Our team

Our team is passionate about nutrition and revolutionizing healthcare.

Staff and board members

Current executive board members include:

  • 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 Research Board

Scientific research board members include:

  • 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
  • Robert H. Lerman, MD, PhD
  • David Nanus, MD
  • Barbara Sarter PhD, APRN, FNP-C, DiHom
  • Andrew Swick, PhD

A Message From Our President

Dear Friends,

At the Nutritional Research Foundation, we believe that everyone should know about the power of diet to heal, prevent and recover from illness.

There are a tremendous amount of people who remain unaware of the vital role excellent nutrition plays in our health and its ability to reverse most chronic diseases. If we can change the way health professionals and physicians regard nutrition, then we can save millions from endless suffering and premature death!

I was inspired to found the Nutritional Research Foundation after spending more than a quarter-century witnessing thousands of people recover their health from serious disease via nutritional excellence. Right now, there are literally millions of people with serious diseases who can be helped if only they become informed about these remarkable results.

Explore this website to learn more about our organization. We are committed more than ever to advancing research into nutritional therapies in a timeframe that will offer benefit and healing for those suffering right now.

With your support, we can accelerate our efforts to fund clinical trials to increase professional and public confidence to use nutritional therapies as a potent weapon in the fight against chronic disease.

The best health care is proper self-care!


Joel Fuhrman, M.D.


The NRF works with partners in the health and wellness industry who are trying to build a healthier world. From large corporations and businesses to nonprofits and educational institutions, our local partners play an instrumental role in helping us reach our designated goals.


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 NYT 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 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. 

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