Our Team

Our team is passionate about nutrition and revolutionizing healthcare.

Executive Board

* Executive Board members also serve on the Scientific and Research Board

Joel Fuhrman, M.D.


Joel Fuhrman M.D.  is a board-certified family physician, best-selling author and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods. He is the author of ten books on human nutrition, including seven New York Times best-sellers: Eat to Live (2003), Super Immunity (2011), The End of Diabetes (2012) The Eat to Live Cookbook (2013), The End of Dieting (2014) and The End of Heart Disease (2016).  Fast Food Genocide ( 2018), examines the deleterious effect that poor nutrition has had on populations as a whole, even playing a role in intelligence, mental disorders, crime and drug addiction. Dr. Fuhrman’s most recent best-seller is Eat for Life (2020).

Dr. Fuhrman is actively involved in scientific research on human nutrition. His pivotal work on food addiction and human hunger, “The Changing Perception of Hunger on a High Nutrient Density Diet,” was published in Nutritional Journal, in November 2010.  Dr. Fuhrman developed the ANDI (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index) used in Whole Foods Market, which has directed millions to eat healthier. In his hundreds of radio and television appearances, including The Dr. Oz Show, The Today Show, Live with Kelly and Good Morning America, Dr. Fuhrman has educated millions of people on the benefits of healthy eating. His four hugely successful PBS specials, which have raised over $35 million for public television, bring essential nutritional knowledge to homes across America.

Dr. Fuhrman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (Pearlman) School of Medicine (1988) and has received the St. Joseph’s Family Practice Resident’s Teaching Award for his contribution to the education of family practice residents; and a C3 Cardiology Global Health Award for teaching cardiologists nutritional science. He is frequently invited to speak to other physicians at hospital grand rounds and provides nutritional education to physicians for CME credit. As a practicing physician, he operates the Dr. Fuhrman Wellness Center in Flemington, N.J., and supplies motivation, information, recipes, events, and a supporting member center with forums and courses at DrFuhrman.com.  In addition to the Dr. Fuhrman’s Wellness Center in New Jersey, Dr. Fuhrman also operates his Eat To Live Retreat in San Diego where overweight people from all over the world come for extended stays (4-12 weeks) to conquer food addiction and recover their health

Steven Acocella, MS, DC, DACBN

Dr. Steven Acocella brings both an educational and organizational background to the Nutritional Research Foundation. He holds a baccalaureate degree from the University of Southern California, a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Southern California University of Health Sciences. In addition, Dr. Acocella is a Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition. During his years in private practice, he has held many positions in professional associations and regulatory licensing boards. He served as district representative, secretary-treasurer and vice president of the Maryland Chiropractic Association. He was a two-term Maryland state representative to the National Congress of Professional State Associations. He also has long held the Physicians Rehabilitation Committee chairmanship for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene licensing board. Dr. Acocella is a certified member of the American Board of Quality Utilization Review Physicians. He is active in writing and research, and has authored many articles, contributed to several best-selling books, and has twice published in journals in the area of clinical nutrition.

Thomas Davenport, M.D.

Dr. Thomas Davenport is a plastic surgeon practicing on Long Island, New York. He received his medical degree from Yale University, and his training in general and plastic surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University Program. As a fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, Dr. Davenport pursued specialty training in cancer reconstruction and cosmetic surgery. In 2000, he was awarded the prestigious Webster Fellowship by ReSurge International , a foundation that provides reconstructive surgical care for poor children and adults who lack access to such treatment and builds surgical capacity in developing countries. As a Webster fellow, Dr. Davenport traveled around the world performing reconstructive surgery and lecturing on plastic surgery. Dr. Davenport was awarded an additional fellowship at Harvard University to work at the Shriner Burn Hospital for Children in the reconstruction of burn and accident victims. He has extensive experience working with nonprofit development and since 2008 has been on the board of ReSurge International (formerly Interplast). In 2010, Tom became a founding board member of Mission Restore, a nonprofit organization providing hospital support and surgical training to select countries devastated by war and poverty.