David Heber is the Director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles. After graduating from UCLA Magna Cum Laude in Chemistry in 1969 and from Harvard Medical School in 1973, he 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 currently Professor of Medicine and Public Health and the founding Chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition in the Department of Medicine and the Founding Director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA.
Dr. Heber is board certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology and Metabolism by the American Board of Internal Medicine and in Clinical Nutrition by the American Board of Nutrition. He directs the NCI-funded Clinical Nutrition Research Unit and 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 was recently elected Chair of the Medical Nutrition Council of the American Society for Nutrition. He has written more than150 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 50 book chapters, and two professional texts. He has also written four books for the public including "What Color is Your Diet?" and the "L.A. Shape Diet."
His main research interests are obesity treatment and nutrition for cancer prevention and treatment.