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Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Reversal:  The Esselstyn Program

DATE: Saturday, September 21, 2019
TIME: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Oakland Marriott City Center
CE: CE credit details are below
OPEN TO: Anyone. You do not need be attending the IPBNHC to attend a workshop.

SUMMARY: Smart heart health begins one meal at a time. In this innovative program, discover how a simple and delicious diet-based heart wellness program can keep your heart and arteries healthy for years to come. Created by internationally known author and surgeon Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., MD, this evidence-based wellness program prevents and reverses heart disease, the leading cause of death for U.S. men and women. Surprisingly, in other cultures heart disease is virtually absent. Dr. Esselstyn will explain why this is so as his program helps to eliminate this common fatal disease from the lives of your patients.

Attendance at this conference is limited to the first 150 participants.

CE credits are pending for this workshop.  Last year's credit hours are listed below and we expect that this year's credits be similar.

The 2018 CE credit details for this session are as follows:

  • Medical Doctors and Others Eligible Clinicians:  Rush University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Nurses:  ANCC Credit Designation – Nurses:  The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 3 contact hours.
  • Pharmacists:  Rush University Medical Center designates this knowledge based CPE activity (0622-0000-17-004-L04-P) for 3 contact hours for pharmacists.
  • Registered Dieticians:  This activity has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 3 CPEUs.

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.

Ann Crile Esselstyn

Ann Crile Esselstyn is a relentlessly energetic and creative advocate for the plant-based, whole-food way of life. She has devoted herself to inventing recipes to prevent and reverse heart disease in support of the research of her husband, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. Ann never stops looking for ways to bring that important agenda to delicious life, devising ever more practical and powerful ways to shop, cook, and engage even the most reluctant eaters in the plant-perfect diet.

Ann is the author of the recipe section of Dr. Esselstyn’s bestselling book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, and co-author of The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook with her daughter, Jane Esselstyn. She is a graduate of Smith College and holds a Masters in Education from Wheelock College. Ann taught English and History for 27 years at Laurel School in Cleveland, Ohio, where she received the Hostatler Award for Outstanding Teaching. At the same time, she juggled the raising of four children. When not in the kitchen, Ann counsels patients, lectures around the world on how to prepare and eat plant-based foods, and spends time with her ten plant-based grandchildren.