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About Bradley Willcox MD

Bradley J. Willcox MD, MSc, FGSA is Professor and Director of Research at the Department of Geriatric Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, at the Kuakini Medical Center (KMC) Campus. He also is Director of the NIH-funded Kuakini HHP Center of Biomedical Research Excellence for Clinical and Translational Research on Aging, Principal Investigator of the KMC Hawaii Lifespan Study and KMC Hawaii Healthspan Study, and co-Principal Investigator of the Okinawa Centenarian Study. Dr. Willcox trained in Medicine at the University of Toronto, Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, and Geriatric Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is Board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. 

Dr. Willcox is internationally recognized for his work on the genetic, environmental and clinical aspects of healthy aging, lifespan and healthspan. This includes work on the health implications of nutrition, dietary factors, functional foods, inflammaging, COVID-19, and bioactive compounds that may influence human healthspan. He is a frequent reviewer for major medical journals and is on the Editorial Board of the Journals of Gerontology, the leading gerontological journal. Dr. Willcox was also appointed to the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) for the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA), which reviews all intramural NIA research programs. 

Dr. Willcox is on the scientific advisory board of several leading research institutes, health care and Fortune 500 companies that perform cutting edge research and create novel interventions and products to optimize human healthspan. He has been recognized with a Dorothy Dillon Eweson Award for Advances in Aging Research, the Henry Christian Award from the American Federation for Medical Research, and a Director’s Citation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, among other honors. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a four-time nominee for Outstanding Physician of the Year at The Queen’s Medical Center. His work has appeared in major medical journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, among several hundred scientific publications. Dr. Willcox is also an author of a NY Times best-selling book on healthy aging, a frequent invited speaker, media commentator, and expert witness. His work has appeared in cover articles of Time Magazine, National Geographic, and on Oprah, Good Morning America, NOVA Science, BBC, among other media.


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