James W. Anderson, MD, is a prominent physician and educator who has been serving the University of Kentucky as a professor of medicine and clinical nutrition for the past 46 years. Alongside this appointment, he has been the president and founder of the HCF Research Foundation in Lexington, KY, since 1979, where he aids patients in the pursuit of better health, wellness, and nutrition while implementing specific diet and exercise regimens. During this time, he also founded the Obesity Research Network, which comprises 20 of the best obesity research doctors who conducted more than 100 research studies. Dr. Anderson commenced his career in 1968 as an assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, holding the role for five years.
Alongside his primary endeavors, Dr. Anderson has been a deacon and Sunday school teacher at various Baptist churches in his local community since 1974 and served as a volunteer physician at the Mission Lexington Medical Clinic and the Salvation Army Clinic. A former trustee and chair of the board of trustees of Georgetown College, he has also been a prolific author throughout his tenure. Most recently authoring “The Simple Diet: A Doctor’s Science-Based Plan” in 2011, he has served on numerous editorial boards and as a reviewer of 12 major medical journals.
Dr. Anderson is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Nutrition, and is a member of the American Society for Nutrition. A former captain in the U.S. Army, where he met Dr. Robert Herman, who taught Dr. Anderson how to conduct medical research, he was the major advisor for six Ph.D. candidate and four master’s degree candidates between 1990 and 2008. He has also traveled to over 80 countries and lectured in 60 countries across the globe.
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