Professor Donald D. Hensrud, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor Donald D. Hensrud
  • Mayo Clinic
  • University of Hawai‘i
Effectively managing weight is one of the biggest paradoxes I know. It sounds easy–eat less and exercise more–but the factors that go into that seemingly simple statement are tremendously complex.

Donald D. Hensrud, M.D., M.P.H., has been a member of the Mayo Clinic staff for 25 years and currently serves as Associate Professor of Nutrition and Preventive Medicine at Mayo Clinic and Director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. Dr. Hensrud holds four academic degrees: a B.S., an M.D., and Master’s Degrees in public health and nutrition sciences. He is board certified in the fields of Internal Medicine, Nutrition, and Preventive Medicine, and is a fellow of both the American College of Physicians and The Obesity Society.

Dr. Hensrud has authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters and has contributed to lay education as editor of the books Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight for EveryBody, The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook, The Mayo Clinic Plan: 10 Essential Steps to a Better Body and Healthier Life, and the New York Times bestseller The Mayo Clinic Diet. He was coeditor of the medical text Clinical Preventive Medicine and wrote a monthly health column for Fortune magazine for several years.

Dr. Hensrud has received the Charles E. Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Award from the University of North Dakota and the Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He consistently appears on the Best Doctors in America List.

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