If you are following a whole food plant-based (WFPB) lifestyle, you need to know these Plant-Based Diet Doctors & Experts that have been at the forefront for decades.
Without a doubt, switching to a plant-based diet and lifestyle can be life-changing. But it can also be overwhelming and confusing trying to decipher all of the information out there, but these healthcare professionals have made it their mission to make it easier.
They are the leading experts and researchers in the field and the go-tos for everything and anything related to following a whole-food, plant-based diet and have spent their entire careers following the truth, wherever it led and whatever the cost–personally or professionally.
Each one has spent decades studying nutrition and published numerous research papers in peer-reviewed medical journals. They are considered the inspiring pioneers of the plant-based movement.
These whole food plant-based doctors are part of the wellness oasis where you will learn about the preventive and healing power of plant-based nutrition.
Meet the WFPB diet experts
Dr. Campbell is the father of whole food, plant-based nutrition who introduced the phrase Whole Food, Plant-Based when he was a member of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) cancer-research grant review panel from 1978 to 1980.
Dr. Esselstyn, the author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, 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.–Dr. Esselstyn Bio
Dr. Barnard is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and founder of Barnard Medical Center, is a nutrition researcher, author, and health advocate, and President of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Dr. Barnard has authored more than 70 scientific publications as well as 18 books, including the New York Times best-sellers Power Foods for the Brain, 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, and the USA Today best-seller Dr. Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes, and stars in four PBS specials about diet and health.
Dr. McDougall is a physician and nutrition expert who teaches better health through vegetarian cuisine, John A. McDougall, MD has been studying, writing, and speaking out about the effects of nutrition on disease for over 30 years.
He and his wife Mary are also the authors of several nationally best-selling books including The Starch Solution.
Dr. Ornish is an American physician and researcher. He is the president and founder of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
The author of Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease, Eat More, Weigh Less and The Spectrum, he is a well-known advocate for using diet and lifestyle changes to treat and prevent heart disease.
After 16 years of review, Medicare recently agreed to provide coverage for Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease. This is the first time that Medicare has covered a program of comprehensive lifestyle changes.
Dr. Popper is the founder and President of Wellness Forum Health. The company offers educational programs to both consumers and providers that facilitate informed medical decision-making, diet and lifestyle intervention, and improved long-term health outcomes. Through its own network of providers, Wellness Forum Health offers direct-to-consumer healthcare services.
Pam serves on the Physician’s Steering Committee and the President’s Board for the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington D.C. Pam was one of the health care professionals involved in the famed Sacramento Food Bank Project, in which economically disadvantaged people were shown how to reverse their diseases and eliminate medications with diet.
Dr. Greger is a physician, New York Times bestselling author and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues.
Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, among countless other symposia and institutions; testified before Congress; has appeared on shows such as The Colbert Report and The Dr. Oz Show; and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial.
Dr. Greger is also licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition and is a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
He was featured on the Healthy Living Channel promoting his latest nutrition DVDs and honored to teach part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s esteemed nutrition course at Cornell University. Dr. Greger’s nutrition work can be found at NutritionFacts.org, which is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit charity.
Dr. Michale Klaper, is a gifted clinician, internationally recognized teacher, and sought-after speaker on diet and health. He has practiced medicine for more than 40 years and is a leading educator in applied plant-based nutrition and integrative medicine.
He is also the author of a successful book on cholesterol-free nutrition and an upcoming title (to be announced in 2017), as well as numerous DVDs and Videos on Demand and a series of “Healthy YOU Webinars.”
Dr. Fuhrman is a board-certified family physician, six-time New York Times best-selling author and internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing, who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods.
Dr. Fuhrman coined the term “Nutritarian” to describe his eating style, which is built around a diet of nutrient-dense, plant-rich foods.
Brenda Davis, registered dietitian, is a plant-based trailblazer and an internationally acclaimed speaker. She has been a featured speaker at medical, nutrition, and dietetic conferences in 25 countries on 6 continents.
As a prolific nutrition writer, Brenda has authored/co-authored 13 books with nearly a million copies in print in 12 languages. Her latest book, Plant-Powered Protein, was released in 2023. She has also authored and co-authored numerous professional and lay articles and is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Brenda was the lead dietitian in a diabetes intervention research project in the Marshall Islands. She was the 7th recipient of the Plantrician Project’s Luminary Award in 2022 and was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame in 2007. She lives in Calgary Alberta Canada with her husband, Paul. She has 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren.
More specialists joining the movement
The experts listed above are the professionals who have been researching and educating in the plant-based arena for the longest–decades of their lives pursuing the truth at great costs to them personally and professionally.
But, they are no longer alone. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine was started in 1985 with only a handful of physicians and now has grown to over 12,000 and rapidly expanding.
Doctors and researchers from every nation and color are now represented in this growing list that is standing on the shoulders of these pioneers in the field.
There are physicians specializing in plant-based nutrition now available through telehealth which is a wonderful new resource. Love.Life Telehealth licensed medical doctors will partner with you on a path to wellness that addresses lifestyle changes like movement, stress reduction, nutrition, and more, while working with you to manage any existing medical conditions.
For more articles from plant-based experts, check out our Plant-Based Doctors Guest Authors.
Kaiser Permanente in Support of Plant-Based Nutrition
In 2017, Kaiser Permanente, the largest healthcare organization, came out in support of plant-based nutrition with their Healthy Living: Eat Healthy Live Better program.
“As I see skyrocketing incidences of conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, I am profoundly aware that there is so much potential for preventing or even reversing most of these problems through very inexpensive lifestyle changes centered on proper nutrition.” — Carmelo Mejia, MD, Internal Medicine, Kaiser Permanente
WFPB Free Beginner Guides
For those searching for more information about getting started with a whole food plant-based (WFPB) lifestyle, these Beginner Guides should be helpful.