Vanesa Karamanian, MD, MPH

Vanesa Karamanian, MD, MPH
CPHI Adjunct Fellow

Title: Director Nutrition and Active Living
Email: vkaramania@phmc.org

Public Health Interests:

Obesity prevention, food environments, dietary behaviors, medical nutrition therapy, racial/ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities, neighborhoods and health, social determinants of health; human rights, chronic disease management and prevention.

Current Public-Health Related Activities:

Vanesa Karamanian, MD, MPH is the Director of Nutrition and Active Living at Health Promotion Council. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the provision of nutrition education, technical assistance and capacity building to individuals and organizations to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors. Dr. Karamanian is the director for several evidence-based chronic disease prevention and management programs including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program- Education (SNAP-ed), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Philadelphia Comprehensive Food Standards (Get Healthy Philly) and Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) services.  

Her professional background includes more than 15 years of combined experience in medical care, biomedical research and public health work in the areas of chronic disease, maternal and child health, food insecurity & nutrition, pulmonary hypertension and HIV/AIDS and syphilis in Latin America. In these capacities, she has worked with international and national healthcare systems, academic institutions and non-profit organizations.

Dr. Karamanian received her Medical Degree from Universidad Favaloro in Buenos Aires, Argentina and a Master in Public Health with Global Health focus from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds adjunct faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University and is an Adjunct Fellow for the Center for Public Health Initiatives at The University of Pennsylvania.

Select Publications:

Auchincloss A., Young C., Davis A., Wasson S., Chilton M., Karamanian V. (2013). “Barriers and facilitators of consumer use of nutrition labels at sit-down restaurant chains. Public Health Nutr 2013 Dec 6; 16 (12):2138-45.