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Christopher R. D'Adamo, PhD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Family & Community Medicine

Secondary Appointment(s):

Epidemiology & Public Health

Administrative Title:

Director of Research, Center for Integrative Medicine; Associate Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM)


520 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 East Hall, Room 204

Phone (Primary):

(410) 706-6165


(410) 706-6210

Education and Training

  • College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, Pre-Med/Mathematics, BA, 1999
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, Epidemiology, PhD, 2010
  • American Council on Exercise, Certified Personal Trainer, 2007


Dr. Chris D’Adamo is an epidemiologist with expertise in the synergistic effects of healthy lifestyle practices on human health and wellness. He received his Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is currently an Assistant Professor with dual appointments in the Center for Integrative Medicine within the Department of Family & Community Medicine as well as in the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health. Dr. D’Adamo serves as the Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine and also holds adjunct faculty position in the Gerontology Doctoral Program of the University of Maryland.

Dr. D’Adamo has served as Principal Investigator on a wide variety of observational and interventional studies of nutrition and other healthy lifestyle modalities.  These studies have included clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of dietary supplements in promoting overall health and wellness, exercise as a treatment for chronic disease, nutrition education, physical activity, and mind-body medicine programs in underserved urban communities, and a large outcomes evaluation conducted across a national practice-based research network of integrative medicine clinics. He has also served as Principal Investigator on observational studies evaluating the relationship between micronutrients and markers of healthy aging as well as cutting-edge studies in the burgeoning field of nutritional genetics.  In summary, Dr. D’Adamo’s experience in nutrition research has cut across the entire lifespan from children to older adults and has extended from the bench, to the bedside, and beyond into community settings and within schools, hospitals, and other institutions of major public health influence.

Dr. D’Adamo has published his findings in peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals including Clinical Nutrition, Nutrition Research, Nutrients, American Journal of Lifestyle MedicineJournal of Nutrition, Aging, and Health, American Journal of Health Promotion, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and American Journal of Preventive Medicine, among many others. His work has also been featured in USA Today, Men’s Health, Natural Health, SHAPE Magazine, Food Network, AARP, Dr. Oz, and many other popular media outlets.  

Research/Clinical Keywords

Nutrition, Nutritional Supplements, Nutrigenomics, Exercise, Mind-body Medicine, Integrative Medicine

Highlighted Publications

D’Adamo, CR., Miller, R., Shardell, M., Orwig, D., Hochberg, M., Ferrucci, L., Semba, R., Yu-Yahiro, J., Streeten, E., Magaziner, J., Hicks, G. (2012). Higher Serum Concentrations of Dietary Antioxidants are Associated with Lower Levels of Inflammatory Biomarkers during the Year after Hip Fracture. Clinical Nutrition 31(5):659-65.

D’Adamo, CR., Sahin, A. (2014). Soy Foods and Supplementation: A Review of Common Perceived Health Benefits and Risks. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine 20S 1:39-51.

Ranke T., St. George DM., Mitchell L., D’Adamo CR. (2014). Evaluation of the Balanced Menus Challenge: a healthy food and sustainability program in hospitals in Maryland. Public Health Nutrition Dec 29:1-9.

D’Adamo CR., McArdle PF., Balick L., Peisach E., Ferguson T., Diehl A., Bowden B., Pierce B., Berman BM. (2016). Spice MyPlate: Nutrition Education focusing upon Spices and Herbs May Improve Diet Quality and Attitudes among Urban High School Students. American Journal of Health Promotion 30(5) 346-356.

D’Adamo CR., D’Urso A., Ryan KA., Yerges-Armstrong LM., Semba RD., Steinle NI., Mitchell BD., Shuldiner AR., McArdle PF. (2016). A common variant in the SETD7 gene predicts serum lycopene concentrations. Nutrients 8(82).

D’Adamo CR, Parker EA, McArdle PF, Trilling A, Bowden B, Bahr-Robertson MK, Keller KL, Berman BM (2020). The addition of spices and herbs to vegetables in the National School Lunch Program increased vegetable intake at an urban, economically-underserved, and predominantly African-American high school. Food Quality and Preference 88:104076.

Previous Positions

  • Research Analyst, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), 2007-2010
  • Healthcare Management Consultant, Yaffe & Company, Inc., 1999-2005