Dr. Steven R. Gundry

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Dr. Steven R. Gundry
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Born (1950-07-11) July 11, 1950 (age 73)
Omaha, Nebraska
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma mater
  • Loma Linda University School of Medicine
  • Gundry MD
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)

Dr. Steven R. Gundry (born 11 July 1950) is an American Dietician, Researcher, Author, and Inventor. Dr. Gundry is best known for his 14-year long research on the principles of Holobiotics, which is the basis of his New York Times bestseller series The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in "Healthy" Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain.[1] He also leverages these principles to help his patients live a healthy life by following a lectin-free diet.[2][3]

Dr. Gundry is a retired cardiothoracic surgeon who was widely recognized as one of the world's foremost experts in heart surgery for almost three decades.[4] Throughout his career, he contributed vastly to the field of medicine with his inventions - The Gundry Retrograde Cardioplegia Cannula, The Gundry Lateral Tunnel, The Skoosh Venous Cannula, and Gundry Ministernomy. Not only that, he even operated across 30 countries, including numerous charitable missions and pro-bono surgeries in China, India, and Zimbabwe.[5]

Dr. Gundry is the founder of the Center for Restorative Medicine located in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara, CA.[6][7] He currently runs his private practice Gundry MD, along with serving as a medical director for the International Heart & Lung Institute and board member and treasurer for the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery.[8]

Early life and education

Gundry was born on 11 July 1950. Gundry later earned a B.A. from Yale University with special honors in human biological and social evolution, graduating cum laude in 1972. He then enrolled in the Medical College of Georgia to acquire his medical degree and graduated Alpha Omega Alpha in 1977. Dr. Gundry completed residencies in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Michigan and served as a clinical associate at the National Institutes of Health.


Dr. Gundry started his career in 1985 when he joined Loma Linda University School of Medicine as a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics. In due course of time, he became the Chairman and Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery.[9] During his time there, Dr. Gundry performed maximum infant and pediatric heart transplants than anyone else in the world.[10]

In 2001, Dr. Gundry came across a ‘hopeless’ medical case suffering from heart disease. This became the turning point in Dr. Gundry’s life.[11] By applying his scientific research and making unusual changes in his diet, Dr. Gundry became the reason for this person’s miraculous recovery, which resulted in him having quadruple bypass surgery.[12]

Soon after the successful completion of this case, Dr. Gundry left his position at Loma Linda University to focus on furthering his research and working at his private practice at the International Heart & Lung Institute.[13] Since then, he has been focused on finding solutions to reversing disease through nutrition and has even released several books based on his findings.[14]

Dr. Gundry’s The Plant Paradox released in 2017, and its sequel The Plant Paradox Cookbook, released in 2018, are two of his best works which comprise his life-long research. He is also the host of the weekly Dr. Gundry Podcast.[15]


Dr. Gundry was a founding board member and treasurer of the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery and sat on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Artificial Internal Organs.[16] He also served two terms as president of the American Heart Association's Desert Division Board of Directors. Dr. Gundry is currently a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Cardiology, American Surgical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and College of Chest Physicians. He has also acted as an abstract reviewer for the American Heart Association's annual meetings on multiple occasions.[17]


  • The Gundry Retrograde Cardioplegia Cannula (Patented)
  • The Gundry Lateral Tunnel (Patented)
  • The Skoosh Venous Cannula (Patented)
  • Gundry Ministernomy


Apart from that, Dr. Gundry has published over 300 chapters, articles, and abstracts in multiple peer-reviewed journals on the topics of genetics, nutrition, immunology, surgery, and lipid investigations.


  • Named one of America’s Top Doctors for 21 years in a row by Castle Connolly, an independent physician rating company
  • Named Top Palm Springs Life Top Doctors for 15 years in a row
  • Named Top Los Angeles Magazine’s Top Doctors for the past six years
  • Four-time New York Times bestselling author

Personal life

Dr. Gundry is married to Penny, and the couple currently resides in Montecito and Palm Springs, California, with their dogs, Pearl, Minnie, Wally, and Okie Dokie. Dr. Gundry is the father of two daughters named Elizabeth and Melissa who are married to Tim and Ray. Dr. Gundry is also a grandfather to Sophie and Oliver.

In the media



  1. Shortsleeve, Cassie (13 June 2019). "Will Cutting Out Lectins On The Plant Paradox Diet Make Losing Weight Easier?". Women's Health. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  2. "Ask the Expert: Clearing Up Lectin Misconceptions - Today's Dietitian Magazine". www.todaysdietitian.com. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  3. "International Heart and Lung Institute". web.archive.org. 19 August 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  4. Grady, Denise (4 July 2000). "Making Some Trauma of Heart Surgery Disappear". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  5. Rosenbloom, Cara (6 July 2017). "Perspective | Going 'lectin-free' is the latest pseudoscience diet fad". Washington Post. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  6. "Center for Restorative Medicine". web.archive.org. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  7. Gholipour, Bahar (26 June 2018). "No, You Probably Shouldn't Follow Kelly Clarkson's 'Lectin-Free' Diet". livescience.com. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  8. Hamblin, James (24 April 2017). "The Next Gluten-Level Obsession Could Be Lectins". The Atlantic. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  9. "Infant Boy Survives Heart Peril". The New York Times. 9 October 1990. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  10. "Infant Boy Survives Heart Peril". The New York Times. 9 October 1990. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  11. Warner, Anthony. "Lectin-free is the new food fad that deserves to be skewered". New Scientist. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  12. Hamblin, James (24 April 2017). "The Next Gluten-Level Obsession Could Be Lectins". The Atlantic. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  13. "Steven Gundry - Global Wellness Institute". web.archive.org. 28 December 2019. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  14. "The Tiniest Wonder". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  15. "'The Plant Paradox' by Steven Gundry MD-- A Commentary". Center for Nutrition Studies. 23 August 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  16. "Books Dr-Steven-R-Gundry". www.amazon.in. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  17. "9 Ways To Better Health". web.archive.org. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  18. "Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution". archive.org. Crown. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2021.

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