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 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 sought to prevent the re-occurrence 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 wellbeing of the community by narrowing disparities in the social determinants of health including education, employment opportunities and access to affordable healthcare services.