Medical Doctors participating in Vegfest 2014

Here are the speakers who presented at Vegfest 2014.

Our speakers program provides an invaluable opportunity to hear the latest on nutrition and health from our doctors and dietitians. There is always ample opportunity to ask questions, both at the talks and afterwards in the bookstore or at their booths.

 

   
     
Dr Chan Hwang, M.D.
Chan Hwang M.D.
 

Chan Hwang, M.D. obtained his medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1994 and completed a four-year residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1998 at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University Medical School. Dr. Hwang has been in practice in the Seattle area focusing on the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders since 1998. He has also been the pain clinic physician consultant for the Puyallup location of UBC, Inc. since May of 2001. His passion is to provide lifestyle and physical medicine as well as rehabilitation resources to the under-served not only in Western Washington but internationally as well. 

   
     
Arun Kalyanasundaram M.D.
Arun Kalyanasundaram M.D.
 

Dr. Arun Kalyanasundaram (Dr. K) is an interventional cardiologist with practices at Highline Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Originally from India, Dr. K is a lifelong vegetarian. He obtained a Masters in Public Health at the University of Maryland, and then completed his residency and fellowship at Geisinger and Cleveland clinics respectively. He moved to Seattle in 2011. Dr K. strongly believes in a holistic approach to cardiology – with a particular emphasis on preventive cardiology primarily through diet and lifestyle. He was greatly impressed by the work of Dr Dean Ornish, Dr T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, who all advocate a plant-based diet, and his “template” of a diet for his patients is based on the seminal work of Dr. Esselstyn.

After his talk, and throughout the rest of the weekend, Dr K, along with Dr. Helmuth Fritz, will be offering free carotid artery scans at Vegfest, so you can discover the level of plaque build up in your arteries, and whether a vegetarian diet would help.

   
     
Dr. Uma Malhotra, M.D.
George Lee  M.D.
 

Dr. George Lee, MD, is a graduate of Loma Linda University Medical School, is board certified in Family Medicine and has been practicing Family Medicine for 15 years. He believes in preventative medicine and emphasizes the value of a vegetarian diet in preventing the most common diseases threatening us today. Dr Lee currently has a private practice at Lake Hills Medical Associates in Bellevue.

   
     
Dr. Uma Malhotra, M.D.
Uma Malhotra  M.D.
 

Dr. Malhotra is an Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine physician at Virginia Mason Medical Center (VMMC) in Seattle. She received her medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India, receiving the President’s Silver Medal. After completing her infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Washington (UW) in 1998, she served on the faculty at the UW and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center before moving to VMMC in 2008. Besides her role as a clinician at VMMC, she conducts translational research in immunology at the Benaroya Research Institute.

Dr. Malhotra grew up as a vegetarian in India and now having lived in the US for over 25 years she has embraced vegetarian cuisines from many cultures. She will discuss the immense benefits of a whole unrefined plant-based diet and the joys of a healthful vegetarian cuisine.

   
     
Dr Esther Park-Hwang, M.D.
Esther Park-Hwang M.D.
 

Dr. Park-Hwang is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington, medical education at Loma Linda University, School of Medicine, and graduate training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has joined the Tacoma Family Medicine Residency program in 1998 as faculty, and has been actively involved in training the obstetrics and gynecology portion of resident training. Her special interests include managing commonly occurring women’s health problems through healthy lifestyle changes.

   
     
Dr Ron Swenson, M.D.
Ron Swensen M.D.
 
 

A native of the midwest, Ron Swensen, MD, fell in love with the Pacific Northwest during a visit to Seattle while in college. He earned his medical degree from Loma Linda University and completed a Family Medicine Internship at the University of Wisconsin. He completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Stanford and a Gynecologic Oncology fellowship at Penn State (Hershey), before receiving Board Certification in 1998. Dr. Swensen subsequently joined Valley Medical Center as Medical Director for Oncology Services. His practice includes surgery, chemotherapy and long-term management of known or suspected cancer of the female reproductive tract. He is trained in robotic and laparoscopic surgical procedures.

   
     

Doctors Offering Free Health Screenings

 

   
     
Dr Ani Das, M.D.
Ani Das’ M.D.
 

Dr. Ani Das’ particular focus in training during medical school was the application of osteopathic manipulation to musculoskeletal medicine. He completed his post-graduate medical training at the University of Washington/Valley Medical Center in Family Medicine. Dr. Das practices family medicine, osteopathic medicine, and sports medicine. He is currently on the Clinical Faculty at the University of Washington, teaching musculoskeletal medicine and osteopathy to Family Medicine residents. Outside medicine, Dr. Das is an avid triathlete and an IRONMAN finisher. He currently trains in Crossfit and yoga to bring balance to his endurance focus.  

   
     
Dr Helmuth Fritz, M.D.
Helmuth Fritz M.D.
 

Helmuth Fritz, M.D. is board certified in Internal Medicine and is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Prior to his Loma Linda University appointment, he served as a staff physician and researcher at the NEWSTART Medical Clinic at Weimar Institute, a health and education organization that focuses on lifestyle to treat and prevent many common degenerative diseases. He has over 20 years experience practicing general internal medicine in Washington State.  

   
     
Arun Kalyanasundaram M.D.
Arun Kalyanasundaram M.D.
 

Dr. Arun Kalyanasundaram (Dr. K) is an interventional cardiologist with practices at Highline Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Originally from India, Dr. K is a lifelong vegetarian. He obtained a Masters in Public Health at the University of Maryland, and then completed his residency and fellowship at Geisinger and Cleveland clinics respectively. He moved to Seattle in 2011. Dr K. strongly believes in a holistic approach to cardiology – with a particular emphasis on preventive cardiology primarily through diet and lifestyle. He was greatly impressed by the work of Dr Dean Ornish, Dr T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, who all advocate a plant-based diet, and his “template” of a diet for his patients is based on the seminal work of Dr. Esselstyn.

After his talk, and throughout the rest of the weekend, Dr K, along with Dr. Helmuth Fritz, will be offering free carotid artery scans at Vegfest, so you can discover the level of plaque build up in your arteries, and whether a vegetarian diet would help.

   
     

In addition, look for representatives from Bastyr Center for Natural Health, chiropractors and registered dietitians at their booths throughout Vegfest.