Major Plant-Based Medical Center Opening in Washington, DC

Neal Barnard, M.D. Photo credit: Steve Shapiro,

Neal Barnard, M.D. Photo credit: Steve Shapiro,

Hippocrates said it best back in B.C.: “Let food be thy medicine.” Unfortunately, it’s taking today’s medical community a long time to heed his warning.

Luckily, a handful of forward-thinking, science-minded organizations and individuals are finally advocating for the power of plant-based diets, and the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is at the forefront.

As part of its commitment to nutritional advocacy, the group is set to open a nonprofit plant-based medical center in Washington, DC,—one that’ll be focused entirely around Hippocrates’ wise words.

The plant-based Barnard Medical Center will open on Nov. 2, 2015, offering primary care to thousands of patients per year.

Running the show will be Neal Barnard, M.D., founder and medical director, plus three physicians, one nurse practitioner, and two registered dietitians. The staffers will help clients create custom treatment plans designed to prevent and/or treat chronic conditions and other medical needs.

“With six full-time clinicians, we’ll be able to see about 4,000 patients each year,” Dr. Barnard told

The clinic will help people change their lifestyles from top to bottom. As medical professionals, they’ll still be able to write prescriptions and perform standard medical tests, but as the team says in their announcement: “Although we can prescribe medications, we prefer to help you minimize your need for them.”

There’s also a major education component to the facility, says Dr. Barnard.

“Barnard Medical Center will be one of the first clinics of its kind, hosting regular Food for Life classes to educate the community and Barnard Medical Center patients about foods for optimal health and disease prevention,” he explains.

Class specializations will include weight loss, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and different types of pain, including migraines, joint pain, and menstrual cramps.

“Nutrition and lifestyle changes will be at the forefront of treatment,” he explains. At the clinic, the root causes of diseases will be treated—versus just focusing on symptom relief like most modern medical facilities.

The clinic will be setting up shop at 5100 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 401, Washington, DC 20016 on Nov. 2nd, so DC-area residents have a lot to look forward to. Let’s hope Barnard goes on to conquer every city in the U.S.—lord knows we need it.

You can learn more about the Barnard Medical Center on PCRM’s website.

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17 Responses

  1. June Siegel-Hill says:

    That’s fantastic news. I’ll be one of the first patients there!

  2. June Siegel-Hill says:

    Please make sure you spell the name right — Barnard Medical Center

    • Hannah Sentenac Hannah Sentenac says:

      Thanks for the typo alert! Out of the thousands of people who’ve read this story, you’re the only one who caught it. 😉 We fixed!

  3. June Dunphy says:

    Wish we had this in Scotland!

  4. Annie A says:

    Thank you Hannah Sentenac & staff for posting & informing us about this & many other super Awesome articles/newsletters supporting all animal loving-compassionate vegan’s daily survival resources. Your articles are very informative, useful, smart, resourceful & filled with compassion! Dr Beal Barnard of the PCRM we’re proud of you, your Colleagues & supportive staff, thank you all, from all of us animal loving -compassionate vegan & vegetarian friends. We’re grateful for you being in the forefront of speaking the truth about all animal eating negative health complications & illnesses encouraging everyone to eat plant based diets to help them prevent diseases! Wish you all the best in expanding all around the globe, to be the founding fathers & foundation of the ever expanding disease preventative herb based medical treatment centers everywhere in the world! You’re our hero! I’ll be more than happy to help speed up your expansion by being a part of your magnificent clinics/teaching classes in anyway I can help here in L.A.,Ca. I can be reached
    Wish you all the best! Thank you!
    Annie A.

    • Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief says:

      You’re so welcome Annie! Thank you for the kind words. The future is bright. 🙂

  5. Sky says:

    That is a wonderful news . I love it!!! World is awakening !!! If he decides to open one in Florida ,maybe Naples or so 🙂 I would love to work and help in any way I can ! The best luck! Blessings !

  6. Very excited about this. I live in DC and work as a plant-based health coach! Excited for the opportunities this clinic brings to the DC-area!

  7. Christy says:

    Do you have an idea as to when the opening ceremony will be? And can anyone attend the opening? I attended PlantStock last week, and Dr. Barnard announced this — much excitement!

  8. Christy says:

    Specifically, what time the ceremony will take place — I now know the date!

  9. Laura Beth says:

    It seems very strange to me that most people think they are making free and informed choices about what they eat when in reality, they have donated their organs to the meat and dairy industry . The meat and dairy industry in turn, over time, gave rise to the medical industrial complex which created a book called the Physicians Desk Reference . We’ve all heard of it and seen it’s gargantuan size, filled with every pill made, indications, side effects, and ALL in response to the food being promoted as normal and natural. Organ donation to the meat, dairy and medical industrial complex is very patriotic, considering US “health care” is heralded as 14% of GDP….Organ failure is a commodity being paid by those who beat their clogged and cracked chests while chanting, “don’t tell me what to eat”. REALLY! Fascinating that on the new Walmart addition, are the words, “MARKET AND PHARMACY”.. Seems the concept of food is as upside down as the politics, religion and consumerism that invests in it while ignoring the consequences. That’s all about to change thanks to a growing handful of moral doctors who KNOW root cause of disease.

  10. carolfmessina says:

    I want to know how to get an appointment. Also what insurances do you accept?

  11. Steve says:

    They are open and have pretty decent appointment availability. There is easy access from the south exit of Friendship Heights Metro Station. I just switched primary care physicians (my last one pushes Atkins and was skeptical of my vegan diet). Check in was quick and paperless. I did my annual physical, and the doctor (Stephen Neabore) spent around 25 minutes on the consultation. I did not feel rushed. The reception/records staff, medical assistant and phlebotomist were all really nice. They accepted my insurance.

    • Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief says:

      Thanks so much for the firsthand account, Steve! That’s great to hear! Sounds like an excellent place.

  12. Juliet says:

    This is so refreshing to see and I’m eager and hoping many more of these clinics will open up. Go Dr. Barnard!…. plant based for my HEALTH, the animals and the planet!
    Myself and family members have reversed serious disease through this remarkably healing lifestyle.

  1. December 31, 2015

    […] 4. Major Plant-Based Medical Center Opening in Washington, DCFamed alloy Neil Barnard and his prestigious organization, a Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), done story this year with a proclamation that it would be opening a vital medical center in a nation’s collateral in early 2016. The trickery is dedicated to a energy of plant-based nutrition, and let’s wish it changes the face of medicine forever. […]

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