Our mission is to conduct clinical research to study diet styles designed for their disease-preventing and disease-reversing properties.
- Joel Fuhrman, MD - Director of Research
- Steven Acocella, MS, DC, DACBN
- Thomas Davenport, MD
- Michael Greger, MD
- Joel K. Kahn, MD, FACC, FACP, FSCAI
- Kristine Kelsey, Ph.D, ND
- Michael Klaper, MD
- David Nanus, MD
- Barbara Sarter, Ph.D, APRN, FNP-C, DiHom
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 seven books on human nutrition including the New York Times best-selling, Eat to Live (2003), his newest release, Super Immunity (2011), and Disease Proof Your Child (2005). Dr. Fuhrman is actively involved in scientific research in human nutrition. His most recent scientific study on food addiction and human hunger was published in the scientific journal, Nutritional Journal, November 2010, entitled, "The Changing Perception of Hunger on a High Nutrient Density Diet." Dr. Fuhrman is on the board of directors of the American Academy of Lifestyle Medicine. He is also a member of the Whole Foods Market scientific advisory board. Dr. Fuhrman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1988) and has received the St. Joseph's Family Practice Resident's Teaching Award for his contribution to the education of residents. In addition, Dr. Fuhrman speaks to other physicians at hospital grand rounds and provides nutritional education to physicians for CME credit.
A founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, MD, 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, the National Institutes of Health, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous "meat defamation" trial. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. Currently 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
Dr. Joel K. Kahn is 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. He has served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at Wayne State University School of Medicine since 1993. 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, Amercian 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 national presentations. He is a frequent lecturer on heart disease and its prevention. He has performed thousands of cardiac catheterizations and stent procedures. He has been advising patients on heart healthy programs for over 20 years.
Kristine Kelsey, PhD, RD
Kristine Kelsey, PhD, RD is a Research Assistant Professor in the Nutrition Department at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research interests include health promotion and disease prevention, obesity prevention, and community-based participatory research. She has been co-investigator for five CDC-funded health promotion projects focused on women’s health in eastern North Carolina beginning in 1993 with Health Works for Women and including the current project, Seeds of Hope (2010-2015). She has experience in grant proposal writing, survey development, project evaluation, intervention development and writing for scientific publications. She also has extensive clinical experience with nutrition assessment and planning for children with developmental disabilities and their families.
Michael Klaper, MD
Dr. Michael Klaper is a practicing physician with over 40 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, CA, a nutritionally-based medical clinic specializing in therapeutic fasting and health improvement through a whole-foods, plant-based diet. He is Director of the non-profit 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."
David Nanus, MD
Dr. 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 principle 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 including membership in the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Association of Physicians.
Barbara Sarter PhD, APRN, FNP-C, DiHom
Dr. Barbara Sarter is currently 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, 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.
Jerry Deutsch is currently Executive Director of the Nutritional Reseach Foundation, working to establish research investigating the relationship between diet, lifestyle and health. He has been involved with health promotion and education for over 20 years, serving as past president of the National Health Association and many years on the Board of Directors. Jerry attended Cornell University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development. He received advanced degrees from Purdue University and Aarhus University in Denmark. Jerry founded Deutsch Organization as its President and CEO, building, developing, and operating 15 retail jewelry stores (Deutsch Jewelers, John Gerald Jewelers, and Keepsake Diamond Center) and 5 card and gift stores (Hallmark and Cardtech). Jerry has worked as a business coach with MCA consulting, and as an independent consultant in both business and health. His work has helped develop programs for hundreds of professional coaches in the areas of business, health and wellness, family counseling, and personal development.
Abigail Mahnke has been eating a high nutrient dense diet for 4 years, since reading Dr. Fuhrman's book Eat to Live. She is a passionateadvocate for healthy eating and joined NRF to help make its critical research studies a reality. She oversees the day-to-day management of the organization, including volunteer activities, event coordination, and marketing efforts. Abigail graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University. She also owns a staffing agency, providing administrative and bookkeeping support to small companies. She worked for 17 years in publishing, performing many roles including Production Director, and was the host for 6 years of an award-winning radio interview show in Austin, TX.
K. Emily Bond
K. Emily Bond is a writer who has worked for O, The Oprah Magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal and The Village Voice. She has also written for iVillage, The New York Observer, BUST, NewYorkMagazine.com, the Huffington Post and a host of other publications in the US and abroad. In addition, she reported on and researched Wayne Barrett and Dan Collins’s book, Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11 (Harper Collins, 2006) and The Teen Vogue Handbook (Razorbill, 2009). She got her start in media at Discovery Networks International working with the communications and publicity teams for the United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.
Joe Cross is an Australian entrepreneur and investor who invests in early stage high potential growth companies. These include investments in the fashion, transportation, private equity finance, derivatives, trading, early childhood education, structural steel distribution and health and wellness sectors. Joe began his business career as a trader on the Sydney Futures Exchange, during which time he founded several companies in the derivatives trading and technology space. In 2003, Joe began investing his own capital through his investment vehicle Jaymsea Investments Pty Ltd. Today, Jaymsea has a diverse portfolio of active investments with financial and managerial stakes in high potential growth companies. The portfolio includes: Thakoon a leading US based high end fashion label; Willow a high end Australian based fashion label; and Citibabes, a club and education centre for families with small children. Most recently, Joe founded Reboot Media, a health and lifestyle brand that creates entertaining and actionable educational media for anyone who is sick and tired of being sick and fat. Joe is the Chairman and CEO of Reboot Media, as well as the Co-Director, Executive Producer, and the host and subject of Reboot Media's first feature length film, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. Joe lives in New York and Sydney.
Robert Mac is a second generation film maker and writer. His work has been screened at Festivals all over the world, including the Sundance Film Festival. His documentary “Small Poppies” featured academy award winning actor, Geoffrey Rush performing at the Dublin Theatre Festival. He is also the founding director of the world’s first writing marathon, Once Upon A Deadline. From 2006 to 2009 he was the Executive Director and Co-Creator of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, a documentary exploring nutrition and natural health featuring Dr. Joel Fuhrman and Joe Cross.
Deborah Morin has been an entrepreneur, environmental activist, and software consulstant. She has worked with non-profit organizations worlwide advising on organizational strategy. For the past 20 years her passion has been exploring health through yoga and diet. In addition to her personal studies, she has also hosted and taught at yoga and meditation workshops around the world. Deborah currently serves on the Tapovan Maharaj Trust in India.
Bobby Smith created and introduced to the U.S. market the first patient education and marketing medical software system for a variety of medical practices including dentistry, plastic surgery and many others. This platform is now an integral part of medical offices throughout the world. Bobby then entered the direct sales industry with a start-up telecommunications company and achieved the Vice President position in less than 18 months. His company reached the status of the 2nd most profitable privately held company on the Inc. 500 list and Bobby became one of the top income earners in the world in that industry. He began to create and implement training systems and protocols that have been utilized by many industry leaders. His public speaking and trainings have reached millions of individuals throughout North America and Europe. Bobby became a consultant for cutting edge direct sales companies and continued to develop his public speaking and business and motivational training techniques. Today he is one of the most respected and sought after public speakers and trainers in the industry. Bobby founded and currently administers the Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation. Most recently he strategically developed an education grant with Google, a multimillion dollar grant with Time Warner, and created the first ever USA Today feature on Colon Cancer Prevention and Treatment that reached millions of households.
Julie Butterfield is a writer living in Florence, Italy, where she is an Op-Ed contributor to the local bimonthly The Florentine. In 2009, she researched food information for the New York Times bestselling Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half. Julie blogs about living in Italy, especially illuminating how Italians value food nutrition with their fresh markets and local foods and insistence on quality. After following a strict vegan diet, which successfully brought down her cholesterol, Julie knows the key to good health and getting off prescription medicines is in eating nutritious, high-nutrient, plant-based foods. She joined NRF to help spread the word about eating healthfully, the nutritarian way, for a longer, better life.
Gabriela's struggle with obesity introduced her to the world of nutrition and encouraged her to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Health andWellness. She learned about Dr. Fuhrman while trying to figure out a solution to her 6-year-old son's ongoing illnesses and, after witnessing his recovery, became devoted to eating a high nutrient dense, whole foods, plant-based diet. Today, she pursues her passion by devoting her free time to promoting nutrition education and healthy lifestyles. Gabriela is the founder of Fun Meals 4 Kids.
Carrie is a graduate student in public health nutrition. Before making a career change to the field of nutrition, she earned an MBA in marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California and worked for several years in non-profit healthcare fundraising. Carrie was inspired to adopt a nutritarian lifestyle in 2010 after reading Dr. Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live. She writes the popular blog, Carrie on Vegan, and is the creator of Vegan Delish, the healthy cooking app for iPhones and iPads.