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About Us

The Physicians Committee combines the clout and expertise of more than 12,000 physicians with the dedicated actions of more than 175,000 members across the United States and around the world.

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 worked 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.


The Physicians Committee is dedicated to saving and improving human and animal lives through plant-based diets and ethical and effective scientific research.


Creating a healthier world through a new emphasis on plant-based nutrition and scientific research conducted ethically, without using animals.

How We Changed the World in 2018

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

Senior Staff

Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C. 

Betsy Wason, C.F.R.E. 
Vice President of Development

Stephen Kane, C.P.A. 
Vice President of Finance

Stacey Glaeser, S.P.H.R. 
Vice President of Human Resources

Doug Hall 
Vice President of Publications

Mark Kennedy, Esq. 
Vice President of Legal Affairs

Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H. 
Vice President of Research Policy

Our Nutrition and Preventive Medicine Experts

Hana Kahleova, M.D., Ph.D.

Director of Clinical Research

Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D.

Director of Nutrition Education

Meghan Jardine, M.S., M.B.A., R.D., L.D., C.D.E.

Associate Director of Diabetes Nutrition Education

Zeeshan Ali, Ph.D.

Kickstart India Program Specialist

Jia Xu, Ph.D.

Nutrition Specialist

Our Science and Research Experts

Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H.

Vice President of Research Policy

John Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Director of Academic Affairs

Charu Chandrasekera, Ph.D.

Director of Laboratory Science

Elizabeth Baker, Esq.

Pharmaceutical Policy Program Director

Janine McCarthy, M.P.H.

Research Policy Specialist

Our Legal Issues Experts

Mark Kennedy, Esq.

Vice President of Legal Affairs

Leslie Rudloff, Esq.

Director of Legal Affairs

Deborah Dubow Press, Esq.

Associate General Counsel

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