T. Colin Campbell, PhD
For decades T. Colin Campbell, PhD has been at the forefront of nutrition education and research. Dr. Campbell’s expertise and scientific interests encompass relationships between diet and disease, particularly the causation of cancer. His legacy, the China Project, is one of the most comprehensive studies of health and nutrition ever conducted. The New York Times has recognized the study as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology”.
Dr. Campbell is the coauthor of the bestselling book The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health, and author of the New York Times bestseller Whole, and The Low-Carb Fraud. He is featured in several documentaries including: the blockbuster Forks Over Knives, Eating You Alive, Food Matters, Plant Pure Nation and others. He is the founder of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and the online Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate in partnership with eCornell.
Dr. Campbell has conducted original research both in laboratory experiments and in large-scale human studies; received over 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding (mostly with NIH), served on grant review panels of multiple funding agencies, actively participated in the development of national and international nutrition policy, authored over 300 research papers and given hundreds of lectures around the world.
He was trained at Cornell University (M.S., Ph.D.) and MIT (Research Associate) in nutrition, biochemistry and toxicology. Dr. Campbell spent 10 years on the faculty of Virginia Tech’s Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition before returning to Cornell in 1975 where he presently holds his Endowed Chair as the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry in the Division of Nutritional Sciences.
Thomas Campbell, MD
Thomas M. Campbell II, MD is Medical Director of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. He is co-founder and director of a groundbreaking Nutrition in Medicine program at the University of Rochester Medical Center, working with individuals and groups to prevent and treat illness using diet and lifestyle. A board certified family physician, Dr. Campbell is co-author, with his father, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, of The China Study, a worldwide bestseller, and author of The China Study Solution (The Campbell Plan in hardcover). He has published in the Israel Medical Association Journal and in CME publications Primary Care Reports and Integrative Medicine Alert. He has completed multiple marathons.
Jami Dulaney, MD
Dr. Dulaney did her residency and cardiology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. She was on faculty at West Virginia University Medical School for three years before going into private practice. She practiced traditional consultative cardiology until about five years ago when she began to add plant-based nutrition education to my practice. She is a marathon runner and triathlete. She has completed four 140.2 mile distance triathlons including 3 Ironman races. She also enjoys backyard gardening, growing vegetables and planting tropical fruit trees.
Jane Esselstyn, RN
Jane Esselstyn is a fresh and charismatic voice on the whole food, plant-based diet. She brings her perspective and passion as a woman, nurse, researcher, and mother to creating on-ramps to the plant-based way of life. Jane is an avid and inventive designer of plant-based recipes and the co-author of The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook with her next door neighbor and mom, Ann. And she created the recipe section of #1 NYTimes bestseller, Plant-Strong, by her brother, Rip Esselstyn, as well as the recipes for The Seven Day Rescue, by Rip Esselstyn with recipes by Jane Esselstyn.
Like many in the Esselstyn family, Jane presents her work, research, and recipes across the country. Her presentations, food demonstrations, samples and food parties bring clarity of understanding and a can-do attitude to the power of plant-based eating.
Jane has worked as a science, outdoor, and health educator for over 25 years, and more recently a researcher. The Journal of Pediatrics recently published the study she worked on with the Cleveland Clinic observing the effect of a plant-based diet on pediatric obesity and hypercholesterolemia. Jane created the classroom curriculum and the kitchen curriculum and creations for the month long study. A tireless champion for kids and their health, Jane brings remarkable clarity, compassion, and humor to the table.
When not working on recipes or research, Jane teaches Sexuality Education to middle schoolers. Many of the basic healthy messages around being a sexual being for middle school kids make their way into Jane’s adult presentations in hilarious and educational ways.
Jane met her husband and fellow educator, Brian Hart, while working as a field instructor for Outward Bound. They have three plant-based children. Jane graduated from the University of Michigan, where she competed nationally as a recruited swimmer and rower, and earned a B.S in Nursing from Kent State University.
Michael Hollie, MD
Michael C. Hollie, MD is a practicing physician board certified in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of Idaho. Dr. Hollie attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California, and received his medical degree in 1985. Subsequently, he trained in Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Medical Center and T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital, Chattanooga, TN where he was Chief Resident. He completed his asthma, allergy, and immunology training at National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine in Denver, Colorado. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Phoenix, AZ where he was Chief of Allergy and Immunology. He currently practices in the Chattanooga, TN area treating adult and pediatric patients. Dr. Hollie is a member of the teaching faculty at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga Unit. He is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Dr. Hollie is the speaker for “Dinner with the Doctor” (DWTD) an instructional program developed to educate people about how to implement a whole food, plant based (WFPB) approach for treating, preventing and reversing disease. DWTD is a practical, hands-on application of the Forks Over Knives lifestyle. DWTD offers monthly programs consisting of a health presentation along with a tasty WFPB meal served to the attendees. On alternate months, oil free, WFPB food preparation demonstrations allow participants to see first-hand how they can cook healthy meals at home. The program is offered to the community and has multiple locations throughout the Chattanooga, TN area and North Georgia region.
Dr. Hollie is the medical consultant for, and also appears in the documentary Eating You Alive released in 2016. Eating You Alive features leading medical experts and researchers taking a scientific look at the reasons we’re so sick, who’s responsible for feeding us the wrong information and how we can use simple, whole food, plant-based nutrition to take control of our health.
Dr. Hollie and his wife Cindy Ford Hollie, MD have two adult sons and the entire family embraces the WFPB approach to eating and health.
Bruce Monger, PhD
Bruce Monger, PhD is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. His research involves the use of satellite remote sensing methods to study environmental controls of ocean primary production at global scales. Monger received his BA degree from the University of Washington, his PhD from the University of Hawaii and served as a postdoctoral researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He currently serves as a member of NASA’s Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Science Team and is an lecturer for the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate.
Donna Sandidge, MD
Dr. Sandidge is the medical director of Cayuga Center for Healthy Living in Ithaca, NY, providing a comprehensive approach to addressing chronic, lifestyle-related health issues. Her expertise in whole food, plant-based lifestyle is put to practice in addressing obesity, diabetes and heart disease at CCHL. Dr. Sandidge began her medical career in Nashville where she practiced internal medicine and allergy/immunology before moving to the Ithaca area in 2001. She practiced allergy/immunology for the next 15 years before joining the team at Cayuga Center for Healthy Living. She has a keen interest in the growing area of lifestyle adjustment to address a variety of common health issues. She has completed courses in Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Plant-based Nutrition through eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, in addition to attending the American Lifestyle Medicine Conference for continuing medical education. Dr. Sandidge is also a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.
A former career business executive and senior vice president with Ralph Lauren in New York, Jim Hicks has always focused on the “big picture” when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about the “optimal diet” for humans, he began a comprehensive study of what we eat from a global perspective–discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way.
He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from the University of Hawaii, a degree he earned while serving as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard in Honolulu. In 2009, he earned a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has served on the board of directors since 2012.
A prolific writer and blogger, he published his first book, Healthy Eating, Healthy World, in 2011 and, four years later, teamed up with a medical doctor to publish the 4Leaf Guide to Vibrant Health. Since 2002, he has invested over 10,000 hours of study and has posted over 1,000 health and sustainability articles on his website at hpjmh.com.
In 2004, he began referring to our food choices as the most important issue in the history of humanity—having concluded that our future as a species was riding on those choices. Ten years later, he realized that in order to preserve the fragile ecosystem that sustains us, we must also begin urgently addressing other aspects of humanity that now threaten our civilization and our long-term existence as a species.
Since then, as a writer and speaker, he has focused on that crucial mission in a never-ending effort to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.
Jody has worked at PlantPure Communities since its inception in early 2016. As Executive Director, Jody manages the overall organization and day-to-day activities of PPC, including operations, fund raising, board development, and implementing a broad range of program initiatives. Jody brings to PPC considerable experience in advocacy, nonprofit management, lobbying and strategic planning from her 30-year career in community revitalization. Jody’s particular expertise is in the crafting of out-of-the-box solutions to thorny problems, and translating those solutions into legislative and regulatory action that achieve systemic change.
Jody serves on the Board of Directors of several nonprofit organizations, including the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies (CNS) and New Partners for Community Revitalization. Prior to national nutrition/food policy issues, Jody worked in the brownfields and community development arena. In 2001, Jody co-founded the nonprofit organization, New Partners for Community Revitalization, (NPCR) which she directed until 2014. Prior to NPCR, Jody was Vice President of the nonprofit NYC Housing Partnership, where she helped coordinate the construction of over 16,000 affordable housing units, representing over $1.5 billion in private investment in 50 NYC low-income communities.