Meet our Expert Team

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Our nutrition team can help you meet your weight loss goals and manage your health conditions. For help finding clinical nutrition care, call 310-825-7921 . To reach the Medical Weight Management Program, please call 310-825-8173.

The UCLA Center for Human Nutrition team is a leader in both research and clinical care settings with the goal of advancing knowledge and treatment in variety of nutrition-related health issues including obesity, metabolic disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer.  By understanding the effects of nutrients on the human body through research, we aim to translate this to the clinical practice in the care of our patients.

Leadership

Zhaoping Li, MD

Zhaoping Li, MD

Clinical Nutrition

Zhaoping Li, MD,PhD is Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Li completed her MD and PhD in Physiology at Bejing University. Her residency training was completed at the UCLA-VA Internal Medicine program in 1996 where she also served as Chief Medical resident. Dr. Li has been a faculty member at UCLA and VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System since 1997. More »

Clinical Faculty

Mopelola Adetola Adeyemo, MD

Mopelola Adetola Adeyemo, MD

Clinical Instructor

Lola Adeyemo, MD, MPH is a Clinical Instructor within the Division of Clinical Nutrition  athe the University of California, Los Angeles.  Dr. Adeyemo completed her masters in public health with specialization in biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Southern California.  She completed her resedency training in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of California, Davis. More »

Michael C. Garcia, MD

Michael C. Garcia, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Michael Garcia, MD is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Clinical Nutrition and Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA.  He received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed residency training in internal medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he also served as Chief Medical Resident and hospitalist. He then completed a fellowship in Clinical Nutrition at UCLA.  More »

Dave K. Garg, MD

Dave K. Garg, MD

Clinical Instructor

Dave Garg, MD  is a Clinical Instructor within the Division of Clinical Nutrition  athe the University of California, Los Angeles.  He received his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where he coninued this internship, residency and completed his fellowship. More »

Vijaya Surampudi, MD

Vijaya Surampudi, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Vijaya Surampudi, MD, MS is a UCLA faculty in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Surampudi is board certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. She completed her Endocrinology Fellowship at Harbor UCLA and did an additional Clinical Nutrition Research Fellowship at The Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA. More »

Lydia W. Chau, RD

Lydia W. Chau, RD

Registered Dietitian

Lydia Chau, MS, RDN is a Registered Dietitian in the Division of Clinical Nutrition and Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA. Lydia received her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from CSULB and continued her education, getting a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.  More »

Hanee Park, RD

Hanee Park, RD

Registered Dietitian

Hanee Hyunhee Park, MS, RD, CNSC, is a Registered Dietitian in the Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA. Hanee received her Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from UC Davis and a Master’s degree in Applied Nutrition from Russell Sage in Troy, NY. She is fluent in Korean. Hanee completed her dietetics training in Washington. D.C. where she later became a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician. More »

Shelby D. Yaceczko, RD

Shelby D. Yaceczko, RD

Registered Dietitian

Shelby Yaceczko is an Advanced Practice Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the Division of Clinical Nutrition. She is Board Certified in Nutrition Support, Transplant Nutrition and Sports Nutrition. Shelby has extensive expertise on nutrition optimization for patients who need surgery, radiation or chemotherapy for gastrointestinal cancers.  Currently, Shelby's primary areas of practice are oncology nutrition, nutrition support, and medical weight management. More »

Research Faculty

David Heber

David Heber, MD, PhD

Founding Director, UCLA Center for Human Nutrition Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Public Health

David Heber MD, PhD, FACP, FACN is the Founding Director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, Division of Clinical Nutrition, a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine and a Professor of Public Health in the Department of Community Health Sciences at UCLA. Dr. Heber completed received his MD from Harvard University, and a PhD in Physiology from UCLA. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Nutrition.

Catherine Carpenter

Catherine Carpenter, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health

Catherine Carpenter, PhD, MPH, is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. Dr. Carpenter received her bachelors and masters training in Zoology, Epidemiology and Biostatistics from UC Berkeley and her doctoral training from UCLA in Epidemiology. Dr. Carpenter completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Preventive Medicine from Keck School of Medicine at USC.

Vay Liang Go

Vay Liang Go, MD

Professor of Medicine

Vay Liang W. Go  is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine and former Executive Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is also Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine-funded UCLA Center for Excellence in Pancreatic Diseases. Dr. Go received his medical degree from the University of Santo Tomas in 1963.

Susanne Henning

Susanne Henning, PhD, RD

Adjunct Professor

Susanne Henning, PhD completed her training in biochemical nutrition at the University of Hohenheim, Germany. She completed her post-doctoral training in the School of Public Health at UCLA. She joined the faculty in the Division of Clinical Nutrition in 1995 and is an adjunct Professor and the Director of the Nutritional Biomarker Laboratory.

Jenny J. Kim, MD, PhD

Jenny J. Kim, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Dermatology/Clinical Nutrition

Jenny Kim, MD is an Associate Professor of Dermatology/Clinical Nutrition at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Chief of Dermatology at the Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Veterans Affairs. Dr. Kim received her M.D. and Ph.D. in Immunology from UCLA and also completed her Dermatology residency and Mohs Micrographic Surgery fellowship there.

Jieping Yang

Jieping Yang, PhD

Assistant Project Scientist

Jieping Yang, PhD completed her Ph.D. degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology at Indiana University School of Medicine in 2002. She then completed her post-doctoral trainings at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA. She joined the Division of Clinical Nutrition in 2011 and her research is focused on dietary intervention and intestinal microbiota. She is also interested in studying the connection between intestinal microbiota and distant organs.

ZuoFeng Zhang

Zuo-Feng Zhang, MD, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology/Clinical Nutrition

Zuo-Feng Zhang, MD, PhD is a Professor of Epidemiology, Co-Director of the UCLA Center for Environment Genomics, Director of Molecular Epidemiology Training Program, and Scientific Director of UCLA Central Tumor Registry. Dr. Zhang received a Medical Degree in Preventive Medicine from Shanghai Medical University in 1983 and completed his post-doctoral training at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), World Health Organization, Lyon, France from 1987-1988.