Michael F. Holick, MD, PhD

Professor, Medicine

Michael Holick
(617) 638-4546
85 E. Newton St Fuller Building

Biography

Dr. Holick has made numerous contributions to the field of the biochemistry, physiology, metabolism, and photobiology of vitamin D for human nutrition. Dr. Holick has established global recommendations advising sunlight exposure as an integral source of vitamin D. He has helped increase awareness in the pediatric and medical communities regarding vitamin D deficiency pandemic, and its role in causing not only metabolic bone disease, and osteoporosis in adults, but increasing risk of children and adults developing preeclampsia, common deadly cancers, schizophrenia, infectious diseases including TB and influenza, autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis, type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

Dr. Holick is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Association of Physicians. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the General Clinical Research Centers Program Award for Excellence in Clinical Research from NIH, American College of Nutrition’s Communication Media Award, Best Docs in America, the Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Award from the Institute for Functional Medicine and the Linus Pauling Prize for Human Nutrition. Dr. Holick serves on a number of national committees and editorial boards and has organized and/or co-chaired several international symposia. He served as the chair for the Endocrine Society’s Practice Guidelines on Vitamin D. He has authored more than 400 peer-reviewed publications, and written more than 200 review articles, as well as numerous book chapters. He has acted as editor and/or co-editor on 13 books, and has written The UV Advantage in 2004 and The Vitamin D Solution in 2010 and helped develop the dminder.info app.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Physiology & Biophysics, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Director, General Clinical Research Unit, Boston University Medical Campus
  • Director, Bone Health Care Clinic, Boston Medical Center
  • Director of the Vitamin D, Skin and Bone Research Laboratory, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Nutrition, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Mentor for Graduate Medical Students, Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
  • Active Staff Privileges, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Nutrition, Medicine, Boston Medical Center

Education

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, MD
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, MS
  • Seton Hall University, BS

Publications

  • Published on 11/1/2017

    Annweiler C, Kabeshova A, Callens A, Paty ML, Duval GT, Holick MF. Self-administered Vitamin D Status Predictor: Older adults are able to use a self-questionnaire for evaluating their vitamin D status. PLoS One. 2017; 12(11):e0186578. PMID: 29091930.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/20/2017

    Berger SE, Van Rompay MI, Gordon CM, Goodman E, Eliasziw M, Holick MF, Sacheck JM. Investigation of the 3-epi-25(OH)D3 of 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 in urban schoolchildren. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2017 Oct 20. PMID: 29053944.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/27/2017

    Sacheck JM, Van Rompay MI, Chomitz VR, Economos CD, Eliasziw M, Goodman E, Gordon CM, Holick MF. Impact of Three Doses of Vitamin D3 on Serum 25(OH)D Deficiency and Insufficiency in At-Risk Schoolchildren. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2017 Sep 27. PMID: 29029097.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/20/2017

    Holick MF. Reply to Whiteman et al.: In-Deed wise to get some sensible sun exposure. Br J Dermatol. 2017 10; 177(4):1136-1137. PMID: 28605014.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/13/2017

    Kalajian TA, Aldoukhi A, Veronikis AJ, Persons K, Holick MF. Ultraviolet B Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) Are More Efficient and Effective in Producing Vitamin D3 in Human Skin Compared to Natural Sunlight. Sci Rep. 2017 Sep 13; 7(1):11489. PMID: 28904394.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/14/2017

    Cunha Figueiredo AC, Trujillo J, Freitas-Vilela AA, Franco-Sena AB, Rebelo F, Cunha GM, de Castro MBT, Farnum A, Mokhtar RR, Holick MF, Kac G. Association between plasma concentrations of vitamin D metabolites and depressive symptoms throughout pregnancy in a prospective cohort of Brazilian women. J Psychiatr Res. 2017 Dec; 95:1-8. PMID: 28755554.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/1/2017

    Holick MF. The vitamin D deficiency pandemic: Approaches for diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Rev Endocr Metab Disord. 2017 Jun; 18(2):153-165. PMID: 28516265.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/24/2017

    Khalid AT, Moore CG, Hall C, Olabopo F, Rozario NL, Holick MF, Greenspan SL, Rajakumar K. Utility of sun-reactive skin typing and melanin index for discerning vitamin D deficiency. Pediatr Res. 2017 Sep; 82(3):444-451. PMID: 28467404.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/8/2017

    Ganmaa D, Stuart JJ, Sumberzul N, Ninjin B, Giovannucci E, Kleinman K, Holick MF, Willett WC, Frazier LA, Rich-Edwards JW. Vitamin D supplementation and growth in urban Mongol school children: Results from two randomized clinical trials. PLoS One. 2017; 12(5):e0175237. PMID: 28481882.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 4/19/2017

    Holick MF, Hossein-Nezhad A. The D-lemma: narrow-band UV type B radiation versus vitamin D supplementation versus sunlight for cardiovascular and immune health. Am J Clin Nutr. 2017 May; 105(5):1031-1032. PMID: 28424191.

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