Congratulations to our 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee!
Amanda Martin received her acceptance to the Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2013. Upon acceptance, she made the decision to begin teaching herself how to get healthy, in order to be the best example she could be to her future patients.
Admitting at that time, that soda pop was her “only liquid”, she began her journey with videos such as Vegucated and Forks Over Knives. These films inspired her to read books by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, MD, and to begin a search of the medical literature related to optimal nutrition. Shocked at all she uncovered, at least she found solace in the upcoming start of medical school, where she would surely learn more about preventive nutrition and how to apply it to her patients.
Summed up in her own one word, “WRONG.”
In that first year, the term ‘vegan’ was mentioned 6 times, and only in terms of the need to monitor a patient for deficiencies.
By 2015, Amanda decided to “set out to change our medical school.” She emailed hundreds of other students (with only one response – from Brittany Van Houten), who began working together to start a formal Interest Group for Plant Based Nutrition. She held meetings with WSU professors and officials, but it didn’t always go as one might expect. Enduring scrutiny, comments like ‘conspiracy theorist’, and further commentary on the merits of meat and cheese for questioning industry-sponsored slide shows, 1st year Medical Student Amanda pressed on.
She spoke with Dr. Joel Kahn, contacted Dr. Hans Diehl at the CHIP Program and Dr. Neal Barnard at PCRM, and became involved with the Plant Based Nutrition Support Group. Together with Brittany Van Houten, Jason Van Houten, Naila Kovacevic, and Angie Sullivan, a joint MSU/WSU team was formed to submit a project on PBN to the AMA.
In 2016, 18 students hailing from Wayne State University, University of Michigan, Oakland University, Michigan State University, and Central Michigan University, represented 6 different programs. Students working on degrees in MD/ Medical School, DO/ Osteopathic Medicine, RD/ Dietetics and Nutrition, MPH/ Public Health, and PhD/ Psychiatry worked to review thousands of scientific studies. Amanda helped organize teams to summarize, edit, and locate case studies for each of the systems of the body. Jamie Qualls, and Ivana Marchlewicz, were very instrumental in coordinating six in-person meetings between January and September 2016, several Group Chat/Email/Skype/Conference Calls, and the Faculty assistants and review by six national content experts.
Over 35 drafts culminated in the world’s first multi-university, interdisciplinary plant based nutrition in medicine curriculum, to be made available for use in medical, dental, public health, nutrition, dietetics, and nursing programs nationwide by the end of 2016.
This remarkable team of students – while in medical and graduate school – has developed course material to help future students, teachers, and patients, impacting an exponential number of individuals and families they’ll never even meet.
For her brave and steadfast demonstration of leadership and innovation in preventive nutritional medicine, Amanda Martin was inducted into the Plant Based Nutrition Hall of Fame for 2016
2015 Inductee: Michael Greger, MD
Dr. Michael Greger is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health. He is a Founding Member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition.
Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit. He has testified before Congress, and made guest appearances on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report.
Dr. Greger was also invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial, where one of our mutual friends, Howard Lyman, had given enough facts to cause Oprah to utter those famous words, “I’ll never eat another burger”!
He is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.
Dr. Greger is the author of 3 books: Carbophobia, Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching – over 3000 references, and now…How Not To Die. This most recent title has launched him on a 6-country, 60-city tour all around the world. We were honored it began right here in Michigan, with all of us here at PBNSG, in December of 2015.
His many scientific articles include: Transgenesis in Animal Agriculture, Plant-Based Diets for the Prevention and Treatment of Disabling Diseases.
Dr. Greger is also the prolific author and engine behind the non-profit, non-commercial, and science-based, NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG, a public service he launched with help from the Rasch Foundation. NutritionFacts.org provides state-of-the-science nutritional updates – with the signature wit and wisdom that only HE can provide – and one released EVERY DAY, now covering over a thousand topics.
So for these reasons and the millions more…in the lives he has helped make happier and healthier…it is with tremendous respect and love that we present the 2015 Plant Based Nutrition Hall of Fame Award, to Dr. Michael Greger.
2014 inductee: Dr. Caldwell Blakeman Esselstyn, Jr.
Dr. Esselstyn received his Bachelors Degree from Yale University, and his medical degree from Western Reserve University. While there, he was also a member of the 1956 Olympic Gold Medal United States Rowing team.
Dr. Esselstyn has worked as a Surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic and at St. George’s Hospital in London, and an Army surgeon in Vietnam in 1968, being awarded the Bronze Star. His work at the Cleveland Clinic has included serving as President of the Staff, a member of the Board of Governors, Chair of the Breast Cancer Task Force, and head of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and past President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, where he organized the first National Conference on the Elimination of Coronary Artery Disease. He also chaired the Summit on Cholesterol and Coronary Disease conference.
Dr. Esselstyn was the first recipient of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in Medicine in 2005, the 2007 inductee for the North American Vegetarian Society Hall of Fame, the 2010 inductee for the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame, and the Yale University George H.W. Bush ’48 Lifetime of Leadership Award in 2013.
He has authored over 150 scientific publications, and he has been featured in several movies featuring food as medicine, including Forks Over Knives.
His 1995 long-term nutritional research arresting and reversing coronary artery disease in severely ill patients was updated 12 years later, and was highlighted in his book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, making it one of the longest longitudinal studies of its type…AND the book former president Bill Clinton read prior to going vegan.
Dr. Esselstyn and his wife, Ann Crile Esselstyn, have impacted literally thousands of lives during their 26 years of following and promoting a plant-based diet. Ann is known for her colorful food demonstrations, and they have four children and ten grandchildren.
Currently, Dr. Esselstyn serves as the Director of the Cardiovascular Prevention and Reversal Program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.
Finally, we also formally acknowledge Dr. Esselstyn’s role, there at the beginning of our Founder, Paul Chatlin’s journey to health…which eventually led to the genesis of PBNSG. We are honored to present Dr. Esselstyn with the first-ever Plant Based Nutrition Hall of Fame Award – for his leadership and vision in nutritional medicine.