Dr. Blackburn serves as the S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Nutrition and Associate Director of the Division of Nutrition at Harvard Medical School. He is also the Chief of the Feihe Nutrition Laboratory, and Director of the Center for the Study of Nutrition Medicine, Department of Surgery at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Blackburn received his medical degree from the University of Kansas. He completed his internship and residency at Boston City Hospital, Harvard Medical School and he obtained his doctorate in nutritional biochemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Blackburn has published over 400 original articles to date. He is on the editorial board of and a reviewer for numerous journals including, the Journal of the American Medical Association, New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Obesity and Bariatric Times.
As an active participant in the field of nutritional medicine, Dr. Blackburn is a past President of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO), now called The Obesity Society, and the American Board of Nutrition. Dr. Blackburn also serves on the board of directors for the Food Research and Action Center. He remains on the Board of Advisors for the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) of which he served as president. He is a Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) on the NIH-funded Action for Health in Diabetes (Look AHEAD) and is the Associate Director and executive committee member of the NIH Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center (BNORC).