Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Esselstyn has been associated with the Cleveland Clinic since 1968, where 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. Presently he directs the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Reversal Program at its Wellness Institute.
Dr. Esselstyn is the author of "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease," a groundbreaking program backed by his 20-year study proving changes in diet and nutrition can cure heart disease.
R. Rodney Howell, M.D., President, is Professor of Pediatrics and Chairman Emeritus at the Miller School of Medicine of the University of Miami in Florida. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, as well as the American Board of Medical Genetics in the area of Clinical Biochemical Genetics. Dr. Howell chairs the Board of Directors of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), the largest private funding agency for neuromuscular research and services in the United States. He has just completed an assignment as Senior Advisor to the Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development of the NIH, focusing on the Institute's research efforts in newborn screening.
Julia K. Brandi, Executive Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, has had an extensive career in the areas of health care management and communications, both in this country and abroad. She began her work at the The Rip Van Winkle Foundation; then managed the New York State HMO Conference, corporate communications at Community Health Plan/Kaiser Permanente, and at Medicover, a private healthcare company in Central and Eastern Europe.
John Esselstyn Howell, a Fulbright Scholar and alumnus of Davidson College, chairs a boutique, national consulting firm based in Northern Virginia. The firm consults on behalf of corporations and individuals regarding investments in the health care, downstream energy, and public security and safety arenas. These efforts include substantive collaborations with a variety of U.S. agencies and partners globally. Prior to his private sector career, he served in both uniformed and civilian capacities worldwide and is both Airborne and Ranger Qualified.