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The Art of Low Carb Living

The Nutrition and Metabolism Society Board Members

Metabolism Society Board of Directors:

Jeffrey P. Feinman
President, Feinman, Marlow, Carter, Inc. NY

Allen Fay, MD
Associate Clinical Professor, Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY

Laurie Cagnassola
Director, Nutrition and Metabolism Society, NY

Richard. N. Kressler
Director, Creative Workshop Revlon, retired. Housing Works, Inc., Board of Directors, NY

Metabolism Society Scientific Board:

Richard D. Feinman, PhD

Dr. Richard Feinman Dr. Feinman is Professor of Biochemistry at Downstate Medical Center (SUNY) in New York. Dr. Feinman’s original area of research was in protein chemistry and enzyme mechanism. His current interest is Nutrition and Metabolism, specifically in the area of diet composition and energy balance. His work in this area is stimulated by, and continues to influence, his teaching in the Medical School where he has been a pioneer in incorporating nutrition into the biochemistry curriculum. Dr. Feinman is the chief organizer of the June 2006 Downstate-Kingsbrook Conference on Nutritional and Metabolic Aspects of Low Carbohydrate Diets. He is founder of the Metabolism Society and co-Editor-In-Chief of the Open Access online journal, Nutrition&Metabolism. Dr. Feinman received his BA from the University of Rochester and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Oregon.
Description: Feinman CV 2009 (89.6 kB)

Jeff Volek, PhD

Jeff VolekDr. Volek is an associate professor and exercise and nutrition researcher at the University of Connecticut. He is a Registered Dietitian (R.D.) and holds a PhD from Penn State University, where his major fields of study were exercise physiology and nutrition. He has authored/co-authored 145 scientific manuscripts as well as several book chapters, conference proceedings, technical reports and editorials. He is an Associated Editor of Nutrition & Metabolism and serves on the Editorial Board of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Dr. Volek’s primary area of research is focused on physiological adaptations to diet with emphasis on outcomes related to metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. He primarily uses prospective diet and/or exercise interventions and uses sophisticated cellular techniques to understand changes in adiposity, fatty acid and lipoprotein metabolism, inflammation, vascular function, and endocrine adaptations. He has received several million dollars in extramural funding from a variety of corporate and foundation sources. He is co-author of “The Testosterone Advantage Plan” and "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living" and author of the “Men's Health TNT Diet”.
Description: Volek CV 2008 (538.62 kB)

Valerie J. Berkowitz, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., C.D.E.

Valerie BerkowitzValerie J. Berkowitz, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., C.D.E., is a licensed registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and certified lifestyle counselor practicing for over 15 years. She is the Director of Nutrition at the Center for Balanced Health. Prior to this, Valerie worked as a nutritionist at The Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine (ACCM). While employed at The Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine, her efforts focused on bridging the gap between conventional and complementary nutritional practice and included educating patients, mentoring nutrition students, speaking at events for consumers and health care professionals, in addition to assisting in research efforts. These efforts helped her gain invaluable scientific and practical understanding of the intricacies of controlled carbohydrate nutrition plans and the beneficial medical implications. Ms. Berkowitz was also a clinical dietitian for the Long Island Jewish Medical Center/ Schneider Children's Hospital as well as a nutrition and wellness counselor in private practice. She completed an internship at Camp Shane, a retreat for overweight children, in Ferndale, NY. Valerie Berkowitz acted as a reviewer for “The Sweet Truth about Managing Type 2 Diabetes,” published by Pritchett & Hull Associates Inc., in 2004, created a quarterly column for diabetes educators and was published in the monograph, “Managing the Patient with Diabetes.” Ms. Berkowitz received her B.S. in Nutrition from the University of Rhode Island and her M.S. in Nutrition from New York University.

Jay Wortman, MD

Dr. WortmanDr. Wortman is a Metis physician from northern Alberta. After working in the construction industry for ten years he returned to school to obtain a BSc in Biology and Chemistry at the UofA, an MD from the University of Calgary and training in family medicine at the University of British Columbia. After a brief stint in general practice he began to work in public health. He was the Associate Director of Sexually Transmitted Disease at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control for two years before joining Health Canada as a program specialist in HIV/AIDS where he developed the Aboriginal component of theNational AIDS Strategy. During that time he also developed the Dr. Peter AIDS Diary, a regular weekly television appearance by a young physician dying of AIDS which achieved high acclaim and resulted in an Academy Award nomination for a documentary compilation of the Diaries. For the past several years, Dr. Wortman has served in senior management positions in the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada where he is currently the Regional Director of the Pacific Region. He is presently on a research interchange at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine where he is studying the role of traditional diet in the prevention and treatment of obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes in First Nations. In 2003, Dr. Wortman received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the highest honour bestowed by the Aboriginal community. Dr. Wortman lives in West Vancouver with his wife and young son.

N.J. Robillard, PhD

Dr. RobillardDr. Robillard, is the President and Founder of The Digestive Health Institute. He has conducted research in the fields of microbiology and molecular biology both for universities and for major pharmaceutical and biotech companies prior to serving in several quality management roles supporting the GMP production of therapeutic proteins. His book, Heartburn Cured was favorably reviewed by the healthcare advocacy group, Pinnacle Care. Dr. Robillard received his doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts and completed post doctoral training at Tufts University, Dept. of Molecular Biology. He currently lives in Watertown, MA.


Gil Wilshire, M.D., FACOG

Dr. WilshireDr. Wilshire is a Reproductive Endocrinologist with expertise in diabetes and metabolism. He has first-authored scientific research in such journals as Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and Fertility and Sterility. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan and his M.D. from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He did his sub-specialty Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He served as the Medical Director of Technology Catalysts International Corporation. In 2006 Dr. Wilshire joined Mid-Missouri Reproductive Medicine & Surgery. Dr. Wilshire is passionate about controlled-carb nutrition from both a medical standpoint and personal experience. Since April 2002 he's followed a diet low in carbohydrate and to date lost 105 pounds of fat while increasing lean body mass through weight-training.