Culinary Medicine Interest Group

To improve the understanding and utilization of healthy, nutritious foods among future medical professionals, patients, and community members.

The Culinary Interest Group aims to empower students to make smart choices about their diet through education in the culinary arts. Students will become authorities on healthy cooking through hands-on instruction, which will encourage them to prescribe food as medicine and effectively teach their patients to treat food as a measure to prevent chronic diseases.

Current Interest Group Leaders, Class of 2022: 


                             Julie Tran                                                       Tyler Bien

Faculty Mentor:

                                             Farshad Fani Marvasti, MD, MPH
                      Director, Prevention, Public Health and Health Promotion 
             Assistant Professor of Family, Community and Preventive Medicine

Upcoming Events/Goals:
  • Cooking classes for patients and students at Wesley Clinic
  • Lunch talks and interactive events with guest speakers/chefs
  • Influence on-campus food quality (i.e. Downtown Phoenix Wellness Market)
  • Culinary Medicine educational elective / on-campus teaching kitchen
Check back for event dates!

Past Events: 

Tyler Bien and Julie Tran


Culinary Medicine Interest Group was founded in March 2017. 

Previous Interest Group Leaders:
Class of 2021:
Gurman Dhaliwal,
Manroop Kaur,
Cornel Popescu, 
Class of 2020:
Sarah Javaherifar,
Sarah Loh,
Daniel Salevitz,

In The News: 
"Culinary Medicine Crafts Healthy Alternatives for Diabetes Patients"
Sarah Javaherifar,
Dec 19, 2017, 10:40 AM