Directory of Vegan-Friendly and Whole Food Plant Based Diet-Friendly Doctors and Dietitians

Please note that this information is provided for reference only. These are NOT recommendations, and we cannot endorse any of them. We do not take responsibility for any information provided by them or the links provided. This is intended to be a starting point only for those interested in researching professionals who are knowledgeable about vegan and plant-based nutrition. Please do your own rigorous and diligent research and verification.

Cardiology / Heart Disease

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (Cleveland, Ohio, USA), General Surgeon with Specialty in Heart Disease

          "How to Find A Plant-Based Doctor" by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn

Dr. Joel K. Kahn (Detriot, MI, USA), Plant Based Nutrition Support Group

Dr. Robert Ostfeld (Bronx, NY, USA), Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore Medical Center

Dr. Kim A. Williams (Chicago, IL, USA) President of the American College of Cardiology (2015)

Dr. John Kristofich (Straub Clinic, Honolulu, HI, USA)

Dr. W. Shane Williams, (Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada) Cardiology and Wellness Medical Centre

Dr. Heather Shenkman, (Burbank, CA, USA), Vegan Heart Doc

Dr. John C. Teeters (Rochester, NY, USA)

Dr. Monica Aggarwal (Baltimore, MD, USA)


Emergency Medicine

Dr. Linda Carney (Austin, TX, USA)

Dr. Holly Wilson (Miami, FL, USA)

Dr. Charles Ross (Roseburg, OR, USA) Evergreen Family Medicine


Family Physicians

Dr. Joel Furhman (NJ, USA)

Dr. Evan Allen (Las Vegas, NV, USA) Doctor Allen Wellness and Medical Center

Dr. Alona Pulde (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Dr. Ashwani Garg (Hoffman Estates, IL, USA)

Dr. Greg Feinsinger (Glenwood Springs, CO, USA)



Dr. Ankur Jain (Honolulu, HI) Specialty: Colon cancer


General Practitioners / Other Specialties

Dr. Michael Gregor (Washington, DC, USA),

Dr. Michael Klaper (California and Hawaii, USA)

    Dr. Klaper offers 2nd opinions and consultations via Skype.

Dr. Neal Barnard (Washington, DC, USA), The Cancer Project

Dr. William A. Harris (Honolulu, HI, USA)

Dr. John Kelly (Dublin, Ireland), author of "Stop Feeding Your Cancer"


General Surgery

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (Cleveland, Ohio, USA), Specialty in Heart Disease

Dr. Garth Davis (Houston, TX, USA), Specialty in Bariatric Medicine



Dr. H. Lorrin Lau (Honolulu, HI, USA)


Internal Medicine

Dr. Bharati Kolte (Austin, TX, USA)

Dr. Saray Stancic (Ridgewood, NJ, USA)

Dr. John A. McDougall (Santa Rosa, CA, USA)

      Dr. McDougall performed his internship at Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and his medical residency at the University of Hawaii. He has extensive experience working with the people of Hawaii.

Dr. Milton Mills (Falls Church, VA, USA and Washington DC, USA)

Dr. Thomas M. Campbell (Rochester, NY, USA)

Dr. Matt Lederman (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Dr. William Li (Cambridge, MA, USA) Specialties: Angiogenesis, Oncology/Hematology, more

     TED Talk "Can We Eat To Starve Cancer?"

Dr. John Houk (Honolulu, HI, USA), 2012 Hawaii Medical Association Physician of the Year

Dr. Mary Wendt (Duluth, MN, USA)

Dr. Paulette Chandler (Boston, MA, USA)

Dr. Michelle McMacken (New York, NY, USA)

Dr. Craig S. McDougall (Portland, OR, USA)

Dr. Karen Garibaldi (Grand Rapids, MI, USA)

Dr. Ronald Weiss (Hudson County, NJ, USA), Ethos Health

Dr. Hope Ferdowsian (Arlington, VA, USA)


Lifestyle Medicine

Dr. Linda Carney (Austin, TX, USA)

Dr. Bharati Kolte (Austin, TX, USA)



Dr. Aysha Akhtar (Maryland, USA)


Oncology / Cancer Research

Dr. Paul Talalay (Baltimore, MD, USA)

Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA) Nutritional Scientist with Specialty in Cancer Prevention and Reversal



Dr. Jay Levine (USA)


Orthopedic Surgeons

Dr. Jimmy Conway (Oklahoma City, OK, USA)



Dr. Karen Garibaldi (Grand Rapids, MI, USA)


Podiatry / Podiatric Surgery

Dr. Ethan Clement (New York, NY, USA)

Dr. Allan Kalmus (Taylor, MI, USA)


Preventative Medicine

Dr. Terry Shintani (Honolulu, HI, USA)

Dr. Gordon Saxe (San Diego, CA, USA) Specialties: Prostate Cancer and Breast Cancer

Dr. Dean Ornish (San Francisco, CA, USA) Preventative Medicine Research Institute Specialty: Heart Disease

Dr. Brooke Goldner (Los Angeles, CA, USA) Vegan Medical Doctor Specialties include: Lupus Recovery, Autoimmune Diseases

Dr. Aysha Akhtar (Maryland, USA)

Dr. Hope Ferdowsian (Arlington, VA, USA)



Dr. Brooke Goldner (Los Angeles, CA, USA) Vegan Medical Doctor Specialties also include: Lupus Recovery, Autoimmune Diseases

Dr. Barry A. Sultanoff (Haiku, Maui, HI, USA)



Dr. Neil Cooper (Atlanta, GA, USA)



Dr. Terry Mason (Chicago, IL, USA)


Nutritional Science

Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA) Specialty: Cancer Prevention and Reversal


Registered Nurses

Aaron Stuber, RN, BSN (Boulder, CO, USA), The Plant-Based RN

Margaretha Backers, RN (Falls Church, Virginia, USA), Plants 4 Life


Registered Dietitians

Ginny Kisch Messina, RD, MPH (USA), The Vegan RD

Julieanna Hever, RD, MS, CPT (Los Angeles, CA, USA), The Plant Based Dietitian

Matt Ruscigno, RD, MPH (California, USA), Strongest Hearts: A Day in the Life of Vegan Athletes Web Series

Brenda Davis, RD (British Columbia, Canada) Co-Author of "Becoming Vegan" published 2014

Vesanto Melina, RD, MS (British Columbia, Canada) Co-Author of "Becoming Vegan" published 2014

Sharon Palmer, RD (Duarte, CA, USA) The Plant-Powered Dietitian

Mark Rifkin, MS, RD, LDN (Baltimore, MD, USA)

Molly Grupe, MS, RD (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Pamela Fergusson, RD, PhD (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Krissy Adams, RD (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)

Andy Bellatti, MS, RD (Las Vegas, NV, USA), co-founder of Dietitians for Professional Integrity

Jack Norris, RD (USA)

Anya Todd, RD, LD (Ohio, USA)

Jeff Novick, RD (USA)

Jill Nussinow, RD (Santa Rosa, CA, USA) The Veggie Queen

Pam Bonney, MS, RD, CDN (Long Island, NY, USA) Tried and True Nutrition

Priya Lawrence, MS, RD, CDN (New York, NY, USA) Tried and True Nutrition

Rachael McBride, RD (Dallas, TX, USA)

Valerie Rosser, RD (Montreal, Canada)

Jennifer K. Reilly, RD, LD (Washington, DC, USA), Specialty: Nutrition for Oncology Patients

Cole Adam, RD (USA)

Barbara J. Chin, RD (New York, NY, USA)

Nancy Berkoff, RD, EdD (USA)

Susan Levin, RD, MS (USA)

Joanne Christaldi, RD (Westchester, PA, USA)

Debra King, RD (Texas, USA)

George Eisman, RD (Montour Falls, NY, USA) Coalition for Cancer Prevention Through Plant-Based Eating

Reed Mangels, RD, PhD (USA)

Gena Hamshaw, CCN Certified Clinical Nutritionist (New York, New York, USA) Choosing Raw

Carly Slawson, RD (San Diego, CA, USA)

Joseph Gonzales, RD, LD (Park City, UT, USA), Nutrition Director at Nutrition

Allyson Geshwenter, RD in training (currently a student), Running Green

Position of the American Dietetic Association on Vegetarian Diets 2009 "It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes."


Conferences / Events / Other Resources

International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference (Sept. 30-Oct 3, 2015 in Anaheim, CA, USA)

      For physicians and other healthcare professionals, CME Accreditation included.

International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine: Cardiovascular Disease (july 31 and August 1, 2015, Washington DC, USA)

     CME credits available to physicians, dieticians, and other healthcare professionals

Plant-Based Immersion Health Summit (Nov 20-30, 2014 in the Dominican Republic)

     Open to the general public.

Plant-Based Prevention of Disease Conference (Nov 14-15, 2014 in Asheville, NC, USA)

     Continuing Education Credits available for healthcare professionals; open to the general public.

T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies

     Ongoing Continuing Education Courses for healthcare professionals and the general public through Cornell University's online distance learning division eCornell.

Nutrition CME: A Website for Healthcare Professionals

     Free online Continuing Education Credits. Focus is on using nutrition for health promotion and disease prevention.

Plantrician Project

Plant-Powered Professionals: Vegan Doctors, RDs, Vets, Nutritionists