Medical Seminar

5th Annual Vegfest Medical Seminar

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Treating Clinically Challenging Pathologies

The Efficacy of a Plant-Based Diet


An evidence-based seminar, presented by frontline physicians experienced in the use of this affordable treatment that has no adverse reactions or contraindications. Further details to follow.

2020 Seminar Speakers:

  • Chan Hwang, MD – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Multicare Health System, Tacoma, WA
  • Helmuth Fritz, MD – Internist, Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Loma Linda University, CA
  • Diane Bai, MD – Gastroenterologist, Franciscan Digestive Care Associates, Tacoma, WA
  • Esther Park-Hwang, MD – OB/GYN, Multicare Women’s Center, Tacoma, WA, and Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Washington

See Speaker Bios

See List of Supporting Physicians

2020 Schedule:

Time Speaker Topic
3:45pm Amanda Strombom

President of Vegetarians of Washington

Welcome and Introduction
4:00pm Chan Hwang, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Treating painful symptoms of chronic pathologies with a plant-based diet
4:30pm Helmuth Fritz, MD, Internist Treating chronic kidney disease with a plant-based diet
5:00pm Diane Bai, MD, Gastroenterologist Treating IBS and IBD pathologies with a plant-based diet
5:30pm Esther Park-Hwang, MD, OB/GYN Treating the pregnant patient with significant morbidities with a plant-based diet
6:00pm Close

Additional Resources:

Explore the many peer-reviewed articles on our Plant-Based Diets in Medicine website

Receive emails about Plant-Based Diets in Medicine and our published articles on medical topics.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Washington State Medical Association and Vegetarians of Washington. The WSMA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The WSMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for up to 2 hour(s) of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.