186: Reversing Vascular Disease

with Dr. Rizwan Bukhari


Dr. Rizwan Bukhari is a Dallas-based vascular surgeon and has been treating patients for over 20 years. A proponent for a Whole Food Plant Based Diet, his goal is to prescribe his patients with plants, not prescriptions.

Dr. Riz is also an animal activist and not only speaks about his views on animal testing in the medical industry, but will be participating in a protest against the Cattle Feeder's Annual Conference. Dr. Riz is also a member of PCRM, ACLM, Plant Pure Communities and Walk with a Doc.

For more information about Dr. Rizwan Bukhari:
Website: http://ntxvascular.com/ OR https://plantbaseddfw.com/ 
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/DrRizBukhari 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr_riz_bukhari/ 


Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM): https://www.pcrm.org/ 
PlantPure Nation: https://www.plantpurenation.com/ 
American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM): https://www.lifestylemedicine.org/ 
Walk with a Doc: https://walkwithadoc.org/ 
Food as Medicine Summit, Dallas: https://www.foodasmedicinesummittx.com/ 

More about Dr. Riz:

Rizwan H. Bukhari, M.D., F.A.C.S., grew up in Dallas, Texas, before attending Johns Hopkins University, followed by medical school at UT Southwestern Medical School. He also did his five year general residency in Dallas, and then did a two year fellowship in Vascular Surgery in Cincinnati, Ohio. There, he received specialized training in advanced minimally invasive procedures. He has been practicing vascular surgery in Dallas for more than 20 years. He mainly serves the east side of Dallas and Mesquite. His primary hospital is Baylor Sunnyvale, where he formerly was the Chief of Surgery. Currently, he serves on their Board of Directors and Board of Managers, and is now Chief of Staff of the hospital.


He is the owner of North Texas Vascular Center, where he offers diagnostic services and minimally invasive out-patient procedures largely related to amputation prevention and limb salvage. He is a strong advocate of incorporating plant-based nutrition into his patient lifestyle modification programs. 


As a board certified vascular surgeon, Dr. Bukhari treats a variety of vascular issues including aneurysms, carotid artery stenosis, lower extremity arterial blockages, gangrene, dialysis access grafts, and varicose veins. He has a specific interest in minimally invasive procedures such as atherectomy, angioplasty, and stenting for limb salvage and amputation prevention. In his 20+ years of practice, Dr. Bukhari has treated severe advanced atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. He has seen the ravaging effects of poor lifestyle choices on our health. Cardiovascular disease, and its risk factors, such as obesity, tobacco use, hypertension, and diabetes are largely acquired diseases secondary to the foods we eat and our lifestyle choices.


Now board certified in lifestyle medicine, Dr. Bukhari lectures and teaches about lifestyle changes to improve overall health and quality of life. He has a specific interest in nutrition as it relates to cardiovascular disease.   

He has 4 main missions: 

1. To educate individuals on taking control of their own health through better nutrition and better lifestyle choices.  

2. To unite, elevate, and grow the Dallas plant-based community. 

3. To educate other healthcare professionals and physicians on the importance of plant-based nutrition so they, too, can incorporate this into their patient education and treatment. 

 4. To reach out to medical students and residents in training to teach them about plant-based nutrition and lifestyle medicine, understanding that they will be the future leaders to teach our patients.


Dr. Riz is working on the first-ever Lifestyle Medicine Wellness Retreat which is a 3-day immersion program that will be held May 15-17, 2020 just south of Dallas. 


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Dr. Rizwan H. Bukhari


Medical School:  The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Residency:  St. Paul Medical Center, Dallas

Fellowship:  Good Samaritan Hospital Cincinnati, OH

Undergraduate:  Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Board Certified:  General Surgery & General Vascular Surgery, Lifestyle Medicine

Clinical Expertise:  Vascular & Endovascular Surgery

Professional Associations:  Fellow American College of Surgeons, Society of Clinical Vascular Surgery, Texas Medical Association, Dallas County Medical Society, Society of Vascular Surgery, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Walk With A Doc, Plant Pure Communities

Languages:  English, Spanish

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