Detroit Cardiologist Is PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan Over 50’

From His Medical Practice to His Café, Dr. Joel Kahn Encourages Healthier Living Through Plant-Based Meals

For Immediate Release:
October 10, 2016

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382


He’s the renowned cardiologist behind the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity and the restaurateur behind GreenSpace Café—and today, Detroit resident Dr. Joel Kahn has also been named the male winner of the 2016 Sexiest Vegan Over 50 contest held by PETA Prime, a resource for baby boomers who want to follow a healthy, humane, and rewarding lifestyle. Kahn beat out eight other finalists to win a photo shoot at PETA’s Bob Barker Building in Los Angeles and a gift basket packed with treats from the PETA Catalog.

“Dr. Kahn is dedicated to spreading the word that healthy plant-based meals can stop heart attacks and save animals’ lives,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is recognizing Dr. Kahn for being both a tireless advocate for animals and living proof that vegan eating is key to staying fit, healthy, and active.”

Kahn has been vegan for 40 years—and since 1990, he’s been educating his patients about the research showing that a plant-based diet can reverse heart disease. He advocates for vegan nutrition as a professor at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and at Wayne State University of Medicine—where he has used his position to speak out against cruel and archaic experiments on animals. He is the author of best-selling books, including The Whole Heart Solution, and regularly contributes to The Huffington Post,, and other websites.

In addition, Kahn—together with his wife of over 35 years, Karen, and their son, Daniel—runs GreenSpace Café, an award-winning artisanal plant-based restaurant and craft-cocktail bar in downtown Ferndale. He also enjoys hitting the gym, relaxing in the sauna, and kayaking every day in the summer.

The female winner of this year’s contest is New York City resident Victoria Moran, vegan lifestyle coach and author of Main Street Vegan: Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—selected the winners based on several factors, including vote count.

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