Peter Attia


Peter is the founder of Attia Medical, PC, a medical practice with offices in San Diego and New York City, focusing on the applied science of longevity. The practice applies nutritional biochemistry, exercise physiology, sleep physiology, techniques to increase distress tolerance, lipidology, pharmacology, and four-system endocrinology to increase lifespan (delaying the onset of chronic disease), while simultaneously improving healthspan (quality of life).

Peter trained for five years at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in general surgery, where he was the recipient of several prestigious awards, including resident of the year, and the author of a comprehensive review of general surgery. He also spent two years at NIH as a surgical oncology fellow at the National Cancer Institute where his research focused on immune-based therapies for melanoma. He has since been mentored by some of the most experienced and innovative lipidologists, endocrinologists, gynecologists, sleep physiologists, and longevity scientists in the United States and Canada.

Peter earned his M.D. from Stanford University and holds a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics. He is licensed in California (A96452) and New York (281406-1).

Book Recommendations

Solve for Happy

by Mo Gawdat

I don’t know, six months and it was just in the queue but I didn’t really appreciate why I ought to read it as soon as it was given to me. Something in the midst of a crisis sort of brought it to my attention a little more quickly and I just devoured it. Solve for Happy is probably in the number two spot [of books Iʼve gifted most.]

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Altered Traits

by Daniel Goleman, Richard J. Davidson

There’s a great book out there called Altered States, which I read this year, that I think does a great job of parsing that concept out. Which is ... we don’t meditate for the state. The state can be pleasurable.

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I Don't Want to Talk About It

by Terrence Real

There is now a new book that is my most gifted book. And amazingly, I can’t believe I didn’t bring a copy to Austin to give you, ’cause I now … I think I just buy Amazon out of this book. Like, I just have stacks of it all over like you have stacks of certain books in your place. And this book is called I Don’t Want To Talk About It, by Terrence Real.

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10% Happier

by Dan Harris

So when I think about the pillars of longevity, what are the things—what are the levers—you have to pull to live the longest, most productive, high performing life imaginable? It involves fixing your nutrition. We’ve talked about that. Changing your exercise—we’ve talked about that. Fixing your sleep—we have not talked about that, but that’s important. Using the right supplements—we’ve not talked about that. Modulating hormones as necessary—we’ve not really talked about that. Fixing anything that needs to be fixed, on top of that pharmacologically, and I’m a huge proponent of pharmacotherapy under the right setting.The final component is managing your stress. So as a guy who’s thinking about this, I became really interested after actually reading Dan Harris’ book, which the title is blanking on me, but it’s “10% Happier” actually is the title of the book.

And I loved the book, and I read it. And I’ve read a lot about mediation, but it was the first book I read where I thought, like, “I can relate to this guy.” You know?

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"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"

by Richard P. Feynman

Actually, and the other [most gifted] one is, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Those would be a tossup.

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Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me)

by Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson

Probably, Mistakes Were Made, But Not By Me. [It] is a book about cognitive dissonance, and it’s one of the few books that at the moment I finished it I not only reread it but I bought it for about ten people. I think that the authors, one of whom I’ve become very close friends with and she is now actually an advisor to NuSI as well, her name is Carol Tavris. One of the things the authors do such a great job of is really getting at the psychology of why it is that we are simply not wired to acknowledge mistakes when we make them, look for weaknesses in our thinking.

And I just think that, you know, how do I make sure I go through life without becoming too sure of myself? Because on some levels I am sure of myself, but at other levels I have to realize, like, what can I do to make sure I’m not missing something that could allow me to do a better job? And so I think it’s a fantastic book.

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