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About the Physicians Committee

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The Physicians Committee promotes preventive medicine through innovative programs:

The New Four Food Groups

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Food Groups Handout or Poster (PDF)

  • The Physicians Committee has led the way for reforms of federal nutrition policies.
  • Our clinical research programs are breaking new ground in diabetes, cancer, and other serious conditions.
  • PCRM’s Cancer Project has provided vital information to tens of thousands of people.
  • The New Four Food Groups is the Physicians Committee's innovative proposal for a federal nutrition policy that puts a new priority on health.
  • Our public service announcement series features medical experts on prevention and health.

Research Advocacy
We encourage higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research:

  • We oppose unethical human experiments. While great strides have been made in eliminating such experiments, problems remain. For example, children are still given synthetic growth hormone in experiments to make them taller, and both children and adults are exposed to unnecessary new drugs which have toxic effects.
  • We promote alternatives to animal research and animal testing. We have worked to put a stop to gruesome experiments, such as the military’s cat-shooting studies, DEA narcotics experiments, and monkey self-mutilation projects. We also promote nonanimal methods in medical education. Currently, more than three-quarters of all U.S. medical schools have dropped their animal labs for medical students.

Since 1985, the Physicians Committee has been influencing advancements in medicine and science. We advocate for preventive medicine, especially good nutrition, conduct clinical research, and advocate for higher ethical standards in research. Our membership includes 150,000 health care professionals and concerned citizens.

The Physicians Committee is a nonprofit 501c3 organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Neal Barnard, M.D.The Physicians Committee Board of Directors:

Neal D. Barnard, M.D., President

Russell Bunai, M.D., Treasurer and Secretary

Mindy Kursban, Esq., Chairperson

Mark Sklar, M.D., Director

Barbara Wasserman, M.D., Director


The Physicians Committee advisory board includes 18 health care professionals from a broad range of specialties:

Leslie Brown, M.D., Pontchartrain Pediatrics
T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Cornell University
Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., The Cleveland Clinic
Roberta Gray, M.D., F.A.A.P., Pediatric Nephrology Consultant
Suzanne Havala Hobbs, Dr.PH., M.S., R.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Henry J. Heimlich, M.D., Sc.D., The Heimlich Institute
David Jenkins, M.D., Ph.D., Sc.D., St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto
Lawrence Kushi, Sc.D., Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente
John McDougall, M.D., McDougall Program, St. Helena Hospital
Milton Mills, M.D., Gilead Medical Group
Baxter Montgomery, M.D., Houston Cardiac Association and HCA Wellness Center
Carl Myers, M.D., Sonoran Desert Oncology
Ana Negrón, M.D., Community Volunteers in Medicine and family physician
Myriam Parham, R.D., L.D., C.D.E., East Pasco Medical Center
William Roberts, M.D., Baylor Cardiovascular Institute
Joan Sabaté, M.D., Dr.PH., Loma Linda University Nutrition School of Public Health
Gordon Saxe, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Moores Cancer Center, University of California, San Diego
Andrew Weil, M.D., University of Arizona

Affiliations are listed for identification only.

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