Gary E. Fraser received his medical degree from the University of Otago, New Zealand (NZ), in 1969. While the recipient of NZ Medical Research Council and NZ National Heart Foundation Fellowships, he spent two years at the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene, University of Minnesota, receiving a Master of Public Health degree. In 1979, Dr. Fraser received his doctorate from the University of Auckland. He became board certified in California in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine and is presently Professor of Cardiology at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, Loma Linda, California.
Over the last 22 years, Dr. Fraser has been awarded a number of American Heart Association and NIH research grants, with a broad focus on diet, exercise, lipids, heart disease, and cancer. At present, he is principal investigator of the study “Cancer Epidemiology in Adventists -A Low Risk Group.” This study will follow the incidence of breast, colon, and prostate cancer and mortality among 96,000 black and white Adventists over a 10-year follow up. He is also the principal investigator of the study “Biological and Psychological Manifestation of Religion.” This study examines particular cognitive, behavioral, affective, and social manifestations of religious experience and their associations with quality of life and cause-specific mortality.
Dr. Fraser is author/co-author of more than 100 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and author of two books, Preventive Cardiology and Diet, Life Expectancy, and Chronic Disease, both published by Oxford University Press.