For our vegan voyage, we proudly curate a dynamic roster of plant-based speakers who span the realms of nutrition, wellness, and animal welfare. Every cruise features new presenters alongside returning favorites. On board, you can meet and learn from some of the most influential leaders in the vegan and plant-based movements. We’re excited to introduce these new presenters!
New HHAS Presenters for 2023
Columbus Batiste, MD
Columbus Batiste, MD, FACC, FSCAI, is the Chief of Cardiology at Kaiser Permanente Riverside and Moreno Valley Medical Centers. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He is known as the “Healthy Heart Doc” and he endorses a holistic approach to health care, emphasizing nutrition, stress reduction, and exercise. He strives to not only address cardiac disease through medications or interventions, but also helps people manage it from a mental and emotional standpoint.
Dean Sherzai, MD
Dr. Dean Sherzai is a behavioral neurologist/neuroscientist whose entire life has been dedicated to behavioral change models at the community and population level. He finished his medical and neurology residencies at Georgetown University with subsequent fellowship in neurodegenerative diseases at the National Institutes of Health, followed by a second fellowship in Dementia and Geriatrics at the University of California, San Diego. He also holds two master’s degrees; in advanced sciences at UCSD and in lifestyle epidemiology from Loma Linda University. He has received a PhD in Healthcare leadership focused on community empowerment from Loma Linda/Andrews University. His vision has always been to revolutionize healthcare by empowering communities to take control of their own health.
Ayesha Sherzai, MD, MAS
Dr. Ayesha Sherzai finished two residencies at Loma Linda University; preventive medicine and neurology. She also holds a master’s in advanced sciences from UCSD. Subsequent to completing her residency Dr. Sherzai completed a fellowship in vascular neurology from Columbia University, and is currently enrolled to finish a PhD in women’s leadership. Knowing the importance of empowering her patients, and their communities, Ayesha completed an extensive culinary training program and now teaches large populations how to make tasty, easy, and healthy food for their brain health.
Ocean Robbins is the author of 31-Day Food Revolution: Heal Your Body, Feel Great, and Transform Your World. He is the CEO and co-founder of the 500,000+ member Food Revolution Network. He’s served as the adjunct professor for Chapman University. He’s received numerous awards, including the national Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service and the Freedom’s Flame Award.
Scott Harrington, DO
Dr. Harrington is a board-certified Family Medicine physician with over 17 years of experience. Since he personally adopted a plant-based diet, his energy levels, exercise endurance and recovery time dramatically improved. His weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, and hormone levels all normalized. This convinced Dr. Harrington to focus on teaching patients what he learned and develop Vegan Primary Care, an online primary care practice that caters to vegans.
Other HHAS Presenters
We’ll also be joined by Neal Barnard, MD; Michael Greger, MD; Dr. Michael A. Klaper; Julieanna Hever; and 25+ others presenters and teachers. Check out our presenter page for the most up-to-date information.