Kim Williams, MD to Co-chair Inaugural International Cardiovascular Nutrition Summit

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American College of Cardiology President Kim Williams, MD, announced today his co-chairmanship of the inaugural International Cardiovascular Nutrition Summit, scheduled for May 29-31, 2015 in Chicago, IL. This CME accredited medical conference is produced by Rush University and The Plantrician Project.

Kim Williams, MD, co-chairman of the International Cardiovascular Nutrition Summit and president of the American College of Cardiology

I strongly urge my fellow cardiologists across this country and around the world to educate themselves about the efficacy of whole food, plant-based nutrition; it’s game-changing. This conference is an ideal opportunity to do just that.

Kim Williams, MD, president of the American College of Cardiology and Rush University chief of cardiology, announced today plans for the inaugural, International Cardiovascular Nutrition Summit, set for May 29-31 in William’s hometown of Chicago, IL. The CME accredited conference is produced by Rush University and The Plantrician Project.

"These are exciting times as we find ourselves in the midst of a seismic shift in healthcare," says Williams. "Our current system and approach are unsustainable. Medications to control risk factors, coronary stents and bypass surgery have had a tremendous impact on cardiovascular mortality. But these are temporizing measures, not intended to cure heart disease. Above all else, the answer is dietary lifestyle."

Dr. Williams and conference co-chairman, Scott Stoll, MD, Plantrician Project co-founder and chief medical officer, will be joined on the conference faculty by an impressive line-up, including:

Columbus Batiste, MD, FACC, FSCAI, known as the “Healthy Heart Doc” and chief of cardiology at Kaiser Permanente Riverside and Moreno Valley Medical Centers

Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD, director of the Cardiovascular Prevention and Reversal Program at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute and author of “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease”

Michael Greger, MD, founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, internationally recognized speaker and purveyor of NutritonFacts.org

Joel Kahn, MD, clinical professor of medicine/cardiology at Wayne State School of Medicine and author of “Whole Heart Solution”

William Li, MD, president, medical director and co-founder of the Angiogenesis Foundation and member of the Clinton Global Initiative

Terry Mason, MD, FACS, CEO of the Cook County Health and Hospital Systems and former commissioner of public health for the city of Chicago

Dean Ornish, MD, known for his Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease—the first program of its kind approved by Medicare and other commercial coverage, best-selling author, and founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute

Robert Ostfeld, MD, MSc, founder and director of the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore, associate professor of clinical medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and associate director of cardiology fellow at Montefiore-Einstein

William C. Roberts, MD, editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Cardiology for over 25 years and executive director of the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute of Baylor University Medical Center

Williams’ message to his colleagues: “I strongly urge my fellow cardiologists across this country and around the world to educate themselves about the efficacy of whole food, plant-based nutrition; it’s game-changing. This conference is an ideal opportunity to do just that.”

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About the International Cardiovascular Nutrition Healthcare Conference and the International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference:

Leading experts in preventive, nutritional medicine will be presenting at the CME accredited, inaugural Cardiovascular Nutrition Healthcare Summit, set for May 29-31, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois, with a focus on prevention, treatment and reversal of coronary artery disease. Visit http://cardio-nutrition.com for details.

An outstanding line-up of presenters is also scheduled for the third annual International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, set for September 31-October 3, 2015 in Annaheim, California. This CME accredited medical conference will educate gatekeepers of dietary-related advice—our nation’s physicians and allied health professionals—about the nutritional science and efficacy of whole food, plant-based nutrition and its proven ability to prevent, suspend and even reverse chronic, degenerative disease. Visit http://pbnhc.com for details.

At both conferences, the review of current and progressive scientific research will be presented with a commitment to intellectual integrity, without bias or influence.

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