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Nimali Fernando

The Doctor Yum Project

Nimali Fernando

Nimali Fernando, M.D., MPH, is a pediatrician practicing in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and founder of the website doctoryum.org and The Doctor Yum Project.


Dr. Fernando graduated from the University of Pittsburgh school of Medicine and School of Public Health with an M.D. and Master’s in Public Health. She completed residency and chief residency in Pediatrics at The University of Texas Health Sciences Center Houston and served there for two years as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Pediatrics.

In 2005 she and her husband, also a physician, moved their family back east to Fredericksburg, Virginia. In 2014 she opened Yum Pediatrics, a full service general pediatrics practice with a focus on wellness and prevention through a healthy diet. Yum Pediatrics shares a large teaching kitchen and teaching garden with The Doctor Yum Project. She is also co-author of the new book, Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater, a Parent’s Handbook and co-creator of “The Picky Eater Course” a video course for raising healthy, happy eaters from birth to school age.