Over the last 30 years, Dr. Fraser has been awarded a number of American Heart Association and National Institutes of Health research grants, with a broad focus on diet, exercise, lipids, heart disease, and cancer. At present, he is principal investigator of Adventist Health Study-2, a long-term study that is exploring associations between diet and risk of breast, colon, and prostate cancer and mortality amongst 96,000 Seventh-day Adventists in the U.S. and Canada. About half of U.S. Adventists are vegetarian, and one research focus is the study of the health experience of Adventist vegetarians.
Gary Fraser received his medical degree from the University of Otago, New Zealand (NZ), in 1969. Following medical residency he was recognized as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He completed his PhD in 1970 with the dissertation title, “An epidemiologic study of acute myocardial infarction and sudden death in Auckland.” In 1977, while recipient of the NZ Medical Research Council and NZ National Heart Foundation Fellowships, he spent two years at the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene, University of Minnesota, receiving an MPH degree in 1979. He became board certified in California in internal medicine in 1981 and in cardiovascular medicine in 1983. Dr. Fraser presently has a faculty appointment at Loma Linda University as a professor of medicine at the School of Medicine and as a professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health. In 2012 he became Associate Dean for Research at the School of Public Health. Dr. Fraser also has a part-time practice in cardiology.
Dr. Fraser is author/coauthor of more than 175 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, and author of two books: "Preventive Cardiology" (1986) and "Diet, Life Expectancy, and Chronic Disease: Studies of Seventh-day Adventists and other vegetarians" (2003), both Oxford University Press.