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Food As Medicine Summit

  • Hunter College Silberman Building 2180 Third Avenue Main Auditorium (on 2nd Floor) New York, New York 10035 USA (map)

Thursday, November 30, 9:00am-6:00pm


Bringing Everyone to the Table

We often hear that in the fight to combat chronic diseases, food is the problem; therefore food must also be the solution. For change to occur in our food and health systems, everyone must be engaged. Farmers, chefs, doctors, nutritionists, policy, community, media and patients.

The Food as Medicine Summit will explore the greater topic of food as medicine via panel sessions that highlight specific disease areas such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Additional panels will discuss how to incorporate wellness and healthy foods into treatment in communities afflicted by poverty and examine the benefits of a plant-based diet. The day will feature cooking demonstrations from God’s Love We Deliver, Euphebe, and Wellness in the Schools, booths from hospitals, food vendors and local community-based organizations like Harlem Grown and Local Roots NYC.

Keynote Speakers

  • Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President
  • Robert E. Graham, M.D., MPH, ABOIM, FACP, Chef in training. Board Certified in Internal & Integrative Medicine, Co-Founder FRESH Med NYC
  • David Katz, M.D. MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM, Founding Director Yale University Prevention Research Center/Griffin Hospital, Founder True Health Initiative, President American College of Lifestyle Medicine


  • Delma Avila, MBA, MS, Nutritionist, “Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables” program, Food Bank NYC Staten Island & Manhattan
  • Jonathan Cetnarski, CEO, Natural Gourmet Institute
  • Nancy Easton, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Wellness in the Schools
  • Jonathan Forgash, Director of Services, Seek Servana
  • Galen Foulois, Founder, Restore Food
  • Erika Freund, Mobile Pantry Startup Manager, West Side Campaign Against Hunger
  • Francesca Gany, M.D., MS, Chief of The Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Ashita Gupta, M.D., Endocrinologist, Mt. Sinai
  • Diane Hatz, Executive Director, Change Food
  • Samantha Heller, MS, RDN, CDN, Exercise Physiologist and Senior Clinical Nutritionist, NYU Langone Medical Center, writer, radio host, adjunct professor
  • Tony Hillery,  Founder and Executive Director of Harlem Grown
  • Madi Holtzman, Director, Toast Ale U.S. branch
  • Richard Lamarita, Chef Instructor, Natural Gourmet Institute
  • Paul Lightfoot, JD, Chief Executive Officer, BrightFarms
  • Lynn Loflin, Teaching Kitchen Chef, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
  • Bernadette Martin, Director of Ligreenmarket Inc.
  • Michelle Miller, MSACN, Clinical Nutritionist, PhysioLogic NYC
  • Martha McKittrick,  RD, CDE, CHWC, clinical dietitian
  • Michel Nischan, CEO, Wholesome Wave
  • Patrick O’Neill, CEO, Amp Your Good
  • Robert Ostfeld, M.D., MSc., FACC, Director of Preventive Cardiology at Montefiore
  • Karen Pearl, President and CEO, God’s Love We Deliver
  • Joy Pierson, Nutritional Consultant and Co-owner, Candle Cafe
  • Henry Rinehart, owner, HENRY’s
  • Stephen Ritz, CEO, Green Bronx Machine
  • Stefanie Sacks, MS, CNS, CDN, Culinary Nutritionist
  • Greg Silverman, Executive Director, West Side Campaign Against Hunger
  • Kayleen St. John, MS, RD, Executive Director, Nutrition and Strategic Development, Euphebe
  • Rachel Stahl, MS, RD, CDN, Senior Clinical Dietitian, NY-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell
  • Steven Trasino, MSc, PhD, Associate Professor, Nutrition, Hunter College
  • Amie Valpone, Founder, The Healthy Apple
  • Wen-Jay Ying, Founder and Program Director, Local Roots NYC



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