Brenda Davis, RD
Plant-Based Diets and Disease: Maximizing Protective Capacity
Brenda Davis, registered dietitian, is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. She has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant and academic nutrition instructor. Brenda is the lead dietitian in a diabetes research project in Majuro, Marshall Islands. She is a featured speaker at nutrition, medical and health conferences throughout the world.
Brenda is co-author of nine award-winning, best-selling books – Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition (2014), Becoming Vegan: Express Edition (2013), Becoming Vegan (2000), The New Becoming Vegetarian (2003), Becoming Vegetarian (1994, 1995), Becoming Raw (2010), the Raw Food Revolution Diet (2008), Defeating Diabetes (2003) and Dairy-free and Delicious (2001). She is also a contributing author to a tenth book, The Complete Vegetarian (2009). Her books are vegetarian/vegan nutrition classics, with over 750,000 copies in print in 8 languages. Brenda has authored and co-authored several articles for peer-reviewed medical and nutrition journals and magazines.
Brenda is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. In 2007, she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame. Brenda lives in Kelowna British Columbia with her husband, Paul Davis. She has two grown children, Leena Markatchev and Cory Davis.
William Duffy, MD
Dr. William Duffy is a career internal medicine physician and leader who embodies the role of clinician as educator, advisor, confidant, advocate and colleague. He holds a B.S. in chemistry from Seton Hall University, an M.D. from Georgetown University and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In over twenty years of practice, he has extensive experience in outpatient and inpatient care, perioperative consultation, as well as student and resident teaching. However, his primary focus is one of lifestyle modification as both prevention and treatment of disease.
He focuses on the individual's health as a product of their unique environment and dedicates time to discussing nutrition, exercise, stressors, family, support systems, leisure time, physical feelings with each patient. He strives to be the best clinician he can be and works in tandem with his patients to foster their efforts to be their best as well.
Dr. Duffy is a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), as well as a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). He also maintains memberships in both the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Football League (NFL) Physician Societies.
Jane Esselstyn, RN
Benefits of Plant-Based Nutrition: Above and Below the Belt
Jane Esselstyn RN is a fresh, charismatic voice who brings her perspective and passion as a nurse, researcher, mother, and teacher to the forefront of the plant-based movement. She presents her work, research, and high energy demos around the world. Her annual conference, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease for Women, focuses on the power of a plant-based approach to eliminate this #1 killer of women and other preventable, lifestyle related diseases. Jane claims, "Prevention is the New Cure!" — and the most powerful and protective medicine we have is a plant-based diet.
Jane is an avid and inventive designer of plant-strong recipes and the co-author of The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook. She created the recipe sections of #1 NYTimes bestseller, Plant-Strong and The Engine 2 Seven Day Rescue, by Rip Esselstyn. And she is co-author of The Engine 2 Cookbook. Jane brings her infectious energy and straight forward message to her presentations, cooking demonstrations, and cookbooks with clarity, hilarity, and a can-do attitude.
Shivam Joshi, MD
Plant-Based Diets in Kidney Disease
Shivam Joshi, MD, is an internal medicine and plant-based physician practicing at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. He is a faculty member of NYU's School of Medicine with research interests in plant-based diets, evolutionary diets, fad diets, and nephrology. He received his BS from Duke University and his MD from the University of Miami. He completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami and his fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
John Kelly, MD, MPH
“Dr. John” as he is affectionately called by patients and staff, is passionate about Lifestyle Medicine. Dr.Kelly completed his undergraduate education in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude as a McMurran Scholar. He then completed the Dual Degree Program at Loma Linda University, receiving his MD in 2000, and his MPH in Epidemiology in 2002 with honors. He completed residency training in Preventive Medicine in 2003 and received ABPM Board certification in January 2004. Dr. Kelly was also trained in massage and hydrotherapy by Dr. Charles Thomas, a master of physical medicine known for hydrotherapy expertise.
Dr. Kelly received the American Medical Association’s Excellence in Medicine Award in 2004 as a Young Physician for his leadership as Founding President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, the medical specialty society for clinicians who specialize in the use of therapeutic lifestyle interventions in the treatment and management of disease. (www.lifestylemedicine.org)
After completing medical training Dr. Kelly accepted an appointment as Assistant Research Professor in the Nutrition Department at Loma Linda University with the Lifestyle Research Initiative. He conducted a multi-center outcomes analysis of lifestyle centers in the U.S. and served as Co-PI for a multi-$million diabetes research project in the Marshall Islands. He continues to work with research studies investigating the use of therapeutic lifestyle interventions in the treatment and management of type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and related chronic diseases. He has served as Medical Director for outpatient lifestyle programs in Maryland and Virginia. He presently serves as Director of Medical Education and Research at the Black Hills Lifestyle Medicine Center where he conducts clinical training in intensive Lifestyle Medicine for licensed medical professionals (www.BHLMC.org/lm-training).
Dr. Kelly enjoys sharing the scientific evidence for the use of lifestyle to treat and prevent disease with his patients, other practitioners, researchers and the public. He gives invited expert presentations on Lifestyle Medicine, Epigenetics, and other topics internationally. He co-authored the LM Board Review Course. He serves as a Lifestyle Medicine expert consultant, and chairs the Expert LM Panel. Other interests include family life, Christian ministry, agriculture, hiking and camping, computing, and the origin of life.
Michelle McMacken, MD
Why Plants Are Sweet Medicine for Diabetes
Michelle McMacken, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine. An honors graduate of Yale University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. McMacken practices internal medicine in the Adult Primary Care Center at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, where she also directs the hospital's Weight Management Program and the newly launched Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program.
Through a 2014 NYU Merrin Fellowship grant, Dr. McMacken studied evidence-based nutrition and developed a nutrition curriculum for her internal medicine faculty colleagues. She has received the faculty ‘Teacher of the Year’ award three times for her work with physician trainees and has presented on nutrition at the American College of Physicians, the American Diabetes Association, and other national academic conferences. She has also been featured in several documentary films and popular nutrition-related websites and podcasts. Dr. McMacken is a council member for the True Health Initiative, a coalition of health experts from around the world committed to educating on evidence-based, proven principles of lifestyle as medicine.
Scott Stoll, MD
Finding Normal: Overcoming Food Addiction and Emotional Eating
Dr. Stoll is the co-founder of the Plantrician Project, the International Plant Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, the International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention, and the Regenerative Health Institute, a unique collaborative project with the Rodale Institute. He serves on the advisory board at Whole Foods for their healthcare clinics and served as a member of the Whole Foods scientific and medical advisory board. Dr.Stoll is the Chairman of the board for the Plantrician Project and chief medical director for the Rouxbe cooking school.
Every year Dr. Stoll hosts the very popular one week health immersion, Dr. Stoll’s total health immersion in Naples Florida and helps attendees recover lost health, overcome addictions, and restore emotional balance. In addition to authoring several books, hosting his own daily TV and radio programs, Dr. Stoll has appeared on numerous national shows including the Dr. Oz show a 2018 PBS special and documentaries including Eating You Alive, Wait till its Free, and The Game Changers. As well as being a published author, and member of the 1994 Olympic Bobsled Team he is a highly sought- after international speaker. Dr. Stoll resides with his wife and six children in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Kim Allan Williams, MD, MACC, FAHA, MASNC, FESC
Nutrition and CV Disease: Taking the DIE out of DIET
Dr. Williams is Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Rush University and specializes in cardiology, prevention and cardiac imaging. He has served on numerous national committees and boards including serving as the President of the American College of Cardiology, President of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Black Cardiologists. He is also the founder of the Urban Cardiology Initiative in Detroit, Michigan to reduce ethnic heart care disparities, and continues community-based efforts in Chicago at Rush. A native of Chicago’s South Side, Dr. Williams has over 30 years of experience as an educator, researcher, and physician.