||Professor, Departments of Nutrition Sciences and Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Department of Nutrition Science
1675 University Blvd
439 Webb Nutrition Sciences Building
Birmingham, AL 35294-3360
Phone: (205) 934-5564
Fax: (205) 934-7050
Dr. Heimburger is a Professor in the Division of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics in the Departments of Nutrition Sciences and Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He received his M.D. degree from Vanderbilt University, after which he completed a residency in internal medicine at St. Louis University and a fellowship and Master’s degree in clinical nutrition at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is board-certified in internal medicine and clinical nutrition. He has been on the faculty at UAB since 1982, where his titles also include Director of Medical Nutrition Services, Senior Scientist in the UAB Clinical Nutrition Research Center and Comprehensive Cancer Center, Medical Director of the EatRight Weight Management Program, and Director of the Clinical Nutrition Fellowship Program and the NIH-funded Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program. He recently finished terms on the Council of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition and on a grant review subcommittee for the National Cancer Institute.
Dr. Heimburger is very involved in teaching nutrition at UAB and advocating for medical nutrition education around the country. He received the UAB President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (1995), an American College of Physicians commendation as the Best Internal Medicine Board Review Course faculty in Nutrition (1996), and the American Society for Clinical Nutrition’s Dannon Institute Award for Excellence in Medical/Dental Nutrition Education (1999). He directs the Intersociety Professional Nutrition Education Consortium and was founding President of the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists.
Dr. Heimburger’s principal research and publication interests are in nutritional factors associated with cancer prevention, treatment of obesity, nutritional support of cancer patients, and medical nutrition education.
Heimburger, D. C., Alexander CB, Birch R, Butterworth CE, Bailey WC, Krumdieck CL. Improvement in bronchial squamous metaplasia in smokers treated with folate and vitamin B12. Report of a preliminary randomized double-blind intervention trial. JAMA 1988;259:1525-30. Also published in JAMA, Edition Francaise 1988:13:595-604.
Heimburger, D. C., Sockwell DG, Geels WJ. Diarrhea with enteral feeding: Prospective reappraisal of putative causes. Nutrition 1994;10:392-6.
Heimburger, D. C., Geels WJ, Bilbrey J, Redden DT, Keeney C. Effects of small-peptide and whole-protein enteral feedings on serum proteins and diarrhea in critically ill patients: A randomized trial. J Parent Ent Nutr 1997;21:162-7.
Intersociety Professional Nutrition Education Consortium. Bringing physician nutrition specialists into the mainstream: Rationale for the Intersociety Professional Nutrition Education Consortium. Am J Clin Nutr 1998;68:894-8 (Heimburger DC, principal author).
Davidson, M. H., Hauptman, J., DiGirolamo, M., Foreyt, J. P., Halsted, C. H., Heber, D., Heimburger, D. C., Lucas, C. P., Robbins, D. C., Chung, J., Heymsfield, S. Long-term weight control and risk factor reduction in obese subjects treated with orlistat, a lipase inhibitor. JAMA 1999;281:235-242.
Heimburger, D. C. Intersociety Professional Nutrition Education Consortium. Physician nutrition specialist track: if we build it, will they come? Am J Clin Nutr 2000;71:1048-53.
Hubbert, K. A., Bussey, B. F., Allison, D. B., Beasley, T. M., Henson, C. S., Heimburger, D. C. Effects of outcome-driven insurance reimbursement on short-term weight control. Int J Obesity 2003;27:1423-9.
Piyathilake CJ., Henao OL, Cornwell PE, Meleth S, Heimburger DC. Folate is associated with the natural history of high-risk human papillomaviruses. Cancer Res 2004;64:8788-93.
Heimburger DC, ABPNS Board of Directors. Training and Certifying Physician-Nutrition Specialists: the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists (ABPNS). Am J Clin Nutr 2006;83(suppl): 985s-7s.
Piyathilake CJ, Macaluso M, Brill I, Heimburger DC, Partridge EE. Lower red blood cell folate enhances the HPV 16-associated risk of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia. Nutrition 2007; 23:203-10.
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