Charles H. Hennekens, M.D., Dr.P.H.

Headshot of Charles Hennekens, M.D., Dr.PH.

Sir Richard Doll Professor and Senior Academic Advisor

777 Glades Road

Boca Raton, FL 33431

BC 71, Room 213

p: 561-297-0022

Department: Medicine


Professor Hennekens is the first Sir Richard Doll Professor and Senior Academic Advisor. He was first John Snow and first Eugene Braunwald Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and first Chief of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His 173 H-index ranks him #14 Top Scientist in World. He was 3rd most widely cited medical researcher in world and 5 of top 20 were former trainees. He is #81 in world history for saving 1.1 million lives. He is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine (FACPM) and the American College of Cardiology (FACC).


  • 1959-1960: University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce
  • 1963: B.S., Queens College, Magna cum laude
  • 1967: M.D., Cornell University Medical College
  • 1972: M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health
  • 1973: M.S., Harvard School of Public Health (Epidemiology)
  • 1975: Dr.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health (Epidemiology)
  • 1996: D.Sc., University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, honoris causa,
  • 1997: D.Sc., Queens College, The City University of New York, honoris causa

Postdoctoral Training

  • 1967-1968: Intern in Medicine, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY
  • 1968-1969: Resident, Internal Medicine, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY
  • 1969-1971: Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer, Lieutenant Commander, United States Public Health Service, assigned to the Dade County Department of Public Health, Miami, FL
  • 1971-1975: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA

Work History

  • 2013-Present: Adjunct Professor of Family & Community Medicine, Meharry Medical College
  • 2004-Present: First Sir Richard Doll Professor & Senior Academic Advisor, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, FAU
  • 2001-Present: Clinical Professor of Preventive Medicine, Nova Southeastern University
  • 2000-Present: Visiting Fellow, Green-Templeton College and Clinical Trial Service and Epidemiology Studies Unit (CTSU), University of Oxford, UK
  • 1971-Present: Voluntary Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health as well as Family Medicine & Community Health, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • 1975-2000: First John Snow Professor of Medicine and First Eugene Braunwald Braunwald Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and First Chief of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

A recent sample of 10 from among 139 published at FAU in the last 10 years from among a total of 867 including 609 original reports, 255 reviews and book chapters and 3 textbooks.

  • Lewis S, Hennekens CH: Regular physical activity: forgotten benefits, AJM, published online ahead of print on August 3, 2015
  • Andric B, Drowos J, Trepka MJ, Suciu G, Alonso A, Hennekens, CH: High frequencies of negative pretreatment cultures following presumptive antibiotic treatment for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. S Med J, 2013, 106:521-526
  • Levine RS, Rust G, Kilbourne B, Aliyu M, Pisu M, Zoorob R, Goldzweig P, Juarez B, Husaini B, Hennekens CH: United States Counties with Low Black Male Mortality Rates. AM J Med. 2013 Jan; 126(1):76-80
  • Hecht E, Landy DC, Alin S, Hlaing WWM, Hennekens CH: Hypothesis: Cadmium explains in part, why smoking increases risks of cardiovascular disease. JCPT, 2013, 18:550-554.
  • Hennekens CH, Andreotti F: The leading avoidable cause of premature mortality in the world: the case for obesity. Am J Med. 2013 Feb 126(2):97-8. PMID: 23331433.
  • Hennekens CH, Drowos JC, Levine RS. Mortality from homicide among young black men: A new American tragedy. Am J Med. 2013 Apr; 126(4):282-3
  • Hennekens CH, Breuer NR, Gelb IJ, Bjorkman DJ, Borer J, Pfeffer M. Emerging clinical challenges in the utilization of statins. Am J Med. 2013 Aug;126(8):663-4. PMID: 23786669.
  • Handelsman Y, LeRoith D, Bloomgarden Z, Dagogo-Jack S, Einhorn D, Garber AJ, Grunberger G, Harrell RM, Gagel RF, Lebovitz H, McGill J, Hennekens CH: Diabetes and Cancer: An AACE Consensus Statement, Endocrinology Practice, 2013;19:675-693.
  • Hennekens CH, DeMets D: Aspirin in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease: The need for individual clinical judgments based on absolute benefits and risks. Nat Rev Cardiol 2014, published online ahead of print
  • Hetzel S, De Mets D, Schneider R, Borzak S, Schneider W, Serebruany W, Schroder H, Hennekens, CH, Aspirin Increases nitric oxide formation in chronic stable coronary disease. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol Ther. 2013 May;18(3):217-21. PMID: 23524841. PMCID: PMC4014131.

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Scholarly Activity

Major Interests

  • Preventive and Internal Medicine: Research, Clinical, Teaching, and Training
  • Epidemiology: Prevention and Treatment of Chronic (especially Cardiovascular and Cancer) and Acute Diseases
  • Study Design: Strengths and Limitations of Descriptive and Analytic Studies (Case-Control, Cohort and Randomized Trials)

Awards and Honors

  • 2015: Member 1913 Society for establishing the George B. Hutchison, MD Scholarship, Harvard School of Public Health
  • 2015: 14 Top Scientist in the World based on H index of 173
  • 2015: Baseball Stadium naming at Queens College
  • 2015: Tennis Court naming at Florida Atlantic University
  • 2014: Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Disease, American College of Chest Physicians
  • 2014: Inductee, Queens College Athletic Hall of Fame (30 of 150,000 graduates and the only inductee in Athletic and Achievement Halls of Fame)
  • 2014: Invited Speaker and Chair of Plenary Session, European Society of Cardiology Meeting, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2013: Fries Prize for Improving Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • 2013: Dean’s Circle for establishing Sir Richard Peto Scholarship, Weill-Cornell Medical College
  • 2012: Founder’s Circle, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University
  • 2012: Ranked #81 in the history of the world for saving 1.1 million lives by Science Heroes
  • 2010: Presidential Citation, Borough President of Brooklyn for distinguished contributions to society
  • 2009: Walter D. Kelly Award for distinguished contributions to mental health
  • 2009: Doctor of the Decade as 3rd most widely cited medical researcher in the world from 1995 to 2005 (5 of top 20 were former fellows and/or trainees) by Science Watch
  • 1997-1998: President, American Epidemiological Society, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1996: Duncan Clark Award for Excellence in Teaching Preventive Medicine, Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine, Washington, DC

Major Committee Assignments

  • 2007-2015: Founding Member, Board of Directors, Florida Public Health Institute and Florida Institute for Health Initiatives
  • 2011-Present: Member, Advisory Board, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University
  • 2012-Present: Honorary Chair, Selection Committee, Queens College Athletics Hall of Fame
  • 2012-Present: Chair, Data Monitoring Committee, AMG 785 Phase 3 trials
  • 2012-2014: Chair, Preventive Medicine Residency Advisory Committee, Palm Beach County Health Department and Nova Southeastern University
  • 2012-2013: Member, Writing Committee, Guidelines for Diabetes and Cancer, American College of Endocrinology/American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
  • 2013-2014: Member, Program Evaluation Committee (PEC) Preventive Residency Program, Palm Beach County Health Department – Nova Southeastern University
  • 2014-Present: Chair or Member of various Search Committees for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, FAU
  • 2014: Member, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) subcommittee presenting at FDA Hearing on Confidentiality of Interim Results in Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Safety Trials
  • 2014-2015: Member, Writing Committee, American College of Endocrinology/American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Consensus Conference on Obesity
  • 2014-2015: Member, Scientific Executive Committee of the International Academy of Cardiology and of the 20th World Congress on Heart Disease
  • 2014-2015: Member, Event Planning Subcommittee, Advisory Board, Charles E. Sch
  • 2014-Present: Member, Conflict of Interest Committee, Division of Research, FAU
  • 2015: Member, Editorial Board, Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
  • 2015-2016: Member, Intercollegiate Athletics Committee (IAC). FAU
  • 2015-2019: Member, Advisory Board, NHLBI Short Course on Strengthening Causal Inferences in Behavioral Obesity Research, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health
  • 2015-Present: Chair of Member of various Data Monitoring Committees for large scale randomized trials
  • 2015-Present: Chair, Promotions and Tenure Committee, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, FAU

Teaching Experience

  • 2015: Invited Speaker, Professor Sir Richard Doll Epidemiological Studies International Consortium Meeting, Oxford, UK
  • 2015: Murray Goldstein Commemorative Lecturer, American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine
  • 2015: Invited Speaker, American Society for Preventive Cardiology
  • 2015: Invited Speaker, Distinguished Lecture Series, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University
  • 2015: Invited Inaugural Speaker, Puerto Rican Society of Cardiology, Fajardo, PR
  • 2014: Invited Speaker, Lifelong Learning Society, Florida Atlantic University
  • 2014: Co-Chair, 13th Annual Symposium on Advance Diabetes Management for Endocrine Fellows, Baylor College of Medicine
  • 2013: Invited Speaker and Chair of Plenary Session, International Congress of Cardiology Meeting, Boston, MA
  • 2011: Invited Speaker, Asian-Pacific Congress of Cardiology, Seoul, Korea
  • 2011-Present: Mentor of various students as well as junior, senior and affiliate faculty of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine as well as other colleges in FAU
  • 2011-2007: Occasional lecturer in various medical school and pre-baccalaureate classes, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, FAU
  • 1980-2000: Faculty, Course Director and Co-Director for Introduction to Preventive Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • 1997: Lewis A. Conner Invited Lecture, American Heart Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA,
  • 1971-2000: Preceptor or guest lecturer in Introductory Epidemiology, Advanced Epidemiology, Introdudctory Biostatistics and Advanced Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health
  • 1980-1985: Course Co-Director, Introductory Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
  • 1980-1992: Faculty, Epidemiologic and Biostatistical Approaches in Clinical Vision Research directed by Carl Kupfer, MD, Director, National Eye Institute

Professional Affiliations

  • 1968: Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners
  • 1968-71: New York Medical License
  • 1971: Massachusetts Medical License (33712)
  • 1972-78: Florida Medical License (19261)
  • 1976: Diplomate, American Board of Preventive Medicine
  • 1976: Fellow, American College of Preventive Medicine (FACPM)
  • 1981: Fellow, American College of Epidemiology (FACE)
  • 1992: Fellow, American College of Angiology (FACA)
  • 1995: Fellow, American College of Cardiology (FACC)
  • 2002-Present: Florida Medical License (ME 84539)

Additional Information
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine offers students a variety of educational programs and degrees.
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road, BC-71
Boca Raton, FL 33431