About Chef Robert Graham, MD

Food plays a major role not only in the treatment of existing diseases, but also in health promotion and disease prevention.
— Robert Graham MD

Dr. Robert Graham Speaking @ TEDxManhattan

Chef Robert E. Graham, MD, MPH, ABOIM, FACP
Board Certified in Internal & Integrative Medicine
Co-Founder FRESH Med

Dr. Graham is a Harvard trained physician, Board Certified in both Internal and Integrative Medicine and has over 15 years of clinical experience.  Dr. Graham received his medical degree from the School of Medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, NY and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, where he received the Community Service Award and subsequently the prestigious “Attending of the Year” award.  

Dr. Graham received a Master’s of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health while completing three additional fellowships in General Internal Medicine and Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Harvard Medical School as well as Medical Education at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He also completed course-work in Mind/Body Medicine, Positive Psychology, Lifestyle Medicine, Culinary Medicine, Botanical and Traditional Chinese Medicine.  In 2018, Dr. Graham became one of less than twenty doctor/chef’s worldwide, as he obtained his culinary degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute.

In 2010, Dr. Graham was featured in the Wall Street Journal in an article titled, “Teaching Healthy Ways to Doctors in the Kitchen.” Since then, he has taught over 200 healthcare workers, mostly medical residents, how to prepare healthy and delicious plant-based meals at the Natural Gourmet Institute.   

In June 2012, the "Lenox CHill Initiative" was born with the mission to bring yoga and meditation into the hospital setting to offer healthcare workers tools to better manage work-related stressors, and positively impact their health and wellness. 

In June 2013, Dr. Graham created “Victory Greens,” the first educational and edible rooftop garden at a hospital in NYC. The Lenox Hill Hospital cafeteria and patients have been eating the fruits of his labor. He believes, “improving hospital food is good medicine,” and expanded this “Rooftop to Bedside” services- for patients. 

Dr. Graham will tell you what to eat to be healthy, (he prescribes food), but also how to grow it and how to cook it.” -Swami Ramananda, Integral Yoga Institute 

In March 2015, Dr. Graham presented at TedxManhattan, “FAREWELLNESS: Back to Our Roots” where he described one doctor’s attempt to incorporate his roots in integrative and traditional medicine into our modern healthcare system, with an emphasis on having greater respect for food, cooking, farming and their healing properties.  

In the summer of 2016, Dr. Graham started FRESH MED, an integrative health and wellness center at PhysiologicNYC, where he currently sees patients. Healthcare needs a FRESH approach to health. FRESH is an INTEGRATIVE HEALTH practice that represents a paradigm shift, from the conventional approach of "a pill for an ill" to one that "addresses the root cause of disease."

The FRESH model of healthcare combines the best of conventional medicine including diagnostic testing, tools and technologies, as well as clinical nutrition, functional medicine, health coaching (grounded in positive psychology), complementary therapies, extensive and innovative testing. Dr. Graham believes healing should be a fully collaborative meaningful partnership between the doctor and the patient, and believes wellness is just as important as treatment. 

In 2018, Dr. Graham became a chef and earned his Culinary degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute in Manhattan. When not seeing patients, he trades his white lab coat for chef’s whites with the goal of expanding his toolkit both for use as a healthcare provider and as an advocate for a new model of integrative, “food-first” lifestyle-focused healthcare model, called Culinary Medicine.

A member of several medical associations, Dr. Graham has authored various publications, including a 2005 seminal article in the Journal of the National Medical Association on the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in racial and ethnic minority populations.

Dr. Graham is recognized as a national leader in the fields of Complementary and Alternative/Integrative Medicine, Nutrition, Urban Farming, Health Disparities and Cultural Competency and has spoken extensively about his research endeavors throughout the U.S.   

Dr. Graham has appeared on NBC Today Show, Fox 5 News, ABC Eyewitness News, CBS News, NY1 and is regularly quoted in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Newsday, Daily News, NY Post, Health Day, Prevention, Yahoo News, HuffPost and WebMD. Follow his work @FRESHMEDNYC @FAREWELLNESS on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.