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Columbus Batiste, MD

Interventional & Lifestyle Cardiologist

Dr. Columbus D. Batiste is a board-certified interventional cardiologist and assistant clinical professor at the University of California Riverside School of Medicine. From 2008 until 2020, he served as chief of cardiology. Dr. Batiste currently serves as the regional medical director of Home Based Cardiac Rehab and as chair of the Regional Cardiac Quality Committee for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. Over the years, Dr. Batiste has been recognized for his work in the community and abroad by multiple organizations.

In 2010, Dr. Batiste sought to break the cycle of prescriptions and procedures as the sole management of chronic disease and began promoting a long-term solution for his patients through nutrition, stress reduction, and exercise. As a result, in 2011, Dr. Batiste established the Integrative Cardiovascular Disease Program (based at Kaiser Permanente). This program aims to prevent the reoccurrence of major adverse cardiac events in patients who were diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease by focusing on lifestyle modification. In 2016, Dr. Batiste led a group that collaborated with Samsung Technologies and developed a virtual cardiac rehabilitation program utilizing a Samsung wearable. Since its launch, the program, which applies the principles of lifestyle, has treated nearly 10,000 patients.

Dr. Batiste’s mission is to share information so that “each one can teach one” about the benefits of plant-based nutrition, daily exercise, stress reduction, and therefore, provide everyone with the opportunity to take control of their health. Understanding that the health of an individual is uniquely tied to their community, Dr. Batiste collaborated on the formation of a non-profit organization called the Healthy Heart Nation.

The mission of Healthy Heart Nation is to improve the well-being of the community by narrowing disparities in the social determinants of health including education, employment opportunities and access to affordable healthcare services.

March 2023 Cruise Classes:

Keynote: SELFISH: A Cure for a Broken Heart

The past decade has revealed a tenfold increase in broken heart syndrome among middle-aged and older women. Broken heart syndrome, also known as stress-induced cardiomyopathy, is a potentially fatal heart condition that is brought on by stress. The rise in this condition is no surprise, as researchers have reported that stress in America, as well as globally, is at an all-time high. It is estimated up to 90% of all doctor visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints. Despite this fact, little is known about stress management counseling within primary care.

In this session, Dr. Columbus Batiste, the “Healthy Heart Doc,” writes a prescription for you to be SELFISH. Through this session, you will learn about the effects of stress on disease, while understanding the seven transformative principles of the acronym SELFISH.


SELFISH: The Key to Combating a Stressed Heart

The CDC reports nearly 50% of Americans take at least one prescription medication. The most-commonly-prescribed medications are for depression and cholesterol, yet only 23% of Americans embrace a time-proven therapy that can aid in the intersection of mental health and chronic disease. What is that therapy? Exercise! Surveys of Americans report they do not exercise primarily because of time and stress. In this session, Dr. Columbus Batiste dives into the exercise principle from SELFISH to reveal how exercising can create more time in your life; simultaneously decreasing your stress and chronic disease while helping you achieve your goals!


SELFISH: Conquer Nutrition With SELFISH Eating Habits

There is no debate regarding the relationship between stressed individuals and nutrition. It is as plain to see as simply recognizing that stressed is desserts spelled backwards! While it may be obvious that stress leads to poor nutrition, researchers have revealed another adverse relationship between fast food consumption and mental health. In this session, Dr. Columbus Batiste delves into the food principle from SELFISH to explore how nutritional stress can lead to a broken heart and how nutritional resiliency has the power to heal.


Doctor’s Panel Q&A: Cruisin’ for Knowledge – Using a Plant-Based Diet to Support Health and Avoid Risks With Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Michael Klaper, Dr. Lawrence Kushi, and Dr. Columbus Batiste, hosted by Sandy Pukel

Don’t miss this motivational, inspiring, and informative Q&A with plant-based diet luminaries Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Michael Klaper, Dr. Lawrence Kushi, and Dr. Columbus Batiste. Your host is Sandy Pukel, founder of Holistic Holiday at Sea. This is your chance to get all your questions answered. Whether you have been practicing a plant-based lifestyle for years or are just getting your feet wet, these experts can take you to the next level. Get the real scoop on living well, eating well, and taking control of your health.



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