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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 - $40,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    California, USA

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John La Puma’s Accomplishments Include . . .
Dr. John La Puma is known for being the “food as medicine doctor.” A board-certified specialist in internal medicine, a professionally trained chef and New York Times best-selling author, John La Puma is also an award-winning television host and dynamic keynote speaker.

Dr. John La Puma has pioneered the idea of food-as-medicine without sacrificing taste, including delicious eating plans for weight loss, anti-aging and childhood obesity. Dr. La Puma appears on the national TV series Health Corner, hosting the weekly “What’s Cooking With ChefMD?” segment on cable’s Lifetime television network.

Dr. La Puma has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning AmericaThe 700 Club, NPR, ESPN and on NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX and CW outlets nationwide. John La Puma’s endeavors with RealAge have also been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, The Dr. Oz Files and hundreds of other TV and radio shows.

Major publications including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Encyclopedia Britannica, theWall Street Journal and the New York Times have all published his work. USA TodayPreventionReader’s DigestParade, Newsweek and hundreds of others have featured his work as well.

Dr. La Puma is also a New York Times best-selling author, with his most recent book reaching the New York Times list within 6 months of its release. In ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine, Dr. La Puma describes the art and science of culinary medicine, blending the art of cooking with the science of medicine to offer restaurant quality food that works like medicine, for 40 different conditions.

Dr. John La Puma is a popular keynote speaker and has given over 400 presentations to a wide variety of audiences, from professional groups to the AARP. He has also been a consultant and spokesperson for companies such as CIGNA, Caremark and Kraft. 

More About Dr. La Puma…
Dr. John La Puma was formerly a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago, a Professor of Nutrition at Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts and a cook at Chef Rick Bayless’ award-winning restaurant, Topolobampo in Chicago. Dr. La Puma also graduated from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago (a Le Cordon Bleu school) in Professional Cooking and taught the first Nutrition and Cooking Course for Medical Students in the U.S. at SUNY.

Dr. La Puma also developed recipes for Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen’s New York Times best-seller You the Owner’s Manual. His first general-audience book with Dr. Roizen became a New York Times best-seller: The RealAge Diet: Make Yourself Younger with What You Eat. John La Puma’s first cookbook, also with Dr. Roizen, became an “Amazon #1 Cookbook“, Cooking the RealAge Way: Turn Back Your Biological Clock.

Dr. La Puma performed his residency in internal medicine at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center and UCLA, and completed the first postgraduate fellowship in general internal medicine and clinical medical ethics in the U.S., at the University of Chicago. Dr. La Puma is the author or co-author of over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 150 other contributions to the medical literature and 3 medical books, including a CME book. Founding Editor of Alternative Medicine Alert, the leading evidence-based newsletter for clinicians on dietary supplements and integrative approaches, Dr. La Puma is a recognized expert in CME, informed consent and wellness practices, and has testified as an expert in legal cases.

Repeatedly named “One of America’s Top Physicians” by the Consumers’ Research Council, andcalled a “Secret Weapon” by the Wall Street Journal, Dr. John La Puma was honored with the AMA’s National Association of Medical Communicators “Award of Excellence” in 2007.

Testimonials 4

  • “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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