Harvard Medical School Division of Nutrition

Nutrition Education Liaison

Marie-France Hivert, MD, MMSc

Elizabeth G. Armstrong, Ph.DDr. Hivert is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and Harvard Medical School. She is a clinical investigator with a primary focus on the etiology and primordial prevention of obesity and related co-morbidities, particularly type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes. Her interests also include fetal metabolic programming mechanisms and the integration of genetics, epigenetics, and environmental factors contributing to obesity and related disorders. She is currently involved in many international consortia investigating the genetic determinants of glycemic regulation during and outside of pregnancy.

Dr. Hivert completed her clinical training as an Endocrinologist in 2007 at the Université de Sherbrooke (QC, Canada). From 2007 to 2009, she completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and a Master in Medical Sciences (MMSc) in the Scholars in Clinical Sciences Program at Harvard Medical School (HMS). After initiating her independent research career at Universite de Sherbrooke, she moved to the Department of Population Medicine at HMS in 2013, where she is leading research projects in observational prospective pre-birth cohorts and in intervention studies in the peri-pregnancy period.

On the medical education front, from 2009 to 2013 Dr. Hivert built and directed the Lifestyle Medicine course for the medical school curriculum at Universite de Sherbrooke to allow better training in lifestyle counseling of future physicians. At HMS, Dr. Hivert has been involved in the nutrition education committee since 2015 and has been a teaching faculty member in the Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health course since 2014. Nationally, Dr. Hivert has been part of the Lifestyle Medicine education (LMed) collaborative and is currently a member of the American Heart Association’s Lifestyle Council Leadership committee.

Diabetes Unit, MGH
50 Staniford Street
3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02114-2517

Phone: 617-726-8722
Fax: 617-724-8534


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