Joel Kahn
May 19, 1959

Joel K. Kahn (born May 19, 1959) is an American cardiologist, integrative medicine practitioner and promoter of plant-based nutrition.


Kahn obtained a BA in 1980 and MD in 1983 from the University of Michigan.[1] He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.[1] He is the founder of the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity in Bingham Farms, Michigan.[1] Kahn is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.[2][3] He has authored articles for HuffPost and the Reader's Digest.[4][5]

Kahn has been a vegan since 1977.[2] He promotes a whole-food plant-based diet consisting of fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains to prevent chronic disease.[6][7] During his lifetime he aims to prevent a million heart attacks.[8] He has commented that "there is no more effective way to prevent and reverse heart disease than eating a plant-based diet naturally low in oils, sugar, and salt."[9] He has noted from measuring the blood and skin levels of his patients that both omnivores and vegans are frequently low in vitamin B12, iodine, omega-3, taurine and vitamin K2 and that vitamin supplements can provide the correct amounts.[10] He advises his patients to support healthy nitric oxide levels by getting more exercise and juicing.[11] He has credited Caldwell Esselstyn and Dean Ornish as influencing his work.[12]

In 2015, Kahn and his wife Karen and son Daniel opened a vegan café, the GreenSpace Café in Ferndale, Michigan.[13] It closed in February 2020.[14][15]

Selected publications


  1. ^ a b c Joel Kahn, MD. Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Joel Kahn, MD". Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Joel K Kahn, MD". Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Joel Kahn, MD". Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Joel K. Kahn, MD". Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Food is Medicine (How to Go Plant-Based) – Dr. Joel Kahn on TRAINED, Hosted by Ryan Flaherty". Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  7. ^ "Joel Kahn: The Plant-Based Solution". Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  8. ^ Elliott, Kevin. (2018). "Dr. Joel Kahn". Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  9. ^ a b "The Plant-Based Solution: America's Healthy Heart Doc's Plan to Power Your Health". Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  10. ^ "Dr. Joel Kahn: How To Avoid Nutrition Pitfalls Of A Vegan Diet By Understanding These 3 Myths". Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  11. ^ Vanzile, Jon. (2017). "Joel K. Kahn, MD, FACC". Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  12. ^ Powers, Rebecca. (2012). A Vegan Cardiologist Offers Health Tips. Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  13. ^ "Joel K. Kahn, MD - Founding Medical Director". Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  14. ^ Houck, Brenna. (2020). "Ferndale Vegan Restaurant Greenspace Cafe Shutters in February". Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  15. ^ Staes, Jer. (2020). "Vegan Restaurant Greenspace Cafe In Ferndale Will Close". Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  16. ^ Your Whole Heart Solution. Retrieved 29 June 2022.