Top 20 Plant-Based Health Professionals to Follow

Top 20 Plant-Based Health Professionals to Follow

If you’re new to the plant-based movement, or if you’re just interested in who else is out there sharing the message of health, here are some of the top plant-based health professionals leading the movement.

These are certainly not the only plant-based professionals (doctors, nutritionists, dietitians, and other health care providers) dedicated to making this a healthier world, but they’re definitely 20 of the top individuals in the plant-based health movement that you’re going to want to follow.

Learn from them. Share what they have to say with others.

There’s a health-focused plant-based revolution occurring, and it’s happening in large part because of these individuals who advocate a plant-based diet and lifestyle.

1. T. Colin Campbell, PhD

Dr. Campbell is the Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University who has spent the last few decades focusing on long-term health and nutrition through a plant-based diet. He has conducted extensive research on health. His expertise is in the relationship of diet and diseases, especially cancer. Dr. Campbell is a co-author of The China Study, a book the summarizes findings from over two decades of research in China on plant-based diets and disease. Dr. Campbell is also the author of Whole, and he’s the individual who coined the term “whole food, plant-based.” His most recent book is The Low-Carb Fraud.

Top 20 Plant-Based Health Professionals to FollowThe T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies offers a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through eCornell, with courses taught by a number of plant-based professionals. Dr. Campbell is also featured in health-based documentaries including: Vegucated, Forks Over Knives, and the most recent PlantPure Nation.

Visit the Nutrition Studies website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

2. John McDougall, MD

A long time plant-based advocate, Dr. McDougall is the author of The Starch Solution. He promotes a starch-based approach to a whole food, plant-based diet. Dr. McDougall emphasizes starches to make sure that people eat enough calories and don’t wither away on lettuce, thinking that a plant-based diet doesn’t work. The starch solution allows you to eat the foods you love, just keep it low fat. Potatoes, rice, corn, and beans make up the staples.

Top 20 Plant-Based Health Professionals to Follow

He has written various books over the years including the The McDougall Program. And, along with his wife Mary the McDougall’s have a number of other books and cookbooks helping people with the lifestyle. From The New McDougall Cookbook: 300 Delicious Ultra-Low-Fat Recipes to The McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook to The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight loss, you’ll likely find something to help you get started. Become a “Starchivore” and get healthy by keeping it simple and enjoying your food. Dr. McDougall was also featured in the documentary Forks Over Knives.

You can visit the Dr. McDougall’s Health & Medical Center website to learn more, as well as following them on Facebook and Twitter.

3. Caldwell Esselstyn, MD

Dr. Esselstyn brings the clinical side of plant-based diet research, and he shares his program for health through the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. He has conducted long-term studies on heart disease, helping his patients to overcome heart disease through diet and lifestyle.

For people who want to reverse their heart disease, Dr. Caldwell advocates a very low fat, OIL-FREE, plant-based diet. Seriously though, no oils. Especially if people are interested in reversing their disease, they need to be strict. Positive results are definitely there to be had, but you have to be committed. Dr. Caldwell was featured in Forks Over Knives, is the author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure, and his wife and daughter co-authored the cookbook, providing a number of healthy recipes.

Dr. Caldwell is also the father of Rip Esselstyn, of The Engine 2 Diet which follows a very similar approach to Dr. Esselstyn’s guidelines, but with an emphasis on preventing heart disease by starting those diet and lifestyle recommendations younger, before disease sets in.

Top 20 Plant-Based Health Professionals to Follow

The Esselstyns also host an event called Plant Stock every year in New York. The event is comprised of a couple of plant-filled days with guest speakers; healthy, plant based meals; and like-minded people all in one place. Visit the Engine 2 website to find out who will be speaking at this year’s event; they’ve got quite the line-up!

You can learn more about preventing and reversing heart disease on Dr. Esselstyn’s Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Program website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

4. Neal Barnard, MD

Top 20 Plant-Based Health Professionals to Follow

Dr. Barnard is the founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). He is also the president of the newly opened Barnard Medical Center. Dr. Barnard’s focus is on preventing and reversing diabetes through a plant-based diet and lifestyle. He has written various books and was featured in Forks Over Knives.

Some of his books include: Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes, 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, Power Foods for the Brain, and he is the co-author of The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook. Dr. Barnard’s work shows that diabetes isn’t a lifelong diagnosis, or at least it doesn’t have to be. You can take control of your health through a low fat, plant-based lifestyle. Follow Dr. Barnard on Facebook and Twitter.

5. Michael Greger, MD

Dr. Greger puts out free daily videos and articles on his non-profit website, where he provides nutrition advice on various aspects of a plant-based diet and healthy living in general.

Top 20 Plant-Based Health Professionals to Follow takes a very science-based approach to health. On the site you’ll find updates of current findings studies and the latest scientific news regarding health. He is also the author of the new book How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease. Dr. Greger has garnered quite a following, and for good reason. His informative videos make it easier to understand and share the information with others. Setting the example for a healthy lifestyle, he also walks on his treadmill everyday to fit in his exercise while working and sharing the plant based message.

You can follow Dr. Greger on his personal website and on Facebook and Twitter.

6. Michael Klaper, MD

Dr. Klaper is a long time plant-based diet and nutrition advocate who recognised the link between diet and disease which led him to develop his own lifestyle programs. After following his own program he lost weight and considerably reduced his cholesterol levels. Dr. Klaper is at various conferences and speaking events throughout the year, including weekly talks at the TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, CA.

He has written Vegan Nutrition: Pure and Simple and Pregnancy, Children, and the Vegan Diet, and he features in a number of informative health videos including Sense and Nonsense in Nutrition: A Look at Today’s Most Common Health Myths. Along with a number of other plant-based educators he’ll be on the Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise this year from late February to March. Learn a bit more about Dr. Klaper on his website.

7. Joel Fuhrman, MD

Top 20 Plant-Based Health Professionals to Follow

Dr. Fuhrman has written several books including: Eat to Live, the Eat to Live Cookbook, and The End of Diabetes: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes. His approach to health and a plant-based diet involves eating nutrient-rich foods: vegetables; fresh fruits; beans; nuts, seeds and avocados, starchy vegetables; and whole grains. Keeping other foods to a minimum, there’s also an emphasis on raw foods.

Dr. Fuhrman strongly promotes eating nutrient-dense foods, as he calls them “micronutrient-rich foods.” To explain his approach to health, he uses his “health equals nutrients divided by calories” (H = N/C) equation. And if you’re following his Nutritarian food pyramid, you should eat a variety of colourful foods, and lots of vegetables. The logic is simple: get healthy by eating healthy foods. Go to his website to learn more.

8. Alan Goldhamer, D.C.

Dr. Goldhamer is the co-author of The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health & Happiness. He is also the director and co-founder of the TrueNorth Health Center in California, along with his wife, Dr. Jennifer Marano.

The center is a well-rounded facility that focuses on the different aspects of health, having medical, chiropractic, psychotherapy, counseling, massage, amongst other health-related services. The TrueNorth Health Center also specialises in, and is well-known for its’ therapeutic water fasting where you can heal under the supervision of medical professionals knowing that your health is their top priority.

You can learn more about Dr. Goldhamer and meet the rest of the TrueNorth staff by visiting their website.

Related: Top 5 Whole Food Plant Based Diet Cookbooks You Need to Have

9. Doug Lisle, PhD

Dr. Lisle, with Dr. Goldhamer, is a co-author of The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health & Happiness. He is also the Director of Research at the TrueNorth Health Center. Dr. Lisle has a private practice in psychotherapy at TrueNorth, and he is a lecturer for the eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate Program. Watch a Tedx presentation on The Pleasure Trap by Dr. Lisle on his personal website, which can also take you to the TrueNorth site where you can learn more about him.

10. Matt Lederman, MD

Dr. Lederman seeks to treat patients with chronic illness by reversing disease through diet and lifestyle changes, eliminating the need for medication. He was featured in the Forks Over Knives documentary and is an eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate Program lecturer. He works at Transition To Health, a medical, nutrition, and wellness center where they take a holistic approach to health. And he is co-author of The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet. Dr. Lederman is currently working with Whole Foods Market as a medical health and wellness expert.

Visit the Transition To Health website for more.

11. Alona Pulde, MD

Dr. Pulde also works at the Transition To Health Center. With an education in traditional oriental medicine and western medicine, Dr. Pulde brings a unique blend of eastern and western influence to nutrition and lifestyle medicine. She is co-author of The Forks Over Knives Plan and you can read some of Dr. Pulde and Dr. Lederman’s article contributions on the Forks Over Knives website. With Whole Foods Market, Dr. Pulde and Dr. Lederman are currently working to create medical centers that use nutrition and lifestyle when possible to prevent and reverse disease, avoiding the need for pills or other procedures.

You can follow Dr. Pulde and Dr. Lederman on Facebook and Twitter.

12. Thomas M. Campbell, MD

Top 20 Plant-Based Health Professionals to Follow

Dr. Thomas Campbell is the son of Dr. T. Colin Campbell and co-author of The China Study. You can find numerous articles he has written on health and a plant-based diet on the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies website. A marathon runner and health advocate, Dr. Campbell is also the author of The Campbell Plan: The Simple Way to Lose Weight and Reverse Illness, Using The China Study’s Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet. Learn more about Dr. Thomas Campbell on The Campbell Plan website.

And follow The Campbell Plan on Facebook.

13. Garth Davis, MD

Dr. Davis is a plant-based doctor based in Houston, Texas. As a weight loss surgeon he decided to figure out what really led people to his operating table. He began a plant-based diet for health reasons and now shares the message with others. Dr. Davis, along with Howard Jacobson, is the author of Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It. You can listen to a podcast with Rich Roll about “Our Misplaced Obsession with Protein,” and learn more about Dr. Davis in another Rich Roll podcast “Weight Loss Surgeon Turned PlantPower Crusader.”

You can follow Dr. Davis on Facebook and Twitter.

14. Dean Ornish, MD

A long-time plant-based diet and healthy lifestyle advocate, Dr. Ornish has written a number of books including: The SpectrumEat More, Weigh Less; and Everyday Cooking with Dr. Dean Ornish. Dr. Ornish advocates a low-fat, plant-based, mainly vegetarian diet along with other healthy lifestyle practices for reversing heart disease and improving overall health. Find out more about Ornish Lifestyle Medicine and learn more about Dr. Ornish on his personal website.

Follow Dr. Ornish on Facebook and Twitter.

15. Pam Popper, PhD, ND

Dr. Pam Popper is a Naturopath and Executive Director of Wellness Forum Health, which offers individuals and health care providers educational programs to encourage evidence-based and informed decisions regarding health. She is co-author of Food Over Medicine: The Conversation That Could Save Your Life and was featured in the Forks over Knives documentary. You will also find informative videos on all aspects of health on her YouTube channel. Learn more about Dr. Pam on The Wellness Forum website or visit her website.

You can follow The Wellness Forum on Twitter.

16. Ginny Messina, MPH, RD

Top 20 Plant-Based Health Professionals to Follow

Ginny has helped research and develop advice and information regarding a vegan diet for PCRM. She is also co-author of Vegan for Her: The Woman’s Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based DietVegan for Life: Everything You Need to Know to Be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based DietNever Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet. There is a dedicated Vegan for Her website, and Ginny has her own website The Vegan RD where she shares health advice and her thoughts on vegan living. An ethical vegan with a long-time interest in animal rights, learn a bit more about what led Ginny to become vegan.

Follow Ginny on Facebook and Twitter.

17. Jack Norris, RD

Top 20 Plant-Based Health Professionals to Follow

Jack Norris a registered dietitian and also the President and Executive Director of Vegan Outreach. He co-authored the Vegan for Life book with Ginny Messina. He is the author of B12: Are You Getting It?, and the website is also maintained by Jack. His website JackNorrisRD is dedicated to plant-based nutrition information and news, as well as information for vegan advocates. Follow the blog to get resources and find out about updates to

18. Joel Kahn, MD

Dr. Kahn takes an holistic approach to heart disease, and he is the author of Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonues: The Ultimate Guide to Survive Your Career With A Healthy Heart. His newly opened Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity addresses various heart-related conditions with treatments that stop and reverse heart disease. Dr. Kahn’s approach focuses on natural treatments whenever possible. Learn more about Dr. Kahn and his natural treatments on his website.

19. Jeff Novick, MS, RD

Sharing the plant-based message with a sense of humour, Jeff is a dietitian and nutritionist. He was Director of Nutrition for almost a decade at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami, Florida. Both past and present, Jeff has held a number of other health-related positions at various institutions and initiatives. With years of experience specialising in the areas of health, nutrition, fitness, and natural living, he is now an educator and lecturer on these topics. Jeff also works at the TrueNorth Health Center. Learn more about Jeff on his website.

20. Julianna Hever, MS, RD, CPT

Top 20 Plant-Based Health Professionals to Follow

A well-known plant-based figure, Julieanna is the Plant-Based Dietitian. She has been featured on a number of plant-based and healthy living programs, sharing the plant-based message. She is the author of the best-selling book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based NutritionThe Vegiterranean Diet, as well as The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking, and she also contributed recipes to the Forks Over Knives The Cookbook.

On her website there are a series of videos covering various aspects of plant-based life from her TV show What Would Julieanna Do? on Veria Living. On the show, she also spoke with a number of other plant-based professionals. You can find Julieanna on Facebook where she often shares informative posts with lots of quality plant-based diet resources for you to check out. Learn more about the Plant-Based Dietitian on her website.

21. (Bonus) Dr. Kim Williams, MD

Last, but certainly not least, is someone who particularly deserves a mention: Dr. Kim Williams. He is a cardiologist and head of the cardiology department at Rush University Medical Center. And, in no small feat, Dr. Williams was also the first vegan president of the American College of Cardiology! Watch a video of Dr. Williams talking a bit about his experience. Further, you can read an article in The New York Times about the reasons behind his transition to a vegan diet.

You can follow Dr. Williams on Twitter.


You can follow these individuals on social media or visit their websites to find out more about what they do.

As you’ll find out, many of them have passed on their passion for health to their children and family who are also actively helping to share the powerful message of plants.

Change is happening, and these plant-based health professionals are helping to lead the way. They’re part of the plant-based revolution, out to end chronic illness through a whole, plant foods approach.

It’s not hard to transition to or follow a plant-based diet, it just takes a change in mindset. Out with the old, in with the new.

Take control of your life and health. Let these plant-based health professionals lead the way for you. They know what they’re talking about.

They have a lot of overlap in the advice they give, but find someone who suits you. It can really help to have some solid advice to follow when you’re getting going with the plant-based lifestyle. Or, maybe have a few approaches that you blend together to come up with something that works for you.

But, whoever you follow, the fundamentals are generally the same: eat whole plant foods.

Get some healthy, plant-based cookbooks to help get you started.

It’s not rocket science, but it’s your ticket to health.

Many of these individuals also speak at various plant-based events throughout the year, so keep your eye out for them. They have a lot of knowledge and experience to share.

These are certainly not the only great plant-based health care professionals out there, but they are definitely 20 of the most influential leaders of the plant-based movement that you’re going to want to follow.

These individuals are primarily based in the US, but there are plant-based professionals around the world.

Find a Plant-Based Doctor

There’s a growing list on Plant-Based Doctors. Just “Browse Our Database” to see if there’s a doctor in your area.

You can also find a plant-based professional in Australia or New Zealand on Whole Plant Based Health, which is a great resource for further plant-based info.

There may be some overlap with the above sources, but you can also check out Happy Herbivore’s Plant-Based Doctor List.

An excellent way to get started with the plant-based lifestyle is with vegan recipes that show you that being healthy can still taste great!

Here’s to the plant-based health revolution!

76 responses to “Top 20 Plant-Based Health Professionals to Follow

  • Thanks so much for this list. I am new to the plant based movement but I am already noticing changes for the better 🙂 I stumbled across Dr Fuhrman in my early attempts to find a way to feel better through nutrition but to know there are 19 other worthy resources is fantastic!

    • Hi Sarah, and welcome to the plant-based lifestyle!
      I’m glad you like the list. If there are any other resources I can help you find, just let me know. You can always reach us through the “contact” page.
      It’s good to hear you’re already noticing positive results, plants sure are powerful! If you’re interested you can read about others and the health changes they experienced on a plant-based lifestyle in the Meet Vegans! section. They usually share the resources that helped them out as well.


    • Indeed, I too am convinced the plant based diet is far superior to the S.A.D. Amer-Euro-Asian diet. I include Asian since most Asian countries across the board are fully incorporating meat as the center of the diet.

      The China study completed before the so called advancements there.
      I am grateful to the brave Medical Doctors who have stuck their necks out in spite of the FDA and the AMA objections.

  • Plant followers, join me on FB at Ban Hospital Food Carcinogens. A site I posted to protest serving bacon etc in hospitals, a proven carcinogen. Numbers count

    • ***Ban Hospital Food Carcinogens*** I wonder if you see carcinogens the way I do after my own research.
      A summary is as follows:
      I’ve researched cancer for 15 months and believe now that Breast, Prostate, Colon, Uterine, Ovarian, Testicular, Pancreatic, Melanoma, Lung, Kidney, Bladder, Thyroid, Hodgkin lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Leukemia and Multiple Myeloma are all linked to some of the hormones in the animals we eat. It appears that from a cancer perspective we are simply plant eaters and those hormones that promote different growth in tissues like Estrogen, Progesterone, Prolactin, Testosterone, IGF-1 etc. are behind the cancer growths we get. While they might not cause cancer as such, by stimulating (cancer) growth they make it much harder for our own immune system to fight cancers and hence the cancer rates go up. The hormones in the food are absorbed just like the oral hormonal contraceptive pill is. Apart from hormones, there are also about 40 odd growth factors. One of them, VEGF, stimulates the growth of new blood vessels. Without a blood supply a cancer would struggle to develop!!!
      To get back to the list of cancers: lung cancer rates also appear to be modulated by the food we eat and so is Melanoma. The influence of food on Melanoma rates actually appears to be more than 3x the one from the strong Australian sunshine. The influence on cancer rates by our modern dairy appears to be much bigger than meat.
      Some references pointing this way:
      1. IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organisation) lists estrogen as a Group 1 carcinogen.
      (Group 1 = the agent (mixture) is definitely carcinogenic to humans)

      2. Industrially produced cow’s milk estrogen levels can be up to 33 times and progesterone levels can be up by 8-10 times the natural cow’s estrogen levels. This while taking milk from another animal can hardly be argued as natural… and

      3. Professor Jane Plant overcame stage 4 breast cancer after she was told that she had only months to live left through dropping dairy out of her diet. That was 1993. She is still with us today in 2015
      I’ve come to the conviction that it is likely the growth promoting factor of some hormones and growth factors that makes it harder for our bodies to fight cancer. They do not cause the cancer as such but still have a big influence on the cancer rates through what I call “the amplification factor”, “growth factor” if you wish.
      Best of health! Peter

  • 7 of these top 20 are featured in the documentary EATING YOU ALIVE, in addition to other up and coming Whole Food Plant Based Vegan physicians from across the country! check it out!

    • I am looking forward to watching that Merrilee. It seems that now the penny has dropped for me I just can’t get enough of watching and reading on the subject!

  • I just had my blood work done on Monday. I have been eating Vegan since then hoping to see some huge changes. LDL 199, HDL 40 Cholesterol 270 and Triglycerides 153. I asked if I could try eating the vegan way instead of pills for 30 days and see what my numbers are. My doctor said she didn’t want me to eat strictly vegan but to keep chicken and fish…I didn’t listen. She also said we won’t be able to tell for 6 months if this is working so that is when we will retest my blood. I’d like to hear some thoughts on this. Thank you 🙂

    • I received the same advice from my doctor. Disregarding his advice, I became a vegan. It took 37 days for my numbers to drop significantly. It probably happened sooner, it’s just that I waited that long to get new blood tests.

    • Lawrence Foe, MD
      4 years ago

      If you still eat chicken and fish you will get minimal results. With a whole food plant based diet you will see significant changes your lipid profile in 3 weeks.

      • Johanna
        4 years ago

        Good to see you here, Dr. Foe! Those of us who know you value your input!

    • Tawnya
      Just do it no doctor or cardiologist seems to agree with this its not what they have been taught, they would also lose money if people got healthy, Ive put myself on Esselstyn’s diet Dec 2014 my Cholesterol tho I still take a tab 20mg is now Total = 2.4 or 93.6, Tri = 39, HDL = 31.2, LDL = 42.9, my cardiologist was trying to push the numbers up, I ignore him this is not something we will ever agree on. Esselstyn say that you will have no heart attacks if you keep below 150, I will cut back chol meds some more and evently when Im happy with the numbers drop the drugs.
      I wanted the Cardiologist to drop drugs to see what my body base line without was but he refused so I changed docs but can’t get one to see my point so have to do it myself, they don’t know everything and have closed minds.

      • ***my cardiologist was trying to push the numbers up***
        May be you two can agree on pushing the cholesterol numbers up the natural way: drop medication. Please understand that it is not necessarily a particular cholesterol level that makes us healthy, what makes us healthy is the diet. In Dr McDougall’s simple words: “It is the diet!”.
        Cholesterol is a complex confusing matter. Happy to elaborate privately if you want my understanding. Peter

    • Be responsible for your own health. Most doctors get NO training in nutrition. My husband and I have now been whole food, plant based, no oil (important – see Esslelstyn’s and Greger’s information on this) for almost 8 years – best thing we ever did for our health. My total cholesterol dropped 80 points the first month. This is an excellent list. Take advantage of it. Be prepared to get push back from EVERYONE, unfortunately, your doctors as well. Doug Lisle’s advice (on list) can help. Best of health to you – you can do this.

      • ***Most doctors get NO training in nutrition***
        That just happens to be in the interest of the industry? Or is it on purpose? Is the human population treated just like cattle with wallets by the industries and are we also herded for maximum profits? Do we focus too much on capital in a capitalist society, would we be better of changing focus to e.g. health or the future of the planet?

    • If you want to lower cholesterol, which is definitely a healthy thing, concentrate on removing ALL FATS from your diet. All animals food contains significant amounts of fat. Also cholesterol but that is simply fat wrapped in a thin layer of protein that is broken down in our bodies anyway. However, the fats from the cholesterol we eat after being broken down will be turned into our own cholesterol as we need to wrap the fats in proteins so they do not coagulate and block up our arteries. All fats increase our cholesterol levels. If they come from Plants, Animals or Animal cholesterol that doesn’t matter. We ourselves produce more cholesterol so our bodies can make use of the energy in the food. The cholesterol is used to transport to the muscles that can burn fats and to the storage places that for most of us already have too much fat! That we can reverse Diabetes-2, lower cholesterol to healthy levels, reverse heart disease etc. shows us that we as a species not only eat the wrong types of fats but also FAR TOO MUCH OF IT. We are a low fat species really.

    • Warren Green
      2 years ago

      Don’t necessarily expect to see your LDL plummet ( the only one that really matters ) within the first 6 months. Mine didn’t. But your cholesterol level is just one factor involved in the progression cardiovascular disease. And it has no doubt, been oversold. I have virtually no credibility for what I’ve posted above. I’m largely relying on the plant-based doctors that I’ve come to trust. So I’ll just encourage you to get a second opinion, and to persist in using food, over pharmaceutical products, to lower your LDL cholesterol.

      Almost 10 years ago, the “vegsource” organization produced the documentary, “Processed People”. It features many of the plant-based doctors, that have now become much better known. In many ways, “Forks Over Knives”, is the better film. But the extended interviews from this one, are what make it more than worth the purchase price. ( Caldwell Esselstyn and Jeff Novick’s in particular )

    • For lowering cholesterol levels eating just vegan is NOT enough. It needs to be low fat, leave out the nuts, oils (which is highly processed food = bad) and oily seeds. My cholesterol came down from 205 to 150 eating this way. It went up again to 193 through peanut butter…..

  • What a fantastic list! Thank for you sharing this. This will be so helpful for people.

  • This is a great list, thank you! I’d like to alert you to another up and coming professional, Cyrus Khambatta, PhD at Mangoman Nutrition and Fitness. He’s working with diabetics to master their lifestyles, blood glucose and insulin resistance through a plant-based, high carb, low-fat diet. I got to see the amazing results first-hand as a kitchen volunteer at a 4-day retreat and I highly recommend checking him out!

    • Glad you like the list. That’s great to hear about another plant-based professional! Thanks for sharing Stefanie.

      • Darshana Muzumdar
        3 years ago

        India has great plant based doctors like Dr Nandita Shah and Dr Pramod Tripathi and others like Aabha Gupta, Mayavi Khandelwal who are changing hundreds of lives. Would be great if india and they were also included in the list.

  • Having been in the world of natural health and plant-based eating health promotion since 1980, and a life-time student of nutrition & health science; it is amazingly wonderful to have a list like this full of like mind professional peers and mentors!

  • I really think Brenda Davis, RD, should be included in this list ( She authored Becoming Vegan back in 2000, & was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame in 2007. She is an excellent speaker, & has been extremely successful in her work with diabetics in the Marshall Islands.

    • ABSOLUTELY, I agree Brenda Davis MUST be added to this list! She is fantastic as a author, speaker, motivator, and a true picture of vegan health. Great educator.

    • Debra Wolf
      4 years ago

      Yes, please add Brenda Davis, RD. She is a real gem, as a professional and as a person.

  • Great list. Notable even by some who are not on it

  • Roberta
    4 years ago

    Any one know of diets that can reverse COPD?

    • Rebecca, Go to Dr. Michael Greger’s website, and search for COPD. You will find several listings that address diet and COPD, using evidence-based, peer-reviewed medical research literature results. The topics are preventing and treating COPD with diet. Good luck and good health to you!

  • Wardie Ward
    4 years ago

    I am so grateful for your efforts in putting this list together. Many of these doctors have been instrumental in motivating me and my family to come to our senses and make fundamental shifts in our lifestyles, health and well being.

    • I am glad you appreciate the list. And it’s great to hear that you and your family are experiencing the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. These individuals are certainly helping to inspire and share the message of health!

  • William Gerald
    4 years ago

    An impressive list!
    The only Health Care Professional that I feel should be added is Hawaii’s Dr. Terry Shintani M.D., J.D., M.P.H. author of numerous books, articles and studies exploring the many benefits of a plant based diet’s positive outcomes on both maintaining a healthy lifestyle and controlling weight.
    In recognition of his many years of working and teaching in these areas he has now been formally designated a Living Treasure of Hawaii for his lifelong service to the Hawaiian community.
    Thank you once again for all of the fine resources that you and all of your associates provide to all of us.
    Just Plain Bill


  • That’s great to know there are vegan doctors around the country! As for the list, there are many doctors I follow already but it was good to know the list is bigger… thanks! I was a vegetarian for many years until became vegan and lower my cholesterol and glucose without any medication. I enjoy all those delicious plant-based meals I usually cook myself. I make vegan butter, sausages, mayonnaise, cheeses, and more cooking meals from all over the world… all plant-based!
    Thanks again!

  • Kathleen Hanshaw
    4 years ago

    Thank you for this wonderful list. My motivation to switching to a plant based diet recently was based on the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Being on a plant based diet is anti inflammatory, which will help me , though it may not cure me .
    I’ve been watching these doctors on YouTube and the Internet and they’re intelligent and passionate about the nutritional aspect of plant foods, and I support them 100%.

  • Thanks for a great list. I have been working with Dr. Ron Weiss, who will be featured on ‘Eating you Alive’. To the question ‘can cholesterol reading change in 4 weeks’ – the answer is yes they can and we have observed it in most of our patients after going on Dr. Weiss’s 30 day challenge which is based on whole plant based foods. You can read some feed back we have received on our facebook page – Ethos Health. Also, checkout our website

  • Tabitha
    4 years ago

    You forgot DR DOUGLAS GRAHAM of 80/10/10 diet fame! His book is full of logical reasons why we should be vegan that you just can’t argue with!

    • Peter Strous
      4 years ago

      DR DOUGLAS GRAHAM appears to look at carbs/protein/fat ratios. The more logical way at nutrition I would think is start at the start: This human omnivore eats: 1. Plants, 2. Animals, 3. Processed Food.
      If processed foods are less healthy because of the processing loosing valuable vitamins, minerals and micronutrients and on top of that they are leaden with fats and sugars which are empty calories, than the real question is: which ratio of plants/animals is this omnivore supposed to eat. 50% of each? 10-90, 90-10??? What is ideal for health, longevity and physical performance? Dr Graham looks at detail, which is fine, but we need to look at the big picture first else we will get lost or in this case will not find the best.
      You will get a different story and more detail from Dr McDougall but the problem with him is that he normally makes great sense:

      • Warren Green
        2 years ago

        I’d recommend reading Colin Campbell’s 2nd book, “Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition”.

        I especially like the Dean Ornish endorsement: “There’s something here to inspire and offend just about everyone.”

        • Warren Green
          2 years ago

          I agree, lets look at the “big picture”.

        • Yes a great book. Here is a list of books on corruption of science and public interest:
          More reading on the corporate world and the common good
          • “Deadly Medicines and Organized Crime” – Peter Gotzsche
          • “Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher” – Gwen Olsen
          • “Anatomy of an Epidemic” – Robert Whitaker
          • “The Truth About the Drug Companies” – Marcia Angell
          • “Bad Pharma”- Ben Goldacre
          • “Overdosed America” – John Abramson
          • “Toxic Psychiatry”, “Talking Back to Prozac” and “Talking Back to Ritalin” – Peter Breggin
          Food and nutrition:
          • “Whole” – Dr Colin Campbell
          • “Appetite for Profit” – Michele Simon
          • “Food Politics” – Marion Nestle
          • “Salt Sugar Fat” – Michael Moss
          • “Perfidy” – Geoff Russell on the CSIRO’s corrupt science used in “the CSIRO total wellbeing diet”.
          • “Meatonomics” – David Simon, about the industry’s success at manipulating populations into buying their food.
          • “Cancer and Nutrition, The Scientific Approach” – Peter Strous
          • “The Cigarette Century”- Allan Brandt
          • “Merchants of Doubt” –
          • “Bad Science” – Ben Goldacre
          • “Republic Lost”, “The USA is Lesterland” – Lawrence Lessig (Free download:
          Climate change:
          • “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate” – Naomi Klein
          Naomi Klein was in Australia to accept the Sydney Peace Prize for 2016, an award in recognition, as the judges put it, of her work “in exposing the structural causes and responsibility for the climate crisis

  • Tabitha
    4 years ago

    Dr Graham is definitely a proponent of VEGAN WHOLEFOODS first and foremost!! He would never consider eating anything processed or anything from an animal!

    • Peter Strous
      4 years ago

      Great that is a proponent of vegan wholefoods. I had not picked him up like that nor did Dr McDougall by the looks of it. Without going into too much detail I gather from one of his videos that Dr Graham analyses food by sugars, fats, carbohydrates. While that is all good and great, this is also what that industry does that cons us into buying their products. Before we get into such detail as sugars, fats and proteins (or whatever) we need to address what it actually means to be a human “omnivore”. Sure we can get ENERGY from both plants and animals but what about HEALTH?
      First things first and details like proteins, carbohydrates, fats etc. are for later. We need to have the foundations right and that only works by approaching the diet-health subject the right way. We need to ask the right questions.
      greetings, Peter.

  • I would strongly encourage you to look up Brenda Davis, RD on Youtube. She’s a fantastic speaker with a real understanding of the science behind plant-based eating ( she’s presented on multiple panels along side Dr. Fuhrman and others on your list ).

    • Warren Green
      3 years ago

      I agree with Michael Howell. Brenda Davis is great! I sort of think of her as the Canadian “Joel Fuhrman”, ( only a little kinder and gentler to some of her colleagues sometimes ), because you can always count on Brenda to come well prepared to deliver on whatever topic she’s speaking on.

      Jeff Novick is another great speaker I would never hesitate to hire, if I had the resources available to host a gathering of plant-based advocates.

  • Thank you for including me in this list of such prestigious plant-based health professionals. The Vegan Junction performs a great service as you publicize and legitimize practitioners that have awakened to the power of plant-based diets in preventing and reversing the fearsome, diet-induced degenerative diseases take such a toll on our families, friends and societies. The Vegan Junction, with its clear, non-strident message is one the hopeful lights that will help make our global evolution toward plant-based diets much easier. Keep up your important work. It moves us all forward….

  • I don’t get what is so great about a plant-based diet. Since our bodies only make 19 out of the 20 amino acids that we need to survive, and the only way to get the last one is either eating meats, or taking a supplement. And those supplements are made from animals. So, overall, nobody is really on a plant-based diet.

    • Hi Andrew,
      Thanks for your comment. You may want to take a look at these articles regarding protein and amino acids: and

    • Heather
      2 years ago

      Not all supplements are made from/with animal ingredients. There are plenty of effective supplements that are vegan. Also, all of the protein we need, we can get from plants. If we don’t NEED to eat animals, why would we?

    • Warren Green
      2 years ago

      If you want to know what’s so great about a whole foods, plant-based diet, read, “Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition”.

      Dean Ornish’s, simple endorsement, is almost perfect: “There’s something here to inspire and offend just about everyone.” ( if nothing else, just read the very short section from Chapter 4, entitled, “THE DA VINCI MODE” )

  • Heather
    2 years ago

    Just a question. Why is Dr. Ornish on here when he is not vegan/fully plant-based? I think some of his recommendations are misleading.

    • Warren Green
      2 years ago

      I think it’s because Dr. Ornish was one of the original pioneers in this movement.
      If you read his book, “The Spectrum”, it’s pretty clear that he’s not of the mindset, “It’s either my way, or the highway!”

  • Lei Lei
    2 years ago

    Has anyone read “the whole foods diet” by John Mackey? Once you stick to healthy eating, it feels too good to stop.

    Do you know any doctors in Canada who follow the approach of these top 20 doctors in US?

    • Warren Green
      2 years ago

      I don’t think i’m the best one to answer your question, Lei Lei, but until someone else does, just google “Vegsource”. I’m sure someone out there, will be able to guide you to a listing of plant-based doctors in Canada.

      Or contact John Robbins or Brenda Davis. Just be persistent, and I’m sure someone will help you out. This is a global movement, after all.

      Also, you might want to watch the “Vegsource” documentary, “Processed People”

      • Lei Lei
        2 years ago

        Thank you very much Warren.

        • Warren Green
          2 years ago

          You’re welcome, Lei Lei.
          It’s a “pay it forward” kind of thing.

          • Warren Green
            2 years ago

            In that “vein”, let not practice veganism, but “wholism”.

  • I hope to get some of the cook books. I am new to this and having a hard time
    knowing how to make meals like I have seen. My husband & I are both Srs. Both racing for
    80 but he got there first. I have fibro and the brain fog makes it hard to do things, so hope I catch on quick. I have been making a casserole with potatoes, carrot, onions &* whatever veg is left in fridge which I think is ok but I put a can of golden mushroom soup on the top & 2 cans of water.
    My husband likes spice/flavor to his foods. I did put mushrooms over top & sprinkle with nut. yeast.
    Hard to change after this many years. I know of no Drs in Canada close enough-maybe
    Toronto? (2 hours each way-too far anyway)

  • Bruce Gray
    2 years ago

    Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina are noticeable emissions from this list.
    I’d have included them before several people here, considering they’ve been at it for decades longer.

  • If you ‘d like to visit our Australian website and read how easy it can be to veganize and be happier and healthier than before, you are most welcome to google us: Colour Eating Without Heating!

  • Janet Ramski
    2 years ago

    Doctor Garth Davis has recently moved to Asheville NC, working for Mission Medical Center. Just noting this.

  • Been Vegan since 1998. So good to see others coming along. It’s exciting! Love the list, and the additions in the comments. All love. Also appreciate your commitment to the Plant Based movement. It is different than being vegan. Lots of vegan fits well not heal. Only plant based foods. Peace, Vegan Fitness Goddess

  • If anyone has plant-based resources on the web in Romanian and/or Italian, can you please share them with me? My aunt has really taken to the diet but everything I read/watched was in English. She is fluent in Romanian and Italian but I am having a hard time finding links to share with her. I would be particularly happy to get links to videos in Romanian which I can watch together with her. Thanks so much!

  • Hello! Another fantastic list! I would add Brenda Davis, RD. She is from Canada and she is amazing!!! Her website: I am excited to visit a few of these that I haven’t heard of – so awesome that so many people are making such great waves about this awesome information!!!

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