Dr. Barnard is the president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and an adjunct associate professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He has led several clinical trials investigating the effects of diet on health, including a recent study of dietary interventions in diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Barnard has authored dozens of scientific publications, as well as 15 books for lay readers.
He hosted two PBS television programs and is frequently called on by news programs to discuss issues related to nutrition and research. Hailing from Fargo, N.D., Dr. Barnard received his M.D. degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington to found PCRM in 1985. The organization has since grown into a nationwide group of physicians and lay supporters that promotes preventive medicine and addresses controversies in modern medicine.
A true pioneer in Functional Medicine, Dr. Susan Blum, an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has been treating, healing and preventing chronic diseases for nearly two decades. Her passion and dedication for identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through the groundbreaking whole body approach known as Functional Medicine, is helping to transform our healthcare system.
As the founder and director of Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, New York, Dr. Blum’s crusade for personalized medicine is paramount for treatment and prevention. A Preventive Medicine and Chronic Disease Specialist, Dr. Blum is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for The Dr. Oz Show. Her mission for Blum Center for Health is to facilitate a personalized healing experience by creating a partnership with her patients while providing cutting-edge Functional Medicine and teaching self-care skills for changing health habits.
Through Dr. Blum’s medical practice, education efforts, writing, research, and advocacy, she empowers her patients to stop covering up symptoms in order to actually treat the underlying causes of illness, thereby combating—and most often curing—the chronic-disease epidemic. In her book, The Immune System Recovery Plan, Dr. Blum offers her proven four-step program, which she has used to help thousands of patients reverse their symptoms and prevent future illness.
Dr. Blum completed her Internal Medicine training at St-Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, her residency in Preventive Medicine at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine. She received her Masters in Public Health at Columbia University, and her training in Functional Medicine from The Institute for Functional Medicine, in Gig Harbor, Washington. In addition to her role as Founder of Blum Center for Health, Dr. Blum is on staff at Greenwich Hospital as an Integrative Medicine Specialist in the Medicine Department. She is also a member of the senior teaching faculty at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C. and teaches throughout the world in their training programs. She lives in Armonk, NY with her husband and three sons.
In her first book, The Immune System Recovery Plan, Dr. Blum offers her proven four-step program, which she has used to help thousands of patients reverse their symptoms and prevent future illness. The Immune System Recovery Plan is a groundbreaking, revolutionary program that shows how anyone can cure the causes of autoimmune disease, strengthen their immune systems, and bolster their overall health.
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 Foundation, 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 and in 2011 the documentary Forks Over Knives was released, inspired largely by the work presented in The China Study. Among the converts to the message espoused by the book are former president Bill Clinton, future NFL hall of famer Tony Gonzalez, and pro-golfer Gary Player.
Dr. Campbell got 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. He is a five-time marathon finisher.
Dr. Esselstyn received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.D. from 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.
Since his inception with the Cleveland Clinic since 1968, Dr. Esselstyn has 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. This same year he organized the first National Conference on the Elimination of Coronary Artery Disease, which was held in Tucson, Arizona. 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 Lake Buena Vista, Florida. 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.
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. It is most compelling, as no compliant patients have sustained disease progression. Today, beyond 20 years compliant patients continue to thrive.
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.
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, with new videos uploaded every other day.
A family physician and an assistant area medical director at the Kaiser Permanente Kern County Medical Center, Dr. Ha leads local efforts to improve clinical quality of care, chronic disease management, and health education for members including healthy lifestyle and weight management programs. He is also the Director of Medical Education for Kaiser Permanente Kern County physicians.
Dr. Ha is often featured on local television programs speaking on health topics and has also contributed articles to Kaiser Permanente and community publications on health and wellness. His most recent engagements include talks on obesity and health for the 2013 Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference and the local chapter of the American Heart Association. Dr. Ha also served as the physician advisor for the Kern County Obesity Summit held this Spring, bringing together health care professionals from across the community to collaborate on efforts to address the obesity epidemic.
Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Duke University, Dr. Ha earned his medical degree from the East Carolina University School of Medicine. He served his family medicine residency at Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine and has been a physician with Kaiser Permanente Kern County since 2003.
Dr. Ha lives in Bakersfield, California with his beautiful wife Nina and their two wonderful children, Ashley and Benjamin, Jr.
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 and is a member of the Nutrition Task Force of the American Medical Student Association. He has served as 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.
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 international collaborations with leading medical academic centers, biopharmaceutical companies, and government agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, and the Food and Drug Administration.
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 industry audiences. He is involved in national and international efforts to advance the applications of angiogenesis-based therapeutics across diverse medical fields, including oncology/hematology, cardiology, ophthalmology, vascular surgery, dermatology, and wound care. He 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.
Dr. Stoll is an author, Alive!, and national speaker with a vision and passion to inspire a new generational vision for health.
Currently, he is a member of the Whole Foods Scientific and Medical Advisory Board, Plantrician advisory board, Future of health now advisory board, team physician at Lehigh University and department chairman of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Coordinated Health. Dr. Stoll is the co-founder of the North American Plant Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, educating and inspiring healthcare professionals to use whole foods as a foundation for healing and disease prevention. He specializes in regenerative medicine utilizing natural treatments, diet, and lifestyle to aid the body in healing chronic disease and injuries. He was a member of the 1994 Olympic Bobsled team and now serves as a physician for the United States Bobsled and Skeleton team.
Dr. Stoll resides with his wife and six children in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit FullyAliveToday.com.
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.
Dr. Tuso received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Riverside and medical degree 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 is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
In 2004, Dr. Tuso 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.