Frank M. Sacks, MD

Frank M. Sacks

Frank M. Sacks, MD is Professor of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Department of Nutrition. He is also a senior attending physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is involved in research and public policy in nutrition, cholesterol disorders, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. His research program is a combination of laboratory research on human lipoprotein metabolism, and clinical trials in nutrition and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Sacks is chair of the steering committee for the recently-completed Pounds Lost trial, a two-center NHLBI-sponsored trial that compared the effect of diets for weight loss that differed in content of carbohydrate, fat, or protein. Dr. Sacks is also chair of the ongoing Omni-Carb trial, a two-center NHLBI-sponsored controlled feeding study using the model of the DASH trials that is studying the effect of type and amount of carbohydrate on insulin sensitivity, lipoprotein metabolism, and risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Sacks has 160 publications of original research, and more than 60 reviews, editorials, and book chapters. Dr. Sacks is active on national and international committees and at conferences focused on nutrition and health guidelines. He has chaired the American Heart Association (AHA) Nutrition Committee, the policy making group for nutrition at the AHA. He is also a member of the new NHLBI Clinical Guidelines for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction First Expert Panel. (Boston, MA)