In addition to being Medical Director of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, Dr. Campbell is the co-founder and clinical director of the University of Rochester Program for Nutrition in Medicine. The UR Program for Nutrition in Medicine is a groundbreaking, clinically-oriented approach to prevention and treatment through diet and lifestyle changes. He is a board-certified family physician.

Career Highlights

Thomas is the author of The Campbell Plan, The Simple Way to Lose Weight and Reverse Illness, Using The China Study's Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet. This follows on the heels of his co-authoring, with his father T. Colin Campbell, PhD, The China Study, The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and The Startling Implications for Diet, Weight-Loss, and Long-Term Health. The China Study has sold over a million copies and helped to inspire other successful works, including the documentary Forks Over Knives, released in 2011.

  • January 1, 2005 | Published The China Study
  • July 2010 Received MD | SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • July 2010: Awarded the Excellence in Family medicine | American Academy of Family Physicians | SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine
  • June 2013: Graduated from the University of Rochester/Highland Hospital Family Medicine Residency with a certificate granted for political advocacy and leadership and nutrition.
  • March 2015: Published The Campbell Plan


A graduate of Cornell University, Dr. Campbell got his medical degree from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and completed internship and residency training in Family Medicine at the University of Rochester, Highland Hospital.

Personal Life

He is married to Erin Campbell, MD, a preventive medicine specialist with training in pediatrics. He has completed multiple marathons.

Tom's Story

After graduating from Cornell University, I pursued professional acting. I was living in Chicago working as an assistant paralegal and acting in late night shows on the side, when I had a conversation with my parents that changed my career forever. My dad, T. Colin Campbell, was interested in writing a book for the public about his life?s work in nutritional research and policy making, and he wanted my help. We agreed it would take one year to finish, and then I would go back to my previously planned life. Over four years later, when The China Study was finally published, my life trajectory had changed forever. As coauthor of The China Study, I had grown into someone with a fair bit of knowledge and a lot of passion for nutrition, basic science, original research articles, and communication.

Over the next seven years, I dedicated myself to formal training in health and disease. I completed a medical degree at the University of Buffalo, and then completed internship and residency training at the University of Rochester, NY in the Department of Family Medicine. From there, I joined the faculty at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry as instructor of Clinical Family Medicine, at the same time as joining a new family medicine practice in Rochester, NY.

Through this journey, learning about a somewhat marginalized plant-based diet message to completing traditional medical education and training, I have witnessed first hand the massive gulf between the traditional medical world and the latest in nutritional science. At the same time, many of the doctors I have had the privilege of working with and learning from have proven to be some of the most hardworking, intelligent, selfless, and kind people I have ever met. I have simultaneously seen the popularity and respect for plant-based diets grow tremendously. We wrote The China Study at a time when the meat-based Atkins Diet was still very popular, and more recently it feels that the pendulum has swung to a more plant-based approach.

This situation presents a unique and exciting set of opportunities. We have a chance in front of us to make a difference in millions of lives with information already at our fingertips. We have an opportunity to address the systemic gulf between medicine and nutrition by serving the thousands of brilliant physicians and other healthcare professionals I?ve come to respect so much. The need to address these opportunities has never been greater.

Anyone paying attention to our finances can't help but note the economic toll exacted by lifestyle-related diseases.