Nutrition Working Group

Mission Statement:

To advance and promote healthy dietary patterns to preserve and improve cardiovascular health across diverse populations.


Monica Aggarwal, MD (Committee Co-Chair)
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
University of Florida

Danielle Belardo MD (Committee Co-Chair)
Co-Director of the Department of Research and Education
Institute of Plant-Based Medicine


Kathleen Allen, MS, RD
Medical & Business Student
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

Tom Barringer III, MD
Clinical Lipidologist
Co-Medical Director
Novant Health Heart & Vascular Institute


Ron Blankstein, MD, FASPC
Associate Director, Cardiovascular Imaging Program
Director, Cardiac Computed Tomography
Co-Director, Cardiovascular Imaging Training Program
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Rachel M Bond MD, FACC
System Director, Women's Heart Health
Dignity Health, Arizona
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Creighton University School of Medicine


Tiffany Brazile, MD
Internal Medicine Resident; Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASPC, FNLA
Professor of Medicine
Tulane University School of Medicine


Andrew Freeman, MD
Director of Cardiovascular Prevention and Wellness
National Jewish Health

Martha Gulati, MD, MS FACC, FAHA, FASPC
CardioSmart for the American College of Cardiology
President-Elect American Society for Preventive Cardiology


Meghana Halkar, MBBS
Consultant Physician
Mayo Clinic – Jacksonville

Kevin Hall, PhD
Section Chief: Integrative Physiology Section, Laboratory of Biological Modeling
National Institute of Health
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Health Information Center


Nicole Harkin, MD, FACC
Founder and Cardiologist
Whole Heart Cardiology

Carol Kirkpatrick, PhD, MPH, RDN, LD, CLS
Director and Clinical Associate Professor
Idaho State University


Kevin C. Klatt, RD, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
Children's Nutrition Research Center
Baylor College of Medicine

Kyla M. Lara-Breitinger, MD
4th Year Preventive Cardiology Fellow
Mayo Clinic


Michelle McMacken, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Director, Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program
Director, Adult Weight Management Program
Attending Physician, Adult Primary Care Center
NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue

Erin Michos, MD, MHS, FASPC
Director of Women’s Cardiovascular Health
Associate Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine


Karl Nadolsky, DO FACE
Diplomate, American Board of Obesity Medicine
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, MSU College of Human Medicine
SHMG Endocrinology
Chair, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists’ Obesity & Nutrition Disease State Network

Spencer Nadolsky, DO
Chief Physician, Obesity Specialist, Lipidologist
Renaissance Periodization


Pradeep Natarajan, MD, MMSc
Director of Preventive Cardiology
Massachusetts General Hospital

Robert Ostfeld, MD, MSc, FACC
Professor of Medicine
Director, Preventive Cardiology
Montefiore Health System


Renee Paro, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist
Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Annas Rahman
Internal Medicine Resident
Rush University Medical College


Verity Ramirez, MD
Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute

Koushik Reddy, MD
Director, Interventional Cardiology
James A. Haley VA Medical Center
Assistant Professor
University of South Florida


Stephanie Ross, MA, CHES, NBC-HWC
Crown Wellness Coaching, LLC

Michelle Routhenstein, MS, RD, CDE, CDN
Owner, Entirely Nourished
CMO, Oben Health


Farhad Saeedi
Medical Student and Research Assistant
Birjand University of Medical Sciences

Konrad Sawicki, MD, PhD
Cardiovascular Disease Fellow
Northwestern Memorial Hospital


Geeta Sikand, MA, RDN, FAND, CDE, CLS, FNLA
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine in Cardiology
Director of Nutrition, Preventive Cardiology Program
University of California Irvine School of Medicine

Deirdre K. Tobias, ScD
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Associate Epidemiologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital


Shreyas Venkataraman, MD
Resident Doctor
Washington University School of



Nutrition Working Group Journal Club Archives

Low-carbohydrate vegan diets in diabetes for weight loss and sustainability: a randomized controlled trial

November 2022 | Kevin Klatt, PhD, RD