Advocating For a Balanced Approach to Heart Health


Upcoming Events

Healthy Food in Health Care

January 25, 2018

Woodstock, Vermont

Dr. Devries will speak to an annual gathering of health care foodservice professionals, farmers, and food marketing coordinators, sponsored by the University of Vermont, on untangling the controversies regarding dietary fat, “Don’t Put All Your Fats in One Basket”.

American College of Cardiology Annual Meeting

March 11, 2018

Orlando, Florida

Dr. Devries will take part in a panel presentation, “Dying for Your Meal: How Common Dietary Factors Can Influence Mortality in Cardiovascular Disease”.

Nutrition Science from Populations to Plates 2018

June 3, 2018

Chicago, Illinois

Jointly Sponsored by the Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology and the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

This innovative, one day CME conference for health professionals includes a review of evidence based nutrition essentials, counseling strategies, and hands-on cooking.

Program Director: Stephen Devries, MD; Executive Director, Gaples Institute

Check out our brief video montage from our 2017 Conference:

Nutrition Science/Hands-On Cooking Montage

Past Events

Reimagine Education Conference

December 4, 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Gaples Institute online Nutrition Course was shortlisted in an international e-learning contest sponsored by the Wharton School at Pennsylvania University and will be presented at their annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Faculty Scholars Program in Healthcare

December 8, 2017

Royal Oak, Michigan

Dr. Devries spoke on Integrative Cardiology to a group of health professionals learning about integrative medicine.

From Garden to Table: A Unique Nutrition Conference For Personal Health: With Hands-On Cooking

Sunday November 5, 2017

Chicago, Illinois

Chopping Block at the Merchandise Mart

This program SOLD OUT. The program for the public was focused on personal health.

We had a wonderful time together during half-day conference where participants learned the SCIENCE behind which foods are health promoting and why.

The knowledge gained was immediately be put to good use in CULINARY DEMOS where attendees learned quick and easy methods to prepare PLANT-BASED FOODS.

Finally, all participants joined in to prepare a gourmet lunch, under the expert supervision of trained chefs.

A wonderful experience, the best combination of learning about nutrition, hands-on cooking, eating, and fun!

Cardiometabolic Health Conference

October 4-7, 2017

Boston, MA

Dr. Devries presented “Interventional Cardiology: Delivered With a Fork” at the 12th Annual Cardiometabolic Health Conference.

Food For Thought: Nourish Your Body and Mind

September 28, 2017

National-Louis University

Skokie, Illinois
Our program included:

• New Advances in  the Science of Food for Thought by Stephen Devries, MD

• Cooking Demo; Power Foods for the Brain by Carol D’Anca, MS, CNS, LDN 

• Mindful Eating Group Experience led by Margot Andersen, MSW, RYT

This event was sponsored by the Gaples Institute and co-hosted by Stephen Devries, MD and Carol D’Anca MS, CNS, LDN


Nutrition Science from Populations to Plates: What Every Clinician Needs to Know (With Hands-on Cooking and CME)

June 4, 2017 (Sold Out)

Check Back for Future Culinary Medicine CME Programs

Chicago, Illinois

Jointly Sponsored by the Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology and the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

This innovative one day event included a review of evidence based nutrition essentials, counseling strategies, and hands-on cooking.

Program Director: Dr. Stephen Devries


Dr. Weil’s Nutrition and Health Conference

May 1-3, 2017

Phoenix, Arizona

Dr. Devries gave a plenary talk on “Omega-3’s by Land and Sea”.

Pictured in Phoenix the night before the talk with Dr. Weil and his daughter Diana who is studying to be a nutritionist. Good energy all around!

Harvard Nutrition Education Working Group

March 28, 2016

The Gaples Institute joined leading nutrition educators, scientists, and policy experts to focus on opportunities to add requirements for nutrition education in all phases of medical training.

Harvard Nutrition Education Summit

September 19, 2016

Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Devries spoke at the Harvard Club to a group of medical school educators on the topic “Medical School is Only the Beginning: The Arc of Nutrition Education in Medical Training”

Gaples Institute Nutrition Science and Hands-On Cooking Conference

October 23, 2016

Doctors and nurses came together for a continuing education conference in Chicago presented by the Gaples Institute and led by Executive Director, Dr. Stephen Devries.

View the video highlights from this joyful day:

Cardiometabolic Health Conference

October 5-7, 2016

Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Devries presented a continuing medical education program “Nutritional Interventions in Clinical Practice: What Every Doctor Needs to Know”

Patient Advocacy Symposium

June 2016

Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Devries spoke to a diverse gathering of advocacy professionals on the topic of “What Feeds Your Heart?”

You As Medicine: A Community Event

May 25, 2016

National Louis-University

Skokie, Illinois

Sponsored by the Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology

Co-organized with Carol D’Anca, Integrative Nutritionist

Presentations Were Made By:

Nesita Kwan, Former NBC medical journalist and Gaples Institute Advisory Board Member

Stephen Devries, MD; Executive Director, Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology

Carol D’Anca MS, CNS, LDN; Integrative Nutritionist, Author, and Managing Director of “Food not Meds”

With a special Tai Chi break provided by instructor Gordon Lock

Based on Nesita’s Kwan presentation during this event, click below for her guide to beginning a meditation practice:

Meditation Tips from Nesita Kwan

Hot Topics in Contemporary Cardiovascular Practice

May 6, 2016

Oakbrook, Illinois

Dr. Devries spoke to the American College of Cardiology Annual Meeting of the Illinois and Wisconsin Chapters on “Interventional Cardiology Delivered with a Fork.” 

Rush Nursing Panel Discussion

February 16, 2016

Rush College of Nursing

Great time with American College of Cardiology President Dr. Kim Williams along with nutritionist and author Carol D’Anca on a nutrition panel.

Standing room only-a hopeful sign!

Symposium of Integrative Medicine

July 11, 2016

Taos, New Mexico

Dr. Devries gave a plenary talk: “Update on Integrative Cardiology”

Andrew Weil Nutrition and Health Conference

March 21-23, 2016

Denver, Colorado

Dr. Devries spoke about how perceptions of nutrition research findings are often colored by pre-existing beliefs.

Royal Society of Medicine

June 2016

Royal Society of Medicine Conference “Food: The Forgotten Medicine”

London, England

From Steve Devries, Gaples Institute Executive Director:

The Gaples Institute was invited to speak at this inaugural nutrition conference. Dr. Andrew Weil and I were the only representatives from the US. I was thrilled to meet Prince Charles, who has a keen interest in nutrition and integrative medicine.

Harvard University and the Culinary Institute of America

February 25-28, 2016

Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives Conference

Napa Valley, California

Dr. Devries gave a presentation on “Dietary Fats and Health Revisited.”

At the conference, Dr. Devries interviewed Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and Gaples Institute Advisory Board Member.

Cardiology Cooks!

October 15, 2015

Chicago, Illinois

Chopping Block Cooking School

Merchandise Mart

This program was part of the ongoing effort of the Gaples Institute to promote nutrition education among physicians-in-training. This unique hand-on program, co-sponsored by the American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate, was designed especially for physicians in cardiology training programs.

The program began with a presentation by Dr. Devries on Incorporating Nutrition Science into Cardiology Care. It continued with a “kitchen lab” segment in which all participants donned aprons and, under the direction of gourmet chefs, prepared a heart healthy dinner. The event concluded with an amazing dinner made by the docs!

From a Cardiology Trainee:

“I think the teaching points were spot on and very memorable –  it reminds us that it’s not difficult to counsel patients and this provided us with some great selling points.  Also emphasizes that despite all the other things we ask of patients, this is perhaps the most important.”

Our Goals: Nutrition education, better patient care, better self-care, and fun.

Mission Accomplished!

South Dakota Health Heart Vascular Symposium

October 28, 2015

Rapid City, South Dakota

Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

Rapid City, South Dakota

Dr. Devries delivered the opening conference presentation:

“Interventional Cardiology Delivered With a Fork”

Matter Chicago Health Technology Incubator

September 11, 2015

Chicago, Illinois

222 Merchandise Mart Plaza; Suite 1230

Dr. Devries spoke to a community of healthcare entrepreneurs and industry leaders on the topic of:

“The Science and Awe of Healthy Eating”

Plant Based Nutrition for Life Group

Wednesday June 24, 2015

Highland Park, Illinois

Dr. Devries and nutritionist and gourmet chef Carol D’Anca paired up for a unique presentation: “Medicinal & Culinary Use of Spices” 

WomenHeart Group

April 16, 2015

Lake Forest Hospital

Lake Forest, Illinois

Dr. Devries spoke to a group of women (and men!) dedicated to heart health education and mutual support on the topic of:

“Natural Approaches to Heart Health: Perspectives from a Preventive Cardiologist”.

University of Minnesota Wellbeing Lecture Series

April 14, 2015

University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dr. Devries spoke on the topic of:

“Well Being with an Open Heart”

Click for a Link to an Interview with Dr. Devries at the University of Minnesota 

2015 Nutrition and Health Conference with Dr. Weil

May 4-6, 2015

Phoenix, Arizona

Dr. Devries gave a plenary talk on “Fats and the Company they Keep: Implications for Heart Health.”

The conference also featured a taste-test of a culinary creation from Dr. Weil…indescribably good!

Dr. Devries Nutrition Dr. Andrew Weil

Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives

February 5-8, 2015

Napa Valley, California

This conference is jointly sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health, the Culinary Institute of American, and the Samueli Institute.

Dr. Devries presented a session on:

“Dietary Fats and Heart Health Revisited: Insights for Your Clinical Practice and Palate”

More information and registration:

Gaples Institute at Head Start

The Gaples Institute presented to a group of Hispanic mothers with children in the Head Start program in South Chicago.

May 2014

Discussed practical dietary changes to lower sugar load and improve family health, including:

-2 cans soda/day for 2 months leads to 5 pounds extra body fat (shown in picture)
-1 cup of white rice raises blood sugar more than a glazed donut

Grand Rounds at Milwaukee Aurora Healthcare

May 22, 2014

St. Luke’s Medical Center

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Presentation: Integrative Approaches to Preventive Cardiology

“It was excellent…A number of our faculty and resident physicians have told me that they have made nutritional changes based on y our presentation as well as are recommending this to their patients.”–Attendee

Learn, Rebalance, and Taste

The Heart of Wellness

June 1, 2014

Glencoe, Illinois

Takiff Center; 999 Greenbay Road

12:30-4:30 PM

An afternoon program of experiential discovery:

Natural Prescriptions for Heart Health” with Dr. Stephen Devries, Executive Director, Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology

Plant Based Nutrition Cooking Demo and Tasting; Take Home Easy and Delicious Recipes” with Carol D’Anca MS, CNS, LDN

A Taste of Tai Chi and QiGong with Practice of a Few Simple Movements to Do at Home” with Gordon Lock, Tai Chi Instructor

Integrative Medicine Conference

Symposium of Integrative Medicine in the Land of Enchantment

October 13-15, 2014

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dr. Devries gave a plenary talk on “What Nourishes Your Heart” and was the moderator of an integrative medicine panel that included Drs. Andrew Weil, Victoria Maizes, and Adi Haramati and a moderator on a panel on doctors as patients with Drs. Prasad, Haramati and Sierpina.

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Internal Medicine Grand Rounds

Past Event: January 16, 2014

Oak Lawn, Illinois

Dr. Devries will give Grand Rounds on “Interventional Cardiology Delivered with a Fork” at Advocate Christ Medical Center at 9:00 am.

Preventive Cardiology Nurses Association National Meeting

Past Events: April 10, 2014

Atlanta, Georgia

Dr. Devries discussed “Lifestyle vs Technology: Integrative Approaches to Preventing and Treating Heart Disease”

2014 Nutrition and Health Conference with Dr. Weil

May 5-7, 2014

Dallas, Texas

Plenary Talk by Dr. Devries: “Fats and Cardiovascular Health Revisited”

Workshop Session by Dr. Devries: “Practical Tips to Help Patients Make Healthy Changes”

Gaples Institute and Dental Conference

Nutritional Links Between Dental and Heart Health

Past Event Chicago Dental Society

February 20, 2014

The Gaples Institute gave a talk on “The Path to Heart Health is Through Your Mouth” at a conference of 30,000 dental professionals.

McCormick Place; Chicago, Illinois

Pictured is Dr. Devries with Dr. Robert Manasse, program chair.

Interventional Cardiology Delivered With a Fork

Past Event September 13, 2013

Cardiology Grand Rounds

Rush Medical Center; Chicago Illinois; 7:00 AM

The Power of Nutrition for Heart Health

Past Event September 11, 2013

Oak Park, Illinois

In this event hosted by the American Nutrition Association, Dr. Devries discussed new scientific advances that highlight the powerful role of nutrition for heart health. The program also featured nutritionist Carol D’Anca from the Academy of Nutrition and Plant Based Cooking who demonstrated healthy and delicious food preparation.

Dr. Roizen’s Preventive and Integrative Medicine Conference

Past Event: December 7-9, 2012

Las Vegas, Nevada

2 Lectures by Dr. Devries:

“Putting the ‘Heart’ Back in Cardiology: Focus on the Mind/Heart Connection”

“The Spiritual Dimension to Heart Healthy Nutrition: Insights from an Integrative Cardiologist”

Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology

Past Event: February 21-24, 2013
Pattaya, Thailand

Two Lectures on Integrative Cardiology

Asian Pacific Cardiology Conference

Talk to Google Employees by Dr. Devries

Past Event: March 19, 2013

“Human Engine Optimization: Natural Strategies for High Ranking Health”

See the Presentation

Nutrition and Health Conference with Dr. Weil

Past Event: May 13-15, 2013
Seattle, Washington

Plenary talk by Dr. Devries:

“Interventional Cardiology Delivered with a Fork”

Chicago TribU: A Healthy Heart

Past Event: June 13, 2013

Tribune Towers, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation on how nutrition can help you maintain strong heart health and prevent disease with Stephen Devries, M.D.

Tribune health reporter Julie Deardorff led a discussion with Dr. Devries about new advances highlighting the power of natural strategies for maintaining health and how they can be integrated with conventional medicine for optimal results.

International Congress for Clinicians in Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Past Event October 29, 2013

Chicago, Illinois

A panel including Dr. Stephen Devries, Dr. Adi Haramati (Georgetown University) and Dr. David Eisenberg (Harvard University and Samueli Institute) pictured to the right presented an experiential program including an update on the science of nutrition and mind/body connections, a guided meditation with audience biofeedback monitoring, and a food preparation demo.

“Experiential Integrative Approaches to Heart Health”

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The Heart of Wellness: An Evening of Insight and Discovery in Four Parts

Past Event: July 18, 2013

National-Louis University, Skokie, Illinois

*Stephen Devries: Natural Approaches to Heart Health

*Ramaa Krishnan: Heart Matters-Healing Through Emotional Awareness
*Carol D’Anca: Preparing Healthy, Delicious Plant Based Foods with Ease

*Mark Grumet: Integrative Approaches to Exercise and Physical Well-Being