Robert Lustig

Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology at UCSF

Robert H. Lustig, M.D. is Professor of Pediatrics, in the Division of Endocrinology, at the University of California, San Francisco.  Dr. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist, whose research focuses on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system. He is currently investigating the contribution of nutritional, neural, hormonal, and genetic influences in the expression of the current obesity epidemic both in children and adults. Dr. Lustig graduated from MIT in 1976, and received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. He completed his pediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 1983, and his clinical fellowship at UCSF in 1984. From there, he spent six years as a research associate in neuroendocrinology at The Rockefeller University. Dr. Lustig has been visible in print and on television. Dr. Lustig is currently pursuing a Masters of Studies in the Law at Hastings College of the Law, hoping to bring the science of the obesity pandemic to the policy debate. He is the past Chairman of the Ad hoc Obesity Task Force of the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society, a current member of the Obesity Task Force of The Endocrine Society, and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association of the Bay Area.  Dr. Lustig is the author of many articles, chapters, and reviews on obesity, including the academic volume “Obesity before birth”, and the just-released popular title, “Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease”.

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