Christine Williams, MD, MPH
Christine Williams, MD, MPH, is a professor of clinical pediatrics and director of the Children’s Cardiovascular Health Center in the department of pediatrics and Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Williams received both a bachelor’s degree and doctor of medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, she has a master of public health degree from Harvard University. She is board certified in pediatrics as well as in preventive medicine and public health.
Dr. Williams’ research work focuses primarily in child nutrition, childhood obesity, pediatric preventive cardiology, nutritional aspects of cancer prevention in childhood, dietary requirements in childhood, dietary fat intake in childhood, preschool physical activity initiatives, health education curricula for children, teacher training in health and nutrition education, school food service research, and smoking prevention.
Dr. Williams has organized national conferences on childhood obesity, hyperlipidemia in children, dietary fiber in childhood, dietary fat, and fortification of children’s foods. She has published more than 90 scientific articles, book chapters and books, primarily in the field of child nutrition and health.
Prior to Columbia University, Dr. Williams served as founder and director of the child health center at the American Health Foundation in Valhalla, New York, and as clinical professor of pediatrics and medicine at New York Medical College.
Dr. Williams has been a pioneer in developing comprehensive health education programs for preschool (the “Healthy Start” program) and school-aged (the “Know Your Body” program) children and their families.
Before joining the American Health Foundation, Dr. Williams was a tenured professor in the department of pediatrics, New York Medical College, as well as director of the graduate program of maternal and child health and chief of the section of pediatric epidemiology in the department of pediatrics.
While at medical school, she was a recipient of the prestigious preventive cardiology academic award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Williams is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, and the American Heart Association. She currently serves a member of the committee on obesity of the AHA council on nutrition, physical activity and metabolism.
She was elected a fellow of the council of epidemiology and prevention of the American Heart Association, and served as chair of the AHA committee on atherosclerosis, hypertension and obesity in the young, of the council on cardiovascular disease in the young. She is past president of the American Society of Preventive Cardiology. She was a member of the American Dietetic Association’s expert panel on child nutrition and health. She also served on the National Academy of Sciences committee on the definition of dietary fiber.