Rani Polak

Dr. Rani Polak is currently a research fellow in the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Joslin Diabetes Center, Department of PM & R, Harvard Medical School. Prior to this position he completed his residency in Family Medicine at the Hebrew University Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel. Rani had the good fortune to be the founder of the Hadassah Healthy Cooking and Lifestyle Center. Dr. Polak’s current focus, along with clinical care, is in clinical and translational research relating to lifestyle medicine, especially Culinary Medicine and Medical Education. His first lifestyle intervention won the Hebrew University’s Kaye Award Price for innovation and his book, Delicious Diabetic Recipes is a gold best seller. His current work, under the mentoring of Dr. Edward Phillips, focuses on 1) the PHeel Phine, a lifestyle intervention designed for Public health nurses (PI), 2) the Chef-Coaching, a new sub-specialty of health coaching which combines culinary and coaching skills (PI), and 3) the LMEd, a collaborative aimed to transform medical education to include Lifestyle Medicine curricula addressing a variety of critical health behaviors