John and Janice Fisher Endowed Chair in Wellness
Associate Director of the Fisher Institute of Health and Well Being
Youfa Wang, MD, PhD, MS, FTOS, joined the Fisher Institute of Health and Well-Being in October 2016 as our first John and Janice Fisher Endowed Chair of Wellness. He came from the State University of New York at Buffalo where he was a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health and the Director of the Systems-oriented Global Childhood Obesity Intervention Program. Prior to that he was an Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and School of Medicine, where he founded and directed the Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity. He also previously served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned his MD from Beijing Medical University, his MS in epidemiology from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College and his PhD in nutritional epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Wang’s main research interests focus on nutritional epidemiology, child growth and health, childhood obesity (assessment, global trends, causes, health consequences, and prevention), non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs), health disparities, lifestyles, global health, analysis of ‘big data’ (e.g., national survey and longitudinal data). He also has extensive experience studying the application of innovative research methods in the biomedical field, including systems science modeling. A primary focus of his work has been in advancing the understanding of the global childhood obesity epidemic, assessment of childhood obesity and the influences of dietary intake on risks of chronic diseases.
Dr. Wang’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other funding agencies. He is the principal investigator (PI) or a key investigator of multiple NIH-funded research projects in the United States, China and other countries. His research has involved more than 50 well-established collaborative investigators from 30 leading U.S. and international institutions. As an internationally-known expert, Dr. Wang has over 240 publications, including more than 170 peer reviewed papers, and some of his papers are cited for many than 1000 times. As the PI, he has secured about $23 million in NIH research grants including multiple R01 grants and a $16.1 million NIH U54 global center of excellence award that supports international collaboration on childhood obesity and chronic disease prevention and control.
Dr. Wang has served on numerous national and international expert panels, and review committees, including NIH and CDC grant-review committees, and a World Health Organization Expert Committee developing new international growth standards and as a United Nations consultant. He is chair of The Obesity Society Pediatric Obesity Section and the American Society for Nutrition Nutritional Epidemiology Section. He also serves as an associate editor for international scientific journals.
Publications: See Pub Med