Maya Adam MD has been teaching at Stanford University since 2009. She received her BA in Human Biology from Stanford before studying medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to her post-secondary studies, she spent 10 years as a professional ballet dancer with the State Theater of Saxony in Germany.
At the Stanford School of Medicine, Adam creates online educational content for the Re-imagining Medical Education Project, led by Charles Prober MD, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education. In the Program in Human Biology, Adam teaches courses on child health and nutrition. In 2013, Adam created the free, massive open online course Stanford Child Nutrition and Cooking, a public health education outreach effort that has reached more than 300,000 international students. She is also the founder of a non-profit organization called Just Cook for Kids. In 2014, Adam started applying the new teaching technologies being developed at Stanford to the creation of digital teaching tools designed to support the work of international community health workers. The resulting Stanford Health Outreach App is now being used by community health organizations in South Africa and Guatemala and the teaching videos associated with the app have been translated into Xhosa, Spanish and Hindi. In 2015 Adam created the online CME course Food and Medicine and the parallel open online course, Food and Health. She is the author of Food Love Family: A Practical Guide to Child Nutrition.

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Founder, Just Cook for Kids (2013 - Present)

Community and International Work

  • Stanford Health Outreach App, South Africa


    Community Health Promotion

    Partnering Organization(s)

    Philani Maternal and Child Health Clinic

    Populations Served

    Women and children in under-resourced areas



    Ongoing Project


    Opportunities for Student Involvement


All Publications

  • Massive open online nutrition and cooking course for improved eating behaviors and meal composition. international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity Adam, M., Young-Wolff, K. C., Konar, E., Winkleby, M. 2015; 12 (1): 143-?

    View details for DOI 10.1186/s12966-015-0305-2

    View details for PubMedID 26630879