Chris D’Adamo, PhD
Chris D’Adamo, PhD, is a medical research scientist with expertise in the synergistic effects of healthy lifestyle, environmental exposures, and genetics on human health and wellness. His research, clinical, and educational network includes leaders in the fields of integrative medicine, functional medicine, and lifestyle medicine. D’Adamo received his PhD in epidemiology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and is currently an assistant professor with dual appointments in the Departments of Family & Community Medicine and Epidemiology & Public Health.
D’Adamo serves as the director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at UMSOM, the first academic-based integrative medicine center in the world with a nearly 30-year history featuring over 800 peer-reviewed scientific publications, over $50 million of competitive research funding, an expansive medical professional education program, and outpatient and inpatient integrative clinical care. D’Adamo leads an extensive education program at UMSOM, including an elective course for fourth-year medical students, a “culinary medicine” series that is part of the required medical student curriculum, and numerous lectures in other medical school classes. He also holds adjunct faculty positions in the Gerontology Doctoral Program of the University of Maryland and at Maryland University of Integrative Health, where he was involved in the creation of the Nutrition and Integrative Health graduate program.
D’Adamo has served as principal investigator on a wide variety of clinical trials and observational studies in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and multi-modality integrative and functional medicine interventions. These studies have included clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of nutritional supplements in promoting overall health and wellness, exercise as a treatment for chronic disease, nutrition education, physical activity, and mind-body medicine programs in underserved urban communities, and a large outcomes evaluation conducted across a national practice-based research network of integrative medicine clinical practices. He has also served as principal investigator on observational studies evaluating the relationship between micronutrients and markers of healthy aging as well as cutting-edge studies in the burgeoning field of nutritional genetics. D’Adamo’s research experience has cut across the entire lifespan from children to older adults and has extended from the bench, to the bedside, and beyond into community settings and within schools, hospitals, and other institutions of public health influence.
D’Adamo has published his findings in numerous peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals including Clinical Nutrition, Nutrition Research, American Journal of Health Promotion, Journal of Nutrition, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Nutrients, Journal of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics, Journal of Nutrition, Aging, and Health, Nutrition, Journal of the American College of Nutrition, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, among many others.
D’Adamo has also contributed medical textbook chapters to the 6th and 7th editions of Rheumatology and the 5th edition of Practical Management of Pain, and gives invited lectures across the world on the topics of nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and other topics in integrative, functional, and lifestyle medicine. Alongside these academic avenues, D’Adamo is frequently sought for media commentary and has been featured in USA Today, Men’s Health, WebMD, Natural Health, SHAPE magazine, Dr. Oz, Food Network, Good Housekeeping, PBS News Hour, AARP, The Arthritis Foundation, New York Magazine, and many other popular media outlets.