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Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD
Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD

    Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn spent more than 35 yeras as a researcher and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he was a member of the board of governors and president of the staff. Dr. Esselstyn served as the president of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons and organized the first National Conference on the Elimination of Coronary Artery Disease. 

    His scientific publications number over 150. "The Best Doctors in America" 1994-1995 published by Woodward and White cites Dr. Esselstyn's surgical expertise in the categories of endocrine and breast disease. In 1995 he published his benchmark long-term nutritional research arresting and reversing coronary artery disease in severely ill patients. That same study was updated at 12 years and reviewed beyond 20 years in his book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, making it one of the longest longitudinal studies of its type. Dr. Esselstyn and his wife have followed a plant-based diet for more than 20 years.  

    Dr. Esselstyn received his BA from Yale University and his MD from Western Reserve University. In 1956, pulling the No. 6 oar as a member of the victorious United States rowing team, he was awarded a gold medal at the Olympic Games. He was trained as a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic and at St. George's Hospital in London. In 1968, as an Army surgeon in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star.

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