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Dr. Richard Deckelbaum

  • Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, Global Health, MSIH
  • Professor of Nutrition, Pediatrics and Epidemiology, Columbia University
  • Director, Institute of Human Nutrition, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Deckelbaum is Professor of Nutrition, Pediatrics, and Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He is the Director of theInstitute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, Global Health at MSIH. Dr. Richard Deckelbaum has been dedicated to global health for decades. He has helped communities help themselves by improving local education, training and research. He also organized research programs between the Egyptian, Palestinian and Israeli populations, using health and science as a bridge between different populations in the Mideast, Africa and Asia. Dr. Deckelbaum has chaired task forces for the American Heart Association and the March of Dimes, and has served on advisory committees of the National Institutes of Health, RAND Corporation, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is widely published in medical and scientific journals such as Biochemistry, the Journal of Biological Chemistry and Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, and is a regular author in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Research Interests

  • Human plasma lipoproteins and the cellular effects of dietary fats and free fatty acids
  • Nutrition with risk factors of cardiovascular disease in children
  • Molecular biology of intestinal parasites with clinical and epidemiological manifestations of infection with emphasis on chronic diarrhea and malnutrition

Education and Training

  • B.Sc., McGill University
  • M.D., McGill University
  • Residency, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hadassah Hospital, McGill University
  • Residency, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Boston University
  • Qualifications: M.D., C.M., F.R.C.P.C.