Robert Huizenga,an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at UCLA, is the author of multiple scientific abstracts and papers on the aggressive non-surgical approach to obesity he has championed over the last 14 seasons of The Biggest Loseras well as the former LA Raiders team physician whose groundbreaking first book Oliver Stone adapted for the film Any Given Sunday.
Huizenga grew up in Rochester, New York, and was valedictorian and all-county football, wrestling and track at Penfield High. At the University of Michigan, he was honors math and biology and an NCAA All-American wrestler. While at Harvard Medical School, he was an immunology major and all-star rugby player. He did his medical residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, focusing on internal medicine and sports medicine, and was appointed Chief Medical Resident, following which he entered a pulmonary fellowship before leaving to serve as a team physician from 1983 to 1990 for the Los Angeles Raiders as well as to be the national medical correspondent for Breakaway (FOX) and later for The Home Show (ABC).
After serving for eight years as LA Raiders team physician and four years as president and president- elect for the NFL Physician's Society, he wrote You’re OK, It’s Just a Bruise—A Doctor’s Sideline Secrets about Pro-Football’s Most Outrageous Team, which provoked a national debate on anabolic steroids and other ergogenic (sport enhancing) aids over a decade before the senate “steroid” hearings. He continues to be active in the world of professional sports, being called in 2009 as an expert witness by the House Judiciary Committee looking into catastrophic brain injuries in football players. Huizenga has repeatedly been interviewed as a health expert on CBS, NBC and ABC Evening News, Nightline and Larry King Live as well in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and other national print media. He has also been called as a medical expert in multiple high profile legal cases including both the criminal and civil OJ Simpson trials. He has recurring roles as writer, correspondent and advisor on numerous TV shows and movies including most recently The Biggest Loser, Extreme Makeover, Work Out, American Gladiators, Student Body, Dance Your Ass Off, Fourth and Long, Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best, Dale Con Ganas and Into the Wild. Past consulting jobs include Trapper John, M.D., Nurses, Empty Nest and House of God.
In 2008 Dr. Rob Huizenga authoredWhere Did All the Fat Go? The Wow! Prescription to Reach Your Ideal Weight and Stay There, about his radical exercise-centric obesity treatment based on knowledge gained working with pro athletes and over 400 morbidly obeseBiggest Loserapplicants. His results have been documented weekly over fourteen TV seasons in front of tens of millions of viewers in over 60 countries as well as in over a dozen scientific articles or abstracts. Huizenga teaches and lectures thru out the country while continuing to maintain a busy private medical practice in Beverly Hills, California.
Huizenga has deep sports and science-writer roots; his father, John Robert Huizenga, was an all-star basketball and baseball player before serving as a member of the Manhattan Project and later receiving the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award (the US Nobel prize) for nuclear physics for his nuclear fusion research including the co-discovery of Einsteinium and Fermium, element numbers 99 and 100.