John La Puma is an Italian-American internist, professionally trained cook, and author.
La Puma was born in New York, received his undergraduate degree from the College of Creative Studies in 1978, earned an MD from Baylor College of Medicine and trained in internal medicine in Los Angeles. He completed the first U.S. postgraduate fellowship in medical ethics at the University of Chicago, and became an Clinical Associate Professor. He later graduated from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, part of Le Cordon Bleu and became a Professor of Nutrition at Kendall College. He cooked with Chef Rick Bayless at Topolobampo before founding CHEF Clinic, a clinical program to prevent obesity. La Puma practices medicine in Santa Barbara, California, is co-founder of ChefMD, a health and media company, and founder of GlutenFreeQuiz for celiac disease detection. He has authored over 250 original publications, book chapters, abstracts and books. His research interests include weight loss, dietary supplement use and medical ethics. His first book for the general public, written with Dr. Michael Roizen, RealAge Diet: Make Yourself Younger with What You Eat (April 2001) reached The New York Times Bestseller List. His most recent book is Cooking the RealAge Way (May 2003) also written with Dr. Roizen. Dr. La Puma wrote the recipes for YOU: The Owner’s Manual (May 2005), co-authored by Drs. Roizen and Mehmet Oz.