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Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD, F.A.C.S.

Born  New York City, New York, December 12, 1933

A.B. Yale University, 1956 MD, Western Reserve University School of

Medicine, 1961

Intern, Cleveland Clinic Hospital, 1961-1962

Resident, General Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Hospital, 1962-1966

Senior Registrar with Professor Bryan Brooke, St. George Hospital,

London, England, March 1965 – September 1965

Captain United States Medical Corps, 1966-1968

United States Army Hospital, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 1966-1967

Third Field Hospital, Saigon, Vietnam, 1967-1968

Second Surgical Hospital Chu Lai, Vietnam, 1968

Staff, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Department of General Surgery,

1968 – 2006   Former Head, Section of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery,

Former Chairman Breast Cancer Task Force

Fellow in the American College of Cardiology

Licenses and Certificates

Michigan Basic Science Certificate
Certificate of the National Board of Medical Examiners
Ohio State License
New York State License

Society Memberships

Diplomate, American Board of Surgery Fellow
American College of Surgeons
American Medical Association
Board of Directors, Rip Van Winkle

Cleveland Surgical Association

Cleveland Academy of Medicine

Collegium Internationale Chirugiae Digestive

Eastern Surgical Society

International Association of Endocrine Surgeons

Pan Pacific surgical Association

Societe Internationale De Chirurgiae

Society of Surgical Oncology

Society of Head and Neck Surgeons

Surgeons Travcl Club

Society of Head and Neck Surgeons


 Member of the 1956 United States Olympic Team, awarded Gold Medal in 8-Oared Rowing Event

President – Nu Sigma Nu Medical Fraternity, 1960 .

Bronze Star, Vietnam Campaign, May 1968

President – Cleveland Surgical Society, 1983

President – Medical Staff Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 1977-78

Member of the Board of Trustees, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 1981-1983

Member of Board of Governors, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 1979-1984

President – Rupert Turnbull Society, 1982-1983

President – Cleveland Clinic Surgical Society, 1984

Member of the Board of Trustees of the Medical Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University, 1981-1984

Kiphuth Fellow Award, Yale University, 1982

Vice President – American Association of Endocrine Surgeons – 1988-89

President-elect – American Association of Endocrine Surgeons – 1989-90

Chairman, Constitution By-Laws Committee – Society of Surgical Oncology 1989-1990

Chairman, Breast Cancer Task Force – Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Chairman, Membership Committee – Surgeons’ Travel Club

President, American Association of Endocrine Surgeons – 1990-91

Chairman and Program Director – 1st National Conference on the Elimination of Coronary Artery Disease – Tucson, Arizona – October, 1991.

Listed in Best Doctors in America 1994-95 – Endocrine Surgery, Pg. 156: Surgical Oncology, Breast Cancer, Pg. 857.

Chairman and Program Director – Summit on Cholesterol & Coronary Disease – 2nd National Conference on Lipids in the Elimination and Prevention of Coronary Artery Disease – Orlando, Florida – September  4-5, 1997

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Nutrition Action Healthletter (CSPI – Center for Science in the Public Interest) 1997.

First Recipient of the  Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in Medicine  2005
Cleveland Heart Lab 2012 Heart Award for lifelong dedication to the prevention of chronic disease
2013 Deerfield Academy Alumni Association Heritage Award In Recognition of Outstanding Achievement & Service


The 2015 Plantrician Project Luminary Award

American College of Lifestyle Medicine 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award

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