The world is battling an increasingly dire obesity epidemic, but Peter Attia, MD believes we may be fighting the wrong war. Driven by personal experiences, he is leading the fight to better understand the cause of obesity and diabetes – and along the way, challenging all we’ve been taught about the interaction of health, human performance and medicine.

A former Johns Hopkins Hospital Surgeon, Dr. Attia focuses full-time on his passion for nutrition and nutrition science, including writing, coaching and driving forward the mission of the non-profit organization Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI) he co-founded with well known science journalist and health activist Gary Taubes. President of NuSI – which is dedicated to reducing the economic and social burden of obesity- and obesity-related chronic diseases – Dr. Attia also educates via his popular blog, The Eating Academy, and gives inspiring and engaging lectures on influential platforms around the world, including TEDMed.

The recipient of the 2012 French-American Foundation Young Leader’s Fellowship, which recognizes the most promising leaders under 40 in the U.S. and France, Dr. Attia also received several prestigious awards and authored a comprehensive review manual of general surgery while completing his surgical residency at Johns Hopkins followed by two years at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. as a surgical oncology fellow at the National Cancer Institute. After a change of heart – tired of the notion that doctors did little to keep patients healthy – led him to leave medicine, Dr. Attia joined renowned consulting firm McKinsey & Company where he worked on healthcare and financial system problems.

A relentless self-experimenter and endurance athlete, Dr. Attia is also personally dedicated to his cause. He is one of only a dozen to swim the Catalina Channel (the body of water between Los Angeles and Catalina Island) in both directions and also the first person to double-cross the Maui Channel (from Maui to Lanai and back in one swim). Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, he studied mechanical engineering and applied mathematics as an undergraduate at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, where he also taught and helped design the calculus curriculum. He earned his MD from Stanford University.

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Twitter: @PeterAttiaMD