Biography: Alan Chait, MD

Alan Chait, MD
  • Edwin L. Bierman Professor of Medicine
  • Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Nutrition
  • University of Washington
  • Seattle, WA

Alan Chait is the Edwin L. Bierman Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he was Head of the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition from 1996-2016. He obtained his MBChB (MD equivalent) and MD (PhD equivalent) from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. After internship at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, he did residency equivalence and postgraduate training, including a fellowship in Lipid Research at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London, after which he was a Lecturer in Endocrinology at the London Hospital Medical School. He came to the US in 1975 for a fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Washington, after which he remained on the faculty and progressed through the ranks, being appointed Professor of Medicine in 1985. He has extensive research, having published more than 300 papers related mainly to lipids, lipoproteins, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He directs the UW Lipid Clinic at Harborview Lipid Clinic, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology, of which he is a past member of the Board of Directors. He is past chair of the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee and past director of the University of Washington’s Nutrition Obesity Research Center.