Harvard Medical School Division of Nutrition

Executive Committee

Walter C. Willett, M.D.

Walter C. Willett, M.D.Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and Chairman of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health

Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

Dr. Willett grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, attended Michigan State University, and graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School before obtaining a Doctorate in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Willett is a co-investigator of the Nurses' Health Study I, a cohort of over 121,000 female registered nurses 30-55 years of age who completed a mailed questionnaire that included items about known or suspected risk for cancer and cardiovascular disease. He is Principal Investigator of the Nurses' Health Study II, a prospective cohort investigation established in 1989 with over 116,000 female registered nurses. This study is designed to examine the association between lifestyle and nutritional factors and the occurrence of breast cancer and other major illnesses.

In addition to his work with the Nurses' Health Studies I and II, Dr. Willett initiated in 1986 a parallel prospective study of diet in relation to cancer and cardiovascular disease among 52,000 men, the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. He has published over 700 articles, primarily on lifestyle risk factors for heart disease and cancer, and has written the textbook, Nutritional Epidemiology, 2nd edition, published by Oxford University Press. His recent book for the general public, Eat, Drink and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating has appeared on most major best seller lists.

Walter Willett, M.D.
Frederick Stare Professor of Nutrition
Harvard Medical School
Chairman, Department of Nutrition
Harvard School of Public Health
677 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115

Tel (617) 432-4680
Fax(617) 432-0464

Email: walter.willett@channing.harvard.edu

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