Presenter Spotlight: 2018 National Summit

Dr. Timothy Harlan, MD

Associate Dean for Clinical Services, Tulane University School of Medicine

Executive Director, Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine

This is the first in a series of posts highlighting dozens of leaders in the movement to build health equity who will present their ideas at the 2018 National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health in New Orleans, LA. Register now to reserve your place at the Summit!

Dr. Timothy Harlan is an author, educator, chef, Emmy-winning television show host, and a board-certified internist primarily practicing at the Tulane University Internal Medicine Practice in downtown New Orleans. Dr. Harlan will deliver the opening keynote address at the 2018 National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health.

Dr. Harlan currently serves as Associate Dean for Clinical Services at Tulane University School of Medicine and is the Executive Director of the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, the first-of-its-kind teaching kitchen operated by a medical school. The Goldring Center offers an innovative program teaching medical students about diet and lifestyle that bridges the gap between the basic sciences, clinical medicine, the community and culinary education. Medical students work side-by-side in the kitchen with culinary students to teach each other and, most importantly, teach the community and patients how to return to their kitchens and transform their health.

At the age of 18, Dr. Harlan began managing his first restaurant, having learned cooking techniques from some of the finest chefs. He later opened an intimate French Bistro at the age of 22. Returning to school to pursue a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Dr. Harlan found his way to medicine. While completing his degree at Emory University School of Medicine, he began writing about the clear link between food and health, blending his extensive knowledge of food and nutrition with his medical expertise.

Dr. Harlan’s 2002 public broadcast program, “The Dr. Gourmet Show,” earned an Emmy Award for excellence in medical programming. On television, “Dr. Gourmet” has been the on-air expert for the Food Network show “Cooking Thin” and host of the DIY Network show “AskDIY.”

Teaching patients that eating great food is the easiest path to health, Dr. Harlan launched as the definitive evidence-based source for diet, health, wellness and lifestyle information. His books, It’s Heartly Fare and Hand On Heart, guide readers on what they can eat for optimum health.

His book, Just Tell Me What to Eat! was released by Da Capo Lifelong Books in June 2011. For anyone tired of restricted meals and unappetizing strategies (who really wants to avoid pasta for the rest of their life?), Just Tell Me What to Eat! is a 6-week meal plan that takes the guesswork out of eating well. It emphasizes delicious, hearty meals, a Mediterranean-style diet, high-quality calories, and home cooking whenever possible.