Established in 2004 in honor of George G. Graham through commitments made by various donors

GEORGE G. GRAHAM was one of the giants of public health and a pioneer in the field of infant and childhood nutrition. A pediatrician by training, he was the first director of the Division of Human Nutrition (now called the Center for Human Nutrition) at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Dr. Graham also held a joint appointment in pediatrics at the School of Medicine. His research focused on prevention and treatment of malnutrition in children and the digestibility and nutritional quality of staple foods. During his tenure at the School of Public Health, which began in 1985 until his retirement in 2001, he was a valued teacher whose masters and doctoral students advanced to prominent positions in academia, industry, and government. He also carried out meticulous clinical and metabolic nutrition research that even today remains highly relevant in meeting modern nutritional challenges. Dr. Graham died in 2007.


KEITH P. WEST JR., SPH 1979, 1986 (DrPH), the inaugural George G. Graham Professor of Infant and Child Nutrition, has worked extensively in Southern Asia and Africa, defining the extent, severity and consequences of vitamin A deficiency. An associate professor of ophthalmology and international health at the Wilmer Eye Institue, he co-authored the book Vitamin A Deficiency: Health, Survival, and Vision, with Alfred Sommer. At present, he directs a large collaborative research project in maternal and child micronutrient deficiency prevention in northern Bangladesh.