Walter Willett, MD, DrPH

Walter Willett

Walter Willett, MD, DrPH is professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Walter studied food science at Michigan State University and graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School before obtaining a doctorate in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Walter has focused much of his work over the last 35 years on the development of methods, using both questionnaire and biochemical approaches, to study the effects of diet on the occurrence of major diseases. He has applied these methods starting in 1980 in the Nurses’ Health Studies I and II and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Together, these cohorts that include nearly 300,000 men and women with repeated dietary assessments are providing the most detailed information on the long-term health consequences of food choices. Walter has published over 1,800 articles, primarily on lifestyle risk factors for heart disease and cancer, and has authored the textbook, Nutritional Epidemiology and four books for the general public: Eat, Drink and Be Healthy, a best-seller; Eat, Drink, and Weigh Less, co-authored with Mollie Katzen; The Fertility Diet, co-authoredwith Jorge Chavarro and Pat Skerrett; and Thinfluence, co-authored with Malissa Wood and Dan Childs. Walter is among the top three most cited persons in all areas of science. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the recipient of many national and international awards for his research. (Cambridge, MA) @HSPHNutrition