VICTOR HERBERT, M.D., J.D., M.A.C.P., F.R.S.M. (London)

            Professor of Medicine and Chair, Committee to Strengthen Nutrition, Mount Sinai-New York University Health System, NYC; Chief, Mount Sinai Nutrition Center and Hematology and Nutrition Research Laboratory at the Department of Veterans' Affairs Medical Center, Bronx, NY.

            A native of New York, Dr. Herbert received his B.S. in chemistry (1948), M.D.(1952) and J.D.(1974) all at Columbia Univ. After internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, he undertook his teaching, research, and patient care career in hematology/oncology, nutrition and internal medicine, with strong emphasis on biochemistry, physiology, and clinical pathology, with voluntary Army service in four wars (WW II, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf)(re-retiring as a Green Beret Lt. Col. after the Gulf War).  On the full-time medical school faculties of Einstein, Mount Sinai, Harvard, Columbia, SUNY-Brooklyn (formerly SUNY-Downstate), and Hahnemann, before returning in 1985 to Mount Sinai.

            A member of numerous scientific societies, he has published over 850 scientific papers, sits on the editorial boards of 6 scientific journals, sits on the WHO-FAO Committees on Nutritional Anemias and on Dietary Requirements, lectures at medical institutions across the U.S. and around the world, is a frequent guest on many national television shows.  His many awards for nutrition research include the 1972 McCollum Award and the 1986 Robert H. Herman Award (both from the American Society for Clinical Nutrition), the 1978 Middleton Award (highest award for medical research given by the US Veterans' Administration), the FDA Commissioner's Special Citation in 1984 for "outstanding and consistent contributions against the proliferation of nutrition quackery to the American consumer," the 1988 Honorary Membership Award and Plaque from the American Dietetic Association, and the 1993 American Institute of Nutrition's Lifetime Fellow Award for his "nutrition research, teaching and unique contribution to the fight against health fraud." He testifies before Congress on health and nutrition subjects; was for 5 years Chairman, Committee on Life Sciences of the American Bar Association, and serves as a medical-legal expert for the US Government and several State governments in cases involving questionable health and nutrition practices.

            President (1980-81) of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, member (1978-present) of the Interagency Committee for Human Nutrition Research (ICHNR; a subcommittee of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States), member (1980-85), Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences and its RDA Committee; Vischer Professor and Chairman, Dept. of Medicine, Hahnemann Univ. Med. Sch. and Hospital (1984-85); Chairman, Public Information Committee, Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB; 1983-86). He is the only person biographed in 5 Who's Who: Who's Who in Science and Technology; Whoís Who in Medicine and Healthcare; Who's Who in American Law; Who's Who in America; Who's Who in the World. The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) lists Dr. Herbert among the top 10 scientists whose peer-reviewed publications are most cited worldwide by other scientists.

            Author of the classic book Nutrition Cultism: Facts & Fictions, described by The New England Journal of Medicine as "a must for all readers who value the importance of nutrition in public health but are chagrined by the pretenders who exploit the public with food frauds, dietary cures, and nutrition nonsense." Co-author (with Dr. Stephen Barrett) of Vitamins and "Health" Foods: The Great American Hustle.  Consultant for The Reader's Digest book Eat Better, Live Better and Metropolitan Life's Eat Well, Be Well  public television series and cookbook.  Scientific Editor of The Mount Sinai School of Medicine Complete Book of Nutrition (St. Martin's Press, 1990) and Total Nutrition: The Only Guide You'll Ever Need: From the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (St. Martin's Press, 1995).  Co-author (with A. Simopoulos and B. Jacobson) of Genetic Nutrition (Macmillan, 1993) reprinted in softcover as The Healing Diet (Macmillan, 1995) and (with Stephen Barrett) of The Vitamin Pushers (Prometheus Press, 1994), described by Dr. Gabe Mirkin, New York Times syndicated writer, as "one of the most amazing investigative reports in the history of American journalism." Invested as a Master of the American College of Physicians on April 2, 1998.       

Prof. Victor Herbert, M.D., J.D., M.A.C.P., F.R.S.M. (London)

Professor of Medicine
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Chief, Hematology and Nutrition Research Laboratory
Bronx V.A. Medical Center
130 West Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, New York 10468

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