Meet the Team

Our team is passionate about nutrition and revolutionizing healthcare.

Executive Board

Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Steven Acocella, MS, DC, DACBN

Thomas Davenport, M.D.

Anthony Gerard

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

Scientific and Research Board

Michael Greger, MD

David JA Jenkins, MD, D.Sc, Ph.D

Joel K. Kahn, MD, FACC, FACP, FSCAI

David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP

Brian K. Kennedy, PhD

Michael Klaper, MD

Robert H. Lerman, MD, PhD

David Nanus, MD

Barbara Sarter PhD, APRN, FNP-C, DiHom

Andrew Swick, PhD

Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

President

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 six 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). His most recent book , Fast Food Genocide, 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 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. He has instructed millions of viewers of his four PBS television programs on the importance of a superior diet. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1988), Dr. Fuhrman received the St. Joseph’s Family Practice Resident’s Teaching Award for his contribution to the education of residents.  Dr. Fuhrman 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

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.

Michael Greger, MD

A founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Michael Greger is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the International Bird Flu Summit, and the National Institutes of Health; testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in her infamous “meat defamation” trial. He is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Greger serves as the director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States. Hundreds of his nutrition videos are freely available at NutritionFacts.org.

David JA Jenkins, MD, D.Sc, Ph.D

Educated at Oxford University, Dr. David Jenkins is a professor in the Departments of Nutritional Sciences and Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and a staff physician in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and the Director of the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Center, St. Michael’s Hospital. He has served on committees in Canada and the United States that have formulated nutritional guidelines for the treatment of diabetes and most recently recommendations for fiber and macronutrient intake for the general population under the new joint United States-Canada DRI system (RDAs) of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. His team was the first to define and explore the concept of the glycemic index of foods and demonstrate the breadth of metabolic effects of viscous soluble fiber, such as  on blood glucose and in lowering cholesterol. His studies on combining cholesterol -lowering food components (dietary portfolio) have been recognized as creating an effective dietary alternative to drug therapy (statins) for many people and was the only dietary approach referenced in the 2004 Guidelines update of the U.S. National Cholesterol Education Program (ATP III) and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) guidelines for 2012. He has received many national and international awards in recognition of his contributions to nutrition research. He believes that diets have to be both palatable and more readily available to encourage adherence to them, as well as environmentally sustainable.

Joel K. Kahn, MD, FACC, FACP, FSCAI

Dr. Joel Kahn is a clinical professor of medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine and medical director of Wellness Programs, Preventive Cardiology, and Cardiac Rehabilitation at Detroit Medical Center. Dr. Kahn is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and its subspecialty board in Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology. He also holds a special certification from the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the National Radiation Commission. Since 1993, he has served as a clinical assistant professor of medicine (cardiology) at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School (Inteflex program), Dr. Kahn is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, and the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. He has been a member of the American Heart Association, the National Lipid Association, the American Society of Preventive Cardiology, the American Society of Hypertension, and the Michigan State and Oakland County Medical Societies. He has authored over 130 articles on heart disease, over 10 book chapters, and several monographs and video presentations. He is a frequent lecturer on heart disease and its prevention, and has been advising patients on healthy heart programs for over 20 years. He has performed thousands of cardiac catheterizations and stent procedures.

David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP

Dr. David Katz is the founding director (1998) of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, and current president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

He earned his B.A. degree from Dartmouth College (1984), his M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988), and his M.P.H. from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993). He completed sequential residency training in Internal Medicine, and Preventive Medicine/Public Health. He is a two-time Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a board-certified specialist in Preventive Medicine/Public Health. He has received two honorary doctorates. Dr. Katz has published roughly 200 scientific articles and textbook chapters, and 15 books, including multiple editions of leading textbooks in both preventive medicine and nutrition. He has made important contributions in the areas of lifestyle interventions for health promotion, nutrient profiling, behavior modification, holistic care, and evidence-based medicine. A widely supported nominee for the position of U.S. surgeon general, Dr. Katz has been recognized by Greatist.com as one of the 100 most influential people in health and fitness in the world for the past three years. He is recognized globally for expertise in nutrition, weight management and the prevention of chronic disease, and has a social media following of well over half a million. He has delivered addresses in numerous countries on four continents, and has been acclaimed by colleagues as the “poet laureate” of health promotion. In 2015, Dr. Katz established the True Health Initiative to help convert what we know about lifestyle as medicine into what we do about it, in the service of adding years to lives and life to years around the globe.

Brian K. Kennedy, PhD

Dr. Brian Kennedy is internationally recognized for his research in the basic biology of aging and as a visionary committed to translating research discoveries into new ways of detecting, preventing and treating age-related conditions. These include Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, cancer, stroke, diabetes and heart disease. He leads a team of twenty principal investigators at the Buck Institute, all of whom are involved in interdisciplinary research aimed at extending the healthy years of life. He is actively involved in aging research in the Pacific Rim, which features the largest elderly population in the world. He is a visiting professor at the Aging Research Institute at Guangdong Medical College in China. He is also an affiliate professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Michael Klaper, MD

Dr. Michael Klaper is a practicing physician with over forty years’ experience in general practice and acute care medicine. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, served his medical internship at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia and undertook additional training in surgery, anesthesiology, orthopedics, and obstetrics at the University of California Hospitals in San Francisco. Dr. Klaper serves on the staff of the True North Health Center in Santa Rosa, California, a nutritionally based medical clinic specializing in therapeutic fasting and health improvement through a whole-foods, plant-based diet. He is director of the nonprofit Institute of Nutrition Education and Research, to further the education of physicians and other health professionals on the importance of nutrition in clinical practice. He is also a member of the Nutrition Task Force of the American Medical Student Association. Dr. Klaper has served as an advisor to the NASA project on nutrition for long-term space colonists on the moon and Mars. An author of successful books and videos on cholesterol-free nutrition, he has contributed to the making of two PBS television programs, “Food for Thought” and the award-winning “Diet for a New America.”

Robert H. Lerman, MD, PhD

Dr. Robert Lerman is a board-certified internist. He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, completed a rotating internship at Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco and residency training in internal medicine at Tripler General Hospital in Honolulu. Subsequently, he worked as chief of medicine in U.S. Army hospitals in Berlin, Germany, and Vicenza, Italy, and achieved the rank of major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Following his military duty, he received fellowship training in nephrology at Soroka Medical Center of the Negev in Be’er Sheva, Israel. Later, he completed a fellowship in Clinical Nutrition at University Hospital (now Boston Medical Center) in Boston and received a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an adjunct associate clinical professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. His past positions include acting chief of nephrology at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, Israel; attending physician in internal medicine Shaare Tsedek Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel; director of clinical nutrition at Boston Medical Center; chief of nutrition at Jewish Memorial Hospital in Boston; director of medicine and extramural clinical research for Metagenics, Inc.; and director of medical education and senior medical education advisor for the Institute for Functional Medicine. Dr Lerman is the author or co-author of numerous scientific publications and has lectured nationally and internationally.

David Nanus, MD

Dr. David Nanus is an internationally recognized leader in the treatment and care of patients with genitourinary (GU) cancers, including cancers of the prostate, kidney, bladder and testes. He is actively involved in clinical, translational and basic research in GU malignancies, serving as principal or co-investigator on a variety of clinical research trials that incorporate novel targeted therapies for his patients. Since 2004, Dr. Nanus has served as co-chief of the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Weill Cornell Medical College at Cornell University and clinical chief of the division. He is the recipient of numerous awards, and is a member of  the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Association of Physicians.

Barbara Sarter PhD, APRN, FNP-C, DiHom

Dr. Barbara Sarter is an associate professor in Advanced Practice Nursing at the University of San Diego. Previously she was an associate professor of Nursing and Family Medicine at the University of Southern California. She obtained her Ph.D. in nursing from New York University. Dr. Sarter is the author of three books and numerous articles. She is a family nurse practitioner in active practice. She had an internship in nutritional medicine with Dr. Fuhrman, and in 2004 completed a fellowship in clinical cancer genetics at the City of Hope Medical Center in California, where she investigated the biological mechanisms by which herbs and foods can help prevent various cancers. Dr. Sarter specializes in integrative treatment of health problems in men, women and children.

Andrew Swick, PhD

Dr. Andrew Swick has broad experience in metabolism and nutrition research and expertise in relevant cell and animal models, clinical study design and translational research. He joined Metagenics, Inc., as vice president of Nutritional Science in 2013. Prior to that, he was an associate professor and director of Obesity and Eating Disorders Research at the Nutrition Research Institute of the University of North Carolina. Before joining the University of North Carolina, Dr. Swick was senior director of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases at Pfizer Global Research and Development, working on target validation, biomarker discovery, animal models and translational research in diabetes and obesity. While he was at Pfizer, his research was primarily in the area of metabolic diseases and obesity, focusing on the molecular mechanisms that regulate body weight and obesity-associated comorbidities, with an eye on the translation of preclinical results to the clinical situation. Dr. Swick earned a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences  from the University of Wisconsin, and M.S. in Nutrition from the University of Nebraska and a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Florida. He received postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina Lineberger Cancer Research Center.

Staff

 

Kimberly Melton

Executive Director

Kimberly Melton joined the Nutritional Research Foundation in October 2015 as Executive Director.  She has worked in development and non-profit management for the past 24 years, and has worked at several premier NYC organizations, most recently, she worked at Yeshiva University as Assistant Vice President, Capital Campaign.  Previously, she worked at the Metropolitan Opera Association, New York University and as a nonprofit consultant at CCS Fundraising, Inc.  Kimberly received her BS in Journalism from Ohio University and professional certification in Film Production from New York University.  Beyond her professional experience, Kimberly is also a nutritarian. Her personal journey is very representative of the health-changing impact a commitment to a nutritarian life-style can have. You can reach Kimberly at ksmelton@nutritionalresearch.org.