Thomas A. Pearson, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

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Thomas A. Pearson is an internationally recognized authority in how to prevent heart disease by getting proper nutrition and exercise, quitting smoking, and using medications effectively.

Pearson is a major contributor to the American Heart Association’s guidelines for prevention of heart disease and stroke, and he is a founding member of the World Heart Forum for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention. He has a special interest in examining the extent to which guidelines are carried out, and in observing trends in cardiovascular disease.

He was among 13 scientific experts chosen to serve on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which recommended changes to the current Dietary Guidelines, viewed as the cornerstone of American food policy.

Pearson is also an expert in the monitoring of risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and elevated levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation. He has led many clinical studies on drugs used to treat lipid disorders, and has served on several national steering committees to evaluate the safety of multi-center trials. Finally, Pearson has a strong interest in clinical research training and developing medical school curriculum in preventive cardiology. 

Pearson has been part of or an adviser to dozens of large multi-site studies looking at the prevention of heart disease. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Assn., the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the director of the coordinating center for the National Cardiovascular Health Intervention Network.



  • Cholesterol
  • Nutrition
  • Heart disease prevention

Albert D. Kaiser Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences

Director, Preventive Cardiology Clinic, Strong Memorial Hospital

Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute

University of Rochester Medical Center

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