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Nate Wood

Instructor of Medicine (General Medicine); Director of Culinary Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

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Nate Wood, MD, MHS, Chef, D,ABOM

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Dr. Nate Wood is an Instructor of Medicine and the inaugural Director of Culinary Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and Irving and Alice Brown Teaching Kitchen at Yale New Haven Health. Board-certified in internal medicine and obesity medicine, Nate practices as a primary care physician, serves as a core faculty member in the Yale Primary Care residency program, and co-leads the weight management clinic at the New Haven Primary Care Consortium.

Before coming to Yale, Nate studied in the School of Culinary Arts at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. As both a physician and culinary school graduate, he has dedicated his career to the field of “Food Is Medicine,” firmly believing that what we eat can be simultaneously healthy and delicious. As the Director of Culinary Medicine, Nate oversees many patient care, medical education, community outreach, and research endeavors related to healthy cooking and eating.

Nate is particularly interested in media and education — using print, television, and other multimedia to engage both medical professionals and the general public in learning about the connection between diet and health. His clinical and research interests include culinary medicine, preventive medicine, obesity medicine, and nutrition education. Nate recently completed his Master of Health Science in Medical Education, his thesis project focusing on the development, implementation, and testing of a novel culinary medicine curriculum for medical trainees.

Nate's ultimate goal is to combine his passions for medicine, food, education, and media to empower others to enjoy food in a healthy way.

Education & Training

  • Medical Education Fellowship
    Yale School of Medicine (2024)
  • MHS
    Yale School of Medicine (2024)
  • Primary Care Residency
    Yale New Haven Hospital (2022)
  • Primary Care Internship
    Yale New Haven Hospital (2020)
  • MD
    Wayne State University School of Medicine (2019)
  • Non Degree Program
    Institute of Culinary Education, School of Culinary Arts (2018)
  • BS
    University of Michigan, Linguistics (2014)

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