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Dr. James Marks on Childhood Obesity

James S. Marks, M.D., M.P.H., senior vice president, directs all program and administrative activities of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Group. This includes the Foundation’s work in childhood obesity, public health and vulnerable populations.

Prior to joining RWJF in December 2004, Marks retired as assistant surgeon general after serving as director of the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for almost a decade. Throughout his tenure at CDC, Marks developed and advanced systematic ways to prevent and detect diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes, reduce tobacco use and address the nation’s growing epidemic of obesity.

In 2004, he was elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine and currently serves on its Membership Committee.

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