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Albert O.

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Medical Towers 613
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Albert Oberman, MD, MPH, has gained recognition for his involvement in landmark studies on the natural history and management of cardiovascular disease. He was among the first to show that blood pressure in later life is a reflection of blood pressure in young adulthood and subsequent weight gain. He was a principal investigator in the Hypertension Detection and Follow-up Program, which laid the ground work for treatment of hypertension. Dr. Oberman pioneered efforts to establish non-drug prevention and treatment of hypertension in several hypertension prevention trials. Dr. Oberman started the Division of Preventive Medicine more than 30 years ago and served as its Director for more than 25 years. He continues to serve as Vice Chairman of the UAB Institutional Review Board.


  • Washington University, St. Louis, MO, AB, Psychology, 1955
  • Washington Univ School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, MD, 1959
  • Jewish Hospital (Barnes Group), St. Louis, MO, General Internship, 1959-60
  • Jewish Hospital (Barnes Group), St. Louis, MO, Residency, Internal Medicine, 1960-62
  • University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI, MPH, Epidemiology, 1966
  • University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI, Fellowship, Cardiovascular Epidemiology, 1967

  • Professional Background
    • Member, Association of American Physicians;
    • Fellow, American College of Physicians;
    • Fellow, American College of Preventive Medicine;
    • Fellow, American College of Cardiology;
    • Fellow, Council on Epidemiology & Prevention, AHA;
    • Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine;
    • NIH Study Section, Epidemiology & Disease Control, 1973-1977;
    • Chairman, Clinical Trials Review Comm., NIH, 1979-1981;
    • Vice Chairman, General Preventive Medicine, American Board of Preventive Medicine, 1978-1984;
    • Clinical Applications & Prevention Advisory Committee, NHLBI, 1982-1986;
    • Chairman, Council on Epidemiology, AHA, 1990-1992;
    • President, AHA Alabama Affiliate, 1992-1993;
    • Chairman, Task Force on Epidemiology and Prev. of CVD, NHLBI, 1992-1994;
    • Member, NHLBI Advisory Council, 1993-1996;
    • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, AHA, 1994-1995;
    • Framingham Future Directions Working Group, NHLBI, 1999;
    • Editor-in-Chief, Annals of Epidemiology, 1995-2000;
    • Chairman, Affiliate Behavioral Science, Epidemiology & Prevention (BSEP) Study Group, AHA, 1998-2001.
  • Selected Recent Publications
    (selection of recent publications out of over 200 total)
    • Gu GC, Chang YP, Hunt SC, Schwander K, Arnett D, Djousse L, Heiss G, Oberman A, Lalouel JM, Province M, Chakravarti A, Rao DC. Haplotype association analysis of AGT variants with hypertension-related traits: the HyperGEN study. Human Heredity. 2005;60(3):164-176.
    • Shikany JM, Goudie A, Oberman A. Comparison of a low-fat/low-glycemic index diet to a low-fat only diet in the treatment of adults with hypercholesterolemia. Nutrition Research. 2005;25:971-81.
    • al’Absi M, Devereux RB, Rao DC, Kitzman D, Oberman A, Hopkins P, Arnett DK. Blood pressure stress reactivity and left ventricular mass in a random community sample of African-American and Caucasian men and women. American Journal of Cardiology. 2006;97(2):240-244.
    • Oberman A, Prineas RJ, Larson JC, LaCroix A, Lasser NL. Prevalence and determinants of electrocardiographic left ventricular hypertrophy among a multiethnic population of postmenopausal women (The Women’s Health Initiative). American Journal of Cardiology. 2006;97(4): 512-519.
    • Bonds DE, Lasser N, Qi L, Brzyski R, Caan B, Heiss G, Limacher MC, Liu JH, Mason E, Oberman A, O’Sullivan MJ, Phillips LS, Prineas RJ, Tinker L. The effect of conjugated equine oestrogen on diabetes incidence: the Women’s Health Initiative randomized trial. Diabetologia. 2006;49(3):459-468.
    • Smoller JW, Pollack MH, Wassertheil-Smoller S, Jackson RD, Oberman A, Wong ND, Sheps D. Panic attacks and risk of incident cardiovascular events among postemenopausal women in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study. Archives of General Psychiatry. 2007;64(10):1153-1160.
    • Shikany JM, Lewis CE, Freedman BI, Arnett DK, Leiendecker-Foster C, Jones TL, Redden DT, Oberman A. Plasma adiponectin concentrations and correlates in African Americans in the Hypertension Genetic Epidemiology Network (HyperGEN) study. Metabolism. 2007;56(8):1011-6.
    • Song Y, Manson JE, Tinker L, Rifai N, Cook NR, Hu FB, Hotamisligil GS, Ridker PM, Rodriguez BL, Margolis KL, Oberman A, Liu S. Circulating levels of endothelial adhesion moleculres and risk of diabetes in an ethnically diverse cohort of women. Diabetes. 2007;56(7):1898-1904.
    • Sherva R, Miller MB, Lynch AI, Devereux RB, Rao DC, Oberman A, Hopkins PN, Kitzman DW, Atwood LD, Arnett DK. A whole genome scan for pulse pressure/stroke volume ratio in African Americans: the HyperGEN study. American Journal of Hypertension. 2007;20(4):398-402.
    • Bella JN, Tang W, Kraja A, Rao DC, Hunt SC, Miller MB, Palmieri V, Roman MJ, Kitzman DW, Oberman A, Devereux RB, Arnett DK. Genome-wide linkage mapping for valve calcification susceptibility loci in hypertensive sibships: the Hypertension Genetic Epidemiology Network Study. Hypertension. 2007;49(3):453-460.
  • Awards
    • American Heart Assn., Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, Special Recognition Award, 2001
    • Albert Lasker Special Public Health Award
    • Distinguished Speaker Award, Annenberg Center for Health Sciences
    • Cleveland Clinic Foundation Award

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