James Meigs, MD, MPH, is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital and Co-Director of the Mass General Clinical Research Program's Clinical Effectiveness Research Group.
He has mentored 50 junior clinical research investigators, supported in part by an NIDDK K24 award. In 2009, he was awarded the American Diabetes Association's Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diabetes Epidemiology. He is past Associate editor for Diabetes Care and serves on many national scientific committees. Also, for more than 25 years, he has been a practicing primary care general internist in the Mass General Internal Medicine Associates.
ResearchDr. Meigs' research interest for more than 20 years has been the cause and prevention of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease using molecular and genetic epidemiology and translational health services research approaches. He has authored more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific papers, supported by multiple National Institutes of Health and foundation research grants.
A recent MGH study analysis may have answered a question that has troubled individuals considering stopping smoking: do the health effects of any weight gained after quitting outweigh the known cardiovascular benefits of smoking cessation?
An analysis of data from the Framingham Offspring Study confirms that the health benefits of quitting smoking far exceed any negative effects of weight gained after smoking cessation