Todd J Pesek (Dr. Todd), MD
 Title: Associate Professor
(with Tenure), and, Founding Director, Center for Healing Across Cultures
 Dept: Health Sciences and Human Perform
 Office: JH 149
 Phone: 216-523-7353,  440-571-0006
 Fax: 216-687-9316
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. JH 149, Cleveland, OH 44115

Courses Taught


Publication link

Faculty Only:
Update Profile

MD, Residency, Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, St. Vincent Charity Hospital, Cleveland, OH, 2007
MD, Medical School, The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health and Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, 2004
B.S., magna cum laude graduate with Honors Degree in Biochemistry, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 1999
Brief Bio:
Dr. Todd is a holistic physician who specializes in disease prevention and reversal toward longevity and vital living. In addition to serving as Professor of Health Sciences and Human Performance here at CSU, Dr. Todd is the Founder and President of VitalHealth Partners, a private group medical practice in Northeastern Ohio that focuses on preventative, integrative, holistic healthcare.

He also serves as Medical Director to numerous companies including Fortune 200 Company, Parker Hannifin and currently serves as Chief Medical Officer of Heinen¿s Grocery Store in Northeastern Ohio and Chicago Illinois. Being the first ever CMO of a grocery store, in addition to trend setting, his operations include the buildout of wellness centers, the training of wellness consultants, the development of Fx and Fx+ programs which enable hundreds of thousands of people to successfully make healthier diet and lifestyle choices. His latest accomplishment therein is the launching of Heinen's Personalized Nutrition Center and associated VitalHealth Optimization Panel, a proprietary blood and urine assessment targeting key metrics in three critical systems: Immune, Digestive and Cardiovascular Health. Personalized recommendations are then made in terms of food first, smart supplementation and even advanced vitamin therapies in support of these three critical systems and importantly cardiovascular disease risk mitigation.

At CSU, being Professor of Health Sciences and Human Performance, with tenure, his international research platform in longevity and vital living, ethnobotany, ethnopharmacology, and phytochemistry has led him to identify longevity strategies and the role that plants and people interface therein. He has isolated novel plant compounds with medicinal applications including terpenes and even sesquiterpenes from complex floras the world-over and based on indigenous pharmacopoeias in collaborative fashion.

In addition, Dr. Todd is a master formulator having successfully launched several leading supplement brands including NEXTY and Delicious Living Gold recognized Nutritional Roots, one of the very first hemp-based product lines in the US, and leading premium medical cannabis brand, Lighthouse Sciences. He now serves as Medical Director of Step Change Innovations which launches science based ingredients in food and dietary supplements into global marketplaces safely and effectively.

His lines develop leading solutions in support of longevity including immune, digestive and cardiovascular health support. As well as entourage blends targeting novel solutions to structure function aspects in human physiology including complex issues such as: performance and energy enhancement, balanced mood, restful sleep, stress mitigation, chronic pain abatement, mental clarity and nootropics for cognitive health.

Dr. Todd received his medical doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and completed his training in Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, St. Vincent Charity Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio.

In his copious free time, he enjoys exploring nature and the wisdom of nature and our elders as well as practicing ancient arts including Yang Tai Chi, Ashtanga Yoga and contemplating the nature of consciousness. When he isn't doing that, or perhaps it's all intertwined anyway, he is doing some type of exercise, playing music, or just chilling with his kids, Kaia and Lily and his fur baby, Leo the little lion.

His recent success is health and wellness best-seller,"Eat Yourself Super" One Bite at a Time: A Superfoods Journey for the Happy, Healthy, and Hungry.

For more information, see Dr. Todd's Curriculum Vitae at the following link, and for speaking engagements, interviews, consulting queries and the like, please call Susan at 440-571-0006.

Learn more on Insta
Honors and Awards:
-Corporate Health and Wellness Consulting Major Appointments: Chief Medical Officer (ongoing and commencing 2012), Heinen's Grocery Store, an approximately 850 million dollar family owned and operated specialty grocer with over 20 locations throughout Cleveland, Ohio, and, Chicago, Illinois regions. Our brand is built on not only fine foods, but also on customer service and now wellness. Responsible for the rollout of Eat Yourself Super and Smart Supplementation strategies to both employees and customers.

-Medical Director (4 year appointment and commencing 2013), Parker Hannifin, an approximately 13 billion Fortune 200 company leading the way globally in motion-control technology. Just as they lead in this specialty so too do they lead in wellness. Developed a ¿Path to Wellness¿ program guided by my strategy and book, Eat Yourself Super. We facilitate sustainable health and wellness of Parker employees and in doing so reduce medical expenditures (documented case studies demonstrative of millions of dollars in healthcare expenditure savings through the rollout of Eat Yourself Super and Smart Supplementation strategies to employees).

-Successfully led over one hundred major field research expeditions spanning decades to remote regions of the world including Appalachia, Belize, Guatemala, Alaska, Canada, Peru (Amazonia and Andean regions), India, Japan, Ireland, England and Costa Rica. Have established field infrastructures internationally and in particular in Belize, India. Peru and Costa Rica.

-Externally granted/funded, peer reviewed, research grants in furthering preventive, integrative, holistic medicine awarded from internationally prominent entities including: World Bank, IDRC, CIET, Parker Hannifin/Parker Hannifin Foundation, and Ohio Arts Council. With current funding and cumulative funding totals in this category of 2.73 million.

-Dozens of peer reviewed publications, books, book chapters, documentaries, and creative works including prestigious publications with top academic publishers and in journals such as HerbalGram, EcoHealth, Ethnobotany Research and Applications, Human Ecology, Sustainability, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, Journal of Nutritional Disorders & Therapy, Biodiversity and Conservation, Phytochemistry, Ethnopharmacology, TeJAS, Economic Botany, Heritage and Botany.

-Author of several books including bestseller, Eat Yourself Super¿One Bite at a Time: A Superfoods Journey for the Happy, Healthy and Hungry! (ISBN: 9781614481676, ePub Version: 9781614481683).

-Subject of bestselling book written about Heinen¿s Grocery Store and my work therein, Grocery, The Buying and Selling of Food in America  

-Wide array of distinguished speaking with hundreds of notable Keynote presentations given around the world including a multitude of prestigious venues like United Natio