Medical Doctors participating in Vegfest 2015

The following local medical doctors all support the idea that a vegetarian diet is much better for your health than the standard meat-laden American diet. Many of these doctors will be speaking at Vegfest 2015. Check the schedule to see when they will present. Other medical doctors and healthcare providers will be offering free health screenings throughout the event. Please check at the information table at the front of the room to find out where they are located.

Speakers at Vegfest 2015

Our speakers program provides an invaluable opportunity to hear the latest on nutrition and health from our doctors and dietitians. There is always ample opportunity to ask questions, both at the talks and afterwards in the bookstore or at their booths.

 

   
     
Patricia McEachrane-Gross M.D.
Patricia McEachrane-Gross M.D.
 

Dr. Patricia McEachrane-Gross brings a new and unique philosophy to family medicine, combining elements of an old-fashioned doctor’s office with modern medicine and a holistic, common-sense approach to health and well being. Dr. McEachrane-Gross is board-certified in family medicine and preventive medicine. She grew up and attended medical school in the Caribbean, and completed her Family Practice residency at the JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey.

“I call my philosophy functional medicine,” says Dr. McEachrane-Gross, who has both a medical degree and a Masters of Public Health (M.D.H.) degree among her credentials. “It’s a philosophy that’s been around for a number of years, but it’s becoming a new approach to medicine. ”Educating patients about proper diet and lifestyle is a major component of her practice, she says. “Most of our chronic diseases, whether it’s high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, cancer – all of them have a lifestyle basis. Yes, there are some heredity aspects. But the majority of the causes are based in lifestyle and diet.” 

   
     
Dr Chan Hwang, M.D.
Chan Hwang M.D.
 

Chan Hwang, M.D. obtained his medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1994 and completed a four-year residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1998 at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University Medical School. Dr. Hwang has been in practice in the Seattle area focusing on the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders since 1998. He has also been the pain clinic physician consultant for the Puyallup location of UBC, Inc. since May of 2001. His passion is to provide lifestyle and physical medicine as well as rehabilitation resources to the under-served not only in Western Washington but internationally as well. 

   
     
Arun Kalyanasundaram M.D.
Arun Kalyanasundaram M.D.
 

Dr. Arun Kalyanasundaram (Dr. K) is an interventional cardiologist with practices at Highline Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Originally from India, Dr. K is a lifelong vegetarian. He obtained a Masters in Public Health at the University of Maryland, and then completed his residency and fellowship at Geisinger and Cleveland clinics respectively. He moved to Seattle in 2011. Dr K. strongly believes in a holistic approach to cardiology – with a particular emphasis on preventive cardiology primarily through diet and lifestyle. He was greatly impressed by the work of Dr Dean Ornish, Dr T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, who all advocate a plant-based diet, and his “template” of a diet for his patients is based on the seminal work of Dr. Esselstyn.

After his talk, and throughout the rest of the weekend, Dr K, along with Dr. Helmuth Fritz, will be offering free carotid artery scans at Vegfest, so you can discover the level of plaque build up in your arteries, and whether a vegetarian diet would help.

   
     
Dr. Uma Malhotra, M.D.
Uma Malhotra  M.D.
 

Dr. Malhotra is an Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine physician at Virginia Mason Medical Center (VMMC) in Seattle. She received her medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India, receiving the President’s Silver Medal. After completing her infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Washington (UW) in 1998, she served on the faculty at the UW and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center before moving to VMMC in 2008. Besides her role as a clinician at VMMC, she conducts translational research in immunology at the Benaroya Research Institute.

Dr. Malhotra grew up as a vegetarian in India and now having lived in the US for over 25 years she has embraced vegetarian cuisines from many cultures. She will discuss the immense benefits of a whole unrefined plant-based diet and the joys of a healthful vegetarian cuisine.

   
     
Dr Aisha Nnoli, M.D.
Aisha Nnoli M.D.
 

Dr. Nnoli is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who is a faculty physician at Tacoma General Hospital. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of California Riverside, medical education at the University of California Los Angeles and graduate training in obstetrics and gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Her practice of medicine promotes healthy eating and physical activity, which she also lives by.

   
     
Dr Deborah Winters, M.D.
Deborah Winters M.D.
 
 

Deborah Winters has always been interested in learning. After medical school and residency at Loma Linda University, she settled with her family in middle Tennessee, where she worked, homeschooled her children, presented a few Stop Smoking Clinics, created wholesome, nutritious vegetarian meals, and enjoyed rural living. She has traveled to many places and gone on mission trips to Cambodia, Mexico and Alaska. As part of the long-term Loma Linda University Health Study, Deborah believes that her vegetarian/vegan lifestyle and the challenges of Travel Medicine will keep her mind and body alert and active for years to come.

As a radiologist, she has noted increasing numbers of cancers, especially breast and colon cancer, and the U.S. obesity ‘epidemic.’ In response she notes: “The key to health is to reason from cause to effect. A problem without a cause has no remedy. Sound science is believing that we must address the cause if we are to fix the problem.”

   
     

Doctors Offering Free Health Screenings

 

   
     
Dr Ani Das, M.D.
Ani Das’ M.D.
 

Dr. Ani Das’ particular focus in training during medical school was the application of osteopathic manipulation to musculoskeletal medicine. He completed his post-graduate medical training at the University of Washington/Valley Medical Center in Family Medicine. Dr. Das practices family medicine, osteopathic medicine, and sports medicine. He is currently on the Clinical Faculty at the University of Washington, teaching musculoskeletal medicine and osteopathy to Family Medicine residents. Outside medicine, Dr. Das is an avid triathlete and an IRONMAN finisher. He currently trains in Crossfit and yoga to bring balance to his endurance focus.  

   
     
Dr Helmuth Fritz, M.D.
Helmuth Fritz M.D.
 

Helmuth Fritz, M.D. is board certified in Internal Medicine and is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Prior to his Loma Linda University appointment, he served as a staff physician and researcher at the NEWSTART Medical Clinic at Weimar Institute, a health and education organization that focuses on lifestyle to treat and prevent many common degenerative diseases. He has over 20 years experience practicing general internal medicine in Washington State.  

   
     
Arun Kalyanasundaram M.D.
Arun Kalyanasundaram M.D.
 

Dr. Arun Kalyanasundaram (Dr. K) is an interventional cardiologist with practices at Highline Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Originally from India, Dr. K is a lifelong vegetarian. He obtained a Masters in Public Health at the University of Maryland, and then completed his residency and fellowship at Geisinger and Cleveland clinics respectively. He moved to Seattle in 2011. Dr K. strongly believes in a holistic approach to cardiology – with a particular emphasis on preventive cardiology primarily through diet and lifestyle. He was greatly impressed by the work of Dr Dean Ornish, Dr T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, who all advocate a plant-based diet, and his “template” of a diet for his patients is based on the seminal work of Dr. Esselstyn.

After his talk, and throughout the rest of the weekend, Dr K, along with Dr. Helmuth Fritz, will be offering free carotid artery scans at Vegfest, so you can discover the level of plaque build up in your arteries, and whether a vegetarian diet would help.

   
     

In addition, look for representatives from Bastyr Center for Natural Health, chiropractors and registered dietitians at their booths throughout Vegfest.