Profiles in Social Entrepreneurship – Dr. Timothy Harlan, Executive Director, Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, Tulane University


In an earlier blog post, we drew a distinction among social entrepreneurs, social innovators, and social benefactors. Social entrepreneurs are not a new phenomenon. They have been working among us for decades, if not generations, developing and promoting innovations that have an underlying market basis while simultaneously increasing social welfare. One such social entrepreneur is Dr. Timothy S. Harlan. Dr. Harlan is a physician who uses the "power of the fork" to improve health outcomes. First as a restaurateur, then medical student, television and web persona (a.k.a. Dr. Gourmet), practicing physician, and now at Tulane University’s Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, Dr. Harlan and his colleagues are building a transformative bridge between medicine and the culinary arts. The Goldring Center is training medical students and physicians to better advise their patients about evidence-based nutrition and food choices; culinary arts students about the impact of ingredients on the health of their customers, and the wider community about simple lifestyle changes that offer significant positive health benefits. To scale the impact of this program, the Goldring Center is licensing its program to medical schools around the country. This work will have a sustainable positive impact as physicians, chefs and the community who have participated in the program contribute to improving the health of the nation. To learn more about this exciting new direction in bringing good food, good nutrition, and good health into the same conversation, read our in depth interview of Dr. Harlan here.


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