Dr. Benjamin Caballero


Professor of International Health and of Maternal and Child Health (Bloomberg School of Public Health), and Professor of Pediatrics (School of Medicine) at Johns Hopkins University.


Dr. Caballero is Professor of International Health and of Maternal and Child Health (Bloomberg School of Public Health), and Professor of Pediatrics (School of Medicine) at Johns Hopkins University.
He has over 20 years of experience as a scholar, researcher and leader in the area of child health and nutrition. He obtained his MD from the University of Buenos Aires and his PhD (in neuroendocrine regulation) from MIT, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He started his career as assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and director of the Nutrition Unit of Boston Children's Hospital, and subsequently
became the founding director of the Center for Human Nutrition at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore. He was also director of the Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity, an international research and training center aimed at reducing the burden of obesity worldwide.
Dr. Caballero is a recognized expert on the nutritional needs of children and adults, and on nutrient requirements in undernourished populations. For the past 15 years, he has focused on the problem of childhood obesity in the US and in developing countries, and explored the impact of dietary transition and globalization on health indicators. He is an active participant in key domestic and international scientific committees related to diet and health, including the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) Committee, the Expert Panel on Macronutrient Requirements, and the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.
He was a member of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee, and of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and is currently on the board of directors of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) in Washington, the Nevin
Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation (INF) in Boston, and the Nestle Foundation in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is also a member of the Spanish Academy of Nutritional Sciences.
Dr. Caballero is the author of over 200 scientific publications. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Food Sciences and Nutrition, a 10-volume work on food production, consumption and biological effects. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition, which received the Book of the Year Award from the British Medical Association.
His Guide to Dietary Supplements summarizes the current scientific basis for the use of mineral and vitamin supplements. His book The Nutrition Transition: Diet and Disease in the Developing World explored the impact of demographic and economic development on diet- and
lifestyle-related diseases in developing countries. His book Obesity in China summarizes research conducted in rural and urban China to track the impact of socioeconomic development on health outcomes. He is also co-editor of a widely used textbook on human nutrition, Modern
Nutrition in Health and Disease, currently in its 11th edition.
Recent awards include the Mataix Prize for lifetime achievements in nutrition science (Spain), the Ancel Keys Prize for achievements in international public health, and the Thompson-Beaudette Lectureship from Rutgers University.