The Physicians Association for Nutrition (PAN) International aims to raise awareness
among health professionals, the general public and policymakers about the role of nutrition
in promoting good health and preventing and treating disease, while also providing tools for making positive dietary changes.
Serving as a global umbrella organization, PAN International will encourage
the growth of national PAN branches in countries around the world. PAN International
will launch in April 2018.
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PAN International creates synergies with existing like-minded initiatives, as well as medical
and nutrition experts worldwide, to provide national PAN branches with scientific content
and relevant resources, as well as technical, organizational and strategic support.
Planned activities include:
Michael Greger, MD
Neal Barnard, MD
Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and founder of the Barnard Medical Center. … read more
Michael Greger, M.D., F.A.C.L.M., is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger's nutrition work can be found at NutritionFacts.org. . … read more
Michael Greger, M.D., F.A.C.L.M., is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger's nutrition work can be found at NutritionFacts.org.
Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, as well as numerous symposia and institutions. He has testified before Congress, has appeared on shows such as The Colbert Report and The Dr. Oz Show, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous ‘meat defamation’ trial.
Greger's recent scientific publications in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Critical Reviews in Microbiology, Family and Community Health, and the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition, and Public Health explore the public health implications of industrialized animal agriculture.
Greger is also licensed as a general practitioner, specializing in clinical nutrition, and is a founding member and fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He was featured on the Healthy Living Channel promoting his latest nutrition DVDs and was honored to teach part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell's esteemed nutrition course at Cornell University.
He is also the author of Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching and Carbophobia: The Scary Truth Behind America's Low Carb Craze. His latest book, How Not to Die, became an instant New York Times bestseller. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine. Greger's work on nutrition can be found at www.nutritionfacts.org, which is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit charity.
Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and founder of the Barnard Medical Center.
Dr. Barnard is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the 2016 recipient of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s Trailblazer Award. He has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Barnard has authored more than 70 scientific publications as well as 18 books, including the New York Times bestsellers Power Foods for the Brain, 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, and the USA Today bestseller Dr. Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes.
Allan Kornberg, MD
Allan Kornberg, M.D., is a pediatrician
who has practiced both primary care and emergency pediatrics. … read more
Allan Kornberg, M.D., is a pediatrician who has practiced both primary care and emergency pediatrics.
Dr. Kornberg served as Vice-Chair and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Buffalo, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Brown University. He has served as medical director with managed care organizations and provider institutions, as well as government and advocacy groups, typically working with complicated populations, both clinically and socioeconomically. Kornberg received his B.S. in Biology from MIT, his M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and his M.B.A. from the University of Rochester.
Tanja Kalchenko, MD
Tanja Kalchenko, M.D., is a Senior Radiologist
at the Oncological and Abdominal Radiology Unit at the Oslo University Hospital, the largest university hospital in Norway. … read more
Tanja Kalchenko, M.D., is a Senior Radiologist at the Oncological and Abdominal Radiology Unit at the Oslo University Hospital, the largest university hospital in Norway.
In 2013, Kalchenko founded HePla (www.hepla.no) and has since worked as the organization’s President. HePla educates the Norwegian public and health professionals regarding the benefits of a plant-based diet through its website, social media channels, regular lectures, and other events.
Christian Kessler, MD
Christian Kessler, M.D., works as a Senior Physician, Research Coordinator, and Project Manager at University Hospital Charité in Berlin, Germany. … read more
Christian Kessler, M.D., works as a Senior Physician, Research Coordinator, and Project Manager at University Hospital Charité in Berlin, Germany.
Dr. Kessler conducts research at the Immanuel Clinic in Berlin within the Endowment Professorship for Clinical Naturopathy at the Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics. He is an expert in Traditional Indian Medicine and Ayurveda, as well as a trained Indologist (M.A.). As one of the founders and coordinators of VegMed – Europe’s largest scientific congress on plant-based nutrition – he is passionate about making nutrition an important part of modern medicine.
David Stenholtz, MD
David Stenholtz, M.D., is a Senior Oncologist at the Södersjukhuset hospital in Stockholm, Sweden. … read more
David Stenholtz, M.D., is a Senior Oncologist at the Södersjukhuset hospital in Stockholm, Sweden.
In 2013 he founded the organization Läkare för framtiden (‘Physicians for the Future’) and has since been serving as its chair. The organization disseminates information on the health benefits of plant-based diets to the Swedish public, as well as to politicians and healthcare professionals.
Hans van Groenewoud, MD
Hans van Groenewoud has over 25 years’ experience as an occupational health physician. … read more
Hans van Groenewoud has over 25 years’ experience as an occupational health physician. He has advised numerous companies and has worked in diverse organizational cultures.
While practicing medicine, he became interested
in the important role that nutrition plays in becoming and staying healthy. He is currently based in Luxembourg.
Niklas Oppenrieder is a physician specializing in pediatrics at Aschaffenburg Hospital in Germany. As Medical Director of PAN, he heads the development of the organization, applying his first-hand knowledge as a member of several different medical associations, while also completing his residency.
Dania Schumann is a nutritionist with a Master’s degree in Nutritional Sciences. She currently works as a Research Associate at the Charité University Hospital in Berlin, Germany. Dania is also a Research Assistant at the Clinic for Naturopathy and Integrative Medicine in Essen, Germany, where she is finishing her dissertation.
Mark Hofmann studied Business Administration in Munich, Germany, specializing in Project Consultancy and International Management. As PAN’s Executive Director,
he brings extensive professional experience and is responsible for all organizational matters.
Cirus Henn is a medical student at the University of Heidelberg, Germany,
and is additionally working on his DGE Nutritionist Certification. In his position as PAN's Medical Content Manager he combines his scientific expertise as a former student of biomedical sciences at the Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, with his practical knowledge he acquired as a paramedic.
Carolin Wiedmann is a pediatrician specializing in allergology at the University Hospital Munich, Germany. With her expertise in nutrition during pregnancy and childhood, she has been supporting PAN since the organization was first formed.
Manuel Hettich is a medical student at the University of Freiburg, Germany, who is writing his dissertation on the influence of diet on the immune system. As a former computer science student at the University of Cambridge, England, he provides valuable support to PAN with his analytical mindset and IT expertise.
Are you passionate about raising awareness of the importance that nutrition plays in health? If so, you could be a good fit for PAN. Building a global movement around healthy nutrition will require a broad set of skills, with opportunities available for you to get involved in a wide variety of capacities at varying levels of time commitment. Apply today to be a part of our global movement from the start.
We currently have the following opportunities available:
Medical Content Manager (Oct 2018)
Are you interested in supporting PAN with your skills as a volunteer? If so, we strongly encourage
you to sign up as a volunteer by filling out our sign up form. Please specify your skills (see list below), your work experience, the country you live in, your motivation to work with PAN International, and
your potential time commitment. At the moment, we are setting up an international team
of volunteers and will let you know as soon as there is an opening in one of our projects.
Support us with your skills in the fields of:
to integrate the latest research regarding behaviour
change into our programs and tools.
to manage and lead individual campaigns, programs,
to grow and engage our global network.
to draft communication guidelines for our
international organization and to raise PAN’s profile
among health professionals, patients and the public
through reputable media presence.
to grow PAN’s resources and to enable national PAN branches
to finance their work sustainably.
to identify the most effective tools and campaigns for reaching out to health professionals, patients, and the general public.
Medicine and Nutrition
to lay the scientific groundwork for our educational materials, seminars and trainings, and to develop helpful tools for doctors, patients, and the general public.
to create appealing educational materials and web pages.
Animation / Video
to produce animated informational videos, slide templates for presentations, and to film and edit footage of PAN's events.
to develop digital tools, maintain our website,
and secure our data network.
to support national PAN branches by offering our content
and tools in their respective language.
Accounting / Tax Consultancy
to maintain our financial records.
to advise our founding processes and support
our international network in a legal capacity.
to ensure our activities are having
the greatest possible impact.
New National PAN Branches
Does your country lack an organization that can effectively advance the topic of healthy nutrition
among medical professionals, policy makers, and the general public?
Do you know a group of qualified and motivated health professionals who could found such an organization?
Do you know of a like-minded organization that is already making progress on these topics
and which could benefit from the support of a global network?
If so, please get in touch with us. We would love to form partnerships and exchange expertise
with other motivated groups and individuals in order to advance our common goals.
Would you like to share your feedback, ideas, or expertise with us?
Please use our contact form below, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.