Meet Our Keynote Speakers

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

David Eisenberg, Chair

MD

David M. Eisenberg, MD, is the Director of Culinary Nutrition and Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutrition at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. He is the founding Co-Director of the Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives conference, and is the founding Executive Director of the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative (www.teachingkitchens.org), a network of 44 organizations with teaching kitchens, intended to establish and evaluate best practices relating to nutrition, culinary and lifestyle education.

From 2000-2010, Dr. Eisenberg served as the Bernard Osher Distinguished Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, founding director of the Osher Research Center and the founding chief of the Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Harvard Medical School. He simultaneously served as the director of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. His current educational and research interests include: Novel multi-disciplinary strategies (aka “Teaching Kitchen curricula”) to optimize lifestyle and self-care behaviors. These models include practical information about nutrition, cooking, exercise, optimal use of IT, mindfulness and behavioral change strategies to prevent, treat and manage common medical conditions and optimize wellbeing; and, Optimal models of “Integrative Care.”

David is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He completed his fellowship training in general internal medicine and primary care and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. In 1979, under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences, David served as the first U.S. medical exchange student to the People’s Republic of China. In 1993, he was the medical advisor to the PBS Series, Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers.

He has served as an advisor to the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and the Federation of State Medical Boards with regard to complementary, alternative and integrative medicine research, education and policy. From 2003-2005 David served on a National Academy of Sciences Committee responsible for the Institute of Medicine Report entitled, ―The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by the American Public. He recently completed his tenure as a member of the US National Board of Medical Examiners Clinical Skills Committee and its Communications Task Force.

David has authored numerous scientific articles involving complementary and integrative medical therapies and continues to pursue research, educational and clinical programs relating to integrative and lifestyle medicine. As the son and grandson of professional bakers, David aspires to bring together the culinary and medical communities to enhance comprehensive health care for all.

Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President Wellbeing Division, Adventist Health

Dexter Shurney

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Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Joshua Metlay

MD, PhD,

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Director, Food Law and Policy Clinic of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Harvard University

Emily Broad Leib

JD

Emily M. Broad Leib is a Clinical Professor of Law, Faculty Director of the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, and Deputy Director of the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation. As founder of the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, Broad Leib launched the first law school clinic in the nation devoted to providing clients with legal and policy solutions to address the health, economic, and environmental challenges facing our food system. Broad Leib focuses her scholarship, teaching, and practice on finding solutions to some of today’s biggest food law issues, aiming to increase access to healthy foods, eliminate food waste, and support sustainable food production and local and regional food systems. She has published scholarly articles in the California Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, the Harvard Law & Policy Review, the Food & Drug Law Journal, and the Journal of Food Law & Policy, among others.

Broad Leib is recognized as a national leader in Food Law and Policy. She was named by Fortune and Food & Wine to their list of 2016's Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink. The list highlights women who had the most transformative impact in the last year on what the public eats and drinks. Broad Leib was one of the inaugural recipients of Harvard President Drew Faust’s Climate Change Solutions Fund in 2015. Broad Leib’s project, “Reducing Food Waste as a Key to Addressing Climate Change,” was one of seven chosen from around the university to confront the challenge of climate change by leveraging the clinic’s food law and policy expertise to identify systemic solutions that can reduce food waste, which is a major driver of climate change. Broad Leib’s work has been covered in such media outlets as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, The Guardian, TIME, Politico, and the Washington Post. She has appeared on CBS This Morning, CNN, The Today Show, and MSNBC.

Broad Leib founded the Academy of Food Law and Policy, and from 2016-2019, served as Founding Co-Chair of the Academy's Board of Trustees. She is the faculty supervisor for the Harvard Mississippi Delta Project and Harvard Food Law Society.

Before joining the Harvard faculty, Broad Leib spent two years in Clarksdale, Mississippi as the Joint Harvard Law School/Mississippi State University Delta Fellow, serving as Director of the Delta Directions Consortium, a group of university and foundation leaders who collaborate to improve public health and foster economic development in the Delta. In that role, she worked with community members and outside partners to design and implement programmatic and policy interventions on a range of health and economic issues in the region, with a focus on the food system. She received her B.A. from Columbia University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude.

NIH Clinical Center Fellow

Nicole Farmer

MD

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Acting Director of the Office of Nutrition, NIH

Christopher Lynch

PhD

Christopher J. Lynch, Ph.D. was appointed Acting Director of the NIH Office of Nutrition Research (ONR) in January 2021. In this role he directly manages and supervises complex programs in nutrition research and participates in the development of new trans-NIH funding initiatives and workshops.

Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), appointed Christopher J. Lynch, Ph.D., as Acting Director of the NIH Office of Nutrition Research in January 2021.

Dr. Lynch completed Ph.D. studies at Northeastern University on the Regulation of Hepatic Glucose Output in 1983 and continued to work on this topic and hepatic calcium signaling at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He joined the faculty of Penn State University College of Medicine in 1988, where he led collaborative efforts to advance understanding of the role of branched chain amino acids (BCAA) in nutrient signaling and insulin resistance, metabolism of BCAAs, the metabolic side effects of antipsychotics, and the mechanisms of metabolic improvements after gastric bypass surgery. During his tenure at Penn State, Dr. Lynch co-chaired the Nutrition Task Force for Medical Curriculum and the medical school course in Gastroenterology and Nutrition along with graduate student courses and training. He served on the Institutional Review Board for the College of Medicine, Co-Chaired the Scientific Review Committee for Internal Research Funding and served on 40 NIH Study Sections and Panels.

In 2016, Dr. Lynch joined NIDDK in the dual role as the chief of a new Nutrition Research Branch of their Digestive Diseases and Nutrition Division, and Director, of the NIDDK Office of Nutrition Research. In that role he served as the Exec. Sec. of the Nutrition Research Task Force (NRTF) which developed the first ever Strategic Plan for NIH Nutrition Research and stood up seven trans-NIH implementation workgroups to guide its implementation. He also collaboratively led efforts to develop a common fund project that was announced in 2020, Nutrition for Precision Health, powered by the All of Us research program. The first ancillary study nested in All of Us.