Dr. Gillman is a Professor and Director of the Obesity Prevention Program in the Department of Population Medicine. His research interests include early life prevention of chronic disease, including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and asthma; individual and policy-level interventions to prevent obesity and its consequences; and childhood cardiovascular risk factors. He directs Project Viva, an NIH-funded cohort study of pregnant women and their offspring, focusing on effects of gestational diet and other factors on outcomes of pregnancy and childhood. Dr. Gillman also leads or participates in several other federally-funded studies of diet, activity, obesity, and cardiovascular risk in children and adults.
He has served in leadership roles in the U.S. National Children's Study, the International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, the American Heart Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is an active teacher of medical students and mentor to research trainees. Formerly a primary care internist and pediatrician, Dr. Gillman's current clinical work is in preventive cardiology among children.