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Portrait: John La Puma

John Joseph La Puma

Professional Focus Dr. John Joseph La Puma is a Board Certified Internal Medicine physician with an expertise in nutrition as it relates to cholesterol control, diabetes and triglycerides with lifestyle (principally diet) alternatives to medication. Dr. La Puma performed the first fellowship in clinical medical ethics and general internal medicine in the U.S. He enjoys teaching cooking, and co-created "Chef MD" to offer healthy easy recipes and "Refuel" to help men get strong and lean.
Honors & Awards Fellow of the American College of Physicians

National Association of Medical Communicators' highest honor and national prize.

Written and hosted PBS Special called Eat and Cook Healthy with Dr. John La Puma
Research & Publications 1. Health-related Culinary Education: A Summary of Representative Emerging Programs for Health Professionals and Patients.
Polak R, Phillips EM, Nordgren J, La Puma J, La Barba J, Cucuzzella M, Graham R, Harlan TS, Burg T, Eisenberg D.
Glob Adv Health Med. 2016 Jan;5(1):61-8. doi: 10.7453/gahmj.2015.128.

2. What Is Culinary Medicine and What Does It Do?
La Puma J.
Popul Health Manag. 2016 Feb;19(1):1-3. doi: 10.1089/pop.2015.0003.

3.Credentialing and certification in ethics consultation: lessons from palliative care.
Schiedermayer D, La Puma J.
J Clin Ethics. 2012 Summer;23(2):172-4.

4. All in the family: how close is too close? The ethics of treating loved ones.
Kerrigan J, Rovelstad S, Kodner IJ, La Puma J, Keune JD.
Surgery. 2011 Mar;149(3):433-7.

5. Weight-loss programs need health plan support.
La Puma J, Palmer M.
Manag Care. 2007 Nov;16(11):11.

6. Physicians recommendations for and personal use of low-fat and low-carbohydrate diets.
La Puma J, Szapary P, Maki KC.
Int J Obes (Lond). 2005 Feb;29(2):251-3.

7. Physicians' personal intake and prescription of weight loss products: are we practicing what we preach?
La Puma J, Szapary P, Maki KC.
Arch Intern Med. 2004 Apr 12;164(7):806-7.

8. Meals at medical specialty society annual meetings: a preliminary assessment.
La Puma J, Schiedermayer D, Becker J.
Dis Manag. 2003 Winter;6(4):191-7.

9. A nutritional analysis of an airline meal.
La Puma J, Schiedermayer D.
Ann Intern Med. 2003 Sep 2;139(5 Pt 1):W70.

10. New generation of issues now coming to forefront.
La Puma J.
Manag Care. 1999 Dec;8(12):56, 59.

11. Expanding HMO liability: ethical, but not the point.
La Puma J.
Manag Care. 1999 Nov;8(11):66-7.

12. Should physician entrepreneurs be held to professional standards?
La Puma J.
Manag Care. 1999 Oct;8(10):62-3.

13. Community-based research: not just for pharmaceuticals.
La Puma J.
Manag Care. 1999 Sep;8(9):58-9.

14. When ethics leans on jargon patients often denied choices.
La Puma J.
Manag Care. 1999 Jul;8(7):54, 57.

15. AMA's union approval raises troubling issues.
La Puma J.
Manag Care. 1999 Aug;8(8):56, 59.

16. Is taking a class in ethics cruel, unusual punishment?
La Puma J.
Manag Care. 1999 Jun;8(6):52-3.

17. How much should patients know about what it costs to treat them?
La Puma J.
Manag Care. 1999 May;8(5):58-9.

18. 'Real age' in managed care means making prevention treatment of choice.
La Puma J.
Manag Care. 1999 Apr;8(4):54, 57.

19. Trust should be thrust of managed care system.
La Puma J.
Manag Care. 1999 Mar;8(3):62-3.

20. Selling supplements in the office means grappling with tough issues.
La Puma J.
Manag Care. 1999 Feb;8(2):58-9.
Cholesterol, High
Type 2 Diabetes (Diabetes Mellitus)
Dysmetabolic Syndrome (Metabolic Syndrome)
IR, Insulin Resistance
Secondary Hyopgonadism (Low Testosterone)
Lap Band Surgery Gastric Banding
Gastric Stapling Restrictive Surgery Procedure
GTT Glucose Tolerance Test
Baylor College of Medicine, 1982
Medical School
UCLA, West Los Angeles VA Medical Center
University of Chicago, Clinical Ethics
Board Certifications
American Board of Internal Medicine
Hospital Affiliation
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital