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.

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

9-9:10 a.m.: Welcome
Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Adjunct Associate Professor, George Washington University School of Medicine
President, Physicians Committee 

District of Columbia Department of Health

A Healthy Heart

9:10-10 a.m.: The Transformative Power of Lifestyle Medicine
Dean Ornish, M.D., President and Founder, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco

10-10:45 a.m.: Nutrition and CV Disease: Taking the DIE out of DIET
Kim A. Williams Sr., M.D., M.A.C.C., F.A.H.A., M.A.S.N.C., F.E.S.C.
Professor of Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, Past President, ACC 

10:45-11 a.m.: Break

11-11:05 a.m.: Communications Update
Dania DePas, M.A., Director of Communications, Physicians Committee 

11:05-11:50 a.m.: Heart Failure and Plant Based Diets: A Cure?
Andrew M. Freeman, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.P.
National Jewish Health

11:50 a.m.-12:40 p.m.: Lunch Break  

Food, Inflammation, and Multiple Sclerosis

12:40-1:25 p.m.: Code Blue: Foods, Inflammation, and Multiple Sclerosis
Saray Stancic, M.D., Founder of Stancic Health & Wellness

1:25-2:10 p.m.: A Personal Journey to a Plant-Based Diet
Michelle L. O’Donoghue, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A., F.E.S.C.
Cardiovascular Division, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

2:10-2:25 p.m.: Break

2:25-2:30 p.m.: Introduction to Food for Life 

Dietary Patterns, Cancer Prevention, and Long-Term Health

2:30-3:15 p.m.: Why Is It So Hard to Lose Weight and Keep It Off?
Kevin Hall, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator, National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health

3:15-4 p.m.: What We Now Know about Cancer Prevention
Larry H. Kushi, Sc.D.
Director of Scientific Policy, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California

4-4:45 p.m.: The Traditional Okinawan Diet, InflammAging and Longevity
Bradley J. Willcox, M.D., M.Sc., F.A.C.P.
Professor and Director of Research, Department of Geriatric Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai‘i Mānoa

4:45-6:30 p.m.: White House Photo Op and Networking Time

Evening Program: Lessons from the Blue Zones™

ICNM 2018 Dinner Program The Blue Zones
6:30-6:35 p.m.: Welcome
Kathy Freston

6:35-7:30 p.m.: The Blue Zones™: Eating and Living Like the World’s Longest-Lived People
Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow and multiple New York Times best-selling author   

7:30-8:30 p.m.: Culinary Medicine: Putting the Blue Zones into Practice
Toni Fiore and Miyoko Schinner 

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018

7-7:45 a.m.: Morning Exercise
Karen Smith, R.D., C.D.E.

High-Performance Nutrition

9-9:30 a.m.: Mediterranean Diets: Separating Facts from Mythology
Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Adjunct Associate Professor, George Washington University School of Medicine
President, Physicians Committee

9:30-10:15 a.m.: Advanced Glycation End Products, Cognitive Decline, and Brain Pathology
Michal Schnaider Beeri, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, the Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, NY

10:15-10:30 a.m.: Break 

10:30-11:15 a.m.: Sugars in Plant-Based Diets: a Concern for Cardiometabolic Health?
John L. Sievenpiper, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P.C.
Associate Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto Staff Physician, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, St. Michael's Hospital

11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.: Keto Controversy: What You Need to Know
Lee Crosby, R.D., L.D., Dietitian, Barnard Medical Center

12-1 p.m.: Lunch Break

1-1:30 p.m.: Hormone Haywire

Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Adjunct Associate Professor, George Washington University School of Medicine
President, Physicians Committee 

1:30-2:15 p.m.: The Overpromotion of Drugs in Preventive Medicine
Adriane Fugh-Berman, M.D.
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology and Family Medicine, Georgetown University Medical Center
Director, PharmedOut 

2:15-3:30 p.m.: A Team Approach to Type 2 Diabetes
Don Forrester, M.D., F.A.C.P.E., Switch Healthcare
Gretchen Housel, M.S.N., N.P.-C., Barnard Medical Center 
Karen Smith, R.D., C.D.E., Progressive Health of Delaware
David Donohue, M.D., F.A.C.P., Progressive Health of Delaware

3:30-3:45 p.m.: Break 

3:45-4:30 p.m.: Metabolic Magic: Improving Beta-Cell Function
Hana Kahleova, M.D., Ph.D., Physicians Committee

4:30-5:15 p.m.: The Role of Diet in Preventing, Arresting, and Reversing Our Top 15 Killers
Michael Greger, M.D., F.A.C.L.M.