Dr. Frank Gillum is Professor of Medicine at the Howard University School of Medicine. After training in internal medicine/cardiology and serving a research fellowship at Harvard University Medical School, Dr. Gillum pursued a career in cardiovascular epidemiology research at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and continued this research at the University of Minnesota. A board-certified cardiologist, he served also as Attending Physician at the University of Minnesota Hospital. Since 1984, he has served as Special Assistant for Cardiovascular Epidemiology at the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Epidemiology, and American Heart Association Epidemiology Council. He has published over 200 articles on the epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases and related topics in scientific journals, co-authored a World Health Organization textbook, Cardiovascular Survey Methods, and edited a monograph, Stroke in Blacks. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals. His major research interests and activities include the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular diseases, the influence of religion on health, and prevention of cardiovascular diseases in minority populations. Dr. Gillum serves in a number of programs combating hunger, homelessness, youth violence, and disease.