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

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Administrative: (585) 275-0663

Appointment: (585) 341-7800

Fax: (585) 276-1122

Office: (585) 275-0698

Biography

Research

Thomas A. Pearson is Albert D. Kaiser Professor in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine and Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Dr. Pearson is also Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center and directs the Rochester Prevention Research Center. He is Principal Investigator of the Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Award and directs the Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Dr. Pearson's major research interests are in the epidemiology and prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, with a special interest in the international trends of coronary heart disease and stroke. He has actively participated in basic science studies, clinical investigations, and community-based projects. Dr. Pearson received his Doctor of Medicine, Master in Public Health, and Doctor of Philosophy in cardiovascular epidemiology, all from The Johns Hopkins University, where he also completed residencies in preventive medicine and internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology. He holds board certifications in Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Clinical Lipidology. Dr. Pearson is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Pearson has served as a member and chair of important committees of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the Institute of Medicine, the American Heart Association, and the American College of Cardiology. For the National Forum for Prevention of Heart Disease and Stroke, he serves as Chair-elect of its Coordinating Board. He currently chairs the Guideline Implementation Working Group as part of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Guideline Development Program. He also is a member of the Advisory Group for the 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines. He has lectured and published extensively in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, at the patient, healthcare system, community, and public policy levels.

Credentials

Specialties

  • Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Public Health and General Preventive Medicine - American Board of Preventitive Medicine

Education

1973
BA | Johns Hopkins University
Arts & Sciences

1976
MD | Johns Hopkins U Sch Medicine
Medicine

1976
MPH | Johns Hopkins University
Public Health

1983
PhD | Johns Hopkins University
Epidemiology

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1981 - 06/30/1983
Residency in Internal Medicine: Cardiovascular Disease at Johns Hopkins Hospital - GME Office

07/01/1981 - 06/30/1983
Residency in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital - GME Office

07/01/1980 - 6/30/1981
Internship in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital - GME Office

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Awards

2011
Rochester School for the Deaf Lyon Founder's Award

2010 - Present
Lifetime Mentoring Award
Location: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

2009
Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars

2007
The Naomi M. Kanof Award for Distinguished Achievement in Clinical Investigation, Society for Investigative Dermatology

2006
Fellow, Rochester Academy of Medicine

2005
Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine Outstanding Educational Program for 2005

2004
2nd Annual Albert Oberman Lecture on Preventive Medicine

2004
American Association of Medical Colleges Award for Community Service to University of Rochester School of Medicine

2002
Hederdoktor (Honorary Doctor of Medicine), University of Umeå, Sweden

2001
Fellow, American Heart Association

1999
Lewis Connor Memorial Lectureship, American Heart Association

1997
Joseph Stokes Award in Preventive Cardiology from the American Society of

1996
Pfizer Visiting Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine, Morehouse College of

1992
Fellow, American College of Epidemiology

1992
Fellow, American College of Cardiology

1992
AHA Certificate of Appreciation

1991
NIH Certificate of Appreciation

1989
American Men and Women of Science, 17th edition

1988
Elected Fellow, American Heart Association, Council on High Blood Pressure

1988
Governor's Citation, State of Maryland, for Community Service

1988
Gold Certificate Honorable Mention, American Heart Association, Maryland

1988
Elected Fellow, American College of Physicians

1987
Sydney Cohen Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Understanding of

1987
Presidential Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, Maryland Affiliate of

1987
Elected Fellow, American College of Preventive Medicine

1986
Elected Fellow, American Heart Association, Epidemiology Council

1986
Maryland Heart Association Annual Appreciation Award

1986
Selected as one of "86 People to Watch in 1986" by Baltimore Magazine, 1/86

1984
Maryland Heart Association Annual Appreciation Award

1983
Delta Omega, Public Health Honor Society, Johns Hopkins University School of

1980
Selected as one of "80 People to Watch in 1980" by Baltimore Magazine, 1/80

1978
Student Research Prize Paper, 11th Annual Meeting of the Society for

1978
Selected for Workshop on Epidemiologic Methods, sponsored by the Society for

1977
Passed with Distinction, Ph.D. Comprehensive Oral Examination, Johns Hopkins

1976
Alpha Omega Alpha, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

1975
Finalist, Medical Student Research Competitions, Johns Hopkins University School

1973
B.A. with Honors, Johns Hopkins University

1971
Phi Beta Kappa and Speaker at Annual Banquet, University of Wisconsin

1971
Phi Kappa Phi, University of Wisconsin

1970
R.I. Ingersoll Memorial Award for Excellence in Physics

1968
Phi Eta Sigma, University of Wisconsin

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Publications

Journal Articles

2/2013
McKee MM, Smith S, Barnett S, Pearson TA. "Commentary: What are the benefits of training deaf and hard-of-hearing doctors?" Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.. 2013 Feb 0; 88(2):158-61.

2012
Skerritt MR; Block RC; Pearson TA; Young, KC. "Carotid endarterectomy and carotid artery stenting utilization trends over time." Neurology. 2012; 12(17).

12/6/2011
Pearson TA. "Public policy approaches to the prevention of heart disease and stroke." Circulation.. 2011 Dec 6; 124(23):2560-71.

Books & Chapters

2008
Chapter Title: Multifactorial Risk Factor Intervention
Book Title: Pollock's Textbook of Cardiovascular Disease and Rehabilitation
Author List: Pearson, TA; Kopin, LA
Published By: Human Kinetics Publishing2008

2007
Chapter Title: Moderate-risk patient with hypercholesterolemia: a pharmacy (P) model for decreasing LDL-cholesterol to reduce coronary heart disease risk
Book Title: Informa Healthcare
Author List: Kris-Etherton, PM; Pearson, TA
Published By: Betteridge, DJ Case Studies London England2007

2007
Chapter Title: "An integrated approach to risk-factor modification"
Book Title: Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine
Author List: Block, R, Pearson, TA
Edited By: Topol E
Published By: J.B. Lippincott2007 in New York, NY

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There Are No "Bad" Foods -- Just "Bad" Diets

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