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Dr. John McDougall - Website
A physician and nutrition expert who teaches better health through starch based cuisine, John A. McDougall, MD has been studyingwriting, and speaking out about the effects of nutrition on disease for over 30 years.  Visit his amazing site to learn more about health, nutrition and let's not forget Mary's recipes! He offers courses and conferences. Check out the app for your phone! A very handy resource!


T. Colin Campbell - Website
Trained at Cornell University (M.S., Ph.D.) and MIT (Research Associate) in nutrition, biochemistry and toxicology.  Author of “Whole” and the “China Study”. Dr. Campbell offers courses through eCornell that are based on the groundbreaking nutrition research. They are designed for individuals seeking to improve their own personal health, as well as for medical, nutritional, and health education professionals who want to enhance their skills and education.

Dr. Neal Barnard - Website
A clinical researcher, author, and health advocate, he is the author of more than 70 publications in scientific and medical journals, 15 nutrition books, and hosts three PBS specials about diet and health. As founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Dr. Barnard has been instrumental in efforts to reform federal dietary guidelines. Dr. Barnard is frequently called on by news programs to discuss issues related to nutrition - such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes - research issues, and other controversial areas in modern medicine.

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn - Website
Trained as a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic and St. George’s Hospital in London, he chaired the Clinic’s Breast Cancer Task Force and headed its Section of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery. His scientific publications number over 150 and in 1995 he published his bench mark long-term nutritional research arresting and reversing coronary artery disease in severely ill patients and chronicled this in Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. Dr. Esselstyn presently directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.

Dr. Michael Greger - Website
A physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues, Dr. Greger is the founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. Currently he serves as the public health director at the Humane Society of the United States. He also found Nutrition, an amazing site dedicated to health and research.


Doug Lisle, Ph.D. - Website
As the Director of Research for TrueNorth Health Center, Dr. Lisle has published numerous articles in the scientific literature. He is the co-author of The Pleasure Trap and is in private practice, conducting psychotherapy at the TrueNorth Health Center.




Dr. Baxter Montgomery, M.D.  - Website
A Board Certified Cardiologist with years of experience in the latest medical practices and nutritional health. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Texas and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. In addition to running Montgomery Heart & Wellness, he manages arrhythmias and coronary disease, performs angiographies, defibrillator implants, and other hospital procedures and teaches young physicians.   Website


Pamela A. Popper, Ph.D., N.D.  - Website
A naturopath, an internationally recognized expert on nutrition, medicine and health, she is the Executive Director of Wellness Forum Health.  Dr. Popper is part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell's teaching team at eCornell. She was featured in Forks Over Knives and her most recent book is Food Over Medicine: The Conversation That Can Save Your Life.

Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN  - Website
A truly a unique dietitian and nutritionist, with over 24 years of experience in nutrition, health, and fitness, he offers expert health advice distilled into powerful, easy-to-understand language. Jeff lectures at the McDougall Program in Santa Rosa, California and at the Engine 2 Immersion program in Austin, TX.  He is also the Director of Nutrition for the Meals for Health community project and has also worked closely with Whole Foods Market in assisting them with the development of their Wellness Club program, their healthy eating initiatives and their food rating system.  Video - Health Food" vs. Healthy Food, Video - Shop with Jeff Novick -

Robert Ostfeld, M.D., MSc., a cardiologist, is the founder and director of the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore, an Asst. Professor- Clinical Medicine - Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Asst. Director of the Cardiology Fellowship at Montefiore-Einstein. Dr. Ostfeld earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania; his MD from Yale University School of Medicine; and his Masters of Science in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Ostfeld completed his medical internship and residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and his cardiology fellowship and research fellowship in Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital - both teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School. He presented at Plantstock in 2015 and has posted on the Forks Over Knives site.


Max Gerson, M.D. - Suffering from severe migraines, Dr. Gerson focused his initial experimentation with diet on preventing his headaches. One of Dr. Gerson’s patients discovered in the course of his treatment, that the “migraine diet” had cured his skin tuberculosis. This discovery led Gerson to further study the diet, and he went on to successfully treat many tuberculosis patients.  In 1958, after thirty years of clinical experimentation, Gerson published A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 Cases. This medical monograph details the theories, treatment, and results achieved by a great physician. Dr. Max Gerson’s daughter, Charlotte Gerson, founded the Gerson Institute in 1977, to spread awareness of the Gerson Therapy and make it available to people across the world. 


Dr. Pulde is a pioneer in the current health care system as she unites two powerful and synergistic healing approaches – the ancient wisdom of Chinese Medicine with the technological skill of Western Medicine. As a board-certified practitioner of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Family Medicine Physician specializing in nutrition and lifestyle medicine, she has worked hard to integrate the best of both fields into her practice. Dr. Pulde received her Doctor of Medicine from Albany Medical College and her Masters degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Emperor’s College.

Dr. Pulde is the lead author of the book, “Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole: Your Guide to Optimum Health.” She is one of the first doctors to ever work with John McDougall, MD seeing patients during his 10-day live-in program. Dr. Pulde also developed the Lifestyle Change Program used for patients in the film Forks Over Knives.

 Dr. Lederman is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician with an avid interest in the field of nutrition and lifestyle medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at The University of Michigan where he graduated with distinction. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree at Temple University School of Medicine and completed his residencyin Internal Medicine at The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. After initially practicing as a hospital-based Internist, Dr. Lederman quickly switched his direction towards the field of nutrition and lifestyle medicine, having had the honor of learning from some of the greats in this field.

Dr. Lederman has been seeking to change the way chronic illness is treated, with an emphasis on medication elimination and disease reversal through diet and lifestyle change. Dr. Lederman has participated in projects such as lecturing for the eCornell Certificate Program in Plant Based Nutrition and films such as Healing Cancer and Forks Over Knives. He also coauthored the popular new book, “Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole: Your Guide to Optimum Health.”

Dr. Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute (PMRI). For over 35 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research through PMRI, demonstrating for the first time that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery.  Dr. Ornish is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the author of The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health, Love & Survival: 8 Pathways to Intimacy and Health, Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease, Everyday Cooking with Dean Ornish, Eat More, Weigh Less: Dr. Dean Ornish’s Life Choice Program for Losing Weight Safely While Eating Abundantly, Stress, Diet & Your Heart: A Lifetime Program for Healing Your Heart Without, Drugs or Surgery


Dr. Arjun Rayapudi is a general surgeon and a plant-based community nutritionist. He is certified by American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He did his surgical residency training at University of Florida and University of Illinois at Peoria after obtaining the medical degree from Rangaraya Medical College. He holds Plant Based Nutrition Certificate from Cornell University and Dr. McDougall's Starch Solution Certificate. He is working as a General Surgeon and Endoscopist at Burin Peninsula Health Care Center, located in beautiful rural Newfoundland, Canada. Website

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Michelle McMacken, MD -  NYU Professor
A board-certified internal medicine physician and an assistant professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine. An honors graduate of Yale University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, she has more than ten years of experience practicing primary care, directing a medical weight-loss program, and teaching doctors-in-training at Bellevue Hospital Center in NYC.  An enthusiastic supporter of plant-based nutrition, she is committed to educating patients, medical students, and doctors about the power of healthy eating and lifestyle modification.