Peter Attia

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Dr. Peter Attia
Peter Attia, an illustration by Robert Brinkerhoff
Dr. Peter Attia speaking at TedMed in Washington D.C.

Dr. Peter Attia is a Canadian open water swimmer, physician, podcaster, and the co-founder of the Nutrition Science Initiative, together with Gary Taubes.

Professional Career

  • Dr. Attia is a former McKinsey & Company consultant as a member of the corporate risk and healthcare practices in Palo Alto, California.
  • He is a surgeon, engineer, calculus teacher and an author of numerous medical and research papers.
  • He offers podcasts and gives educational and engaging lectures on nutrition including a TedMed talk on 17 April 2013 in Washington D.C.
  • He educates via his blog War On Insulin and is a popular TedMed speaker.
  • He received his medical degree from Stanford University and holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, where he also taught and helped revamp the calculus curriculum.
  • He spent 5 years and did his surgical training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland as a general surgery resident, where he was the recipient of several prestigious awards and the author of a comprehensive review manual of general surgery.
  • He did a fellowship in surgical oncology at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland and gave a TedMed presentation on 17 April 2013.
  • He spent two years at the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Maryland as a surgical oncology fellow at the National Cancer Institute.
  • He shares medical information, history and explanations on a variety of topics on the Peter Attia Drive.

Open Water Swimming Career Highlights

Catalina Channel Videos

The War on Insulin

TedMed Talks

The Peter Attia Drive Podcast

The Peter Attia Drive is a weekly, deep-dive podcast focusing on maximizing longevity, and all that goes into that from physical to cognitive to emotional health. With over 30 million episodes downloaded, it features topics including fasting, ketosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, mental health, and more. The Drive is hosted by Dr. Peter Attia, a Stanford/Johns Hopkins/NIH-trained physician focusing on the applied science of longevity, the extension of human life and well-being.

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