Dr Phil Nader, Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, University of California San Diego (BA Wooster College, MD University of Rochester) was a Behavioral Pediatrician who had been engaged in research in health behavior (nutrition and activity) and the influence of families, schools, and communities on child health since the early 1970’s. He was recruited to UCSD in 1982 as Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics, which included Primary Care, General In Patient Pediatrics, Newborn Nursery, Behavioral-Developmental, and the Child and Family Health Studies, focused in the community. He became the founding Chief of the Division of Community Pediatrics in 1995. The Behavioral Developmental and the Community Pediatrics rotations were developed with his leadership, based upon the long-standing Primary Care Residency Track, which received national teaching awards, and a major Dyson grant emphasizing Community Health. This was eventually blended into the existing residency program.
He had led and participated in several multi-disciplinary research teams examining both longitudinal descriptive and randomized population-based interventions regarding activity and nutrition. He was PI of three long term longitudinal NIH research programs, the Family Health Project, the San Diego Studies of Child Nutrition and Activity, and the CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) studies of a national elementary school based nutrition and activity intervention. He participated as an Investigator in the NICHD Study of Child Care and Youth Development, focusing on BMI growth and physical activity. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University Institute for Communication Research, a Fogarty International Fellow, and a UC Investigator on Pacific Rim Indigenous Health. He continued his active community role in San Diego as a Senior Consultant to the San Diego County Obesity Initiative. Recently (in 2010), he had published a new book for parents: “You Can Prevent Childhood Obesity, Practical Ideas from Pregnancy to Adolescence”. This has been culturally adapted for Spanish speakers in Southern California, and is further developed into a facilitated curriculum, “Health A Legacy For Our Children” ,”Un Legado de Salud”, to assist communities to implement place-based, systems-oriented, multi-level, multi-component interventions to prevent childhood obesity.