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2012 Keynote Speakers:

Mehmet C. Oz, MD, FACS, MBAMehmet C. Oz, MD, FACS, MBA

The Dr. Oz Show; Columbia University Medical Center; HealthCorps

Dr. Mehmet Oz, two-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning host of the Daytime Emmy® Award-winning The Dr. Oz Show, is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored more than 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books, has received several patents, and performs more than 100 heart surgeries per year.

Dr. Oz was born in Cleveland, Ohio, raised in Delaware and received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University (1982) and obtained a joint M.D. and M.B.A. (1986) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Wharton Business School. He lives in Northern New Jersey with his family. Dr. Oz was born in Cleveland, Ohio, raised in Delaware and received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University (1982) and obtained a joint M.D. and M.B.A. (1986) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Wharton Business School. He lives in Northern New Jersey with his family.

Previously, Dr. Oz was a featured health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show for more than five seasons, spanning 55 episodes. He has also served as chief medical consultant to Discovery Communications, where his Transplant! series won both a Freddie and a Silver Telly award.

Dr. Oz authored seven New York Times Best Sellers, including “You: The Owner’s Manual”, “You: The Smart Patient”, “YOU: On a Diet”, “YOU: Having a Baby” and “YOU: The Owner’s Manual for Teens”, as well as the award-winning “Healing from the Heart”. He has a regular column in O, The Oprah Magazine, Time and AARP.

In addition to belonging to every major professional society for heart surgeons, Dr. Oz was named Forbes’ #3 most influential celebrity (2010-2011), has been honored as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People (2008) and Esquire magazine’s 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century.

Michael F. Roizen, MD

Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute

Dr. Michael Roizen is the first Chief Wellness Officer at any major academic medical center, the Cleveland Clinic, where he is also the chairman of its Wellness Institute. Dr. Roizen is boarded in both internal medicine and anesthesiology. He has founded 12 companies, co-invented a drug recently approved by the FDA and written four New York Times number one bestsellers. His books include the “YOU” series co-authored with Dr. Mehmet Oz. Dr Roizen is also the co-founder of RealAge, Inc., and he is currently the chairman of the RealAge Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. Roizen is a past chair of a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee and a former editor for six medical journals with more than 165 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 100 textbook chapters, 30 editorials and four medical books to his name. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Williams College and Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. He performed his residency in internal medicine at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital, and anesthesiology at University of California, San Francisco and completed Public Health Service at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Roizen lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife, Dr. Nancy Roizen.

David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP

Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center

David L. Katz MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, is the founding director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center. He received his BA from Dartmouth College (1984; Magna Cum Laude); his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993). He is a two-time diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a board-certified specialist in Preventive Medicine/Public Health. Dr. Katz is known internationally for expertise in nutrition, weight management, and chronic disease prevention. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Childhood Obesity, President-Elect of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, founder and President of the non-profit Turn the Tide Foundation, and a blogger/medical review board member for The Huffington Post.

Dr. Katz remains active in patient care, and directs the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT. Katz is the principal inventor of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index (patents pending) utilized in the NuVal® nutrition guidance program (www.nuval.com), currently offered in more than 1,600 supermarkets throughout the United States, from coast to coast. He has been recognized three times by the Consumers Research Council of America as one of the nation's top physicians in Preventive Medicine. He was nominated for the position of U.S. Surgeon General in 2009 and was the 2011 recipient of the Katharine Boucot Sturgis award from the American College of Preventive Medicine, the most prestigious award the College confers, awarded for illustrious career contributions to the field of Preventive Medicine. In 2011, Dr. Katz also received the Lenna Frances Cooper Award from the American Dietetic Association (now known as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) for illustrious contributions to the field of nutrition. In 2012, he was the first inductee into the Marketing Disease Prevention in America hall of fame for efforts related to childhood obesity control; and was the Stanley P. Mayers Endowed Lecturer at Penn State University. Dr. Katz and his wife Catherine live in CT; they have five children.

Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, MA, RD

Author and Nutrition Consultant

As a writer, educator, food enthusiast, and award-winning journalist, Dr. Wendy Bazilian brings experience in nutrition science, public health and counseling to her work. Dr. Bazilian graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, and received her master’s degree from the University of California, San Diego. She completed her doctoral degree in Public Health and Nutrition from Loma Linda University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the highest academic honor, the prestigious Chancellor’s Award.

She is a registered dietitian and American College of Sports Medicine–certified Health and Fitness Specialist. She is the Nutrition Advisor at the renowned Golden Door fitness resort and spa in Escondido, California since 2003 and is co-owner of Bazilian’s Health Clinic in San Diego with her husband, Dr. Jason Bazilian. She has been a returning guest on programs including Live with Regis and Kelly, Live with Kelly, NBC’s Today, ABC’s Good Morning America Health, ABC’s View from the Bay, Fox Business’ Money for Breakfast, NBC’s Telemundo, Univision and other local and national programs. Dr. Bazilian has written for, and her advice has been featured in, numerous magazines including Martha Stewart Living, Healing Lifestyles & Spas, Town & Country, Natural Health, Spa Magazine, Allure, Women’s Health, among others, and as a professional writer on nutrition and exercise, has published more than 200 articles for corporate and other media. Dr. Wendy was the 2011 recipient of the J. Dun Gifford Food and Nutrition Journalism Award. She is author of “The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients” (Rodale). She has also contributed to a number of books including the New York Times best-selling “SuperFoodsRx,” and the James Beard- and IACP-nominated “Golden Door Cooks at Home.” You can find out more about Dr. Bazilian at www.wendybazilian.com and on Twitter @eatmovebe.

Keri M. Gans, MS, RD, CDN

Author and Nutrition Consultant

Keri Gans is a registered dietitian and media spokesperson with a private practice in New York City. She is the author of “The Small Change Diet” (Gallery, March 2011), a past spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and a past president of the New York State Dietetic Association. Gans is also a steering committee member of the New York State Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Alliance (NYSHEPA), a medical advisory board member for Women’s Voice For Change and is an advisory board member for Easy Eats, an all digital lifestyle and food magazine.

Gans spends the majority of her time conducting individual nutrition counseling, public speaking, writing, blogging/tweeting, and consulting. She is frequently quoted in local and national publications, such as Glamour, Fitness, Shape, Self, Health, Women’s Health and has made several television appearances including, EXTRA, The Dr. Oz Show, ABC News, WPIX11 Morning Show, Primetime, FOX News, FOX Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, and Good Morning America. Gans is a regular guest on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s Dr. Radio program and has conducted numerous other radio interviews across the country.

For five years, Gans was the host of a weekly nutrition/lifestyle show called Diet Diva on Manhattan Public Access TV. She is also the proud winner of the New York State Dietetic Association’s 2010 Media Excellence Award and 2006 Emerging Dietetic Leader Award. She lives with her husband Bart and four-legged son, Henry, in New York City and East Hampton and is an avid yoga practitioner. You can find out more about Keri Gans at www.kerigansnutrition.com, Twitter @kerigans or www.facebook.com/TheSmallChangeDiet and www.facebook.com/KeriGans.

David Jacobs, Jr., PhD

School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

David R. Jacobs, Jr. holds the degree of PhD in Mathematical Statistics (1971) from The Johns Hopkins University. He has been on the faculty of the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota since 1974, and has held the rank of Professor of Epidemiology since 1989. He concurrently holds a guest professorship at the Department of Nutrition at the University of Oslo, Norway (1999-present). He is a fellow of the American Heart Association and the American College of Nutrition. He serves on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Nutrition, Clinical Chemistry, and Preventive Medicine.

He has written more than 700 articles on various topics concerning the epidemiology of chronic diseases and their risk factors, including the epidemiology of specific molecules, and particularly those relating to cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Topics of interest include monitoring of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors, the relation of high cholesterol with atherosclerotic diseases and the relation of low cholesterol with nonatherosclerotic diseases; measures related to oxidative stress and damage, serum antioxidant vitamins, gamma glutamyl transferase, plasma F2-isoprostanes, C-reactive protein, adiponectin, persistent organic pollutants, and arterial elasticity. Since 1994, he has focused extensively on whole grain intake and health.

His work was influential in the 2000 decision of the USDA Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to add a specific guideline to “eat a variety of grains, especially whole grains,” and in the strengthening of this message in the 2005 USDA Dietary Guidelines. Recent work has included study of periodontal disease, as a model of infectious disease, and its implications for cardiovascular disease. He has written several articles on the health implications of synergies of different plant foods and dietary patterns. He is also principal investigator of a study of arterial elasticity and is expert in diverse subclinical markers of cardiovascular disease.


Petra Kolber

Fitness Expert

Petra Kolber is a highly respected and well-known fitness, health and wellness expert, and motivational speaker. She is certified by The American College of Sports Medicine, The American Council on Exercise, The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, and is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher.

Her mission is to help individuals get moving and incorporate daily exercise into their lives in an easy and realistic fashion. Kolber brings her own life experience to everything she does. Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1999, she was in remission after eight months of intensive chemotherapy and radiation. Ten years later she is cancer-free and uses her experience to help motivate others who may be dealing with adversity.

Kolber’s approach is one of compassion sprinkled with humor. She has received many accolades for her work within the fitness field, including receiving the 2011 East Coast Alliance (ECA) Female Presenter of the Year, 2010 ECA Presenters Choice Award, 2004 and 2003 ECA Female Presenter of the Year, 2001 IDEA Instructor of the Year, 2000 Canadian Fitness Professionals International Presenter of the Year, and in 1999 Petra was named Fitness Crusader of the Year by Health magazine for her work within the health and wellness industry.

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Victoria Maizes, MDVictoria Maizes, MD

Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

Dr. Victoria Maizes is Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, and Professor of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, and Public Health at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Maizes is internationally recognized as a leader in integrative medicine. She stewarded the growth of the Program in Integrative Medicine from a small program educating four residential fellows per year, to a Center of Excellence training more than 250 fellows and residents annually. She helped develop the Center’s curriculum in integrative medicine and pioneered multiple educational innovations including Integrative Family Medicine and Integrative Medicine in Residency, two national models for educating primary care physicians.

As founding education co-chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Maizes led a team of educators to create objectives for medical students in integrative medicine. A graduate of Barnard College, she received her MD from the University of California, San Francisco, completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Missouri, Columbia and her Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Maizes lectures worldwide to academic and community audiences on integrative medical education, women’s health, healthy aging, nutrition, and cancer. In 2010, “Integrative Women’s Health,” the Oxford University Press textbook she edited, was published. Ode magazine named Victoria Maizes one of the world’s 25 Intelligent Optimists in 2009.

Cheryl Rock, PhD, RD

University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

Cheryl Rock, PhD, RD, is a professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and the Cancer Prevention and Control Program, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. Dr. Rock also leads the Nutrition Shared Resource of the Moores UCSD Comprehensive Cancer Center. She completed undergraduate training in nutrition and dietetics at Michigan State University, achieved a Master of Medical Science degree in clinical nutrition at Emory University, and was awarded a doctoral degree in nutritional sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Rock’s primary research efforts are focused on the role of nutritional and dietary factors in the development and progression of cancer, particularly breast cancer, and healthy weight management in adults. Her research efforts address diet and weight management, and how diet, adiposity and physical activity affect biomarkers and risk and progression of cancer and other chronic diseases.

Dr. Rock is presently involved in randomized trials funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that are testing whether healthy weight control and modifications in diet and physical activity can alter biological processes, hormonal factors, body weight, progression of cancer, and cardiovascular disease risk factors. She has served on numerous NIH and USDA review panels and committees, and she currently serves on editorial boards for several peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Rock is the author of more than 220 scientific papers and book chapters.

Walter Willett, MD, DrPH

Harvard School of Public Health

Dr. Walter Willett is Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and Chairman of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Willett, was born in Hart, Michigan and grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, studied food science at Michigan State University, and graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School before obtaining a Doctorate in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Willett has focused much of his work over the last 25 years on the development of methods, using both questionnaire and biochemical approaches, to study the effects of diet on the occurrence of major diseases. He has applied these methods starting in 1980 in the Nurses’ Health Studies I and II and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Together, these cohorts that include nearly 300,000 men and women with repeated dietary assessments are providing the most detailed information on the long-term health consequences of food choices.

Dr. Willett has published more than 1,500 articles, primarily on lifestyle risk factors for heart disease and cancer, and has written the textbook, “Nutritional Epidemiology,” published by Oxford University Press. He also has three books for the general public, “Eat, Drink and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating,” which has appeared on most major bestseller lists, “Eat, Drink, and Weigh Less,” co-authored with Mollie Katzen, and most recently “The Fertility Diet,” co-authored with Jorge Chavarro and Pat Skerrett. He is the most cited nutritionist internationally, and is among the five most cited persons in all fields of clinical science. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the recipient of many national and international awards for his research.

Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD

Nutrition Consultant

Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD is director of nutrition for the number one health and wellness website, overseeing diet, nutrition and food content. In 2007, Zelman was awarded the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics “Media Excellence Award” and in 2011 the American Society for Nutrition’s “Nutrition Science Media Award” for outstanding science and nutrition journalism.

Zelman has extensive media experience, including co-hosting a weekly radio program for four years, and serving twelve years as a national spokesperson for the Academy. She has contributed to books including “Paul Prudhomme’s A Fork in the Road,” “Healthy Eating for Babies and Toddlers” and “A Harvest of Healthy Foods.” She has served as a judge for nutrition journalism James Beard Awards since 2009. Zelman translates her media experience as a media trainer having conducted hands-on media training for more than 1,500 physicians and registered dietitians.

Zelman is an invited speaker at professional meetings worldwide on a variety of nutrition issues. She shared the stage as the nutrition expert with First Lady Michelle Obama celebrating the second anniversary of Let’s Move. In June 2011, USDA Secretary Vilsack invited Zelman to make comments at the launch of MyPlate.

She has been a dietetic internship director at Ochsner Medical Institutions and assistant professor at St. Mary’s Dominican College, both in New Orleans. Zelman is active in local, state and national dietetic associations and currently serves as director at large on the Academy board of directors. She has served as a trustee on the Georgia Dietetic Foundation and two terms as a delegate to the Academy House of Delegates. She received her master’s degree in public health from Tulane University and her bachelor of science from Montclair State University.

Chef Alessandro Stratta

With more than 35 years of restaurant and hotel experience, Chef Alessandro Stratta’s trademark is a sense of genuine hospitality and respect for the essence of traditional French and Italian regional cuisine. Chef Stratta uses classic culinary tradition blended with a more approachable, lighter, contemporary style of cooking. He is focused on seasonally inspired cuisine, embracing various cultural influences on flavor and showcasing the inherent nutritional value in seasonal produce.

Chef Stratta is the fifth generation in his family to work in the restaurant and hotel industry. Educated at the California Culinary Academy, Chef Stratta began his career in one of San Francisco’s prestigious kitchens, the Stanford Court Hotel, before he headed to Monaco to open Louis XV under Chef Alain Ducasse. With Chef Ducasse’s blessing, Chef Stratta moved back to the U.S. and worked in New York’s renowned Le Cirque restaurant under Chef Daniel Boulud. At the age of 24, Chef Stratta was chosen to head Mary Elaine’s, a gourmet restaurant at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, AZ, which after two years was established as one of the premier dining destinations in the Southwest. In 1992, the restaurant was recognized by the James Beard Foundation as a “Top Dining Destination” and Chef Stratta was chosen as America’s Top Hotel Chef. In 1998, Chef Stratta won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Southwest.

His namesake restaurant, Alex, at Wynn Las Vegas was awarded two stars in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Las Vegas Michelin Guide. It was recognized by AAA as a Five-Diamond restaurant and by Forbes (formerly Mobil) travel guide as a Five-Star restaurant, one of only two in Las Vegas. In his second restaurant, Stratta, Chef Stratta offered an approachable comfort-food experience. Currently, Chef Stratta lives in Las Vegas and volunteers with Southern Wine and Spirits and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.


2010 Speakers:

Mehmet C. Oz, MD, FACS, MBA
Host, the Dr. Oz Show; Columbia University
Medical Center; Healthcorps

Michael F. Roizen, MD
Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute

David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP
Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center

Roger A. Clemens, Dr.PH, CNS, FACN, FIFT
University of Southern California

Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN
American Institute for Cancer Research

Keri Gans, MS, RD, CDN
New York State Dietetic Association

Donald K. Ingram, Ph.D
Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University

Mollie Katzen
Cookbook Author

Petra Kolber
Fitness Expert

Joan Sabaté, MD, Dr.PH
Loma Linda University

Brian Wansink, Ph.D
Cornell Food and Brand Lab

Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN
Author, Nutrition Consultant