Physician Updates

The Physicians Committee


Physician Update is a new regular summary on the news you
need to know from the Physicians Committee.


The Physicians Committee is looking for a registered dietitian to join our team. The dietitian will meet with patients at Barnard Medical Center to provide consultations as well as meet with patients in a larger setting to provide group support for making the transition to a healthful plant-based diet. This is a full-time position with a comprehensive benefits package. Click here to apply online!


Researchers devised a new method to study donated heart tissues with high-resolution 3-D images down to the single cell level by prepping the tissue in a solution that allows it to be visible using modern X-ray scanners. Surgeons armed with this new knowledge can refine repair of heart problems without damaging too much healthy tissue. The improved 3-D images can be used to educate medical trainees as well as provide more informative discussions on heart related problems among medical teams and patients. Researchers can use it to archive real human heart pathology and study it in detail virtually. The technique may be adopted to provide better 3-D images of other soft tissue human organs.

We would like to thank Drs. Jaymie Shanker, Jacob Dijkstra, and Stephen Kaufman, three Ohio physicians who rallied behind our effort to end South Pointe Hospital’s use of live dogs to train emergency medicine residents. After posting four billboards in northeastern Ohio and promising to file a federal complaint, South Pointe announced that the animal lab would be terminated. The Cleveland Plain Dealer covered our swift victory. Our work wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our physician members—we can’t thank you enough!


New research published in Nutrients finds plant-based diets help prevent and treat cardio-metabolic diseases such as stroke, heart disease, and obesity. The authors concluded that vegetarian, especially vegan diets, are effective for weight and glycemic control and provide metabolic and cardiovascular benefits, including reversing atherosclerosis and decreasing blood lipids and blood pressure. Read more about the study here.

Also, published in Nutrition Reviews, researchers at Physicians Committee conducted and meta-analysis and found that vegetarian, especially vegan, diets decrease cholesterol levels. Read more about the study here.

Help your patients put nutrition to work in their lives with waiting room resources from the Physicians Committee. Our waiting room kits contain everything you need to start talking prevention with your patients. Choose from the following kits: Cancer Prevention & Survival, Diet & Diabetes, Kids Get Healthy, Disease Prevention & Wellness, or choose our Starter Kit, for an introduction to our educational materials. Also available: nutrition-focused posters for your exam rooms and books and DVDs for your nutrition library. Order resources for your practice today!