Samantha Heller

health, Nutrition, & wellness


Health expert, media expert, consultant and author Samantha Heller is a registered dietitian, certified dietitian/nutritionist and exercise physiologist with a dual Master of Science degree in nutrition and applied physiology from Teachers’ College, Columbia University.  Samantha is the Clinical Nutrition Coordinator at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT. She hosts a live two hour show on NYU Langone Medical Center’s DOCTOR Radio, on SiriusXM channel 81.  Her show is live every Friday from 12-2 p.m. ET.

Samantha’s popular book GET SMART:SAMANTHA HELLER’S NUTRITION PRESCRIPTION FOR BOOSTING BRAIN POWER AND OPTIMIZING TOTAL BODY HEALTH is the only medically peer reviewed health book on the market today.  Entertaining, fun and chock full of bulleted tips and recommendations Get Smart helps people of all ages get smarter, improve memory, lose weight, feel happier, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as dementia, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.  It is published by the prestigious Johns Hopkins University Press 2010.

With over a decade of clinical experience as a health professional Samantha works with people of all ages, from all walks of life. Samantha developed and ran NYU Langone Medical Center’s Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation & Prevention Nutrition program for almost 10 years.  As a clinical nutritionist and health & wellness expert, Samantha has helped people with heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and other health issues adopt healthier lifestyles and achieve their health goals.  “I do not believe in dieting, fads or quick fixes.” says Samantha.  “I believe first in learning about healthy eating and what a healthy lifestyle is.  I strive to help people learn how to improve their health and create a healthy lifestyle that includes all aspects of their lives.”

Known for her accessibility, knowledge, confidence and attractive on-camera demeanor Samantha is a favored expert on TV news shows such as Doctor Oz, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS Early Show, Fox  Evening News, Fox & Friends, NBC Evening News, CBS Evening News, O’Reilly Factor, MSNBC, Good Day New York, The View, CBS Newspath, NY1 News, Today in New York, WABC News, WFSB’s Better Connecticut and WNBC News.

Regarded as a specialist in the fields of clinical nutrition, health, medical nutrition therapy - including expertise in diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity, wellness, stress management, exercise and fitness, Samantha is a highly sought after expert, spokesperson, writer and public speaker.

Recent speaking engagements include: GE Global Leaders Meeting, Cooper Companies Wellness Summit, Suburban Hospital Community Health series, Griffin Hospital’s Women’s Day of Health and Unilever’s Lunch and Learn.

As a writer Samantha’s articles have appeared in publications such as Health, My Family Doctor, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health,  Heart Healthy Living, Glamour, Healthy Aging, Today’s Health & Wellness, American Health & Fitness, Spry and MSN Health &

In addition to her radio, TV, consulting, clinical nutrition, lecturing, media and writing work, Samantha works in the community teaching ground breaking nutrition & health classes free to the public at Griffin Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care and volunteers her time giving health talks and health counseling at senior centers, nursing homes and local schools.


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Watch Samantha on the Doctor Oz show!  

June 3 The surprising truths about frozen yogurt!

February 23 Dr. Oz!  Evil little things that cause weight gain! Dr. Oz went to the country’s top expert on nutrition - that would be Samantha - AGAIN! to find the answers.  It's a two parter.

Doctor Oz can’t get enough of Samantha. Here she is in her sixth appearance! Samantha is featured in the end of the part 2 and beginning of part 3

Power of Purple Foods with Dr. Oz!

Doctor Oz asks his favorite health expert Samantha about the benefits of milk alternatives.

Samantha is behind the scenes at the Oz show. What is her food weakness? She spills the beans.

5 Most Outrageous Diet Fads!!

5 Most Outrageous Diet Fads! Part 2

The Naked Diet

Energy drinks: Can they be deadly? part 1

The dangers of energy drinks. Are you at risk? part 2

Samantha is on NY1 talking about healthy food pairings.  Scroll down for the tomato & watermelon salad


Tomato And Watermelon Salad

Epicurious | March 2009
by Gerald Hirigoyen with Lisa Weiss
Pintxos: Small Plates in the Basque Tradition Pintxos

If the idea of tomatoes and watermelon together sounds odd to you, this dish will be a revelation. There is a saying that what grows together goes together, and in this case it is true. If you think of tomatoes as a fruit, which they are botanically, this combination makes more sense. Seasonality, however, is the key. I make this salad only in the summer, when tomatoes, watermelon, and cucumbers are at their peak of flavor. Rich, creamy Hass avocadoes are included to lend a nice contrast of flavor and texture. I always toss this salad together before serving, but for the photo opposite I was inspired to create a painstaking mosaic of the ingredients. If you're so inclined, feel free, but don't say I didn't warn you—it takes a lot of time.

Yield: Serves 4 to 6

3 or 4 small to medium heirloom tomatoes, in assorted colors, cored and cut into 3/4-inch chunks 1 small English or regular cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 cup 3/4-inch-cubed yellow or red seedless watermelon flesh
1 Hass avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and cut into 3/4-inch cubes

1 tablespoon chopped mixed fresh herbs, in any combination: basil, tarragon, chives, and cilantro 1/4 teaspoon coriander seed
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, cucumber, watermelon, avocado, and herbs. In a spice grinder, grind the coriander seeds to a fine powder. Add the ground coriander to the tomato mixture and toss gently.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour over the tomato mixture and toss to coat evenly. Taste and adjust the seasoning before serving.