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 (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 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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Thomas M. Campbell, MD

Dr. Campbell is an Instructor of Clinical Family Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. A board certified family physician, he has a primary care practice in Rochester, NY. In addition, he is executive director of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, a nonprofit organization in Ithaca, NY, which promotes optimal nutrition through science-based education, advocacy, and research.

A graduate of Cornell University, Thomas, with his father T. Colin Campbell, PhD, co-authored The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and The Startling Implications for Diet, Weight-Loss, and Long-Term Health. The book has sold over a million copies, inspired documentaries, and won over a variety of people including former president Bill Clinton, future NFL hall of famer Tony Gonzalez, and pro-golfer Gary Player. He is the author of the upcoming ‘how-to’ book, The Campbell Plan, based on the whole-food, plant-based diet of The China Study.

A five-time marathon finisher, Dr. Campbell earned his medical degree from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and completed residency training in Family Medicine at the University of Rochester, Highland Hospital. He was awarded the UB 2010 American Academy of Family Physicians award for Excellence in Family Medicine along with UB’s 2010 Humanitarian Zebra Award for “dedication to patients and willingness to consider unusual diagnoses.” Thomas regularly presents on the topic of nutrition and health, both for professional audiences and lay people. He has published in the Israel Medical Association Journal and in CME publications Primary Care Reports and Integrative Medicine Alert.

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Brian Clement, PhD, NMD, LN

Dr. Clement has spearheaded the international progressive health movement for more than three and one-half decades. He is the director of the renowned Hippocrates Health Institute, Florida (U.S.A.), the world’s foremost complementary residential health center. Over the last half century he and his team have pioneered clinical research and training in disease prevention using hundreds of thousands of participants who provided volumes of data, giving Clement a privileged insight into the lifestyle required to prevent disease, enhance longevity, and maintain vitality. Their findings have provided the basis for Hippocrates progressive, state-of-the-art treatments and programs for health maintenance and recovery–––their Life Transformation Program.

Dr. Clements has written 20 plus books focused on health, spirituality and natural healing. Among them are Living Foods for Optimum Health, Longevity, and Lifeforce, which Dr. Colin Campbell calls “One of the most important books ever written on nutrition. Supplements Exposed, published in 2010, reveals the pharmaceutical fraud rampant in the sales, production, and distribution of worthless and harmful vitamin pills. Additionally, the first volume of Dr. Clements 3 Volume Series, Food is Medicine was published in 2012 along with his 7 keys to Lifelong Sexual Vitality.

In addition to his research studies, Brian conducts conferences worldwide on attaining health and creating longevity, giving humanity a roadmap for redirecting, enriching and extending their lives. A Naturopathic Doctor and a licensed Nutritionist, Dr. Clements is a graduate of the University of Science, Arts, and Technology where he earned his Ph.D. and N.M.D. He and his wife, Dr. Anna Maria Gahns-Clement, the co-director of the Hippocrates Health Institute, are proud parents to four children.

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Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD

Dr. Esselstyn received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.D. 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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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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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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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 (N.A.S.A.) 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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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 A.B. with honors from Harvard College and his M.D. 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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Doug Lisle, PhD

Dr. Lisle is the Director of Research for TrueNorth Health Center and has published numerous articles in the scientific literature. He is the co-author of The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health and Happiness and is in private practice, conducting psychotherapy at the TrueNorth Health Center.

Delightfully candid and warm, Doug is one of psychology’s most innovative and curious minds. Deeply dedicated to exploring the mysteries of human behavior from fresh, uncharted waters, his research in evolutionary psychology and its impact on health, happiness and the pursuit of pleasure is generating critical acclaim.

Dr. Lisle is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego (Summa Cum Laude). He received the President’s Fellowship and was a Dupont Scholar at the University of Virginia where he completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. He was then appointed Lecturer in Psychology at Stanford University and was on the staff at the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Palo Alto, California.

Dr. Lisle worked as a forensic psychologist for the criminal justice system in Dallas, Texas and as a consultant for the National Institute of Health Clinical Trial on Cognitive Therapy for Recurrent Depression at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He lectures nationally to health professionals on topics including evolutionary psychology, cognitive therapy, lifestyle modification, relaxation and stress management, and weight loss.

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James Loomis, Jr., MD

Dr. Loomis received his M.D. degree from the University of Arkansas, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and graduated with honors. He subsequently completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition, Dr. Loomis received an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. He is board certified in internal medicine and is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. Having earned a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, Dr. Loomis also serves on the Medical and Expert Advisory Board of the International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference.

Dr. Loomis has served as team internist for the St. Louis Rams football team and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, as well as tour physician for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He currently practices internal medicine and serves as director of prevention and wellness at St. Luke’s hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri where he lives with his partner Elise and three sons, Jimmy, William and Bobby. Jim’s plant-based cooking classes are in high demand—the first to sell out at a local culinary institute.

An avid runner, cyclist and swimmer, Dr. Loomis has completed numerous half-marathons and triathlons, including a half-Ironman. He is slated to appear in the upcoming documentary, The Game Changers: Men, Meat and the World’s Most Dangerous Myth produced by John Corry (producer of Forks Over Knives) and James Wilks (winner of the Ultimate Fighter).

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Terry Mason, MD, FACS

As CEO of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, Dr. Mason heads up the third largest public healthcare system in the country—overseeing hospital quality and safety, coordination of clinical care and graduate medical education. He oversees the delivery of healthcare to nearly one million Cook County patients, many of whom have no insurance or are underinsured.

Prior to joining the County Health System, Dr. Mason, who is a practicing urologist, served as the Commissioner of Public Health for the city of Chicago. There, he modernized the department and helped to raise public awareness on a variety of health issues. He managed the H1N1 outbreak in 2009 and developed a strategic partnership with City Colleges to immunize over 90,000 people in Chicago during that outbreak. He’s been a tireless advocate for healthy living and every year he asks Chicagoans to join him in his Restart Program—where he challenges people to go meatless for a month and only eat a plant-based diet.

Dr. Mason was featured in the highly regarded documentary, Forks Over Knives, and has hosted a weekly radio show for almost 15 years doling out advice, answering questions and promoting a healthy lifestyle. A lifelong resident of Chicago, he received his Bachelors of Science degree from Loyola University and his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

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John McDougall, MD

Dr. McDougall is a board-certified internist, author of 12 national best-selling books, the international on-line “McDougall Newsletter,” host of the nationally syndicated television show “McDougall M.D.,” and medical director of the 10-day, live-in McDougall Program in Santa Rosa, CA. Other McDougall activities include seminars and health-oriented adventure vacations.

Scientific References for his recommendations are found in this impressive list of National Best Selling McDougall Books: The McDougall Plan • McDougall’s Medicine: A Challenging Second Opinion • The McDougall Health Supporting Cookbook, Volume 1 • The McDougall Health Supporting Cookbook, Volume 2 • The McDougall Plan: 12 Days to Dynamic Health • The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss • The New McDougall Cookbook • The McDougall Program for Women • The McDougall Program for a Healthy Heart • The McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook • Dr. McDougall’s Digestive Tune-up • The Starch Solution

The McDougall Diet is based on starches with fruits and vegetables. The McDougall Diet has no animal foods or free oils. The McDougall Diet prevents 80% of common illnesses and reverses many common dietary illnesses.

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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 M.D. 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 B.A. 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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Michele Simon, JD, MPH

Michele Simon is a public health lawyer specializing in legal strategies to counter corporate tactics. She is president of Eat Drink Politics, a corporate watchdog consulting firm. She has been writing about the politics of food since 1996 and her book, Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back, was published in 2006 by Nation Books. Her groundbreaking 2007 report on alcoholic energy drinks led to a federal ban. Simon has a master’s degree in public health from Yale University and received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

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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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Phil Tuso, MD, FACP

The National Clinical Lead for Total Health with Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute, Dr. Tuso is the Regional Physician Co-Lead for Complete Care and Regional Physician Lead for the Readmission Reduction Program for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. Dr. Tuso is a practicing nephrologist and hospitalist physician on the staff at Antelope Valley Hospital and Palmdale Regional Medical Center. Additionally, he serves as the director of the Fresenius Medical Care Dialysis Unit in Lancaster, California. Dr. Tuso is on the Board of Directors of Antelope Valley Partners for Health, a community based organization for local public health planning and intervention in the Antelope Valley and serves on the Medical and Expert Advisory Board for the International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference.

Dr. Tuso received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Riverside and M.D. from St. Georges University School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at Griffin Hospital in Derby Connecticut, a teaching affiliate of Yale University School of Medicine, and nephrology fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. He then was awarded a National Institute of Health Training Grant and completed a research fellowship at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. For his research work he was awarded a Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. Dr. Tuso is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology. He has authored over fifty articles and books and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

In 2004, Phil and his wife, parents to four beautiful children, formed the Foundation to Improve Renal Nutrition, a 501 C 3 non-profit foundation which provides free nutritional supplements to low income patients with kidney disease who are malnourished. For his volunteer work he was awarded the Kaiser Permanente David Lawrence Community Service Award and the National Kidney Foundation Spirit of Nephrology Award.

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