Culinary Medicine Interest Group


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

The Culinary Medicine Interest Group aims to engage in service-learning activities to empower students and community members 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 use food as a measure to prevent and treat chronic diseases.

Upcoming Events/Goals:

  • Girlscouts go to Medical School Event

  • Cooking classes for patients and students at Wesley Clinic

  • Lunch talks and interactive events with guest speakers/chefs

  • Influence on-campus food quality

  • Culinary Medicine educational elective / on-campus teaching kitchen

Check back for event dates!

Past Events:

  • Cooking Demos at Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market

  • Cardiology Academy Food Demonstration

Current Interest Group Leaders, Class of 2026:

Ariana Cano

Hannah Burman

Nina Gautam

Lauren Schutz

Faculty Mentor:

Farshad Fani Marvasti, MD, MPH

Director, Prevention, Public Health and Health Promotion

Assistant Professor of Family, Community and Preventive Medicine

In The News:

"Culinary Medicine Crafts Healthy Alternatives for Diabetes Patients"

"Wesley Center Integrates Wellness into Patient Care"


Culinary Medicine Interest Group was founded in March 2017.

Previous Interest Group Leaders:

Class of 2025:

Nicholas Chartrand,

Lyndon Bui,

Jennifer Li,

Chap-Kay Lau,

Class of 2024:

Catherine Ingbar,

Sean Youn,

Ruoyan Zhu,

Jessica Dong,

Class of 2023:

Sukriti Bagchi,

Leeann Qubain,

Deborah Yang,

Class of 2022:

Tyler Bien, Julie Tran

Class of 2021:

Gurman Dhaliwal, Manroop Kaur, Cornel Popescu

Class of 2020:

Sarah Javaherifar, Sarah Loh, Daniel Salevitz