Keynote Speaker Dr. John La Puma

Dr. John La Puma

Physician, Celebrity Chef, Best Selling Author and Host of Lifetime's Chef MD

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $20,001 - $30,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    California, USA

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John La Puma’s Accomplishments Include . . .

John La Puma M.D. is board-certified in internal medicine, a professionally trained chef and certified California naturalist. Founder of CHEF Clinic ® and ChefMD, he has pioneered culinary medicine in the U.S., and taught the first culinary medicine, cooking and nutrition course in a U.S. medical school, at SUNY-Upstate with Dr. Michael Roizen, of the Cleveland Clinic.

Why John La Puma?

John La Puma M.D., ChefMD® is the Mr. Rogers of the medical world. Warm, generous and a little folksy, he’s working on projects like an urban certified organic teaching avocado and citrus orchard, and is the U.S.’ biggest name in culinary medicine and nature therapy.

Dr. La Puma co-hosted Lifetime TV’s national cable television weekly series “Health Corner”, and cooked with Chef Rick Bayless at Topolobampo in Chicago, both for nearly five years. A NY Times best-selling author, for ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine and The RealAge Diet, the latter with Dr. Roizen, his books have sold over a million copies and have been translated into eight languages, and six PBS specials. Dr. La Puma is currently studying nature therapy in medicine, and producing and hosting the 13 episode mini docu-series “A Green Rx”, which can be seen on his YouTube channel weekly.

Dr. La Puma has lectured on food and culinary medicine at Harvard, the University of Chicago, TEDMED , Kaiser Permanente and aboard The World . His present work focuses on using specific prescriptions of nature therapy as A Green Rx to treat nature deficit disorder, acute pain and digital addiction. Other conditions under study are longevity, anxiety, heart disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, diabetes and heart disease. Dr. La Puma farms avocados, rare citrus and medicinal herbs and spices on an urban certified organic demonstration orchard in Santa Barbara, California.


Testimonials 7

  • “Our community parents were spell-bound by your inspiring presentation, and so were the teachers! We especially loved the herb plants, the garden data, and the easy-to-use ways that the right food and nature help kids create better focus.”

    Josie Bahedry

    Director of the Village School, Chadwick, Palos Verdes, CA

  • “You are the godfather of culinary medicine, and our clinicians from all over the U.S. were writing down every water-cooler nature therapy fact you gave. You’re starting a new field in medicine–again! Thank you a thousand times.”

    Wolfram Anderson

    CEO, Hypoglycemia Support Foundation and Director, Metabolic Health and Nutrition Summit, Seattle, WA

  • “Simply brilliant talk on nature therapy and a green rx to our international audience of scholars: please come back and give us more inspiration and wisdom!”

    Mark Siegler M.D., F.A.C.P.

    Lindy Bergman Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Founder and Director, The MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, The University of Chicago, Chicago IL

  • “Absolutely terrific program!”

    Allen Douma

    AARP Board of Directors

  • “The women loved your session…and I would love to have you come back. You sold out all your books!”

    Paula Herman

    Program Manager, Professional Businesswomen of California

  • “Through the culinary wizardry of Dr. La Puma, not even your taste buds will know that you’re eating ‘good for you’ food. You can live well, and long, with his guidance.”

    Mehmet Oz, M.D.

    Author of YOU: Staying Young and YOU: The Owner's Manual

  • “Dr. La Puma brings to your table a rare combination of medical experience and culinary skills. Your health and meals will both benefit.”

    Walter C. Willett, M.D.

    Chair, Dept of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health

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