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Dariush Mozaffarian


Tufts University
Dean, cardiologist, professor

Dariush Mozaffarian is Dean of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, and the Jean Mayer Chair and Professor of Nutrition. The only graduate school of nutrition in North America, the Friedman School produces trusted science and real-world impact in nutrition. A board-certified cardiologist and epidemiologist, Dr. Mozaffarian’s research focuses on how diet and lifestyle influence cardiometabolic health and how effective policies can reduce these burdens. He has authored more than 350 scientific publications on dietary fats, foods, and diet patterns; global obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases; and evidence-based and cost-effective dietary policies. Dr. Mozaffarian has served in numerous advisory roles including for the U.S. and Canadian governments, American Heart Association, Global Burden of Diseases study, World Health Organization, and United Nations. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Time Magazine, and countless other news outlets, broadcasts, blogs, and websites.

Dr. Mozaffarian received his BS in biological sciences from Stanford (Phi Beta Kappa), MD from Columbia (Alpha Omega Alpha), and trained in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine at Stanford and U. of Washington. Following his clinical training, he received his MPH from U. of Washington and Doctorate in Public Health from Harvard. Before he was appointed Dean at Tufts in 2014, Dr. Mozaffarian was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health for a decade and was clinically active on the cardiology service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is married with three children and a second degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

The Friedman School pursues cutting-edge research and education from cell to society, including in molecular nutrition, human metabolism, population studies, clinical trials, nutrition interventions and behavior change, communication, food systems and sustainability, global food insecurity, humanitarian crises, and food economics and policy. Friedman School graduates are active in academics, policy, advocacy, government, industry, public health, community service, and entrepreneurship. The School’s unique breadth and scope make it a leading institution for nutrition education, research, and public impact.

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