U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Van Hubbard

 Contact Info

Tel: 301-594-8827
Email: hubbardv@mail.nih.gov

 Select Experience

  • Assistant Surgeon GeneralU.S. Public Health ServiceRetired
  • Liaison to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and PreventionNIH2006-2010
  • Senior Advisor to the Secretary on ObesityHHS2005-2009
  • ChiefNutritional Sciences Branch, DDN, NIDDK, NIH1994-2006
  • DirectorClinical Nutrition Research Units Program, DDN, NIDDK, NIH1983- 2004

Van S. Hubbard, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, NIH Division of Nutrition Research Coordination

Current Responsibilities & Activities

I am director of the Division of Nutrition Research Coordination and associate director for nutritional sciences at the NIDDK.  I am responsible for coordinating and maintaining a broad knowledge base of ongoing nutritional sciences, obesity, and physical activity research activities.  As such, I represent the Division and the NIH in Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or interdepartmental committees dealing with nutrition, obesity, and physical activity programs.  My responsibilities include establishing and maintaining relationships with professional societies and with other federal and nonfederal organizations involved in nutritional sciences, obesity, and physical activity research and training.

In support of the Department, I help to promote more awareness and coordination of activities across agencies and also serve as the HHS senior health official on site during responses to natural and man-made disasters.  In addition, I am a retired Assistant Surgeon General and Rear Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service.

Nutrition, obesity, and physical activity are major drivers of health.  Research to improve nutrition and physical activity and reduce obesity should result in a healthier American society.

Current Committee Memberships

  • U.S.-E.U. Biotechnology Task ForceMember
  • Federal Steering Committee, Physical Activity Guidelines for AmericansMember
  • NIH Prevention Research Coordination CommitteeDNRC Alternate Representative
  • Federal Dietary Reference Intakes Steering CommitteeMember
  • Federal Steering Committee on Dietary Guidelines for Americans (final review)NIH/HHS Representative
  • HHS Committee on Dietary GuidanceMember
  • HHS Nutrition Policy BoardMember
  • HHS Healthy People 2000, 2010, 2020: Nutrition and Weight StatusCo-lead
  • NIH Nutrition Coordinating CommitteeChair and Member
  • Interagency Committee on Human Nutrition ResearchNIH Representative and HHS Liaison
  • International Advisory Board, Medical Nutrition Education Project, North Carolina University at Chapel HillMember
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on NutritionNIH Liaison