Artemis P. Simopoulos, MD

Artemis P. Simopoulos, M.D. is the Founder and President of The Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health, a nonprofit educational organization in Washington, D.C. since 1990.

Dr. Simopoulos was born in Greece and graduated first in her class from the Kalamata Gymnasium for Girls. A graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, with a major in Chemistry, and a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Simopoulos is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Pediatric Research, the American Pediatric Society, the Endocrine Society, the American Institute of Nutrition, the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, the American College of Nutrition, the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL), the International Society of Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics (ISNN) and the American Society of Human Genetics. Dr. Simopoulos was Founder and President of the International Society of Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics (ISNN) from September 2005 to December 31st, 2009.

Dr. Simopoulos was Director of the Newborn Nursery at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. and Assistant Professor in both Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1962 to 1967. From 1968 to 1972 she did research at the Endocrinology Branch of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) on the Genetic and Nutritional aspects of Endocrine Disorders. Dr. Simopoulos was Executive Secretary of the Division on Medical Sciences at the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. from 1972 to 1977 and Project Director for the pioneering book Genetic Screening: Programs, Principles and Research published in 1975 by the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council.  This was the first book that analyzed in depth the scientific, legal, ethical, economic and public policy aspects of genetic screening, and is found in all the medical libraries around the world.  In 1975 Dr. Simopoulos was the Project Officer for the International Conference on Recombinant DNA Molecules and responsible for the statement of the Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA Molecules. From 1977 to 1978 she was Director of the Developmental Biology and Nutrition Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).  Dr. Simopoulos chaired the Nutrition Coordinating Committee at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1978 to 1986.  She is a pediatrician and endocrinologist with a long and distinguished career, whose research was originally focused on the nutritional, endocrine, and genetic aspects of growth and development in children and later on throughout the life cycle.  Since 1984, her research has been on genetic variation and nutrition, the evolutionary aspects of diet, and the omega-6/omega-3 balance.  In addition to her responsibilities at NIH, Dr. Simopoulos served as Consultant on Nutrition and Health to Ms. Ester Peterson, Special Assistant to The President for consumer Affairs, The White House, from 1978 to 1980.  During that time she was a member of a number of White House delegations to the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization.  From 1978 to 1983 she was Cochairman and Executive Secretary of the Joint Subcommittee on Human Nutrition Research, Federal Coordinating Council on Science, Engineering, and Technology, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of The President, The White House, and a member of its successor, the Interagency Committee for Human Nutrition Research from 1983-1986.

Dr. Simopoulos was the Editor of the Karger series World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics from 1989-2011 (www.karger.com/wrund) and she currently is a member of the Editorial Boards of the International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research, the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, Food Reviews International, Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine, Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Current Food and Nutrition Science, Turkiye Klinikeri Journal of Medical Sciences, the Hellenic Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics; and the Chinese Journal of Clinicians; consulting editor to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) from 1987 to 2003; and was contributing editor to Nutrition Reviews from 1979 to 1986. She was a founding member of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) in 1991, Secretary/Treasurer of ISSFAL from 1991 to 1998, and a member of the Editorial Board of the ISSFAL Newsletter from 1994 to 2000. Dr. Simopoulos has been on the Board of Trustees for the Hellenic American University since 2005. In September 2010 Dr. Simopoulos was appointed to the Greek Council on Research and Technology. She is listed in eleven of the Who’s Who Directories, including Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, American Men and Women of Science, and the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership.

Dr. Simopoulos has written extensively on genetic variation and nutrition; nutrition and fitness; the characteristics of obesity and body weight standards; evolutionary aspects of diet and fatty acids; and on the role of omega-3 fatty acids in health and disease and in growth and development.  She has edited over 50 books and journal supplements in addition to publishing over 360 scientific papers. She served as a consultant to the “Eat Well, Be Well” television series.  She coauthored a book for the public entitled Genetic Nutrition. Designing a Diet Based on Your Family Medical History (Macmillan, 1993) and printed in paperback in 1995 with the new title The Healing Diet.  Her latest book for the public The Omega Plan (hardcover, Harper Collins, 1998, USA; paperback, Hodder Headline Australia, 1998) is now in paperback in the United States with the title The Omega Diet (HarperCollins, 1999) is based on her extensive studies on the traditional diet of Greece prior to 1960 that defined “What is so special about the diet of Greece: The Scientific Evidence.”  The Omega diet has been translated into Dutch, Swedish, French, Greek, published in Australia, New Zealand and the U.K, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Bulgarian, Taiwanese and expected in Spanish soon.

Dr. Simopoulos is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the first Presidential Award for Studies in the Field of Obesity and Weight Control (Columbia University, USA), the 1991 Boston University School of Medicine Distinguished Alumna Award (USA), the 1998 Gopalan Oration Award (India), the 1999 Geoffrey H. Bourne Lecture at Saint George’s University in Grenada, British West Indies, the 2003 Michael J. Hill Memorial Lecture in London, U.K.; the 2008 Louisiana State University (LSU) Chancellor’s Award Lecture in New Orleans, Louisiana, the 2010 Dr. Demetrios Flessas Lecture at the Hellenic American Medical Society of New York City, NY, and the 2013 Mary Kalopothakes Award at the Hellenic American Medical Society of New York City, NY.  In 2008 she was 1 of 9 selected women in the U.S. recognized by the Education Update in their March issue “Women Shaping History.” In 2015Dr. Simopoulos was appointed Chairman of the Selection Committee for the Global Award for Omega-3 Research by the More Love Foundation.

Dr. Simopoulos has been Visiting Professor at many Universities in the U.S. and around the world including being a member of the Committee that established Harokopio as a four year University, and gave a series of lectures on nutrition during the first three years. Dr. Simopoulos lectured for 3 years at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania. She has been interviewed nationally and internationally on television, radio and by the printed media, including the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Horizon Documentary “Could Fish Make My Child Smart?” and the Metropolitan Life’s Eat Well Be Well television series that was shown by satellite in the junior high schools in all 50 states in 1986. The documentary “The Good Fat Diet” based on her book The Omega Diet has been shown at many scientific meetings worldwide.