International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine 2018

The Physicians Committee

icnm 2018


  • All events take place at the Grand Hyatt Washington
  • Sessions run Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 and 11, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Skip the lines! Join us for preregistration (name badge and packet pickup) on Thursday, Aug. 9, 4-7 p.m.
  • On Friday, August 10, pre-registration and continental breakfast opens at 7:30 a.m.
  • Complimentary exercise session is Saturday, Aug. 11, 7-8 a.m.
  • Breakfast on Saturday opens at 7:30 a.m.

Check back for updates on topics and presenters.


Dan BuettnerDan Buettner
Dan Buettner is an explorer, National Geographic Fellow, award-winning journalist and producer, and New York Times best-selling author. He discovered the five places in the world – dubbed Blue Zones™ – where people live the longest, healthiest lives. His articles about these places in The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic are two of the most popular for both publications. His newest book, Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons From The World's Happiest People, reveals the surprising secrets of the world's happiest places—and shows how we can all apply the lessons of true happiness to our lives.

Kathy FrestonKathy Freston
Kathy Freston is a food and wellness writer with a focus on a plant-based diet. Her advocacy to move away from eating animals spans concern for human health as well as animal and environmental welfare. She is the author of eight books, four of them instant New York Times best-sellers. Her works include The Lean, Veganist, and Quantum Wellness. Her newest book, co-written with The Good Food Institute founder and president Bruce Friedrich, is The Clean Protein Revolution, which addresses how much protein is right for your body, where to get the best sources of it, and how to follow the plan for incorporating healthy protein into your cleaned-up diet.

Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Dr. Barnard is the president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Dr. Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes funded by the National Institutes of Health. He has authored more than 70 scientific publications, as well as 18 books.

Saray StancicSaray Stancic, M.D.
Dr. Stancic is the founder and owner of Stancic Health and Wellness, LLC, where she is a board-certified lifestyle medicine physician. The focus of her practice is to counsel patients on achieving wellness via lifestyle modification and the adoption of a plant-based diet. She serves as mentor to the Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and has authored several research papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Michael Greger, M.D., F.A.C.L.M.
Dr. Greger is a founding member and fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine,  New York Times best-selling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. His latest book, How Not to Die, became an instant New York Times best-seller. He has videos on more than 2,000 health topics freely available at, with new videos and articles uploaded every day. In 2017, Dr. Greger was honored with the ACLM Lifestyle Medicine Trailblazer Award.

Kim Williams M.D., M.A.C.C., M.A.S.N.C., F.A.H.A., F.E.S.C.
Dr. Williams serves as the chief of the division of cardiology and is the James B. Herrick Endowed Professor of Medicine and Cardiology at Rush University Medical Center. He has served as the president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, chairman of the board of the Association of Black Cardiologists, and president of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Williams has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, monographs, book chapters, editorials, and review articles.

JOHN SIEVENPIPERJohn L Sievenpiper, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P.C.
Dr. Sievenpiper is an associate professor in the department of nutritional sciences and the lifestyle medicine lead in the MD Program at the University of Toronto. He also holds appointments as staff physician in the division of endocrinology and metabolism and scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital. His research is focused on using randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews and meta-analyses to address questions of clinical and public health importance in relation to diet and chronic disease prevention. He has authored more than 140 scientific papers and 13 book chapters. Dr. Sievenpiper is directly involved in knowledge translation with appointments to the nutrition guidelines committees of Diabetes Canada, European Association for the study of Diabetes, Canadian Cardiovascular Society, and the Canadian Obesity Network.

Hana Kahleova, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Kahleova is director of clinical research for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She is an endocrinologist with a doctorate in human physiology and pathophysiology. Her current research interests focus on dietary treatment of metabolic disease and type 2 diabetes. She conducted several clinical trials with a plant-based diet. The studies proved the power of a plant-based nutrition to improve oxidative stress and metabolic control in patients with type 2 diabetes. One of the studies showed that a plant-based diet reduces muscle fat more than a conventional hypocaloric diet in people with type 2 diabetes. This reduction in muscle fat was also associated with improvements in glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity. Her research proved that eating a large breakfast and lunch is more beneficial than eating six smaller meals a day for patients with type 2 diabetes. She completed her postdoctoral research fellowship at Loma Linda University in California, analyzing data from more than 50,000 people, who were followed up for more than 7 years, on meal frequency and timing in relationship to body weight regulation.