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John La Puma        

Physician, Celebrity Chef, Bestselling Author & Host of Lifetime's "Chef MD"

John La Puma, MD, FACP is an internist and the New York Times best selling author or co-author of seven books, translated into 10 languages and selling over a million copies.

He was the first postgraduate fellow in the University of Chicago’s Clinical Medical Ethics program, and was formerly a Clinical Associate Professor there, establishing clinical ethics consultation. He later graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago, worked at Topolobampo with Chef Rick Bayless for four years, taught as a Professor of Nutrition at Kendall College of the Culinary Arts, and wrote the “RealAge Diet” and “Cooking the RealAge Way” with Dr. Michael Roizen.

Dr. La Puma co-founded ChefMD, and is considered the founder of culinary medicine, now taught in over 50% of U.S. medical schools and worldwide. With Leeza Gibbons and Joan Lunden, Dr. La Puma co-hosted the national cable weekly series “Health Corner”, underwritten by Walgreenʼs, for Lifetime TV for five years and 120 episodes. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers, three medical books and hundreds of other works.

His newest project is, a free activities-based anxiety-relief digital therapeutic program, outside. Dr. La Puma currently stewards a certified organic regenerative urban farm in Santa Barbara, California and consults on therapeutic regenerative gardens.

Speech Topics

What is Culinary Medicine and What Does It Do?

Culinary Medicine is now taught in over half of American medical schools, up from just one in 2003, and worldwide. Why has it come about and what are its principles? What are some examples of its use in clinical practice and how has it evolved over the past decade?


When Your Doctor Is Your Chef - Bloomberg
Dr. John Principe in his medical practice's teaching kitchen in Palos Heights, .... John La Puma went farther than Principe, actually leaving medicine to go to the ...

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