2017 Conference Faculty

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

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.

The Change: Transforming Yourself and Your Body into the Person You Want to Be The Change Cookbook Alive!: A Physician's Biblical and Scientific Guide to Nutrition Kristen's Healthy Kitchen Recipes
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Milan Ross

Milan Ross was born and raised in the Midwest. As the youngest of five children, he grew up in a home where food, family, and friends were the focus. Though his mother and grandmother suffered from obesity, Milan grew up fit and lean. At the age of 24 things began to change and by the time he reached his 30th birthday, he had gone from skinny and ripped to morbidly obese. At his heaviest he weighed over five hundred pounds.

In 2012, Milan went to work for Whole Foods Market. This decision changed the direction of his entire life. In October of 2013 Whole Foods Market sent Milan to the Dr. Stoll Immersion Program in Naples, Florida. It was here Milan learned about a whole food, plant based diet. Since that wonderful immersion, Milan has gone on to release over two hundred pounds and more than thirty inches off his waist using only a whole food, plant-based diet and exercise. He also managed to end his dependency on medications for issues like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

After experiencing his own amazing transformation Milan has made it his mission in life to help others escape the deadly hold of obesity. From his upcoming book entitled “The Change” co-authored by Dr. Scott Stoll to the launch of Full Flavor Vegan, Milan is doing everything he can to help educate others about the amazing benefits of living a compassionate, whole food, plant-based lifestyle.

The Change: Transforming Yourself and Your Body into the Person You Want to Be The Change Cookbook
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Brenda Davis, RD

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.

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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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T. Colin Campbell, PhD

For decades T. Colin Campbell, PhD 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”.

Dr. Campbell is the coauthor of the bestselling book The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health, and author of the New York Times bestseller Whole, and The Low-Carb Fraud. He is the founder of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and the online Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate in partnership with eCornell.

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.

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.

The China Study Whole The Low-Carb Fraud
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Ayesha Sherzai, MD

Ayesha Sherzai, MD is the Co-Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Program at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She is a vascular neurologist, who completed a preventive medicine and neurology residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She then went on to complete a in vascular neurology and epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. Dr. Sherzai is currently working on her PhD in Epidemiology at Loma Linda University. She has been actively involved in extensive research in lifestyle, particularly diet and nutrition and its effect on brain health, and published extensively. In 2015, Dr. Sherzai was the recipient of the Trudy Bush Fellowship Award for Cardiovascular Disease Research in Women’s Health, for her research on diet and stroke prevention in women. Her passion to prevent diseases of the brain led to She is also a culinary artist, with a focus on healthy plant-based cooking. At Loma Linda, she is currently in charge of the Lifestyle Intervention Program for patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment, where together with her husband, Dr. Dean Sherzai, work with their patients to modify their lifestyle, in areas such as nutrition, exercise, meditation, restful sleep, and cognitive activity.

The Alzheimer's Solution
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Dean Sherzai, MD

Dean Sherzai, MD is the Co-Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Program at Loma Linda University Medical Center. His research focuses on early diagnosis and intervention in Alzheimer’s disease. As such, he is introducing novel imaging and biomarker tools into the realm of diagnosis at earlier stages of the disease. He is also introducing novel interventions both with regard to pharmaceuticals and comprehensive lifestyle changes that appear to be very effective in altering the course of the disease. Dr. Sherzai received his PhD from Eastern Virginia Medical School, completed his Residency at Georgetown University Hospital, Fellowships at National Institutes of Health and University of California, San Diego Medical Center, and Doctorate at Loma Linda University.

Dr. Ayesha Sherzai and Dr. Dean Sherzai are a dynamic husband and wife duo, co-running the research program focusing on brain health and dementia prevention using innovative techniques, comprehensive imaging and neuropsychological testing, and most importantly, passion and a drive to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

The Alzheimer's Solution
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Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL

Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L. is Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, founder of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program, and Member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. He is studying the interplay between the changes in the nutritional environment and defective hormone signaling; in particular, the role of fructose and lack of fiber in the genesis of the metabolic syndrome.

Dr. Lustig graduated from MIT in 1976, and received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. He completed his pediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 1983, and his pediatric endocrine fellowship at UCSF in 1984. In 2013 he completed a Masters of Studies in Law (MSL) degree at University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Dr. Lustig is the author of many articles, chapters, and reviews on childhood obesity, including the recent volume “Obesity before birth”, the previously released popular book “Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease”, and the new volume “The Hacking of the American Mind: Inside the Sugar-Coated Plot to Confuse Pleasure with Happiness”. He is also the president of non-profit EatREAL, dedicated to reversing childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes by altering the global food supply.

Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease
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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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Michael Klaper, MD

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.

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Laurie Marbas, MD, MBA

Laurie Marbas, MD, MBA is a board certified family medicine physician who has specialized in lifestyle medicine utilizing a whole foods plant based diet for the past 5 years in rural Colorado until recently. She is now the medical director for Dr. Fuhrman’s Health Oasis in Boca Raton, Florida. It is a new medical model combining the power of nutrient dense foods and intensive clinical psychological therapy to treat not only food addiction but the chronic diseases plaguing America.

In Colorado, she convinced a large hospital to create a lifestyle medicine program centered around the whole foods plant based diet with resounding success. She also conducted a study of 26 employees at another hospital for one month on a plant based, all fed from the hospital’s kitchen, each individual had improvement of their health. She has spoken at the Golden VegFest in Colorado and other venues teaching about the value of the WFPB diet.

She wrote 7 books while in medical school, six of which were in a series called “Visual Mnemonics”, using cartoons to memorize vast amounts of information because she was also a mom as a medical student. She is a USAF veteran having served in the Middle East and South America. She is wife, mom of three grown children, and an avid runner.

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Ron Weiss, MD

Ron Weiss, M.D. is a board certified internist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He is the founder of Ethos Heath, a farm based healthcare system that links human health to the natural world and fosters the fundamental connections that exist between all living things. Dr. Weiss is not only a physician but also a botanist and farmer, and he offers an evidence-based, food-as-medicine approach to healing from chronic illness and optimizing wellness. He enjoys speaking at whole food, plant-based gatherings across the U.S. and has been featured in top media, including The New York Times and The Today Show.

Dr. Weiss prescribes a diet of conscientiously produced, nutrient dense, whole, unrefined plant foods as the cornerstone of his work with patients. His primary care practice is located in Long Valley, NJ on Ethos Farm, a 275 year old working farm and National Historic Landmark. He employs chemical free, regenerative farming methods to restore the 342 acres of this historic land. Every week, the farm’s bounty is available to his patients and the public at his farm stand, the Doctor’s Farm Market. The market offers the highest quality fresh produce and provides education to the public about how these foods prevent and reverse chronic illness.

Dr. Weiss is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine. For two decades prior to establishing Ethos Health, Dr. Weiss served as an internist for The World Bank and The Medical Group of Beverly Hills, as an attending emergency room physician at UCLA Olive View Medical Center and The General Hospital Center of Passaic, and most recently, as founder of a busy community medical center located in West New York, NJ.

Dr. Weiss received his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at The George Washington University Medical Center. He additionally holds a dual baccalaureate degree in botany and music from Rutgers University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

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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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Delia Garcia, MD

An Illinois native, Dr. Garcia is a board certified Radiation Oncologist who practiced medicine for 27 years. Listed in America’s Top-Rated Physicians, she is a leading expert in breast cancer and was chosen by her peers for Best Doctors in America. Dr. Garcia lectures extensively and is the author of over 50 publications and book chapters. She completed her residency at Washington University in St. Louis and served on the faculty as an associate professor from1984 through 1992. In 1999, she founded St. Louis Cancer & Breast Institute with four other women physicians, a comprehensive Breast Center later acquired by a major healthcare system.

Dr. Garcia was inspired to reinvent herself as a Health Coach when the breast cancer patients in her practice kept getting younger and younger – as young as 17! Overweight and obesity are huge risk factors for cancers of the breast, prostate, colon and rectum, as well as the leading cause of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s and fatty liver!

Dr. Garcia left her medical practice in February 2011 and is now a full time Certified Health Coach. She wakes up each morning with passion and purpose, excited to help people eliminate medications and prevent and reverse disease so as to live longer, healthier lives. It all begins with reaching a healthy weight! She also develops, trains and supports health coaches and enjoys offering her business to those who love helping others. She has helped thousands of people transform their lives physically, mentally and financially.

Dr. Garcia enjoys decorating, gardening, cooking, yoga and travel. Her home and garden have been featured in several decorating magazines. But, her biggest joy is being mother to Alex, a resident in OB/GYN; Nelsy, a travel agent and world traveler; and Andrew, a mechanical engineer working in Houston.

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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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Joel Kahn, MD

Dr. Joel Kahn is a Clinical Professor of Medicine/Cardiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit and visiting faculty at the University of South Florida School of Medicine. He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine. He practices interventional, preventive and integrative cardiology. He has written over 150 medical articles and book chapters and contributes to the Huffington Post and MindBodyGreen. His book, The Whole Heart Solution, was published in 2014. Dr Kahn can be found at www.drjoelkahn.com.

The Whole Heart Solution
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Robynne K. Chutkan, MD, FASGE

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.

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Garth Davis, MD

As a leader in the field of bariatric medicine, Dr. Garth Davis was again recently recognized as a Texas Monthly Super Doc and stars with his father, Dr. Robert Davis, on the hit show docu-reality medical series, BIG MEDICINE. His recently published bestseller, The Expert’s Guide to Weight Loss Surgery is available in bookstores nationwide.

Dr. Davis graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas in Austin where he was the Student Government President. He was also recognized as the most outstanding student at UT. Dr. Davis went on to attend medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class. In addition, he was inducted to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Davis completed his surgical residency at the prestigious University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he was elected to the position of Chief Administrative Resident. While in Michigan, Dr. Davis underwent extensive training in general surgical disciplines, specializing in laparoscopic procedures.

He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Davis is a recognized expert in initial bariatric procedures as well as revisional bariatric surgery, and is frequently asked to give lectures to both patient and physician audiences alike.

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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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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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Dustin Rudolph, PharmD, BCPS

With over fifteen years of experience in the field of pharmacy, Dustin Rudolph, PharmD, BCPS is a board certified clinical pharmacist currently practicing in an acute care community hospital setting. He graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2002 from North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. His professional experience covers a multitude of patient populations including neonatal, pediatric, cardiac, orthopedic, oncology, diabetic, intensive care, and geriatric patients, just to name a few.

In 2009, Dr. Rudolph adopted a vegetarian diet, and then a whole foods, plant-based (vegan) diet a year later. He continued his education in the field of healthcare in 2010 by earning a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Foundation and eCornell University.

In 2016, Dr. Rudolph successfully passed the pharmacotherapy certification exam administered by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties®. He is now a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist who works alongside physicians in a hospital setting to optimize patient’s medication therapy regimens.

Dr. Rudolph has become an expert in nutrition and lifestyle medicine. He is the author of the book, The Empty Medicine Cabinet: The Pharmacist’s Guide to the Hidden Danger of Drugs and the Healing Powers of Food. He uses his expertise as an educator, speaker, and writer to help others learn how to prevent and reverse chronic disease by adopting a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle. You can learn more about Dr. Rudolph by visiting www.PlantBasedPharmacist.com.

The Empty Medicine Cabinent
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Bharat B. Aggarwal, PhD

Dr. Aggarwal is currently a Founding Director of an Inflammation Research Center in San Diego, California. He is also currently serving on the Advisory Board of several Nutraceutical companies. Until December 31st, 2015, Dr. Aggarwal was a Ransom Horne (Jr) Distinguished Professor of Experimental Therapeutics, Cancer Research, Cancer Medicine, Biochemistry and Immunology; and Chief of Cytokine Research Section, in the Department of Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. He also served as member of the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston, and as an Adjunct Professor at Albert B. Alkek Institute of Biosciences and Technology, Texas A&M University, Houston, Texas.

Dr. Aggarwal arrived in United States as Government of India National Scholar and earned his Ph. D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He then joined as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Hormone Research Laboratory at the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco while being supported by Rockfeller Foundation Fellowship. Thereafter, Dr. Aggarwal started his career with a start-up Biotechonolgy company, Genentech Inc where he worked for almost ten years and his work lead to the discovery of TNF-alpha and TNF-beta, an essential component of the immune system; and identification of their receptors.

In 1989, Dr. Aggarwal was recruited as a Professor of Medicine and of Clinical Immunology & Biological Therapy, Chief of the Cytokine Research section at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Since then Dr Aggarwal has been investigating the “Role of Inflammatory Pathways Mediated through TNF, NF-kappaB, STAT3, and CXCR4 for the Prevention and Therapy of Cancer, Osteoporosis and other Chronic Diseases”. While searching for novel and safe anti-inflammatory agents, his group identified more than fifty novel compounds from mother nature incluing spices, dietary agents and from Traditional Medicine that interrupt these cell-signaling pathways. These agents have been tested in various animal models and some of them in Clinical Trials. He has published almost 700 papers in peer-reviewed international journals (including Science, Nature, Cancer Cell, PNAS, Journal of Experimental Medicine, Blood, Journal of Bioogical Chenistry, Cancer Research, Journal of Immunology), invited reviews and book chapters.

Dr. Aggarwal is inventor/co-inventor on over 33 patents. He has been listed as one of the most highly cited scientist by the Institute of Scientific Information in the World. His publications exhibit high-citation index with over TEN exceed 1000. His overall citation till now is 99,099 with an H-index of 164 (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Ie7BLFUAAAAJ&hl=en); and the most highly cited for 2016 in Pharmacology & Toxicology (http://hcr.stateofinnovation.thomsonreuters.com). Dr. Aggarwal has been listed among top 100 most highly influential biomedical researchers in the world.

Dr. Aggarwal is currently a member of the editorial boards of 24 international journals and served as a reviewer for more than 160 journals, grant proposals and of Ph.D. theses. Dr. Aggarwal has edited 15 books (including The Molecular Targets and Therapeutic Uses of Curcumin in Health and Disease; Molecular targets and therapeutic uses of spices: Modern uses for ancient medicine ) and served as Guest Editor for Biotherapy, Cancer Letters, Current Opinion in Pharmacology, Immunopathologic Diseases and Therapeutics; and Molecules. He has trained over 80 Post-Doctoral Fellows and Visiting Professors from around the world. He has co-organized and served as member in many International and National Conferences/ Symposia; has started International Society of Translational Cancer Research and has delivered over 400 lectures/seminars/ keynote talks in more than 50 countries.

He has authored a book “Healing Spices” published by Sterling Inc, which is already a Best-Seller.

Dr. Aggarwal has received numerous awards including ARTOI Award from Association for Research Integrated Oncology Therapies, Rome, Italy, 2012; 2011 James A. Duke Award Excellence in Botanical Literature Award, American Botanical Council, Anaheim, California, 2012; World Congress Science Prize from Oxygen Club of California 2010; Excellence in Research Award of McCormick Research Institute from the American Association of Nutrition, 2008, Outstanding Scientist Award from the American Association of Indian Scientists in Cancer Research, 2006, Ranbaxy Award for Outstanding Scientist of the year, 2004.

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Rich Roll

RICH ROLL

Rich is a world-renown, plant-based ultra-endurance athlete, in-demand public speaker, wellness advocate, #1 bestselling author and inspirational hero to a global audience of wellness seekers as a transformative example of courageous and healthy living.

After succumbing to the sedentary throes of overweight middle age, at age 40, Rich made a decision to overhaul his life, adopting a plant-based diet and reinventing himself as an ultra-distance endurance athlete. Just a few years later, Rich stunned the multisport community with top finishes at the Ultraman World Championships, a 320-mile, 3-day double ironman-distance triathlon widely considered one of the most grueling endurance events on the planet. In 2010 Rich topped this feat and cemented his place in the pantheon of endurance greats when he was the first of two people to complete EPIC5 – a 703-mile adventure of well, epic proportions that entailed completing 5 ironman-distance triathlons on 5 separate Hawaiian Islands in under 7 days total.

Rich chronicles his journey in Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself — an inspirational memoir of plant-fueled athletic prowess which quickly became a #1 bestseller. In 2015, Rich and his vegan chef wife Julie Piatt released The Plantpower Way – a plant-based cookbook and lifestyle primer for the active modern family.

In addition, Rich hosts the wildly popular Rich Roll Podcast. Long-form interviews with some of the most inspiring thought leaders across the globe, it consistently tops charts on iTunes with over 20 million downloads as one of the most popular and widely enjoyed podcasts in the world.

Named one of the “25 Fittest Men in the World” by Men’s Fitness, Rich is a graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School whose advocacy and feats of boundary-pushing athleticism have been profiled on major networks like CNN and NBC and in major publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Men’s Journal, Men’s Health, Outside, Triathlete, VegNews, and The Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine.

Along with his wife and four children, Rich resides Malibu Canyon outside of Los Angeles. When he isn’t writing, podcasting, traveling the world or spending time with his family, you can find him lost on the remote trails of the Santa Monica Mountains.

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Andy Bellatti, MS, RD

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.

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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.

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