“Poor or inadequate nutrition is currently a gateway to disease.”


The CNS Medical Advisory Board was established in 2023 to support ongoing CNS initiatives and play a critical role in the organization’s success.

The mission of CNS is to promote optimal nutrition through education, advocacy, and research; we aim to improve personal, public, and environmental health.

The Medical Advisory Board is an extension of this mission, established to uphold the high standards of evidence-based nutrition. There are countless champions of whole food, plant-based nutrition working in health care, research, and education. They come from unique backgrounds, specialties, and approaches to care. By providing a platform for their wealth of experience and expertise, we can better engage our audience and further the mission of CNS.

CNS Medical Advisory Board members present seminars, participate on panels, write articles, help develop course content, make themselves available for Q&A sessions in CNS online communities, and actively promote plant-based nutrition in their specialty areas.

Michael C. Hollie, MD - Chair

Monica Aggarwal, MD

Angela Alfaro, MD

Columbus D. Batiste, MD, FACC

Janeen K. Beard, BS, MISN, FIP-C

Tara Cannon, DNP, MSN, RN, HWC

Melanie Cano, MD

Daniel L. Chen, MD, FACP, dipABLM

Michael Como, BSN, MSN, CRNP

Iuliu Ciupe-Vaida, RDN

Victoria Collazo, PharmD, DipACLM

Adriana Cortés, MD

Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD

Stephan Esser, MD

Leigh Ettinger, MD

Meryl Fury, MS, RN

Alan Goldhamer, DC

Kathryn Hayward, MD

Gabriela Kaplan, MD

Michael Klaper, MD

Matthew Lederman, MD, Alona Pulde, MD

William Li, MD

Jocelyn Mallard, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC

Edwin McDonald, MD

Milton R. Mills, MD

Baxter Montgomery, MD, FACC

Brad B. Moore, MD, MPH, FACP, Dip.ABLM

Dawn Mussallem, DO

Robert Ostfeld, MD, MSc, FACC

Yolanda Rivera-Caudill, MD, FAAP, DipABLM

Lillie Rosenthal, DO

Frank Sabatino, DC, PhD

Marcela Sandoval, MD, DipIBLM

Samara Sterling, PhD

Ron Weiss, MD

Linda Middlesworth - Community Liaison