She is an avid marathon runner and snowboarder, and enjoys practicing Vinyasa yoga with her husband and daughter. She is passionate about helping her patients live not just longer, but better lives.
William C. Roberts, MD has been the Editor in Chief of BUMC Proceedings and Dean of the A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education at Baylor Health Care System since 1994. Dr. Roberts has been Editor In Chief of The American Journal of Cardiology since June 1982 (25 years). He has been Executive Director of the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute of Baylor University Medical Center (BUMC) in Dallas, Texas since March 1993.
Dr. Roberts serves as Member of Medical Advisory Board at Organ Transport Systems Inc. He serves as Member of Board of Advisors at Novation Holdings, Inc. Dr. Roberts Headed the Pathology Section or Branch of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute from July 1964 to March 1993. For 33 years, Dr. Roberts has been Program Director of the Williamsburg Conference on Heart Disease, held every December in Williamsburg, Virginia. He has contributed information on many cardiovascular conditions.
Dr. Roberts graduated from Southern Methodist University (SMU) and in 1958, from Emory University School of Medicine. His internship was in internal medicine at the Boston City Hospital. After a 3-year residency in anatomic pathology at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, he was an assistant resident on the Osler Medical Service at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for a year and then a fellow in cardiology at the National Heart Institute in Bethesda for a year.
Dr. Roberts has received several honors: the Gifted Teacher Award of the American College of Cardiology in 1978; the College Medalist Award of the American College of Chest Physicians in 1983; the Richard and Hilda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the Council of Cardiology of the American Heart Association in 1984; the Public Health Service Commendation Medal in 1979; the Distinguished Achievement Award of the Society of Cardiovascular Pathology in 1994; an honorary doctor of science degree from Far Eastern University, Manila, Philippines, in 1995; the Emory Medical Alumni Association’s Distinguished Medical Achievement Award in 1984; the Distinguished Alumni Award from Southern Methodist University in 1996; and the designation of master of the American College of Cardiology in 2004.
He has published just over 1400 articles, authored or edited 24 books, and lectured in over 2000 cities (some several times) throughout the world. Dr. Roberts is the most prolific oral historian of cardiology in history. Over the past 11 years he has recorded and published more than 125 oral histories of clinicians, surgeons, and medical scientists.BACK TO TOP
Dr. Laura Taylor Pridemore is a board certified pediatrician of 14 years. Even in medical school, she had an interest in nutrition as a result of her family history of type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, heart attacks and strokes. After hearing a local lecture on The China Study, Dr. Pridemore became inspired to learn more about whole foods plant-based nutrition. She received a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University, has attended all three of the Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conferences and has read as many books on this subject as she can. She is passionate about advocating a whole foods plant-based way of eating to her patients and their families. Her patients know her motto is “Eat from the garden, Drink from the well.”
A Georgia native, Dr. Pridemore first received her law degree from the Walter F. George School of Law in 1990. After practicing law for several years, she changed career paths to follow in her father’s footsteps. She graduated from Mercer University School of Medicine in 1998 where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha national honor society. She received her pediatric residency training from Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC where she served as Chief Resident her last year of training. She currently serves on the Pediatric Peer Review Committee for Novant Health. She loves to give talks to preschool and school children. She is married with two daughters.BACK TO TOP
Dr. Sahdeo Prasad obtained his Ph.D. (Biotechnology), CSJM University, Kanpur, India in joint collaboration with Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (CSIR), Lucknow, India. During doctoral research program, he extensively worked on signal transduction pathways in both in vivo and in vitro tumor models. Before joining his PhD program, Dr. Prasad received National Eligibility Test (CSIR – UGC-NET), Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) and Indian Council of Medical Research Junior Research Fellowship award (ICMR-JRF) by Govt. of India. After PhD, he joined as Post – Doctoral Fellow in Department of Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA. His expertise is in the area of molecular biology with particular reference to molecular mechanisms of signal transduction in tumor cells. Dr. Prasad has discovered a number of phytochemicals with chemo-preventive effects against a variety of cancers and their mechanism of action. The current research focuses of Dr. Prasad are on investigating the effects of chemo-preventive and chemotherapeutic agents among natural products that could suppress the activation of pro-inflammatory transcription factors NF-kB and STAT3. Besides these, Dr. Prasad’s work is also focused on the effect of natural compounds on death receptor pathways, bone loss and chemosensitization of tumor cells. He has numerous International publications, several book chapters and abstracts Indexed in International conferences. He is serving as an editor, guest editor, reviewer and editorial board member of various reputed journals. Dr. Prasad is also a member of number of scientific societies. Currently he is editing books for Springer publishing company and Bentham science publishers.BACK TO TOP
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.”
Jeff Moyer is a world renowned authority in organic agriculture. His expertise includes organic crop production systems with a focus on weed management, cover crops, crop rotations, equipment modification and use, and facilities design. Jeff is perhaps most well-known for conceptualizing and popularizing the No Till Roller Crimper for use in organic agriculture. In 2011, he wrote Organic No-Till Farming, a publication that has become a resource for farmers throughout the world.
Jeff brings a farmer’s perspective and approach to issues in organic agriculture. He is a past chair of the National Organic Standards Board, a founding board member of Pennsylvania Certified Organic, the Chairman of the Board of Director of The Seed Farm, part of the Green America Non-GMO Working Group, a Project Member of The Noble Foundation’s Soil Renaissance project, and a Board Member of PA Farm Link.
In September 2015 Jeff was appointed as Executive Director of Rodale Institute after spending the last four decades at the Institute, helping countless farmers make the transition from conventional, chemical-based farming to organic methods.BACK TO TOP
Brenda Davis, registered dietitian, is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. She has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant and academic nutrition instructor. Brenda is the lead dietitian in a diabetes research project in Majuro, Marshall Islands. She is a featured speaker at nutrition, medical and health conferences throughout the world.
Brenda is co-author of nine award-winning, best-selling books – Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition (2014), Becoming Vegan: Express Edition (2013), Becoming Vegan (2000), The New Becoming Vegetarian (2003), Becoming Vegetarian (1994, 1995), Becoming Raw (2010), the Raw Food Revolution Diet (2008), Defeating Diabetes (2003) and Dairy-free and Delicious (2001). She is also a contributing author to a tenth book, The Complete Vegetarian (2009). Her books are vegetarian/vegan nutrition classics, with over 750,000 copies in print in 8 languages. Brenda has authored and co-authored several articles for peer-reviewed medical and nutrition journals and magazines.
Brenda is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. In 2007, she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame. Brenda lives in Kelowna British Columbia.
Robert Ostfeld, MD, MSc, FACC a cardiologist, is the founder and director of the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore, an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Associate Director of the Cardiology Fellowship at Montefiore-Einstein.
Dr. Ostfeld earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa; his MD from Yale University School of Medicine; and his Masters of Science in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Ostfeld completed his medical internship and residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and his cardiology fellowship and research fellowship in Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital — both teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School.
His professional interests include cardiovascular disease prevention, medical education and clinical research. He earned the Outstanding Full Time Attending of the Year award at Montefiore for excellence in teaching medical residents; the Program Director’s Award for dedicated service on behalf of the Montefiore-Einstein Cardiology Fellowship; and was elected to the Leo M. Davidoff Society at Einstein for outstanding achievement in the teaching of medical students.BACK TO TOP
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.
Liana Lianov, M.D., M.P.H., FACPM, is Associate Professor at the University of California Davis and founder of HealthType, a health promotion consulting service that highlights the role of personality on health behaviors.
She recently directed a national coaching program in healthy nutrition, physical activity and stress management. Previously she served as director of the American Medical Association’s Healthy Lifestyles Division.
She is President-Elect of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and a board member of the American College of Preventive Medicine.BACK TO TOP
Brendan is the formulator and cofounder of Vega, bestselling author of the Thrive book series, creator and host of the Thrive Forward web series, and editor in chief of Thrive magazine. He’s also a former professional Ironman triathlete and a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion. Brendan is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on plant-based performance nutrition, and therefore works with several NHL, NFL, MLB, UFC, and Olympic athletes. Brendan now invests in and works with socially responsible food & tech companies whose mandate is to fix our food system and reduce the environmental strain of food production.
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.
Carole Bartolotto, MA, RD is a Registered Dietitian and an Exercise Physiologist. She currently works as a senior consultant for SCPMG in Pasadena, California. She is the nutrition expert for the southern California region and responsible for all nutrition and heart disease related publications, curricula, posters, and other projects.
She is the author of the popular Kaiser Permanente booklet, The Plant-Based Diet: A Healthier Way to Eat. She is also the co-author of the widely-read “Nutrition Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets” and author of “Does Consuming Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners Change Taste Preferences?” published in the Permanente Journal. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post and Civil Eats and has been featured in Elle Magazine, CNN.com and Yahoo Food. She has spoken at many symposia and external conferences and events on topics such as plant-based diets, sugar, weight management, trendy foods, popular diets, sodium, supplements, diet for hypertension, low-carb diets, and more.BACK TO TOP
Andy Bellatti, MS, RD is a Las Vegas-based dietitian and a health coach with wellPORTAL. His plant-centric and whole-food approach to nutrition has helped hundreds of individuals improve their health. His writing on nutrition, food politics, deceptive food marketing, and food justice has been published in Grist, The Huffington Post, Today’s Dietitian, Food Safety News, Healthline.com, Berkeley Wellness, and Civil Eats, among others. He is frequently quoted in national media, providing commentary on current nutrition issues and headlines.
Andy is also a co-founder and the Strategic Director of Dietitians for Professional Integrity, a group that advocates for sponsorship reform within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, calling for more ethical and socially responsible sponsors.BACK TO TOP
Dr. Klaper graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago in 1972 and is trained in surgery, anesthesiology, orthopedics and obstetrics.
Through his practice, Dr. Klaper realized that many of the diseases his patients brought to his office were made worse, or caused by, the high-fat, overly processed Standard American Diet (S.A.D.). This prompted him to implement nutritionally-based therapies in his practice. The results were dramatic.
Dr. Klaper serves as the director of the non-profit Institute of Nutrition Education and Research in Manhattan Beach, CA. He has served on the Nutrition Task Force of the American Medical Student Association, as well as an advisor to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) project on nutrition for long-term space colonists on the Moon and on Mars. A gifted teacher, humorous lecturer, Dr. Klaper is the author of successful books and videos on cholesterol-free nutrition.
Michelle McMacken, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine. An honors graduate of Yale University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, she has more than ten years’ experience practicing primary care, directing an obesity clinic, and teaching doctors-in-training at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City. She has received the “Faculty Teacher of the Year” award three times from NYU’s internal medicine residency program.
Dr. McMacken is an enthusiastic supporter of plant-based nutrition and is committed to educating patients and doctors about the power of healthy eating and lifestyle modification. In 2014 she received a grant to develop an evidence-based nutrition curriculum for her NYU physician colleagues, and she leads nutrition education for the internal medicine residency program. She has been featured on the Rich Roll Podcast, ForksOverKnives.com, Sirius Doctor Radio, and MindBodyGreen.com, among others. She has a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University.BACK TO TOP