Dariush Mozaffarian is the Dean of Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, the only graduate school of nutrition in North America. Dr. Mozaffarian is a board-certified cardiologist and epidemiologist whose research focuses on the effects of diet and lifestyle on cardiometabolic health, including global impacts of suboptimal diet and effectiveness of policies to improve diets around the world. He has authored more than 250 scientific publications on nutrition, nutrition policy, and cardiovascular health, including on dietary fats, healthy foods and food patterns, long-term weight gain, global burdens of disease, and effective policies. He has served in numerous advisory roles, including for the American Heart Association, US and Canadian governments, World Health Organization, and United Nations. He chairs the Global Burden of Diseases Nutrition and Chronic Diseases Expert Group (NutriCoDE).
Dr. Mozaffarian received a BS in biological sciences from Stanford (Phi Beta Kappa), an MD from Columbia (Alpha Omega Alpha), an MPH from University of Washington, and a Doctorate in Epidemiology from Harvard. Prior to being appointed Dean of the Friedman School, Dr. Mozaffarian was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. He is board-certified in Cardiovascular Medicine and, until serving as Dean, was clinically active on the cardiology service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is married with three children and a second degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.
The Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy pursues cutting-edge research spanning from cell to society, including in biochemical and molecular nutrition, human metabolism, population studies, clinical trials, public health nutrition, community interventions, food systems and sustainability, global food insecurity, humanitarian crises, and food economics and policy. Areas of focus include maternal-child nutrition, childhood and adult obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, brain health, and healthy aging. Friedman School graduates are engaged in high impact careers in academics, policy, advocacy, industry, public health, and community service. The School’s unique breadth and scope make it a leading institution for evidence-based nutrition education, research, policy, and impact.