The Physicians Committee

About the Physicians Committee's Clinical Research Department

The Physicians Committee designs and conducts clinical research studies on nutrition and health. Dietary interventions have appeared promising in investigations carried out by numerous research teams, including our own. We have conducted studies that examine the effects of diet on weight, cardiovascular risk, cancer prevention and survival, and other health issues. The Physicians Committee's research aims to develop and test practical interventions that can be used by doctors and patients.

The Physicians Committee also conducts detailed reviews of the scientific literature, including meta-analyses. Current studies are reviewing the evidence on nutrition’s role in weight disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, migraine, and diabetes.

In conducting its studies, the Physicians Committee has often partnered with other institutions, notably the George Washington University School of Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and the University of Toronto, and works with scientific consultants from a variety of research centers.

Clinical research is complex and requires a team effort. The Physicians Committee’s research programs are headed by Neal Barnard, M.D., president. Melissa Busta, R.N., Rosendo Flores, Hana Kahleova, M.D., Ph.D , Jill Eckart, C.H.H.C., and Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., coordinate the studies, teach classes, and keep participants on track, and many other Physicians Committee staffers keep the gears of research turning.