Pediatrician Kofi Essel on Culinary Medicine

Interview by Billy Shore

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Washington, DC pediatrician Kofi Essel is committed to giving families the tools they need to thrive. In his work at Children’s Health Center Anacostia and The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science, Essel practices “culinary medicine,” which merges the art of cooking with the science of medicine. “Nutrition is recognized as one of the most powerful tools to transform the health of populations,” he says. Lack of access to nutritious foods can have serious consequences for children and families. “Food insecurity is invisible – you cannot consistently rely on any clinical signs, laboratory changes, or anthropometric changes to be able to determine if a family is experiencing food insecurity. … When you address the food, it increases cognitive bandwidth and it increases [a family’s] ability to focus on other things.”

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Kofi Essel

Kofi Essel

Board-certified community pediatrician and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Kofi Essel, MD, MPH, is a board-certified community pediatrician and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s National Hospital and The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences . Dr. Essel also serves as the Director of the GWUSMHS Community/Urban Health Scholarly Concentration for medical students and is a contributor on the Clinical Public Health Leadership Team. 

Children’s Health Center Anacostia

Children’s Health Center Anacostia offers immunizations, health education and other primary care services for patients and their families.

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