Rip Esselstyn

For many years, Rip, a University of Texas all-American swimmer, was one of the world’s top professional triathletes. He took first place in many major events, including the 2001 Police and Fire World Games, the world’s largest athletic competition. He also won the Capital of Texas Triathlon eight times and was the leader and top-three finisher at many televised events, including the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, where he was first out of the frigid, shark-infested waters six years in a row. Rip still competes in various events, recently winning the master national championships in the 200-yard backstroke at age 45 and setting the American record in the process.


Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.D. from Western Reserve University. In 1956, pulling the No. 6 oar as a member of the victorious United States rowing team, he was awarded a gold medal at the Olympic Games. He was trained as a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic and at St. George’s Hospital in London. In 1968, as an Army surgeon in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star.

Dr. Esselstyn has been associated with the Cleveland Clinic since 1968. During that time, he served as president of the staff and as a member of the board of governors. He chaired the clinic’s Breast Cancer Task Force and headed its Section of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery.


T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.

For more than 40 years, Dr. T. Colin Campbell has been at the forefront of nutritional research. His legacy, “The China Project,” is the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted. Dr. Campbell has more than 70 grant years of peer-reviewed research funding and has authored more than 300 research papers and coauthored the best-selling book The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health. Dr. Campbell’s principal scientific interests, which began in his graduate training in the 1950s, have been the effects of nutritional status on the causation of cancer and long-term health.


John McDougall, M.D.

John McDougall, M.D. is a board-certified internist, author of 11 national bestselling books and the international online “McDougall Newsletter,” host of the nationally syndicated television show McDougall M.D. and medical director of the 10-day, live-in McDougall Program in Santa Rosa, California. He is an Associate Professor at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Mare Island, in Vallejo, California.


Douglas Lisle, Ph.D.

Delightfully candid and warm, Dr. Douglas Lisle is one of psychology’s most innovative and curious minds. Deeply dedicated to exploring the mysteries of human behavior from fresh, uncharted waters, his research in evolutionary psychology and its impact on health, happiness, and the pursuit of pleasure is generating critical acclaim.

Dr. Lisle is director of research for TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California, where he also conducts a private psychotherapy practice. He is co-author of The Pleasure Trap and has published numerous articles in the scientific literature.


Ann Crile Esselstyn

Ann Crile Esselstyn graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and received a master’s degree in education from Wheelock College in Riverway, Massachusetts. She taught English and history for 27 years, receiving the Hostatler Award for Outstanding Teaching, and was a field hockey coach for 15 years. She balanced raising four children, teaching, and figuring out plant-based, oil-free ways to cook that are delicious and appealing. Since 2000 she has focused her energy on creating recipes to prevent and reverse heart disease, counseling patients on how to prepare and eat plant-based foods. She has frequently been referred to as the “Julia Child of plant-based cooking.”


Jane Esselstyn, R.N.

Jane Esselstyn, R.N. is a wellness instructor and a plant-strong presenter and cook, as well as a married mother of three. She loves presenting about disease prevention through nutrition and, like the rest of her family, has been plant-strong for over 25 years. She has been a sex education teacher to middle school boys and high school girls for over two decades and helps them learn about the amazing benefits of plant-based foods. She recently finished developing recipes for the next Engine 2 book with her brother, Rip.