CMHC Faculty Members

Faculty of Tarsus Medical Group are leaders in healthcare

Alan Chait, MD

Seattle, Washington

Alan Chait, MD



As Edwin L. Bierman Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, and Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition director from 1996-2016, Dr. Chait has extensive research and clinical experience. He has 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.

Education and Training

Dr. Chait received his M.B.Ch.B.(M.D. equivalent) and his M.D.(Ph.D. equivalent) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. After completing an internship at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, he finished his residency and a research fellowship at the Hammersmith Hospital, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, in London, UK. He next became a lecturer in endocrinology at the London Hospital. He came to the UW as a senior research fellow in metabolism and endocrinology in 1975.

Professional Highlights

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.


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