Christopher D. Gardner, PhD, is the Director of Nutrition Studies at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. He received his PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley in 1993. His postgraduate training included a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular disease epidemiology at Stanford.
Dr. Gardner is actively involved in research and teaching. His research focus is on dietary intervention trials designed to test the effects of food components or food patterns on chronic disease risk factors, including body weight, blood lipids, and inflammatory markers. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, including a recent publication in JAMA presenting his findings from a study contrasting the weight loss effects of four diets ranging from very low to very high carbohydrate. He speaks nationally within his areas of expertise, which include: Dietary approaches to improve blood lipids, weight loss diets, health benefits of vegetarian and plant-based diets, the optimal diet for cardiovascular health, dietary supplements, and complementary and alternative medicine.