Maya Adam, MD, is waging a battle cry against one of America’s most critical – and challenging – public health crises of our generation: childhood obesity. A lecturer at Stanford School of Medicine and in Stanford University’s human biology program, she is leading the cause through education.

Recognized for her innovation in the development of online courses that harness technology to reach a wider audience, Dr. Adam was among just 14 Stanford faculty members to receive a seed grant in December 2012 from the Vice Provost for Online Learning to develop and teach massive open online courses. She is the creator and instructor of Just Cook: An Online Practicum in Child Nutrition – a series of accessible, bilingual online modules designed to rally people across the country to raise awareness for the importance of home cooking as a solution to the epidemic and to spur a fundamental shift in the culture of eating.

A renowned orator, Dr. Adam’s presentations and courses focus on child health and nutrition; her teaching incorporates online content, lectures and hands-on, face-to-face learning. She is also an accomplished writer, publishing articles in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and theVancouver Sun.

Dr. Adam spent numerous summers working in a community health care clinic in South Africa and was the recipient of an African Service Fellowship/Amy Biehl Fellowship from Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service. She received her medical degree from the University of British Columbia and her bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University. Before her medical studies, she spent almost 10 years as a professional ballet dancer in Germany. Today, Dr. Adam is a passionate cook and the mother of three young children.

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