Dr. Chait was appointed to the University of Washington faculty in 1977. In 1985, he was appointed professor of medicine, and became head of the Division on Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition in 1996. In addition to clinical teaching and patient care responsibilities at the University of Washington Medical Center, Dr. Chait routinely receives National Institutes of Health grants and other sources of funding to study mechanisms of atherogenesis, with a particular focus on the role of diabetes in the pathogenesis of macrovascular disease. He served as director of the UW’s Clinical Nutrition Research Unit (CNRU) – recently renamed Nutrition Obesity Research Center from 1992-2012, was a principal investigator in a study of macrovascular disease in diabetes, and is the principal investigator on a NIH T32 Training Grant from the NHLBI. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, and serves on several editorial boards. He is past chair of the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee and past director of the University of Washington’s Nutrition Obesity Research Center.