Dr. Gerald S. Berenson
Director of the Tulane Center for Cardiovascular Health, 1992 -2018
Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Biochemistry and Epidemiology at Tulane University
Dr. Gerald S. Berenson is internationally recognized for his clinical research on the early natural history of arteriosclerosis and has received many awards for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular science. He is the principal investigator of the Bogalusa Heart Study, a long term community study based in Bogalusa, Louisiana of heart disease risk factors that begin in childhood. This study is one of the most important biracial studies in the world on the natural history of heart diseases. More than 16,000 children and adults in this community have participated over the years, and funding has been provided over the years by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, the National Institute on Aging and the American Heart Association. Ongoing studies have arisen from this research, such as the Heart Smart Program, a cardiovascular health education and health promotion study concerning children from kindergarten through sixth grade.
Dr. Gerald S. Berenson, who became world-renowned for establishing the project that showed that risk factors for heart disease can show up in childhood, died November 22, 2018 at the age of 96.
Gerald S. Berenson is an alumnus of Tulane (BS, 1943, MD, 1945).
See also: "Berenson, Gerald Sanders." American Men & Women of Science: A Biographical Directory of Today's Leaders in Physical, Biological, and Related Sciences. 23rd ed. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 2007. 509. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 18 Mar. 2014.