Darwin Labarthe, MD, MPH, PhD is a professor of preventive medicine in the Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
His principal appointments have been: U.S. Public Health Service, Heart Disease and Stroke Control Program (1967-70); faculty in epidemiology, University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston (1970-74, 1977-90); consultant in epidemiology, Mayo Clinic (1974-77); and successive positions at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2000-11), leading development of the long-range strategic plan, A Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke, serving as first chair of the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, and becoming founding director of the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (2006-2011).
Labarthe’s professional activities focus on epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular diseases, beginning in childhood. He founded and for 25 years directed the US Ten-Day Seminar on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases and is Co-Director of the International Ten-Day Seminar, now in its 45th year. He has published more than 200 research articles and book chapters and the textbook, Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases: A Global Challenge, now in its second edition (Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2011). Awards received include the Heart Healthy Stroke Free Award (National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention) and the Eugene Braunwald Academic Mentorship Award and Gold Heart Award (American Heart Association).
He is a graduate of Princeton University (1961), the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University (1965), and the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley (MPH, 1967; PhD, 1974).