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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.

The Physicians Committee is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, headquartered in Washington, DC. 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 2019

Board of Directors

Neal D. Barnard, MD, President
Mindy Kursban, Esq, Chair
Ruby Lathon, PhD, Director 
Mark Sklar, MD, Director
Barbara Wasserman, MD, Treasurer

Senior Staff

Neal Barnard, MD, FACC

Dania DePas, MA
Vice President of Communications

Stacey Glaeser, SPHR
Vice President of Human Resources

Doug Hall 
Vice President of Publications

Stephen Kane, CPA
Vice President of Finance

Mark Kennedy, Esq
Vice President of Legal Affairs

Kristie Sullivan, MPH
Vice President of Research Policy

Betsy Wason, CFRE
Vice President of Development

Our Nutrition and Preventive Medicine Experts

Hana Kahleova, MD, PhD

Director of Clinical Research

Susan Levin, MS, RD, CSSD

Director of Nutrition Education

Caroline Trapp, DNP, ANP-BC, CDE, FAANP, DipACLM

Director of Diabetes Education and Care

Meghan Jardine, MS, MBA, RD, LD, CDE

Associate Director of Diabetes Nutrition Education

Maggie Neola, RD, LD

Staff Dietitian

Zeeshan Ali, PhD

Kickstart India Program Specialist

Jia Xu, PhD

Nutrition Specialist

Lee Crosby, RD, LD

Nutrition Education Program Manager

Our Science and Research Experts

Kristie Sullivan, MPH

Vice President of Research Policy

John Pippin, MD, FACC

Director of Academic Affairs

Charu Chandrasekera, PhD

Director of Laboratory Science

Elizabeth Baker, Esq.

Pharmaceutical Policy Program Director

Janine McCarthy, MPH

Research Policy Specialist

Ann Lam, PhD

Medical Research Program Director

Catharine E. Krebs, PhD

Medical Research Specialist

Our Legal Issues Experts

Mark Kennedy, Esq.

Vice President of Legal Affairs

Deborah Dubow Press, Esq.

Associate General Counsel

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