Monica Aggarwal, MD, is an assistant professor of medicine in the University of Florida Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Serving as the Director of Integrative Cardiology and Prevention at the University of Florida, Dr. Aggarwal focuses on promoting food as the foundation of healing and for its medicinal value. She is also the Director of Medical Education for Cardiology, where she directs education for medical residents and cardiology fellows, with a focus on prevention, nutrition and lifestyle. In the hospital, she has multiple initiatives including developing a 100% plant based menu for cardiac and vascular patients.
Dr. Aggarwal gives talks around the community and the country. She was named a “Next Generation Innovator” by Cardiology Today. She is often featured in Veg News, Naked Magazine and has been featured in forksoverknives.com. She conducts research on nutrition education in medical institutions and on how a plant based diet impacts cardiovascular disease.
Board certified in cardiology, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology, she is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), where she is a member of the nutrition council working on nutrition policies for the nation. Monica specializes in preventative management of heart disease with lifestyle techniques in conjunction with medications. She is the author of the book “Finding Balance: Empower Yourself with Tools to Combat Stress and Illness,” which outlines 10 prescriptions to help guide people to better health.
Dr. Aggarwal went to the University of Virginia and received her BA in Religious Studies with a minor in Biology. She subsequently went to the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond for medical school followed by residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center. She then transitioned for cardiology fellowship to Baltimore, MD at the University of Maryland and later continued her training at the University of Arizona where she completed an integrative medicine fellowship. She is board certified in Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology and Echocardiography.
Today, Dr. Aggarwal teaches preventative cardiology in her daytime practice. In her clinic, she emphasizes plant based nutrition and often performs multiple mind-body techniques with her patients, including yoga and meditation. She gives talks to physicians to educate about nutrition and how to implement a healthy living plan with their patients. At the hospitals, she hosts half day immersions to give people practical tips on how to implement her 5 step solution to reduce chronic illness. She gives lectures around the nation on plant based diets to educate people about how plant based diets can alter their risks for chronic illnesses. She gives cooking classes to show people how to use foods that previously seemed intangible.
Monica’s mission is to educate people on why the modern diet is a problem and how it creates chronic illness. She would like to give people practical tools on how to implement a new and improved diet and lifestyle. She has a five step solution that will change the face of illness in our modern world.