Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, president and founder of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and founder of Barnard Medical Center, a nonprofit primary care medical center in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Barnard is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the 2016 recipient of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s Trailblazer Award. He 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, and regularly hosts continuing medical education conferences for health care providers.
Dr. Barnard has authored more than 70 scientific publications as well as 18 books, including the New York Times best-sellers Power Foods for the Brain, 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, and the USA Today best-seller Dr. Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes, and stars in four PBS specials about diet and health. As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. He is frequently called on by media outlets to discuss breaking medical news and nutrition reviews.
Originally from Fargo, N.D., Dr. Barnard received his medical degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington to found the Physicians Committee.
Barnard Medical Center
Dr. Barnard founded the nonprofit Barnard Medical Center, which opened in January 2016. Barnard Medical’s board-certified physicians, nurse practitioners, and registered dietitians provide complete primary care. Barnard Medical also helps patients tackle the causes of illness, with extra attention on improving health through prevention and nutrition. Barnard Medical takes advantage of years of research conducted by the Physicians Committee research team and other researchers, showing how a new approach to medicine and nutrition could help prevent and reverse serious health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, migraines, and arthritis.
Barnard Medical’s focus on nutrition includes comprehensive nutrition counseling with registered dietitians, group cooking classes, and wellness lectures.
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