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David E Chiriboga MD, MPH

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
DepartmentMedicine
AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester MA 01655
Phone508-856-5157
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    DepartmentMedicine
    DivisionCardiovascular Medicine


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    University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, United StatesMPHPublic Health
    Central University of Ecuador, Quito, , EcuadorMDMedicine

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    Dr. Chiriboga obtained his MD in medicine and surgery at Universidad Central del Ecuador Medical School and his postgraduate degrees in Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and School of Public Health. He designed and implemented a comprehensive system to provide quality healthcare to the indigenous population of Zumbahua, in the highlands of the Ecuadorian Andes. The project included building a community hospital with financial support from Operazione Mato Grosso an Italian Catholic organization and the Ecuadorian Government and establishing a Health District with several satellite clinics. He worked for over a decade as a physician and as medical director of this hospital and its corresponding health district. He subsequently returned to UMMS as a faculty member in the Departments of Medicine, and Family and Community Medicine, where he had the opportunity to engage in academic activities and research, with over 30 scientific publications.



    In 2008 he was invited to return to Ecuador as senior health policy advisor for the Ministry of Social Development Coordination and subsequently was asked to serve as Minister of Public Health of Ecuador (MOH). Upon accepting this position in 2010, he undertook a major re-structuring of the MOH and of the country’s healthcare system, with the long-term goal establishing effective universal healthcare. He developed several multi sectorial interventions in nutrition and reproductive health, and spearheaded the first national health and nutrition survey in the country, ENSANUT, which is now completed.



    Dr. Chiriboga also served as President of the Council of Ministers of Health for the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). His role as President included support for the creation of the South American Institute for Health Governance (ISAGS) in Rio de Janeiro, the establishment of a 5-year regional plan towards universal health care in the region, and successful positioning and approval of key draft resolutions to the World Health Assembly regarding R&D for drugs to treat neglected diseases, as well as policies to support access to generic medicines. Representing Ecuador, he acted as Vice-president of the 63rd World Health Assembly and was also a member of the Executive Board of World Health Organization. He has lectured in several countries and including being keynote speaker for the European Union Conference in Global Health held in Brussels in 2010 and at the EuroSocial Condference in Mexico City for the Establishment of Health Equity Observatories in Latin American Countries in 2015.



    His career has spanned from working in the field at the local level with underserved populations living in conditions of extreme poverty, to the national, regional and international arenas. It has also shifted from clinical and surgical work with individual patients to broader issues of public health, research and health policy as an instrument to bring about change by improving the delivery of healthcare services for populations and affecting the social determinants of health.



    He is co-founder of Equity Movement, an international non-governmental organization devoted to multidisciplinary research, policy and advocacy in sustainable health and environmental equity, his primary interest. Other interests include human rights, international legal frameworks, translational research, the development, implementation and optimization of universal health care systems, and multi sectorial comprehensive preventive interventions.




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    1. Zhao M, Chiriboga D, Olendzki B, Xie B, Li Y, McGonigal LJ, Maldonado-Contreras A, Ma Y. Substantial Increase in Compliance with Saturated Fatty Acid Intake Recommendations after One Year Following the American Heart Association Diet. Nutrients. 2018 Oct 12; 10(10). PMID: 30322012.
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    2. Garay JE, Chiriboga DE. A paradigm shift for socioeconomic justice and health: from focusing on inequalities to aiming at sustainable equity. Public Health. 2017 Jun 20; 149:149-158. PMID: 28645046.
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    3. Chiriboga DE, Ockene IS. Fitness in Young Adults as an Independent Predictor of Risk for Cardiovascular Disease. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Jan; 176(1):95-6. PMID: 26618811.
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    4. Chiriboga D, Buss P, Birn AE, Garay J, Muntaner C, Nervi L. Investing in health. Lancet. 2014 Mar 15; 383(9921):949. PMID: 24629288.
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    5. Ma Y, Chiriboga DE, Pagoto SL, Rosal MC, Li W, Merriam PA, Hébert JR, Whited MC, Ockene IS. Association between Depression and C-Reactive Protein. Cardiol Res Pract. 2010 Dec 22; 2011:286509. PMID: 21234098.
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    6. Chiriboga DE, Ma Y, Li W, Stanek EJ, Hébert JR, Merriam PA, Rawson ES, Ockene IS. Seasonal and sex variation of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein in healthy adults: a longitudinal study. Clin Chem. 2009 Feb; 55(2):313-21. PMID: 19179270.
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    7. Teas J, Baldeón ME, Chiriboga DE, Davis JR, Sarriés AJ, Braverman LE. Could dietary seaweed reverse the metabolic syndrome? Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2009; 18(2):145-54. PMID: 19713172.
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    8. Griffith JA, Ma Y, Chasan-Taber L, Olendzki BC, Chiriboga DE, Stanek EJ, Merriam PA, Ockene IS. Association between dietary glycemic index, glycemic load, and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein. Nutrition. 2008 May; 24(5):401-6. PMID: 18402914.
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    9. Ma Y, Li W, Olendzki BC, Pagoto SL, Merriam PA, Chiriboga DE, Griffith JA, Bodenlos J, Wang Y, Ockene IS. Dietary quality 1 year after diagnosis of coronary heart disease. J Am Diet Assoc. 2008 Feb; 108(2):240-6; discussion 246-7. PMID: 18237571.
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    10. Chiriboga DE, Ma Y, Li W, Olendzki BC, Pagoto SL, Merriam PA, Matthews CE, Hebert JR, Ockene IS. Gender differences in predictors of body weight and body weight change in healthy adults. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008 Jan; 16(1):137-45. PMID: 18223626.
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    11. Ma Y, Olendzki BC, Merriam PA, Chiriboga DE, Culver AL, Li W, Hébert JR, Ockene IS, Griffith JA, Pagoto SL. A randomized clinical trial comparing low-glycemic index versus ADA dietary education among individuals with type 2 diabetes. Nutrition. 2008 Jan; 24(1):45-56. PMID: 18070658.
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    12. Ma Y, Olendzki BC, Hafner AR, Chiriboga DE, Culver AL, Andersen VA, Merriam PA, Pagoto SL. Low-carbohydrate and high-fat intake among adult patients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus. Nutrition. 2006 Nov-Dec; 22(11-12):1129-36. PMID: 17027229.
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    13. Ma Y, Li Y, Chiriboga DE, Olendzki BC, Hebert JR, Li W, Leung K, Hafner AR, Ockene IS. Association between carbohydrate intake and serum lipids. J Am Coll Nutr. 2006 Apr; 25(2):155-63. PMID: 16582033.
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    14. Ma Y, Chiriboga D, Olendzki BC, Nicolosi R, Merriam PA, Ockene IS. Effect of soy protein containing isoflavones on blood lipids in moderately hypercholesterolemic adults: a randomized controlled trial. J Am Coll Nutr. 2005 Aug; 24(4):275-85. PMID: 16093405.
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    15. Ma Y, Olendzki B, Chiriboga D, Hebert JR, Li Y, Li W, Campbell M, Gendreau K, Ockene IS. Association between dietary carbohydrates and body weight. Am J Epidemiol. 2005 Feb 15; 161(4):359-67. PMID: 15692080.
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    16. Ockene IS, Chiriboga DE, Stanek EJ, Harmatz MG, Nicolosi R, Saperia G, Well AD, Freedson P, Merriam PA, Reed G, Ma Y, Matthews CE, Hebert JR. Seasonal variation in serum cholesterol levels: treatment implications and possible mechanisms. Arch Intern Med. 2004 Apr 26; 164(8):863-70. PMID: 15111372.
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    17. Chiriboga DE, Ockene JK, Ockene IS. Barriers to preventive interventions for coronary heart disease. Cardiol Clin. 2003 Aug; 21(3):459-70. PMID: 14621458.
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