Lisa Hark, PhD, MBA

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Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Ophthalmic Sciences (in Ophthalmology)

Current Administrative Positions

  • Administrative Director, Jonas Children Vision Care
  • Director, Clinical Trials Unit
Lisa Hark, PhD, MBA

Lisa Hark, PhD, MBA graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and biology and completed a dietetic internship at Emory University School of Medicine. She obtained her Master's of Science degree from the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and a Doctoral degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Dr. Hark graduated from Columbia Business School with a Master in Business Administration (MBA).

Lisa Hark, PhD, MBA is currently Administrative Director of the Jonas Children’s Vision Care Program and Director of the Clinical Trials Unit in the Department of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Hark is also Professor of Ophthalmic Sciences (in Ophthalmology) at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She was formally director of the Department of Research and Director the Glaucoma Research Center at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia from 2009 to 2017. She has extensive experience overseeing research grant development, clinical trials implementation, and assisting faculty, fellows, residents, and medical students with disseminating their research findings.

Dr. Hark graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and biology and completed a dietetic internship at Emory University School of Medicine. She obtained her Master's of Science degree from the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and a Doctoral degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Dr. Hark graduated from Columbia Business School with a Master in Business Administration (MBA).

Dr. Hark is also a renowned medical nutritionist with more than 25 years of experience consulting with medical schools about how to integrate nutrition. She is a leading expert and Editor-in-Chief of the textbook Medical Nutrition and Disease: A Case-Based Approach, now in its 5th edition and used by medical schools as well as physician assistant and dietetic programs in the U.S. and around the world. Dr. Hark is also Editor-in-Chief of The Nurse Practitioner's Guide to Nutrition and Achieving Cultural Competency: A Case-Based Approach to Training Health Professionals (Wiley Publishing) and is the author ofNutrition For LifeandThe Whole Grain Miracle Diet, published by Dorling Kinderslee.

Honors and Awards

Awards, Honors and Membership in Honorary Societies:
1991 American Dietetic Association Bristol Myers/Mead Johnson Scholarship
1992 American Dietetic Association Mary Abbot Hess Past President's Scholarship
1993 American Dietetic Association Frances Fischer Memorial Scholarship
1994 American Dietetic Association ADA Educational Scholarship
1994 American Dietetic Association Kraft General Foods Fellowship
2002 Nutrition Educators of Health Professional Dietetic Practice Group: Excellence in Nutrition Education of Health Professionals Award for Exemplary Nutrition in Medical Education
2005 American Society of Clinical Nutrition: Roland Weinsier Award for Excellence in Medical/Dental Nutrition Education

NIH Grants

  • COORDINATING CENTER FOR COMMUNITY-BASED INTERVENTIONS WITH VULNERABLE POPULATIONS (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2019 - Sep 29 2024

    MANHATTAN VISION SCREENING AND FOLLOW-UP STUDY IN VULNERABLE POPULATIONS (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2019 - Sep 29 2024

    WILLS EYE COMMUNITY INTERVENTION TO IMPROVE GLAUCOMA DETECTION AND FOLLOW-UP CARE (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2017 - Sep 29 2019