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Emily Oken

President Department Chair and Professor

Dr. Oken is Professor and Chair of the Department of Population Medicine, and President of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, which is the home of the Department. Her research is focused on the health effects of nutrition and environmental toxicants on health and disease, with a particular focus on pregnancy and early childhood. She has studied the balance of risk and benefit from maternal fish consumption during pregnancy on child development, long term health effects of breastfeeding for both mother and child, and determinants and sequelae of excess gestational weight gain. She has also performed a number of studies on the influence of modifiable behaviors during pregnancy, such as smoking, physical activity, and diet, on risk for obesity among both mothers and their children. Dr. Oken completed residency training in both internal medicine and pediatrics.



Author Correction: Trans-ancestral genome-wide association study of longitudinal pubertal height growth and shared heritability with adult health outcomes. (Pubmed Abstract)

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