Dr. Stefanos Kales


Dr. Kales has participated in a vast range of medical/public health research, advisory and teaching activities on five continents resulting in over 150 publications and is widely recognized nationally and internationally. He serves on the editorial boards of several biomedical journals, is a faculty member in Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine, and Harvard’s Cardiovascular Epidemiology Program which is a multidisciplinary heart disease prevention collaboration.

Dr. Kales has received top academic prizes in the field of occupational medicine, including the 2013 Kehoe Award for Excellence in Education and Research and 2014 Harriet Hardy Award for outstanding scientific contributions to the field. He has also received honors from the International Association of Fire Chiefs and was inducted into the Order of Emperor Dom Pedro II by the Federal Corp of Brazilian Military Firefighters. These awards recognize Dr. Kales’ many significant contributions to better understanding and preventing heart disease in public safety personnel like firefighters. The team’s latest initiative is an ambitious Mediterranean Diet Intervention trial (“feeding America’s Bravest: Survival Mediterranean Style) among Midwestern firefighters which is funded by a $1.5 million grant from the US Department of Homeland Security, which was recently awarded the 2017 Silver Medal for Health Research by the Oleocanthal International Society.