Founding Director, UCLA Center for Human Nutrition
Founding Director, Risk Factor Obesity Program (RFO)
Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Public Health, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Dr. David Heber is internationally prominent in the fields of nutrition, metabolism, obesity and its associated complications. He has published seminal research articles on the causes of obesity, weight loss strategies, and the relationship of obesity to cancer and cardiovascular disease.
David Heber is the Founding Director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles, a Professor of Medicine and Public Health, the founding Chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition in the Department of Medicine.
He directs the NCI-funded Clinical Nutrition Research Unit and the NIH Nutrition and Obesity Training Grants at UCLA.
Dr. Heber is board-certified in Internal Medicine, and Endocrinology and Metabolism by the American Board of Internal Medicine and in Clinical Nutrition by the American Board of Nutrition. He earned his MD at Harvard Medical School and his Ph.D. in Physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Heber served as a Director of the American Board of Nutrition and past chair of the Education Committee of the American Society of Clinical Nutrition. He is included in the 2000 listing of The Best Doctors in America, based on a survey of over 35,000 doctors throughout the nation, and is listed in Who's Who in America for 2001.
Dr. Heber's primary areas of research are obesity treatment and prevention, the role of nutrition, phytochemicals,and botanical dietary supplements in the prevention and treatment of common forms of cancer and cardiovascular disease. He is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, 25 book chapters, and two professional texts:
Dietary Fat, Lipids, Hormones and Tumorigenesis and Nutritional Oncology (Academic Press, 1999, 2nd edition in preparation for 2005).
Dr. Heber has also written four books for the public:
Natural Remedies for a Healthy Heart (Avery Publishing Group 1998),
The Resolution Diet (Avery Publishing Group 1999),
What Color is Your Diet? (Harper Collins/Regan Books 2001) and
The L.A. Shape Diet (Harper Collins/Regan Books March 2004).