Dr. Jasmol Sardana is a board certified internal medicine physician and among the inaugural cohort of physicians to be board certified in lifestyle medicine. She is equally passionate about lifestyle medicine, culinary medicine and community service. Dr. Sardana grew up in the metropolitan Washington DC region and the importance of giving back to her community was impressed upon her at a young age when she began volunteering with the homeless communities of DC. She experienced first hand the complex ways in which the social determinants on health can influence the health of entire communities. As the daughter of first generation immigrants she has personally experienced the socioeconomic burdens and the effects of limited access to resources in an often difficult-to-navigate system. Throughout her medical education, training and career Dr. Sardana has led out in, coordinated and participated in service projects to benefit local community members. She has participated in international medical mission trips serving the indigenous people of Ecuador’s Amazon and provided post-Earthquake medical relief efforts in Haiti. Dr. Sardana’s personal experiences with these populations and how disproportionately diseases affected them fully exposed the harsh reality of health inequity. Learning about lifestyle medicine and a whole food plant based diets can prevent, treat and even reverse the very illnesses she saw indiscriminately affect those groups has deepened her commitment to bringing lifestyle medicine to everyone, regardless of background or socioeconomic status.
She has a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies through eCornell and has a certificate as a Culinary Coach from the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard which she has used to engage underserved neighborhoods by leading out in free plant based talks and food demonstrations. She also offers plant based talks and cooking classes for her local community through her small business, WellKitchen. Dr. Sardana works as a primary care physician specializing in lifestyle medicine and plant based nutrition at PCRM/Barnard Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Sardana founded and currently chairs the Community Engaged Lifestyle Medicine Member Interest Group at the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. The mission of this member interest group is to empower, encourage and educate ACLM members to utilize the spirit of the foundations of of public health including community engagement to help build health equity within their own communities.