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Medical News & Perspectives
May 1, 2018

Stephen Devries, MD: Training Physicians About Nutrition

JAMA. 2018;319(17):1751-1752. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.1070

Heading an outpatient cardiology clinic early in his career, Stephen Devries, MD, realized that his training did not equip him to adequately respond to his patients’ questions about healthful eating. The preventive cardiologist faced the same dilemma as a weekly heart-health columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. Often, he was stumped by the questions readers sent in about nutrition.

As his career progressed, he knew his cardiac patients would be better served if life-saving high-tech interventions were coupled with evidence-based dietary advice. However, despite having gotten otherwise top-notch medical training, Devries felt he hadn’t had the nutrition education he needed to provide his patients with solid advice about food. So he decided to educate himself, reading books and studies on nutrition, attending nutrition conferences, and completing a fellowship in integrative medicine that included training in nutrition.

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