David Heber, MD, PhD, FACP, FACN

  • Professor, UCLA Department of Medicine, founding Chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition, at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, and UCLA School of Public Health
  • Founding Director, UCLA Center for Human Nutrition
  • Director, NCI-funded Clinical Nutrition Research Unit
  • Member, UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine; Member, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

After graduating from UCLA Magna Cum Laude in Chemistry in 1969 and from Harvard Medical School in 1973, Dr. Heber completed his internship at Beth Israel Hospital and his residency and fellowship training at Harbor General Hospital in Torrance, California. He completed his Ph.D. in Physiology at UCLA in 1978. Dr. Heber has been on the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine since 1978 and is the founding Chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition in the Department of Medicine as well as the founding Director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA. Dr. Heber is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism by the American Board of Internal Medicine and in Clinical Nutrition by the American Board of Nutrition. He also directs the NIH Nutrition and Obesity Training Grants at UCLA. Dr. Heber is a Director of the American Board of Nutrition and past chair of the Education Committee of the American Society of Clinical Nutrition. He has written over 70 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 25 book chapters, and two professional texts: Dietary Fat, Lipids, Hormones and Tumorigenesis and Nutritional Oncology, a 50-chapter text published by Academic Press in 1999. Dr. Heber’s primary areas of interest are in nutrition, botanical dietary supplements and the role of phytochemicals and botanical dietary supplements in the prevention and treatment of common forms of cancer and cardiovascular disease. He has written reviews and articles on dietary supplements in cancer and cardiovascular disease. In particular, he has published research on the use of botanical supplements in lowering cholesterol for heart disease prevention through the recently funded CDSRB and has collaborated on studies of the botanical dietary supplement PC-SPES in prostate cancer. Dr. Heber is included in the 2000 listing of “The Best Doctors in America,” based on a survey of over 35,000 doctors throughout the nation, and is listed in Who’s Who in America for 2001. He has written three books for the public: Natural Remedies for a Healthy Heart (Avery Publishing Group 1998), The Resolution Diet (Avery Publishing Group 1999), and What Color is Your Diet? (Harper Collins/Regan Books 2001).

Selected Publications

Ikezoe T, Chen SS, Heber D, Taguchi H, Koeffler HP. Baicalin is a major component of PC-SPES which inhibits the profileration of human cancer cells via apoptosis and cell cycle arrest. The Prostate. 2001; 49:285-292.

Sartippour MR, Heber D, Ma J, Lu Q, Go VL, Nguyen M. Green tea and its catechins inhibit breast cancer xenografts. Nutrition and Cancer. 2001; 40(2): 149-156.

LeRoy A, Potter E, Woo H-H, Heber D, Hirsch AM. PCR-based identification of degraded DNA and monitoring of flavonoids isolated from alfalfa and red clover commercial preparations used as botanicals in dietary supplements. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Accepted.

Sartippour M, Heber D, Lu Q, Ma M, Go VL, Nguyen M. Green tea inhibits breast cancer growth and angiogenesis. Nutrition and Cancer. 2001; 40:149-56.

Contact Information

UCLA Center for Human Nutrition
900 Veteran Ave. Rm 1-2-213
Los Angeles, California 90095-1742

Tel: 310-206-1987
Fax: 310-206-5264
E-mail: dheber@mednet.ucla.edu

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