- Russell V. Luepker, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Luepker's research has focused on the area of cardiovascular disease, epidemiology and prevention. Much of his effort has been in community-based surveillance of cardiovascular disease, including hypertension and stroke. Dr. Luepker was Head of the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health from 1991-2004. Dr. Luepker chairs the Child and Adolescent Trial for Cardiovascular Health (CATCH) Steering Committee, the Rapid Early Action for Coronary Treatment Steering Committee (REACT), and chairs the NHLBI advisory boards of the Honolulu Heart Study and the Framingham Study. Dr. Luepker is also a member of the National Cholesterol Education Program, ATP III Committee and the American Heart Association He is the treasurer and membership coordinator of the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention of the World Heart Federation. Dr. Luepker is on the Defense Health Board. He chairs the Advisory Committees for the Framingham and Honolulu Heart Studies. He has also worked in community approaches to disease prevention. He served as Principal Investigator of the Minnesota Heart Health Program, a community-wide effort to reduce cardiovascular risk. This included work with the general population, high-risk groups and youth, along with a focus on screening as a method for detection and education of high-risk and average-risk individuals. Dr. Luepker is Director of Graduate Studies in Clinical Research and Program Director of the K12 CAPS program.