Vanesa Karamanian, MD, MPH


Vanesa Karamanian


901 Walnut Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

215-923-7583 fax

Vanesa Karamanian, MD, MPH


Research & Practice Interests

Community Health
Food Insecurity
Health Behavior
Community-clinical integration
Program Planning


MD, Universidad Favaloro
MPH, University of Pennsylvania



Lecturer, Jefferson College of Population Health


Program Planning and Evaluation


Dr. Vanesa Karamanian 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 is also an Adjunct Fellow for the Center for Public Health Initiatives at The University of Pennsylvania.