Cedric Garland, Ph.D.

Title: Epidemiologist & Educator
Company: University of California, San Diego
Location: San Diego, California, United States

Cedric Garland, Ph.D., Epidemiologist and Educator at the University of California, San Diego, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in epidemiology and higher education.

A venerated and celebrated figure in the health care industry, Dr. Garland has amassed more than four decades of professional experience in his areas of expertise. A professor at the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, since 1981, he previously served as an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University between 1974 and 1981. Dr. Garland is most renowned for his work with Dr. Frank Garland and Dr. Edward Gorham, who together played a role in establishing the association between vitamin D and calcium deficiencies and the risk of intestinal, breast and ovarian cancers and melanoma. In addition, Dr. Garland played a central role in establishing that ultraviolet A is a cause of human melanoma.

A contributor of myriad articles to professional journals and chapters to books, Dr. Garland and his team helped establish that vitamin D deficiency is a cause of type 1 diabetes mellitus, and they discovered that secondhand smoking is a cause of fatal coronary heart disease. In fact, this study was the foundation for historic legislation prohibiting smoking in public spaces. In recognition of his exceptional contributions to medicine, Dr. Garland was honored with the Aristotle Award for Academy Excellence in 1974, the Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence in 1980, the National Institutes of Health Research Career Award in 1982, and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Sierra Club in 1984. Likewise, he was presented with the Environmental Health Coalition Distinguished Service Award in 1984 and was given the Order of Merit by The Republic of Italy in 2016. Most recently, he was honored with the Seeley Award from the American College of Nutrition.

A native of La Jolla, CA, Dr. Garland holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California and a Master of Public Health and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has been elected a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology.

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