HNI - Herbalife Nutrition Institute
David Heber, M.D., Ph.D. is the Chairman of the Herbalife Nutrition Institute (HNI) which promotes excellence in nutrition education for the public and the scientific community through a website and sponsorship of scientific symposia. The HNI Editorial Board is made up of key opinion leaders from around the world in the fields of nutrition, exercise physiology, behavioral medicine, and public health whose role is to support the missions of the HNI through the provision of expert articles for the website and participation in national and international scientific symposia.
Heber’s main research interests are obesity treatment and nutrition for cancer prevention and treatment. He is the founding director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles*. Heber has been on the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine since 1978, and is currently Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Public Health and Founding Chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition in the Department of Medicine of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Heber directed both the National Cancer Institute-funded clinical nutrition research unit and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) nutrition and obesity training grants at UCLA for over 15 years. For five years, he also directed the NIH-funded UCLA Center for Dietary Supplement Research in Botanicals. He is the former chair of the Medical Nutrition Council of the American Society for Nutrition, the largest scientific society in nutrition globally. Heber is also a Fellow of the American Society for Nutrition, the highest honor the society confers.
Heber is included in the Thomson Reuters “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014” list. From 2002 to 2012, he was part of the top one percent of scientists whose work was cited by other authors of scientific papers in the field of Agricultural Sciences, as surveyed by Thomson Reuters. Heber has been repeatedly included in “The Best Doctors in America” and “Who’s Who in America.” In addition to writing more than 240 peer-reviewed scientific articles and several professional texts, he has also written four books for the public, including “Natural Remedies for a Healthy Heart,” “The Resolution Diet,” “What Color is Your Diet?” and “The L.A. Shape Diet.”
Heber earned a B.S. in chemistry, magna cum laude, UCLA, 1969; an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, 1973; and a Ph.D. in Physiology, UCLA in 1978. He is board certified in internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a certified Physician Nutrition Specialist.
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