Neal Barnard, MD

//Neal Barnard, MD

Dr. Neal Barnard is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of
Medicine in Washington, D.C., and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. 

Dr. Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Dr. Barnard has authored more than 80 scientific publications and 20 books for medical and lay readers. 

As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition and higher ethical standards in research. He has hosted four PBS television programs on nutrition and health and is the editor in chief of the “Nutrition Guide for Clinicians,” a textbook made available to all U.S. medical students. His research contributed to the acceptance of plant–based diets in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In 2015, he was named a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. In 2016, he founded the Barnard Medical Center in Washington, D.C., as a model for making nutrition a routine part of all medical care. 

Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Dr. Barnard received his M.D. at the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington and founding the Physicians Committee.