Stephen Devries

Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutrition, Department of Nutrition, T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Stephen Devries, MD is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutrition in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he teaches the course Integrating Nutrition into Clinical Practice: The Role of Health Professionals as Change Agents.

A preventive cardiologist, Dr. Devries is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Gaples Institute, an educational nonprofit with the mission of advancing the role of nutrition and lifestyle in medicine.

Dr. Devries is the co-leader, along with Dr. Walter Willett, of the Nutrition Education Working Group, which meets regularly at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for the purpose of exploring ways to strengthen nutrition education in all levels of medical training. To date, the group has successfully impacted the nutrition content on board exams as well as the adoption of a U.S. House Resolution that highlights the urgency to remedy the current deficiency of physician nutrition education.

In his primary role as Executive Director of the nonprofit Gaples Institute, Dr. Devries is the course director for a condensed online nutrition course ( that is now required in the curriculum of leading medical schools and residency programs. The course has been taken by over 4,000 students and clinicians.

Dr. Devries has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles on nutrition education in medicine and has written the chapter on integrative cardiology for the last three editions of Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine. He also co-edited the Oxford University textbook Integrative Cardiology.

Dr. Devries has lectured on nutrition and lifestyle in medical care in venues from Thailand to the Royal Society of Medicine in London, and his work has been featured on PBS and NPR.