2018 Conference Faculty

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


While we are still confirming topics and faculty for the 2018 PBNHC, we are confident that we will bring you the best and most relevant topics and faculty, just as we have done for our previous five conferences. Please come back to this page often as we updated the agenda and faculty.

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.

Alive!: A Physician's Biblical and Scientific Guide to Nutrition Kristen's Healthy Kitchen Recipes
Monica Aggarwal, MD, FACC

Monica Aggarwal, MD, is an assistant professor of medicine in the University of Florida Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. She received her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and subsequently went on to complete a residency in internal medicine at Tufts-New England Medical Center. She then completed a cardiology fellowship at the University of Maryland and later continued her training at the University of Arizona where she completed an integrative medicine fellowship.

Dr. Aggarwal’s own path to understanding the impact of nutrition in illness started soon after the birth of her third child, when she developed an advanced form of rheumatoid arthritis. She was placed on medications that gave her severe side effects. It was only through learning about the microbiome (gut), its impact on the immune system and the role of nutrition in affecting the gut, was she able to truly heal. Determined to change the face of medicine, Monica left private practice and returned to academics in order to pursue research on the role of diet and to create an integrative cardiology practice focused on nutrition and lifestyle.

Serving as the Director of Integrative Cardiology and Prevention, Dr. Aggarwal focuses on promoting food as the foundation of healing and for its medicinal value. In her clinic, she emphasizes plant based nutrition and often performs multiple mind-body techniques with her patients, including yoga and meditation. She is also the Director of Medical Education for Cardiology, where she directs education for medical residents and cardiology fellows, with a focus on prevention, nutrition and lifestyle. In the hospital, she has multiple initiatives including developing a 100% plant based menu for cardiac and vascular patients.

Dr. Aggarwal gives talks around the community and the country. She was named a “Next Generation Innovator” by Cardiology Today. She is often featured in Veg News, Naked Magazine and has been featured in forksoverknives.com. She conducts research on nutrition education in medical institutions and on how a plant based diet impacts cardiovascular disease.

Board certified in cardiology, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology, she is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), where she is a member of the nutrition council working on nutrition policies for the nation. Monica specializes in treating women with heart disease and their prevention of heart disease. She is the author of the book “Finding Balance: Empower Yourself with Tools to Combat Stress and Illness,” which outlines 10 prescriptions to help guide people to better health.

Finding Balance
Richard Aiken, MD, PhD

Richard Aiken, MD, PhD, is a board certified psychiatrist and chemical engineering research scientist with an emphasis on Lifestyle Medicine.

His organization “Mood for Life” strives to provide information on the positive effect that healthy lifestyle can have on one’s cognitive and emotional wellness. His newest book Neurodietetics summarizes the emerging evidence for whole-food varied-plant diets for optimizing neuropsychological wellness throughout the life span. In another recent book, The New Ancestral Diet, Dr. Aiken detailed from an evolutionary standpoint why we have been whole-food varied-plant eaters for 85 million years as primates; “Paleo” is actually vegan.

He has a doctorate in chemical engineering and applied mathematics from Princeton University and a medical doctorate from the University of Utah. He did his residency and fellowship training at Washington University in St. Louis and currently practices psychiatry in Springfield, Missouri. He is affiliated with Missouri State University’s Taylor Health and Wellness Center. Professor Aiken has taught and researched at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zürich, Switzerland, and the Kunglia Techniska Hφgskolen in Stockholm, Sweden. He has lectured widely in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. He has been a guest at a number of podcasts and nationally syndicated radio.

Neurodietetics The New Ancestral Diet
Columbus Batiste, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Dr. Columbus D. Batiste is board certified in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology. Since 2008, Dr. Batiste has served as Chief of Cardiology at the Kaiser Permanente Riverside and Moreno Valley Medical Centers. He also has shaped the careers of future physicians as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University Of California Riverside School Of Medicine.

Over the years Dr. Batiste has been recognized for his work by multiple organizations ranging from Oakwood University as Alumnus of the Year 2009, Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center as Internal Medicine Physician of the Year (2010), the Inland Empire Magazine Heart Hero (2010), the Kaiser Permanente Promise Award (2011), the Eagle Award for Excellence in Medicine (2013), and the Derrell Thomas Foundation Community Service Award recipient (2013).

During the course of his practice, Dr. Batiste has performed over 2000 coronary interventions and hundreds of pacemaker implantations. Despite his procedural success, he noticed that he was doing nothing more than facilitating the mundane process of moving patients through a revolving turnstile that leads to increased medication and recurrent procedures. Hence; he sought to break this cycle and promote a long-term solution for his patients through nutrition, stress reduction, and exercise.

Dr. Batiste has reviewed the medical literature that has revealed the undeniable benefits of a predominant plant-based nutrition. Patients adhering to a whole food plant-based diet coupled with exercise and stress reduction have advanced toward a path of developing a healthy heart. As a result of this and other influences, in 2011, Dr. Batiste led out in establishing the Integrative Cardiovascular Disease Program (based at Kaiser Permanente). The objective of this program is to prevent the re-occurrence of major adverse cardiac events in patients who have been diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease by focusing on lifestyle modification and providing education regarding pharmacologic and procedural therapies. It is through this vehicle that Dr. Batiste performs monthly lectures educating patients and families on the benefits of nutrition.

Dr. Batiste’s mission is to share information so that “each one can teach one” about the benefits of plant based nutrition, daily exercise, and stress reduction and therefore; provide everyone with the opportunity to take control of their health. This mission has led to the formation of his alias, Healthy Heart Doc, which he uses when lecturing in the community and to blog on social media platforms. As a result of his passion, Dr. Batiste has lectured in multiple local and abroad venues including the Inland Empire Go Red For Women American Heart Association Conference, the Inaugural Jamaican Health Summit in Kingston Jamaica, as well as in multiple community settings encouraging people to Change the Game through nutrition.

Dr. Batiste has been married for 16 years and is the proud father of two.

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
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.

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.

How Not To Die
David Jenkins OC, MD, FRSC, FRCP, FRCPC, PhD, DSc

Dr. Jenkins is currently a professor in both the Departments of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, a staff physician in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and the Director of the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Center, St. Michael’s Hospital.  He was educated at Oxford University, where he obtained his DM, DPhil and DSc.  After further research at the British Medical Research Council’s Clinical Gastroenterology Unit, he returned to Oxford to a joint appointment in the Department of the Regius Professor of Medicine (Richard Doll) at the Radcliffe Infirmary and as a faculty member of the University Laboratory of Physiology.  He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) and of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.

He has served on committees in Canada and the United States that have formulated nutritional guidelines for the treatment of diabetes and recommendations for fibre and macronutrient intake for the general population under the new joint United States-Canada DRI system (RDAs) of the National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC).

His research area is the use of diet in the prevention and treatment of hyperlipidemia and diabetes.  He has over 300 original publications on these and related topics.  His team was the first to define and explore the concept of the glycemic index of foods and demonstrate the breadth of metabolic effects of viscous soluble fiber, including blood glucose and cholesterol lowering.  His studies on combining cholesterol lowering food components (dietary portfolio) have been recognized as creating an effective dietary alternative to drug therapy (statins) for many people and was the only dietary approach referenced in the last Guidelines of the US National Cholesterol Education Program (ATP III) and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Guidelines.

To make therapeutic diets more accessible, he has devoted much time to working with the food industry to develop products for the supermarket with specific health attributes and, for example, helped to initiate Loblaw’s ‘too good to be true’ and ‘Blue Menu’ line of products.

He was awarded the W.O. Atwater Award of the USDA and the American Society of Nutrition for his studies on functional foods for the treatment of disease (2013) and the Order of Canada (OC) in 2013.

He believes in the value of plant based diets, and that a major effort is required to mount large studies to determine the extent of their health benefits. He also believes that diets have to be environmentally sustainable.

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
Micaela Karlsen, PhD Candidate

Micaela Karlsen currently serves as Director of the Lifestyle Medicine Economic Research Consortium, a joint initiative of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the Lifestyle Medicine Institute. Under the supervision of T. Colin Campbell, she co-launched the T. Colin Campbell Foundation, now named the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, the world’s premier educational organization promoting plant-based nutrition. Micaela served as Executive Director through December 2012 and during her time in the position assisted in building and launching the TCC Certificate Program in Plant-Based Nutrition through eCornell Inc. Micaela is the author of the A Plant-Based Life (published by AMACOM Books), a strategic how-to guide for successful plant-based eating. She is a contributor to the New York Times bestselling book Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, the companion book to the movie of the same name.

Micaela is currently a doctoral fellow in Nutritional Epidemiology at Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She holds a Master of Science and Public Health (MSPH) from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a BA in Psychology from Cornell University.

She founded and maintains PlantBasedResearch.org, now under the umbrella of The Plantrician Project, an online database of peer-reviewed, scientific research and other resources relevant to plant-based nutrition, as well as Sustainable Diet, a distance-based, 3-month support program to individuals transition towards more plant-based eating. Her mission is to support the elegant solution that a plant-based diet offers in solving the problems of human health and environmental devastation by promoting interest, investigation, and practice of plant-based nutrition to the public and academic communities.

John Kelly, MD, MPH

Dr. John H. Kelly is the founding President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Medicine is a second career for Dr. John and he received the AMA Foundation’s Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award for his work with ACLM in 2004 as a young physician—at age 55y. He received his BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Shepard University (1996; McMurran Scholar, Summa Cum Laude), his MD from Loma Linda University (2000) and his MPH in Epidemiology from Loma Linda University (2002; with honors).

Known internationally for his passion for and leadership in the field of Lifestyle Medicine, he is an invited speaker on the topics of Lifestyle Medicine and Epigenetics. He served as Co-PI for research on the use of lifestyle interventions to reverse diabetes in the Marshall Islands ($2-million federally-funded study). He has published research articles and co-authored a book chapter on nutrition as medicine.

Dr. Kelly was the recipient of the inaugural ACLM Trailblazer Award for his leadership in the field of Lifestyle Medicine, and has recently launched one of the first clinical fellowships in LM at the Black Hills Health and Education Center near Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota where he now serves as Medical Director for a residential lifestyle treatment center in the Black Hills.

Cyrus Khambatta, PhD

Dr. Cyrus Khambatta, cofounder of Mastering Diabetes, is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002.

Using an evidence-based approach to nutrition and fitness, he has helped hundreds of people with type 1 diabetes, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes reverse insulin resistance through low-fat, plant-based, whole-food nutrition and exercise.

Cyrus received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003, then earned a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012.

Michael Klaper, MD

Dr. Klaper, is a gifted clinician, internationally recognized teacher, and sought-after speaker on diet and health. He has practiced medicine for more than 40 years and is a leading educator in applied plant-based nutrition and integrative medicine.

He is also the author of a successful book on cholesterol-free nutrition and an upcoming title (to be announced in 2017), as well as numerous DVDs and Videos on Demand and a series of “Healthy YOU Webinars.”

A source of inspiration advocating plant-based diets and the end of animal cruelty worldwide, Dr. Klaper contributed to the making of two PBS television programs Food for Thought and the award-winning Diet for a New America movie based on the book of the same name.

Dr. Michael Klaper teaches that “Health Comes From Healthy Living” and is dedicated to the healing and flourishing of all living beings and our planet.

Dr. Klaper graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago (1972), served a medical internship at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia, Canada with additional training in surgery, anesthesiology, and orthopedics at the University of British Columbia Hospitals in Vancouver and in obstetrics at the University of California Hospitals in San Francisco.

As Dr. Klaper’s medical career progressed, he began to realize (true to what science is bearing out today) that many of the diseases his patients presented – clogged arteries (atherosclerosis), high blood pressure (hypertension), obesity, adult onset diabetes, and even some forms of arthritis, asthma, and other significant illnesses – were made worse or actually caused by the high sugar, high fat, high salt, overly processed Standard American Diet (S.A.D.).

Dr. Klaper resolutely believes that proper nutrition (through a whole food, plant-based diet) and a balanced lifestyle are essential for health and, in many cases, can make the difference between healing an illness or merely treating its symptoms.

In addition to his clinical practice and private consultations with patients, Dr. Klaper is a passionate and devoted educator of physicians and other healthcare professionals about the importance of nutrition in clinical practice.

Dr. Michael Klaper served as the Director of the non-profit Institute of Nutrition Education and Research from 1992 through 2015, during which time he conducted a study focusing on people who ate a completely plant-based (vegan) diet.

Dr. Klaper was also a member of the Nutrition Task Force of the American Medical Student Association, and served as an advisor to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) project on nutrition for long-term space colonists on the moon and Mars.

For over ten years, Dr. Klaper hosted a popular medical information radio program Sounds of Healing on WPFW in Washington, DC and KAOI 1110 AM on Maui, Hawaii.

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

He also serves on the Advisory Board for Naked Food Magazine.

Rajiv Misquitta, MD, FACP

Dr, Rajiv Misquitta is the Medical Director of the innovative Lifestyle Medicine Department at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center. He is also the principal investigator of a research trial called Health Achieved through Lifestyle Transformation (HALT). This is an intensive lifestyle program with a focus on plant-based eating and its effects on patients with diabetes and heart disease. Along with his team of psychologists and health educators, he is studying the dynamics of behavior change in relation to lifestyle. He attended medical school at State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis Medical Center where he later served as a chief resident. He was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honors medical society. He is board certified in Lifestyle Medicine by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). He was listed in Sacramento Magazine’s 2017 top doctors list which is generated from a peer survey.

After an epiphany ten years ago, Dr. Misquitta switched to a plant-based diet. He is a plant-based chef and has created a culinary program for patients at his Medical Center as well as enhanced the plant-based offerings in the 21 hospitals in his system. He has promoted plant-based eating at numerous venues in Northern California, which have included community events, medical centers, television, and magazine articles. He encourages his patients to shop at farmers markets and try out new recipes.

After finding existing vegetarian and vegan cookbooks less than satisfying, Dr. Misquitta along with his wife authored a book on plant-based eating called Healthy Heart, Healthy Planet – Delicious Plant-Based recipes to reduce heart disease, lose weight and preserve the environment. It also provides an inspirational personal story and practical advice on transitioning to a plant-based diet. He is one of the authors of a recent landmark special report in the Permanente Journal on Lifestyle Medicine and its dramatic impact on health and survival.

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Dr. Misquitta has an interest in exercise science and is certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports medicine (NASM) and is a yoga instructor (RYT 200). Dr. Misquitta believes that health is created by all the little things that we do at home, work, at the dining table and when we connect with each other. He firmly believes that you can prevent and reverse disease and lead a long and healthy life by following a few simple guidelines. The master levers of your health are factors that are under your control: Not smoking, exercise, eating a whole food plant-based diet, getting adequate sleep, controlling your stress and interacting with your community.

Dr. Misquitta serves as the current president of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) and has emphasized Lifestyle Medicine and nutrition as a priority.

Healthy Heart, Healthy Planet
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.

Ken Rubin

Ken Rubin is a chef, culinary educator and food anthropologist with over 20 years of broad culinary industry experience and life-long interest in nutrition and wellness. He is the Chief Culinary Officer at the Rouxbe Culinary School. Rouxbe is the world’s leading online cooking school that delivers technique focused culinary instruction and training to home cooks, culinary students, professional cooks and healthcare professionals in over 180 countries.

Ken has been recognized for his expertise in education and training, food-culture research, wellness, product development, behavior change, and technology. Ken has held top-level teaching and executive leadership positions at well-respected culinary academies including Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America, Chefs.com, the Art Institute of Portland, and the Natural Epicurean Academy. A former Board Director for the International Association Culinary Professionals and The Culinary Trust, he currently serves the James Beard Foundation as a member of the National Media Committee. A lifelong advocate for a more just and equitable food system, he also serves on the Oregon Food Bank’s Advocacy Committee. Ken is a regular presenter and speaker at conferences and public events. He received his BA from Colorado College and an MA in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives with his wife and two boys in Portland, Oregon.

Saray Stancic, MD

Dr. Saray Stancic is the founder and owner of Stancic Health and Wellness, LLC where she is a board-certified Lifestyle Medicine physician. She received her M.D. degree from New Jersey Medical School in 1993 and is also board-certified in Infectious Diseases. She began her career by serving as Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Hudson Valley Veterans Administration Hospital in New York. Her clinical and research interests in viral hepatitis and HIV led to her recruitment by Roche Pharmaceuticals to conduct clinical studies for new treatments for hepatitis infections before going into private practice. She has authored several research papers in peer-reviewed journals in the field of Infectious diseases.

Dr. Stancic’s interest in Lifestyle Medicine evolved from her ongoing personal battle with multiple sclerosis and her 20 plus years of practicing medicine and witnessing the deleterious consequences of chronic diseases. She has been an invited author for Forks Over Knives, and has been interviewed on several podcasts, radio and television shows. She was the subject of a cover story in the August 20, 2015 issue of Dirt Magazine, and was named one of the “17 People to Watch in Health in 2015” in the January 2015 issue of 201 Magazine. She has spoken to diverse audiences across the country on the impact of Lifestyle Medicine and the importance of plant-based nutrition. Her major initiative beyond clinical care is working toward catalyzing change in medical education curricula where regrettably nutrition and lifestyle are minimally taught or emphasized. She enjoys teaching, and serves as adviser/mentor to the Rutgers- New Jersey Medical School Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group.

Dr. Stancic is currently producing a documentary film, code blue: redefining American medicine (release October 2018), which will spotlight the practice of Lifestyle Medicine to prevent, treat, and manage chronic illnesses. She believes the future of a successful healthcare system is largely dependent on training a new generation of physicians who are skilled in effectively prescribing lifestyle medicine to halt and reverse the ongoing chronic disease and obesity epidemics.