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The Nutritional Medicine Hall of Fame is a national award honoring significant leadership and innovation utilizing
plant-based nutrition in the field of medical research, practice or education.

We will be announcing our next Hall of Fame Inductee in July 2020!


The award induction ceremony is announced annually, and co-hosted rotating 3 years each, by the Plant Based Nutrition Support Group and VegMichigan.  Both PBNSG and VegMichigan are prominent 501c3 charitable organizations with different objectives but sharing the common goal to help educate and support others on their path to nutritional excellence. 

Nominations for the Nutritional Medicine Hall of Fame may be made to the committee chair, at DrKerrieSaunders@gmail.com



2019: Dr. Caroline Trapp, DNP, ANP-BC, CDE, FFANP

Trapp - Bio

Dr. Caroline Trapp holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan - where she is now an adjunct professor; a Masters degree in community health nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate in Nursing Practice from Madonna University.

Dr. Trapp was the first nurse to be employed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), where she directed the launch of Food for Life classes for Diabetes in 2009. She has since been sent all over the world on behalf of PCRM, including to work with the Minister of Health for Macedonia, to help draft policies and education to help stop the diabetes epidemic.

Since Native Americans have the highest rates of diabetes in the US, Dr. Trapp has also done extensive work in New Mexico and Arizona, building relationships with the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and the Institute of American Indian Arts.  Working with the Three Sisters concept (beans, corn & squash), the Dine' (Navajo nation) Power Plate was developed, reflecting Native American culture and plant-based nutrition. She and her team, including Chef Amber Poupore, established a committee of health educators and leaders from 14 tribal communities to design a curriculum reflecting Native American culture and plant-based nutrition. Videos, resources, public service announcements, health fairs, food demonstrations, and the distribution of over 8000 Diabetes Prevention Toolkits,  are among her accomplishments.

Dr. Trapp is on the Board of the prestigious T. Colin Campbell Foundation Plant-Based Prevention of Disease (PPOD), and she has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, awarded the Nightingale Award for Nursing Excellence and Education & Research. Dr. Trapp has published several scientific articles and research studies, and she was selected as a finalist for the American Association of Diabetes Educator's Diabetes Educator of the Year Award.

When Dr. Trapp is not working hard to put an end to diabetes, she enjoys spending true quality time with her family and supporting their goals (like cheering on her husband Bill's completion of the Ironman North American Championship, in Texas, the night before this ceremony at VegFest in Michigan!)

Dr. Trapp continues to speak internationally, on diabetes prevention, treatment, reversal, and Medication DE-prescribing.  She is board certified in adult primary care, advanced diabetes management, and diabetes education, and she continues to work as a Nurse Practitioner one day a week at Premier Internists/ Millennium Medical Group in Southfield. 




2018: Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD

Dr. Fuhrman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (Pearlman) School of Medicine in 1988. Since then, he has collaborated on numerous articles in medical journals, including University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Journal, American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, Nutrition Journal, Current Sports Medicine Reports, andAlternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, just to name a few. Dr. Fuhrman has also been recognized by the St. Joseph’s Family Practice Resident’s Teaching Award for his work with medical residents.

Dr. Fuhrman has authored numerous videos and books, including six New York Times bestsellers: Eat to Live, Super Immunity, The End of Diabetes, The Eat to Live Cookbook, The End of Dieting, andThe End of Heart Disease – many are now available in other languages.

He has pioneered the concept of NUTRIENT DENSITY, the Health Equation, and many other tools and graphics, like the ANDI Scale you see at Whole Foods – and memory tools, like GBOMBS (greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries and seeds).

Dr. Fuhrman is an excellent ambassador for the message of healthy whole food plant-based nutrition as medicine, taking it successfully to HUNDREDS of radio and television shows. In literally hundreds of radio and television appearances, including The Dr. Oz Show, The Today Show, Live with Kelly, andGood Morning America, Dr. Fuhrman has educated millions of people on the long-range benefits of healthy eating. His four hugely successful PBS specials, which have raised over $35 million for public television, bring essential nutritional knowledge to homes all
across America.

Originally from New York, he is a former world-class figure skater, who placed second in the United States National Pairs Championships in 1973 and third in the 1976 World Professional Pairs Skating Championship in Jaca, Spain. In fact, he lived here in Michigan for years, as he trained at the Detroit Bloomfield Skate Club. His professional involvement continues with sports medical committees, advising professional world-class and Olympic athletes and trainers, to help maximize performance and prevent injury. He continues to skate – even decades past his international competitions, and you can view many of health-promoting skating video examples on the web.

Dr. Fuhrman is on the Advisory Panel of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, AND the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He has been featured nutrition medical expert in several blockbuster documentary movies, including Eating You Alive.

Dr. Fuhrman prioritizes patient care excellence in his telephone consultations, and at the Fuhrman Wellness Center – located in New Jersey - where he lives with his wife Lisa and their 4 children. You can find more on his work at DrFuhrman.com


2017: Joel Kahn, MD, FAAC


Dr. Joel Kahn, MD, FAAC is a plant-based cardiologist whose personal mission is to help prevent 1 million heart attacks over the next two years, a goal embraced by both the U.S. Department Health & Human Services and the Surgeon General. Dr. Kahn is known for his integration of Western medicine’s best practices, and evidence-based complementary therapies – which helped earn him the title “America’s Holistic Heart Doc”.

He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Michigan, Certified by the American Academy of AntiAging Medicine, and he was the first physician in the world to earn University of South Florida’s Certification in Metabolic Cardiology.

His work has been featured in The Huffington Post and Mind Body Green (with a circulation of over 50 million), and in Reader’s Digest magazine who also published his #1 Amazon Top Selling book, The Whole Heart Solution. He has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific articles and papers, and 7 books, including Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonuses, and Vegan Sex. Fittingly, in 2016, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) selected Dr. Kahn as “America’s Sexiest Vegan over 50”.

Dr. Kahn is a Professor of Cardiology for Medical Schools at both Wayne State University and Oakland University. He is a frequently featured medical expert on television, radio, podcasts, and movies – and he is a member of the Yahoo Health Advisory Board, and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Dr. Kahn has been vegan for over 40 years, a decision stemming from a conversation on how best to eat while away at college, with the girlfriend he had met grade school, Karen, whom is now his wife of almost 37 years. Together with their son, Daniel, this family has brought Michigan two restaurants highlighting truly healthy and delicious, certified kosher, whole food plant-based fare: GreenSpace, and GreenSpace GO.

Dr. Kahn has been a steadfast supporter and frequent speaker for VegMichigan, since its earliest foundations in the mid-1990s (aka: Vegans In Motion, Veggies In Motion), and he is the Founding Medical Director of PBNSG.

For years, Dr. Kahn’s devotion to patient care has earned him honors and several nominations as a Top Doctor in Cardiology.  Dr. Kahn sees patients at the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. You can find more on his work at DrJoelKahn.com




2016:  Amanda Martin, MD    


Amanda Martin received her acceptance to the Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2013. Upon acceptance, she made the decision to begin teaching herself how to get healthy, in order to be the best example she could be to her future patients. 

Admitting at that time, that soda pop was her “only liquid”, she began her journey with videos such as Vegucated and Forks Over Knives. These films inspired her to read books by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, MD, and to begin a search of the medical literature related to optimal nutrition. Shocked at all she uncovered, at least she found solace in the upcoming start of medical school, where she would surely learn more about preventive nutrition and how to apply it to her patients.  Summed up in her own one word, “WRONG.”

In that first year of medical school, the term ‘vegan’ was mentioned 6 times, and only in terms of the need to monitor a patient for deficiencies. By 2015, Amanda decided to “set out to change our medical school.” She emailed hundreds of other students (with only one response – from Brittany Van Houten), who began working together to start a formal Interest Group for Plant Based Nutrition. She held meetings with WSU professors and officials, but it didn’t always go as one might expect. Enduring scrutiny, comments like ‘conspiracy theorist’, and further commentary on the merits of meat and cheese for questioning industry-sponsored slide shows, 1st year Medical Student Amanda pressed on.

She spoke with Dr. Joel Kahn, contacted Dr. Hans Diehl at the CHIP Program and Dr. Neal Barnard at PCRM, and became involved with the Plant Based Nutrition Support Group. Together with Brittany Van Houten, Jason Van Houten, Naila Kovacevic, and Angie Sullivan, a joint MSU/WSU team was formed to submit a project on PBN to the American Medical Association. 

In 2016, 18 students hailing from Wayne State University, University of Michigan, Oakland University, Michigan State University, and Central Michigan University, represented 6 different programs. Students working on degrees in MD/ Medical School, DO/ Osteopathic Medicine, RD/ Dietetics and Nutrition, MPH/ Public Health, and PhD/ Psychiatry worked to review thousands of scientific studies. Amanda helped organize teams to summarize, edit, and locate case studies for each of the systems of the body. Jamie Qualls, and Ivana Marchlewicz, were very instrumental in coordinating six in-person meetings between January and September 2016, several Group Chat/Email/Skype/Conference Calls, and the Faculty assistants and review by six national content experts. 

Over 35 drafts culminated in the world’s first multi-university, interdisciplinary plant based nutrition in medicine curriculum, to be made available for use in medical, dental, public health, nutrition, dietetics, and nursing programs nationwide by the end of 2016. 

This remarkable team of students – while in medical and graduate school – has developed course material to help future students, teachers, and patients, impacting an exponential number of individuals and families they’ll never even meet.

You can find out more about Dr. Amanda Martin’s work now at the Henry Ford Health System Psychiatry Department.



2015: Dr. Michael Greger, MD, FACLM




Dr. Michael Greger is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health.  He is a Founding Member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition.

Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit. He has testified before Congress, and made guest appearances on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report.

Dr. Greger was also invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial, where a mutual friend, Howard Lyman, had given enough facts to cause Oprah to utter those famous words, “I’ll never eat another burger”!

He is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.  Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

Dr. Greger is the author of 3 books: Carbophobia, Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching – citing over 3000 references, and now…How Not To Die. This most recent title has launched him on a 6-country, 60-city tour all around the world. We were honored it began right here at PBNSG in Michigan, in December of 2015.

His many scientific articles include: Transgenesis in Animal Agriculture, Plant-Based Diets for the Prevention and Treatment of Disabling Diseases. Dr. Greger is also the prolific author and engine behind the non-profit, non-commercial, and science-based, NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG, a public service he launched with help from the Rasch Foundation. 

NutritionFacts.org provides state-of-the-science nutritional updates – with the signature wit and wisdom that only HE can provide – and one released EVERY DAY, now covering over a thousand topics. For more on his other work, you can visit DrGreger.org



2014: Dr. Caldwell Blakeman Esselstyn, Jr., MD



Dr. Esselstyn received his Bachelors Degree from Yale University, and his medical degree from Western Reserve University. While there, he was also a member of the 1956 Olympic Gold Medal United States Rowing team.

Dr. Esselstyn has worked as a Surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic and at St. George’s Hospital in London, and an Army surgeon in Vietnam in 1968, being awarded the Bronze Star. His work at the Cleveland Clinic has included serving as President of the Staff, a member of the Board of Governors, Chair of the Breast Cancer Task Force, and head of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and past President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, where he organized the first National Conference on the Elimination of Coronary Artery Disease. He also chaired the Summit on Cholesterol and Coronary Disease conference.

Dr. Esselstyn was the first recipient of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in Medicine in 2005, the 2007 inductee for the North American Vegetarian Society Hall of Fame, the 2010 inductee for the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame, and the Yale University George H.W. Bush ’48 Lifetime of Leadership Award in 2013.

He has authored over 150 scientific publications, and he has been featured in several movies featuring food as medicine, including Forks Over Knives. 

His 1995 long-term nutritional research arresting and reversing coronary artery disease in severely ill patients was updated 12 years later, and was highlighted in his book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, making it one of the longest longitudinal studies of its type…AND the book former president Bill Clinton read prior to going vegan. 

Dr. Esselstyn and his wife, Ann Crile Esselstyn, have impacted literally thousands of lives during their 26 years of following and promoting a plant-based diet. Ann is known for her colorful food demonstrations, and they have four children and ten grandchildren.

Currently, Dr. Esselstyn serves as the Director of the Cardiovascular Prevention and Reversal Program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. Dr. Esselstyn was also at the very beginning of Paul Chatlin’s journey to health…which eventually led to the genesis of PBNSG. 



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