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Dr John La Puma

Dr John La Puma offers accountable weight loss and cholesterol control personal medical programs in Santa Barbara, California with follow-up by phone nationwide;

He is the New York Times best-selling author (REFUEL®, ChefMD®) and co-author (RealAge® Diet, Cooking the RealAge® Way) of several of the best-selling diet and health books of the last decade, and ethics books of the previous decade;

He speaks on diet, health, lifestyle, stress, aging and what’s next;

He hosts PBS’ ChefMD® Shorts and PBS Specials on diet and fitness, and volunteers for the FoodBank of Santa Barbara;

He co-founded, a Freddie award-winning healthy recipe video website;

He writes his Paging Dr. La Puma blog, his Facebook page, his Heathy Bytes Newsletter, and Upwave’s (TBS Wellness) healthy nutrition content; and contributes to ShareCare, and HealthTap;

He created the, a screening tool for celiac disease.

You can read his Wikipedia bio, Amazon reviews of his latest book and what Google thinks of him.

John La Puma MD is a practicing physician, board-certified in internal medicine and a professionally trained chef.  His patients, books, healthy recipes and television episodes are changing the way people think about food, health and medicine–as fun, personal and powerful.

Three of his books–Cooking the RealAge Way, The RealAge Diet and ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine–have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into 8 languages. His new book, REFUEL, will be released 12.31.13, and aims to change how men think about what they eat–as fuel too, and as a way to stop converting testosterone into estrogen.

The Wall Street Journal calls him a “Secret Weapon” against cholesterol and heart disease. He taught the first Nutrition and Cooking course for medical students in the US, at SUNY-Upstate with Dr. Michael Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic, and the first Culinary Medicine clinical course for medical st students in the US, at DMU.

Dr. La Puma is a renowned speaker. He spoke at the prestigious TEDx conference in October 2010, at Gel Health in October 2009 and is consistently rated among the very best speakers by the audiences he addresses.  He has also been a consultant and spokesperson for some of the groups to which he has given talks, such as CIGNA, Caremark, GSK and Kraft.

Dr. La Puma is in the media.  He hosts the new PBS series “Dr John La Puma’s ChefMD Shorts” nationwide airing through Fall 2016; the 90 minute PBS Special “Eat and Cook Healthy”; and co-hosted 100+ episodes of Lifetime TV’s “Health Corner” (most recently with Joan Lunden and Leeza Gibbons). He hosted the weekly “Chef MD” TV segments on Lifetime TV for nearly 5 years.  He has appeared on Dr. Oz, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The 700 Club, NPR, Dr. Oz XM,, Martha Stewart radio, and on NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, PBS and CNN, and in hundreds of print and online publications.

Dr. La Puma is Founding Editor of Alternative Medicine Alert, the leading evidence-based newsletter for clinicians on dietary supplements and integrative medical approaches.  His clinical trial designs and academic work have resulted in authorship or co-authorship of over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 150 other contributions to the medical literature and three medical books, including a CME book.

He performed his residency in internal medicine at West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center and UCLA, and completed the first postgraduate fellowship in general internal medicine and clinical medical ethics in the US, at the University of Chicago.

Dr. La Puma became a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago, Professor of Nutrition at Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts, and cook at James Beard-award winning Chef Rick Bayless’ Topolobampo in Chicago. Dr. La Puma graduated with honors from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago (now a Le Cordon Bleu school) in Professional Cooking.

Repeatedly named “One of America’s Top Physicians” by Consumers’ Research Council,  Dr. La Puma has been honored with the American Medical Association/National Association of Medical Communicators “Award of Excellence”.  He is based in Santa Barbara, California.

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