Heather Shenkman MD FACC is an interventional cardiologist in practice in the Los Angeles area.
Originally from Detroit, she attended medical school at Albany Medical College and completed her internal medicine residency training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. She completed her cardiology fellowship training at University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, and her interventional cardiology fellowship training at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
While she performs complex angioplasties to open up clogged coronary arteries, she prefers to help her patients reduce their risk of heart disease through a healthy lifestyle, including a plant-based diet and regular exercise, in addition to medication when appropriate.
Dr. Shenkman has followed a plant-based diet for nearly eleven years. She is an avid athlete, having completed over a hundred events of various distances, from sprint triathlons to Ironman distance triathlons, marathons and ultramarathons, and several hundred-mile century cycling events. Dr. Shenkman competed internationally in Israel at the Maccabiah Games in 2013, where she won a bronze medal for Team USA. Most recently, Dr. Shenkman completed Ironman Boulder 2015, her second Ironman distance triathlon.
Dr. Shenkman is a strong believer in a plant-based diet for heart health, as numerous studies have demonstrated prevention and even reversal of coronary artery disease. A plant-based diet has fueled her athletic success, and she encourages her patients toward this diet for their own health as well.
She blogs at veganheartdoc.com and can be followed on Twitter at @veganheartdoc.
3:40pm – 4:45pm: Main Stage
Doctors Panel: “Where Doctors Agree – Eat More Plants”
Presented by: Dr. Emeran Mayers, Dr. Heather Shenkman, Dr. Hans Dielh