About the Physicians Committee

The Physicians Committee

The Physicians Committee is leading a revolution in medicine—putting a new focus on health and compassion. The Physicians Committee combines the clout and expertise of more than 12,000 physicians with the dedicated actions of 150,000 members across the United States and around the world.

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Our efforts are dramatically changing the way doctors treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer. By putting prevention over pills, doctors are empowering their patients to take control of their own health.

And we are also building a new way of viewing research. Since 1985, the Physicians Committee has been working tirelessly for alternatives to the use of animals in medical education and research and advocating for more effective scientific methods.

Our staff of physicians, dietitians, and scientists is working with policymakers, industry, the medical community, the media, and the public to create a better future for people and animals.

Our priorities include:

  • Shifting research from animal “models” to human-relevant studies

  • Bringing nutrition into medical education and practice

  • Conducting clinical research on healthful diets that builds the foundation for the role of nutrition in medicine

  • Educating and empowering people to take control of their health through Kickstart, Food for Life, and other nutrition programs

  • Working with policymakers and industry to adopt alternatives to chemical tests on animals



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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

National Advisory Board

  • 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.

The Physicians Committee is a nonprofit 501c3 organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Our tax ID is 52-1394893 and donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.