Robert A. Rosati, M.D.
Director-Rice Diet Program
Dr. Robert A. Rosati is the Director of The Rice Diet Program, Associate Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Duke University and is Board Certified in Cardiology and Internal Medicine.
Originally from NYC, he attended Phillips Andover Academy and graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. He attended and interned at Duke Medical School, and joined the faculty in 1971. His early years at Duke were spent developing a medical information system to record the experience of Duke cardiologists with patients undergoing cardiac catheterization or admission to the coronary care unit. Each patient was followed on a regular basis. Using the system, the doctor can say "I''ve got a patient who has this, this and this"; and, the computer system can tell him what has happened to patients similar to his new patient treated either medically or surgically. This system now contains over 5000 patients. Dr. Rosati achieved international recognition for the medical information system, for the standard that he set in clinical research and for his investigations of the effect of aortocoronary bypass surgery on the course of patients with ischemic heart disease.
He has published more than ninety studies in the medical literature and began a training program to teach doctors to do clinical research that continues today. Dr. Rosati was the Director of Duke''s Ischemic Heart Disease Special Center of Research, one of nine multidisciplinary centers funded by the National Heart Institute. He has served as a consultant to the Health Sciences Technology Institute, and has been elected to the prestigious American Society of Clinical Investigation. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr Rosati has successfully worked with thousands of patients at The Rice Diet Program and continues to be the backbone of the Program.
He was made Associate Professor of Medicine in 1977. In 1982, convinced that bypass surgery and angioplasty were not the answer to coronary heart disease, he became Director of DUPAC, Duke''s cardiac rehabilitation program. He was quickly convinced that diet was the key to preventing or reversing heart disease and so began to work with Dr. Walter Kempner in 1983. After ten years under Dr. Kempner''s tutelage, Dr. Rosati has accumulated a vast experience using the Diet in the prevention and treatment of kidney disease, heart disease, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes and obesity. He became Director of the Kempner Clinic and the Rice Diet Program in 1991.