Nicholas A. Christakis Biography
Nicholas A. Christakis is a Greek-American physician and sociologist. He is best known for his research on social media networks and on the socioeconomic, evolutionary determinants of behavior, longevity, biosocial, and health. He directs the Human Nature Lab at Yale University, where he is the Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science.
Nicholas A. Christakis Age
He was born on May 7, 1962, in the United State.
Nicholas A. Christakis Spouse | Kids
He is married to Erika Christakis and together they have four children; Nicholas A. Christakis, Sebastian Christakis, Eleni Christakis, and Lysander Christakis.
Nicholas A. Christakis Education
In 1984, he earned a B.S. degree in biology from Yale University where he won the Russell Henry Chittenden prize. In 1989, he graduated with an M.P.H. degree from the Havard School of Public Health and an M.D. degree from Havard Medical School, winning the Bowdoin Prize on graduation.
He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. In 1993, he was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. In 1995, he received a Ph.D. degree in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Nicholas A. Christakis Career
He started as an Assistant Professor with joint appointments in Departments of Sociology and Medicine at the University of Chicago in 1995. He was awarded tenure in both Sociology and Medicine in 2001. He was the professor of Medical Sociology in the Department of Health Care Policy and a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences; and an Attending Physician at the Harvard-affiliated Mt. Auburn Hospital until July 2013.
He moved to Yale University in 2013, where he is a Professor of Social and Natural Science in the Department of Sociology, with additional appointments in the Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Statistics and Data Science; Biomedical Engineering; Medicine; and in the School of Management. Until 2018, he served as the Sol Goldman Family Professor of Social and Natural Science. He was appointed as a Sterling Professor, the highest honor bestowed on Yale faculty.
Together with his wife Erika Christakis, they were Co-Masters of Pforzheimer House, one of Harvard’s twelve residential houses from 2009-2013.
Nicholas A. Christakis Physician
He has practiced as a home hospice physician and in consultative palliative medicine. From 1995-2001, he took care of indigent, home-bound, dying patients in the South Side of Chicago while at the University of Chicago. He also translated research results into national policy changes with respect to end-of-life care in the USA.
He worked as an attending physician on the Palliative Medicine Consult Service at Massachusetts General Hospital from 2002-2006.
Books he has written
In 2019, his third book Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society is planned to be launched. In September 2009, his second book Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives appeared and was co-authored by James Fowler. It has been translated into 20 different languages and was awarded the “Books for a Better Life” Award in 2009.
In 1999, his first book Death Foretold: Prophecy and Prognosis in Medical Care was published by the University of Chicago Press. He has also co-edited two clinical textbooks on end-of-life care, published by Oxford University Press.
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