Michael M. Meguid

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Michael M. Meguid
Michael M. Meguid, M.D., Ph.D.
Born(1944-05-14)May 14, 1944
Alma materUniversity of London (M.D., 1968), Harvard Medical School (1972) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D., 1981)
Known for
  • Co-founder Breast Surgery Program, Upstate Medical University
  • Editor-in-Chief, Nutrition: The International Journal of Applied and Basic Nutrition Sciences[1]
  • Recipient of American Medical Association, Joseph B. Goldberger Award in Clinical Nutrition[2] (1997)
  • Elected Fellow, International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (1997)
  • Elected Fellow 2010 European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) [3]
Scientific career
Fieldsobesity, neuroscience, nutrition, biochemistry
InstitutionsUpstate Medical University, The State University of New York (SUNY)

Michael M. Meguid [4] is Professor of Surgery Emeritus at Upstate Medical University[5] (The State University of New York), Syracuse, New York.


Born in Egypt, Michael Marwan Meguid spent his childhood in Egypt, Germany, and then England. There he attended University College London (UCL) and University College Hospital Medical School, graduating with his MB BS degree in 1968. For the next two years he was an Anatomy Professor at UCL, while he successfully completed Part 1 of the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS), London qualification. From 1970 until 1976 he did his Surgical Residency at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Children's Hospital; the Joslin Clinic, Harvard Medical School; and at Boston University Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. It was at Boston University Hospital (now Boston Medical Center)[6] that he began his surgical career in Surgical Oncology and Clinical Nutrition, as Assistant Professor. Concomitantly, from 1978 until 1982 he was a graduate student in the Department of Human Nutrition, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, earning a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry.

Over the next five years (1979–1984) he was Associate Surgeon at City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, California; UCLA Medical School; and the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. He was founder and director of the Department of Nutrition, in the Division of Surgery, at the City of Hope. From there he was recruited to a tenured professor position at the Department of Surgery, University Hospital, Upstate Medical University, and the Syracuse VA Hospital, New York. He was Professor of Surgery; Vice-Chair for Surgical Research; Director of Surgical Metabolism and Nutrition Laboratory, Neuroscience-Physiology Graduate Program (NIH and NGO funded continuously from 1983 through 2011), where he trained 47 graduate students and fellows, as well as 6 PhD defenses; and Director of Nutritional Support Services at both hospitals. He was also the director of the Institutional Review Board at Syracuse VA Medical Center. He started in 1983 "Nutrition: The International Journal of Applied and Basic Nutritional Sciences"[7]


Nutrition scientific misconduct case[edit]

In 2005, Meguid, as Editor-in-Chief of Nutrition, retracted a paper by Ranjit Kumar Chandra titled "Effect of vitamin and trace-element supplementation on cognitive function in elderly subjects".[12] Chandra filed suit and a decade of discussion about scientific misconduct followed, with the Chandra case being mentioned in 90-plus articles. In 2015 Chandra was found guilty of misconduct.[citation needed] The Lancet then retracted the study they had published in 1992.[citation needed]

In 2015, the case was finally brought to a close in Meguid's favor, and made public in the October 2015 British Medical Journal article 'Ranjit Chandra: how reputation bamboozled the scientific community'. In January 2016, The Lancet published a retraction of the paper, 'Effect of vitamin and trace-element supplementation on immune responses and infection in elderly subjects', that Meguid had originally questioned.[13]

Literary publications[edit]

  • The Interview. The Bennington Review June 2012, pp. 99–104.[14]
  • My First Appendectomy. Stone Canoe: The Journal of Arts, Literature, and Social Commentary, Number 6, pp. 323–337.[15]
  • The LeRoy Catastrophe: A Story of Death, Determination, and the Importance of Nutrition in Medicine. Columbia Medical Review.[16]
  • The Colors of Pride, Hektoen International Journal of Medical Humanities, Summer 2016.[17]
  • The Assignment. Marco Island Writers Anthology Vol III (2016), pp. 168–176.[18]
  • It Takes a Team. Hektoen International Journal of Medical Humanities, Summer 2016.[19]
  • Malnourished Patients Fall Through the Cracks in America’s Hospitals. Malnutrition Deeply, April 4, 2018[20]


  1. ^ Nutrition. Elsevier. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  2. ^ a b "AMA - About the American Medical Association (AMA) Awards Program". Ama-assn.org. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  3. ^ a b "The European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism". ESPEN. 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  4. ^ Meguid, Michael. "Michael Meguid:Surgery:SUNY Upstate Medical University". Upstate.edu. Upstate.edu. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "SUNY Upstate Medical University". Upstate.edu. 2011-01-20. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  6. ^ "Boston Medical Center | Boston Hospital, Academic Medical Center | Exceptional Care without Exception". Bmc.org. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  7. ^ "Nutrition: The International Journal of Applied and Basic Nutritional Sciences". Elsevier. ISSN 0899-9007. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  8. ^ "International Behavioral Neuroscience Society". Ibnshomepage.org. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  9. ^ &Na (2009). "Editorial introductions". Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. 12 (4): x–xii. doi:10.1097/MCO.0b013e32832d3ed6.
  10. ^ "NAASO's Newsletter". Obesity. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  11. ^ "ACS FOUNDATION | Surgery in the 21st Century". Facs.org. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  12. ^ Shenkin, S. D.; Whiteman, M. C.; Pattie, A.; Deary, I. J. (2002). "Supplementation and the elderly: Dramatic results?". Nutrition. 18 (4): 364, discussion 364–5. doi:10.1016/s0899-9007(02)00768-2. PMID 11934559.
  13. ^ The Editors Of The Lancet (2016). "Retraction—Effect of vitamin and trace-element supplementation on immune responses and infection in elderly subjects". The Lancet. 387 (10017): 417. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(16)00166-5. PMID 26869554. S2CID 6310868. {{cite journal}}: |last1= has generic name (help)
  14. ^ Meguid, Michael (June 2012). "The Interview". The Bennington Review: 99–104.
  15. ^ Meguid, Michael. "My First Appendectomy". The Journal of Arts, Literature, and Social Commentary. Number 6: 323–337.
  16. ^ Meguid, Michael (2015). "The LeRoy catastrophe: A story of death, determination, and the importance of nutrition in medicine". Columbia Medical Review. doi:10.7916/D8D50M2T. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  17. ^ "The Colors of Pride". Hektoen International Journal of Medical Humanities. 2008. OCLC 621429987.
  18. ^ Meguid, Michael (2016). "The Assignment". Marco Island Writers Anthology. III: 168–176.
  19. ^ "It Takes a Team". Hektoen International Journal of Medical Humanities. 2008. OCLC 621429987.
  20. ^ Meguid, Michael (April 4, 2018). "Malnourished Patients Fall Through the Cracks in America's Hospitals". Malnutrition Deeply. Retrieved February 1, 2019.