Dr Esselstyn was the featured guest at the 2012 annual Health Conference sponsored jointly by NW VEG and the Portland Adventist Hospital Association. This is a professional level event offering a college credit training opportunity to learn the many health benefits of adopting a plant based diet. Dr Esselstyn, now famous for his central appearance in the widely successful documentary ‘Forks over Knives’ and who helped inspire President Bill Clinton to go vegan, speaks in this video on the topic of ‘Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease’.

Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. is the author of the book “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease” and more than 150 scholarly papers. Former President Bill Clinton credits Dr. Esselstyn’s work as part of the reason Clinton moved to a plant-based diet. Dr. Esselstyn received his BA from Yale University and his MD 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. In 1968, as an Army surgeon in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star.

Dr. Esselstyn has served as President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, organized the first National Conference on the Elimination of Coronary Artery Disease, was the first recipient of the Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in Medicine. He presently directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.

Dr. Esselstyn and his wife, Ann Crile Esselstyn, have followed a plant-based diet for more than 26 years. Dr. Esselstyn presently directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.