Biographical Summary

e_ding-40-final-v3_smallEric L. Ding

Dr. ERIC DING is an epidemiologist, nutritionist, health economist, and faculty at Harvard Chan School of Public Health. He is also Chief Health Economist and Director of Epidemiology with Microclinic International, and a Soros Fellow.

His work focuses on the intersection of epidemiology, nutrition, health econometrics, global health and randomized interventions, virality of social networks on health behaviors, and health technology. He has published in leading journals, including the New England Journal of MedicineJournal of the American Medical AssociationThe Lancet, and Health Policy. His 100+ publications have received over 10,000 external citations (H-Index 38). He is Principal Investigator of several randomized trials of social network interventions against obesity and diabetes in the U.S. and abroad in Jordan, Qatar, and Denmark. Altogether, his competitively awarded projects as PI/CEO/Director have been financed with over $10 million in funding.

A Google Tech Talk keynote speaker, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, he has also served as: consultant for the World Health Organization, adviser to the European Commission (EC), moderator and committee chair of the EC summit Diabesity, judge for the VH1 Do Something Awards, interviewer for the Soros Fellowship, and member of the Global Burden of Disease Project and US Disease Burden Collaboration.

A cancer prevention advocate and childhood tumor survivor, he founded the 6 million member online Campaign for Cancer Prevention, with Causes, and featured in Newsweek. In total online reach, he directed several health and disease prevention advocacy platforms, with 17 million members. He led the first ever direct-to-science online crowdfunding initiative, raising over $500,000 for cancer research onCauses on Facebook, and featured in the New York Times.

In 2006, he was noted for his role as a whistleblower and leading a key two-year-long investigation into the controversial drug safety and risk data of Vioxx®, Celebrex®, and Bextra® that drew FDA and national attention. Highlighted and express-published in JAMA, as chief corresponding author, he was recognized in the New York Times.

Recognized for his data innovations at a Google Tech Talk, he led a ‘Moneyball’ study of Major League Baseball players across 130-years and over 500,000+ MLB player-years of data, which highlighted the mortality risks of obesity and body size in athletes, especially in high body mass home-run hitters.

He is also the inventor of several scientific innovations in epidemiology and nutrition: the Lipophilic Index and Lipophilic Load for fatty acids, meta-regression spaghetti analysis of non-linear splines, the Evidenced Formal Coverage Index for universal healthcare coverage prediction, and isotemporal substitution risk models for time displacement causation.

He was awarded the 2014 Global Health Project of the Year by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, awarded the 2012 Outstanding Young Leader Award from the Boston Chamber of Commerce, awarded the 2015 American Heart Association Scott Grundy Excellence Award, and named among Craig Newmark’s “16 People and Organizations Changing the World in 2012”. His work was cited by the directors of CDC and CMMS in the framework of the “Million Hearts” initiative, and his research recognized as ‘Best of the American Heart Association’, twice.

He has been featured in the Chronicle of PhilanthropyNewsweekThe New York Times, Boston Globe, among two dozen newspapers/magazines, and profiled in several books including:  CauseWired (Tom Watson 2008), Zilch (Nancy Lublin 2010), Shift & Reset (Brian Reich 2011), and Thinfluence (Walter Willett 2014). He was also awarded the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship in 2008.

He attended The Johns Hopkins University, graduating with Honors in Public Health and Phi Beta Kappa (junior year election) at age 21. He then completed his dual doctorate in epidemiology and doctorate in nutrition at age 23 from Harvard University. He also completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health. Teaching at Harvard for over a decade, he has taught more than a dozen graduate and undergraduate courses, for which he received the Derek Bok Distinction in Teaching Award from Harvard College.

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