Grand Rounds: Cardiovascular Interventions on a Fork: Changing Outcomes Through Culinary Medicine

Event Date: August 6th, 2019

Kimberly Parks, DO

Grand Rounds: Cardiovascular Interventions on a Fork: Changing Outcomes Through Culinary Medicine

Presented by Kimberly Parks, DO, Massachusetts General Hospital, with discussant, Deepak Bhatt, MD, MPH, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. Data show that approximately 80% of deaths related to heart disease are attributable to lifestyle factors, with dietary factors contributing to half of these deaths. Despite this, the average physician has received only 14.3 hours of formal education in nutrition during the training years and is ill equipped to appropriately advise patients. There is growing interest in how food can be used to help manage disease, as many patients seek alternatives to medications. With available data online, understanding healthful eating can be confusing to both patients and clinicians.

In this Presentation

Data supporting specific dietary patterns that have been shown to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease will be presented, including areas of opportunity to use “Food as Medicine.”

Dr. Parks will describe how she applies an evidence-based approach to her current culinary medicine practice, including a specific case of a patient with advanced coronary disease who will share his experience using an integrative approach to his heart disease. Discussant, Dr. Bhatt, will provide an overview of the traditional approach including peripheral intervention, surgery and medications to manage cardiovascular disease.

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Kimberly A. Parks DO, is the Medical Director of Synergy Private Health, an integrative medical practice in Chestnut Hill, and a staff cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton Wellesley Hospital. She is a clinician, educator and researcher who is passionate about providing enhanced care using a holistic approach with wellness at its core.  Her clinical care uses a western medicine approach but also incorporates the use of “Lifestyle as medicine.”

Dr. Parks has received numerous awards in teaching and for her leadership and has lectured nationally and internationally on heart failure and cardiac transplantation.  She is now becoming a trailblazer in the field of culinary medicine and lifestyle medicine, recently starting an editorial column in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine on culinary nutrition.

Dr. Parks graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and completed her residency and fellowship through Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She completed subspecialty training in advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation at Massachusetts General Hospital where until recently she practiced with a focus on clinical care.


Deepak L. Bhatt MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA, FSCAI, FESC, is Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart & Vascular Center and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

After graduating as valedictorian from Boston Latin School, Dr. Bhatt obtained his undergraduate science degree as a National Merit Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology while also serving as a research associate at Harvard Medical School. He received his medical doctorate from Cornell University and a Master in Public Health with a concentration in clinical effectiveness from Harvard University. His internship and residency in internal medicine were at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and his cardiovascular training was at Cleveland Clinic. He also completed fellowships in interventional cardiology and cerebral and peripheral vascular intervention and served as Chief Interventional Fellow at Cleveland Clinic, where he spent several years as an interventional cardiologist and an Associate Professor of Medicine. He served for many years as Director of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship, Associate Director of the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship, and Associate Director of the Cardiovascular Coordinating Center. He was then recruited to be the Chief of Cardiology at VA Boston Healthcare System and served in that role for several years. He was selected by Brigham and Women’s Hospital as the 2014 Eugene Braunwald Scholar. He has been listed in Best Doctors in America from 2005 to 2018. He received the Eugene Braunwald Teaching Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Clinical Cardiology from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2017 and the ACC’s Distinguished Mentor Award in 2018.

Dr. Bhatt’s research interests include acute coronary syndromes, preventive cardiology, and advanced techniques in cardiac, cerebral, and peripheral intervention. He has authored or co-authored over 1200 publications and is listed as a Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher. He is the Editor of Cardiovascular Intervention: A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease and Atherothrombosis in Clinical Practice published by Oxford University Press. He was the international PI for the CHARISMA and CRESCENDO trials and co-PI of the three CHAMPION trials. He served as chair of COGENT and co-PI of STAMPEDE. He serves as co-chair of the REACH registry and chairs REDUCE-IT, SCORED, and SOLOIST. He is co-PI of SAVOR-TIMI 53, SYMPLICITY HTN-3, and THEMIS. In 2014, he was listed in the AHA/ASA top ten advances in heart disease and stroke research (for STAMPEDE and SYMPLICITY HTN-3); in 2018, REDUCE-IT was listed and named the top cardiology trial by NEJM. He was the inaugural Chair of the AHA-GWTG Quality Oversight Committee. He served as a Trustee of the ACC. He is Senior Associate Editor for News and Clinical Trials for He is the Editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of Invasive Cardiology and Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Heart Letter for patients.


  1. Cardiovascular Disease Prevention by Diet Modification
  2. Replace Red Meat with Plants
  3. Food is Medicine – The Promises and Challenges of Integrating Food and Nutrition into Health Care
  4. The State of US Health, 1990-2016 Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors Among US States 

Event Details

Date/Time: Tuesday, August, | 8:00am – 9:00am (followed by coffee hour, 9:00am – 10:00am)
Venue: Bornstein Family Amphitheater, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 45 Francis St. Boston, MA
Cost: Free. CME credit available (for in-person and virtual attendance).
Live Stream Access: Webinar registration form will go live on Tuesday, August 6th. Check back here. (Desktop/Laptop recommended. Mobile devices not currently supported)
Live Stream Q&A: visit and enter event code GRAugust19.

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