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Neal D. Barnard

Dr. Neal Barnard
Born 1953
Fargo, North Dakota
Nationality American
Education M.D.
Alma mater George Washington University School of Medicine
Occupation Doctor, psychiatrist, writer
Employer Founder, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine; adjunct associate professor of medicine at George Washington University
Website .org.nealbarnardwww

Neal D. Barnard (born 1953) is an American doctor, author, clinical researcher, and founding president of the

External links

  • Freston, Kathy (2011). Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World. Weinstein Publishing. pp. 73ff.  

Further reading

  1. ^ a b c d e f Wadman, Meredith. "Profile: Neal Barnard", Nature, 206, 12: 602.
    • Also see Brandt, Peter. "A Conversation with Dr. Neal Barnard", Salon, March 12, 2001.
  2. ^ Sharkey, Joe. "Perennial Foes Meet Again in a Battle of the Snack Bar",The New York Times, November 23, 2004.
  3. ^ Even, Megha S. et al. "Development of a novel ELISA for human insulin using monoclonal antibodies produced in serum-free cell culture medium", Clinical Biochemistry, Volume 40, Issues 1-2, (2007), pp. 98–103. PMID 17123500
  4. ^ Testing for insulin without the pitter-patter of little feet, Newsguide, January 31, 2007.
  5. ^ Lipson, Peter (12 October 2009). "Medicine is hard and should be practiced with caution". Science-Based Medicine. Retrieved September 2014. 
  6. ^ Washington Center For Clinical Research,, accessed February 6, 2011.
  7. ^ "Biographical Sketch",, accessed February 6, 2011.
  8. ^ Barnard, N.D. Foods that Fight Pain. Harmony Books, 1998.
  9. ^ Barnard, N.D. Food for Life. Harmony Books, 1993.
  10. ^ a b "About PCRM", PCRM, retrieved November 16, 2007
  11. ^ Ask the expert, Neal Barnard, M.D., The Cancer Project, retrieved November 17, 2007
  12. ^ "White House Decries Doctors Committee's Poster, Which Mentions Obama Girls", Washington Post, retrieved April 27, 2012
  13. ^ "Legal Alert". Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  14. ^ Mary Carmichael, Atkins Under Attack, Newsweek, February 2004
  15. ^ Tara Godvin, "Doctor: Atkins Data Wasn't for Public", Newsday, February 13, 2004.


See also

  • The Power of Your Plate (1990)
  • A Physician's Slimming Guide (1992)
  • Food for Life (1993)
  • Eat Right, Live Longer (1995)
  • Foods That Fight Pain (1998)
  • The Best in the World, volumes I, II, and III (1998, 2000, and 2010)
  • Turn off the Fat Genes (2001)
  • Breaking the Food Seduction (2003)
  • Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes (2007)
  • A Nutrition Guide for Clinicians (1st edition 2007, 2nd edition 2009)
  • The Cancer Survivor’s Guide (2008)
  • The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook (2010)
  • 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart (2011)
  • Power Foods for the Brain (2013)


He appears in the 2011 documentary feature film Forks Over Knives, a film that traces the careers of T. Colin Campbell and Caldwell Esselstyn. Barnard also features in the film Super Size Me and Mad Cowboy: The Documentary.


As president of PCRM, Barnard has been at the forefront of criticism of the Atkins Nutritional Approach, a low-carbohydrate diet, known as Atkins diet. He runs a website advising of potential health consequences, and warning of the possibility of legal liability for doctors who prescribe the diet.[13] In 2004, he approved the release by PCRM of a medical report on the death of Robert Atkins.[14] The New York City medical examiner's office said the report had been "inappropriately obtained" by a cardiologist, who said he had provided it to PCRM for research purposes only. Barnard said the cardiologist was aware the report would be released and justified it to expose the effect of the diet on Atkins' health.[15]

Criticism of the Atkins diet

In 2009, PCRM erected a series of billboards at Washington’s Union Station Metro calling for healthier school lunches. The images depicted an 8-year-old Florida girl saying “President Obama’s daughters get healthy school lunches. Why don’t I?” suggesting that vegetarian options should not be reserved for those who can afford the $29,000-a-year tuition at Washington’s Sidwell Friends School. The White House was not amused and insisted that the billboards be removed. Barnard refused and called on the White House to support reforms to school lunches.[12]

In 1991, Barnard founded The Cancer Project, originally as a PCRM program. It became an independently incorporated organization in 2004, with Barnard as president, aiming to educate the public on diet’s role in cancer prevention and survival by providing nutrition and cooking classes for cancer patients throughout the U.S.[11]

[10] Barnard also promotes the use of alternatives to animals in medical research.[1] With PCRM, Barnard has successfully campaigned against live-animal teaching labs for medical students, something he refused to take part in himself when he was studying medicine. According to, by 2001, over half of U.S. medical schools had stopped using live animals for teaching purposes, and by 2012, 94 percent of schools had abandoned the practice.[1] PCRM is based in Washington D.C., where a staff of seventy operate within a $9 million budget.[10] In 1985, Barnard founded the

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Barnard has written 17 books about nutrition, including the USA Today bestselling-book Dr. Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes and New York Times bestselling-books 21-Day Kickstart and Power Foods for the Brain. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Nutrition Guide for Clinicians (2007). Nutritionist Marion Nestle, while disagreeing with Barnard's vegan principles, wrote that he raises "provocative questions that deserve serious attention."[1] Doctor Dean Ornish has called him "one of the leading pioneers in educating the public about the healing power of diet and nutrition."[8] and Henry Heimlich described his "tremendous influence on dietary practices in the United States."[9] Salon praised his ability to promote a vegan diet "with such eloquence as to make the proposition sound almost inviting."[1]


In 2004, he formed The Washington Center For Clinical Research, a nonprofit subsidiary of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine that aims to conduct research into the role of nutrition in health.[6] He is now an adjunct associate professor of medicine at GWU and is also a life member of the American Medical Association.[7]

Peter Lipson, a Doctor and writer on alternative medicine, has been heavily critical of Barnard's view that diabetes can be "reversed" by diet, saying that it relies on an over-simplifed view of the disease.[5]

With colleagues at PCRM, Barnard developed an insulin ELISA assay that utilizes monoclonal antibodies from hybridomas maintained in media free of animal products.[3] The test proved as effective as methods that use animal products, and is now produced commercially by Millipore.[4]


of the National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for the peer reviewer, and is an invited American Journal of Cardiology and the Lancet Oncology,, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the "Journal of the American Medical Association", Diabetes Care He has published his research in several academic journals, including [2] Barnard grew up in



  • Background 1
  • Research 2
    • Books 2.1
    • Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine 2.2
    • Criticism of the Atkins diet 2.3
    • Films 2.4
  • Bibliography 3
  • See also 4
  • Notes 5
  • Further reading 6
  • External links 7

Barnard is the author of 17 books and more than 70 published papers on nutrition and its impact on human health. He stars in three PBS specials about diet and health.


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