Miyoko speaks 1.1Our speakers program provides a valuable opportunity to hear the latest on health and nutrition from our medical doctors, and ask questions, both at the talks and at the Vegfest Doctors Table.

We will have our speakers for 2016 published soon!

To give you a flavor of the line-up, here are medical doctors who participated in Vegfest 2015

Patricia McEachrane-Gross M.D.

Patricia-11Dr. 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.”

Chan Hwang M.D.

Chan_HwangDr. Chan Hwang 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.


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.

Uma Malhotra M.D.

Malhotra_Uma150Dr. 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.

Aisha Nnoli, M.D.

aisha nnoliDr. 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.




Deborah Winters, M.D.

Deborah WintersDr. 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.”