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Food as Medicine CME Symposium

Spread of healthy foods

The Department of Family Medicine of NorthShore University HealthSystem presents the 4th annual Food as Medicine CME Symposium

Food, Mind, and Mood:
Best Practices for Body and Brain

Join us for the fourth annual Food as Medicine Symposium, featuring a day of cutting edge nutritional medicine from expert, nationally renowned specialists. This symposium is perfect for any person desiring a deeper understanding of how to improve mental well-being and brain health. Learn self care practices for improved quality of life. Cooking demonstrations by chef trained doctors, a delicious plant based lunch, and CME credit are offered. Parking included.

Date & Location

Sunday, May 5, 2019
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022

Your registration fee admits you to all general presentations, however, you may only attend one break out session. Register for the symposium with one of the buttons below.

Expert Presentations

Meet the Experts>>

The Healthy Dirty Mind: The Soil, the Gut and the Brain
Speaker: Arti Chandra, MD

Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance: Symptoms, Evaluation and Management
Speaker: Ewa Schafer, MD

Mindful Eating: Enjoying Food More While Eating Less!: The Basics of Mindful Eating
Speaker: Jean Kristeller, Ph.D

Nutrition and Emotional Health: What’s the Evidence?
Speaker: Geeta Maker-Clark, MD Symposium Chair

You Are What You Serve - Improving Hospital Food at NorthShore University HealthSystem
Speakers: Michael Fiore, Kent Moran, Marissa Kosik, Lance Daly, and Geeta Maker-Clark, MD

Three Steps to Balancing Your Brain by Listening to Your Gut
Speaker: Trupti Gokani, MD

Update on Dietary Requirements for Brain Health
Speaker: Smita Patel, MD

Registration Fee: $90.00
Advanced registration is required. Coupon code only available for students.

There is no on-site registration and you must register by May 2. Registration fee is not refundable on cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to the event.

Breakout Sessions

Registering for one of the breakout sessions below will register you for the entire Symposium. Please register for only one breakout session as they all take place at the same time.

Eating on a Budget...Navigating Food Deserts, Food Swamps, Food Insecurity and Mental Health
Speaker: Ed McDonald, MD
Join gastroenterologist and trained chef Dr. Ed McDonald, as he helps us understand how food insecurity and the food environment impacts nutrition and mental health. His interactive demonstration will reflect how to combine dollar store foods with fresh inexpensive foods to create a healthy dish!

Achieving Better Clarity, Memory and Emotional Wellbeing...It’s All in Your Salad
Speaker: Sonia Oyola, MD
Dr. Sonia Oyola, co-director of University of Chicago's culinary medicine project, describes how food impacts the development of serotonin (a key mood neurotransmitter) and which foods can improve focus, memory and mood. Learn to make a salad that can improve essential brain functions like memory and mood!
This Breakout Session Has Sold Out.

What the Kraut? How Fermented Food Can Improve Human Health
Speaker: Arti Chandra, MD and Nadia Khambati, RD
Dr. Arti Chandra and dietician Nadia Khambati discuss the importance of a healthy microbiome to health and to disease prevention and treatment as well as teach you to recognize the signs and symptoms associated with dysbiosis to help in the proper diagnosis of this condition. Learn how to help restore gut equilibrium by making a kraut, a delicious prebiotic and probiotic fermented food.


This live activity, Food, Mind and Mood: Improving Mental Well Being with Nutrition and Self Care, with a beginning date of 05/05/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 4.5 prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Please contact Elton Guillen at or 847.570.4290 with any questions.