PHYSICIANS ASSOCIATION FOR NUTRITION

The Physicians Association for Nutrition (PAN) International aims to raise awareness among health professionals, the general public, and policymakers about the role of whole food, plant-based nutrition in promoting good health and preventing and treating disease.

PAN strives to

● make nutrition education a key part of medical school and the training of all health professions

● empower health professionals by providing educational seminars and training

● create effective nutrition programmes and resources to optimally support patients

● change hospital menus to include more nutritionally sound options

● build a global network of health professionals, scientists, and students

● create an influential medical lobby organisation to promote political change, bringing nutrition to the heart of health-care systems and communities

PAN is located in Munich, Germany, and operates within a tight-knit scientific network of international health professionals. We are currently launching national PAN branches around the world.

PAN cooperates with the Department for Clinical Naturopathy at the Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics of Charité University Hospital, Berlin.

As a general practitioner in the field of clinical nutrition, author and professional speaker, I have been addressing public health issues for over two decades. What I learned and found most disturbing is the lack of education of health professionals regarding nutrition, its effects on the human body, and its preventive and therapeutic potential.
By providing evidence-based educational material and events, PAN will have a great impact on the education of the general public and health professionals alike.
I am honored to be a member of PAN International.


Michael Greger, M.D., FACLM, USA

Michael Greger

The medical profession continues to enjoy the trust of its patients, but the health potential of a whole food plant-based diet has not yet spread among all health professionals. Therefore, I welcome the creation of PAN and support its work to promote the importance of nutrition for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.

Prof. Dr. Claus Leitzmann, Germany

Prof. Dr. Leitzmann

PAN is committed to supporting and encouraging changes in our views on the role nutrition and WFPB diets play in “lifestyle diseases.” I believe investing in the education of health professionals and the general population may be the key determinant that brings about a decrease in the prevalence of these chronic diseases.


Sophia Shalhout, PhD, USA
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Hematology/Oncology, Boston Children’s Hospital

Sophia Shalhout

Among the patient population that I see on daily basis, the major comorbid diseases are diabetes mellitus and obesity. I cannot stress enough and will continue to do my best to promote lifestyle education predicated on evidence-based medicine, showing my patients that it is possible for anyone to work towards a WFPB diet. I believe that patients can be cured or can stop the progression of such diseases if they can be conscious of what they eat. I am so fortunate to be a part of an organization like PAN, which strives to give nutrition a higher status in medicine as a whole.

Liliana Espinosa Sanchez, M.D., Mexico

Liliana Espinosa Sanchez
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The current scientific evidence points to a diet centered around whole, unrefined, or minimally processed plant foods including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, spices, nuts, and seeds.

This is what can be described as a “whole food, plant-based diet.” We will closely monitor the latest evidence in order to continuously reevaluate and update our content and recommendations.