Caroline M. Apovian, MD

Professor, Medicine

Caroline Apovian
617.638.8556
720 Harrison Avenue, Suite 8100

Biography

Caroline M. Apovian, MD, FACP, FTOS, DABOM is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics in the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition and Weight Management at Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA. She is also Director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center and the Fellowship Program in Obesity Medicine and Nutrition at Boston Medical Center (BMC). For over thirty years, Dr. Apovian has held a position at the forefront of the obesity and nutrition fields. One of the world’s premier weight loss experts, she has distinguished herself as a leading researcher, healthcare provider, teacher, and New York Times bestselling author.

Under Dr. Apovian’s direction, the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at BMC has specialized in the assessment and treatment of obesity and its comorbidities with a focus on underserved populations, as the Center sees a diverse ethnic population. Nationally, she is one of the founding creators of the American Board of Obesity Medicine which provides certification and recognition for physicians who have specialized knowledge and training in the practice of obesity medicine.

Her current research interests are weight change and its effects on adipose tissue metabolism and inflammation, obesity and cardiovascular disease, resolution of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the bariatric surgery population, disparities in the treatment of obesity in underserved populations, and novel pharmacotherapeutic agents for the treatment of obesity. She is also an expert in sampling subcutaneous adipose tissue and muscle tissue in humans and has been studying the relationship between adipose tissue inflammation and obesity for over 15 years.

Dr. Apovian has published over ten books and over 200 peer-reviewed original research and review articles on obesity and nutrition. Dr. Apovian was a member of the expert panel for updating the 2013 AHA/ACC/TOS Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, published in the Circulation and Obesity journals and was the Chair of the Endocrine Society Guidelines for Medical Treatment of Obesity published in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism in 2015. She is a former Nutrition Consultant for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Dr. Apovian has given over 150 invited lectures nationally and internationally and currently serves as Immediate Past-President of The Obesity Society (2017-2018). She has been an active member of The Obesity Society since 1994 and was Secretary/Treasurer from 2005-2009 and President from 2017-2018. She is also Co-Director of the Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine and Co-Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored Boston Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (BNORC).

Other Positions

  • Professor, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences
  • Active Staff Privileges, Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition & Weight Management, Medicine, Boston Medical Center

Education

  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, MD
  • Barnard College, BA

Publications

  • Published on 11/4/2019

    Mechanick JI, Apovian C, Brethauer S, Garvey WT, Joffe AM, Kim J, Kushner RF, Lindquist R, Pessah-Pollack R, Seger J, Urman R, Adams S, Cleek JB, Correa R, Figaro MK, Flanders K, Grams J, Hurley DL, Kothari S, Seger MV, Still CD. CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR THE PERIOPERATIVE NUTRITION, METABOLIC, AND NONSURGICAL SUPPORT OF PATIENTS UNDERGOING BARIATRIC PROCEDURES - 2019 UPDATE: COSPONSORED BY AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGISTS/AMERICAN COLLEGE OF ENDOCRINOLOGY, THE OBESITY SOCIETY, AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR METABOLIC & BARIATRIC SURGERY, OBESITY MEDICINE ASSOCIATION, AND AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ANESTHESIOLOGISTS. Endocr Pract. 2019 Nov 04. PMID: 31682518.

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  • Published on 10/2/2019

    Srivastava G, Apovian CM. Clinical Challenge: Patient With Severe Obesity BMI 46 kg/m2. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2019; 10:635. PMID: 31632343.

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  • Published on 9/28/2019

    Jafarzadeh SR, Neogi T, Stefanik JJ, Li JS, Guermazi A, Apovian CM, Felson DT. Mediating role of bone marrow lesion, synovitis, pain sensitization, and depressive symptoms on knee pain improvement following substantial weight loss. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2019 Sep 28. PMID: 31562683.

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  • Published on 8/1/2019

    Nicholas DA, Proctor EA, Agrawal M, Belkina AC, Van Nostrand SC, Panneerseelan-Bharath L, Jones AR, Raval F, Ip BC, Zhu M, Cacicedo JM, Habib C, Sainz-Rueda N, Persky L, Sullivan PG, Corkey BE, Apovian CM, Kern PA, Lauffenburger DA, Nikolajczyk BS. Fatty Acid Metabolites Combine with Reduced ß Oxidation to Activate Th17 Inflammation in Human Type 2 Diabetes. Cell Metab. 2019 Sep 03; 30(3):447-461.e5. PMID: 31378464.

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  • Published on 7/24/2019

    Thomas DD, Corkey BE, Istfan NW, Apovian CM. Hyperinsulinemia: An Early Indicator of Metabolic Dysfunction. J Endocr Soc. 2019 Sep 01; 3(9):1727-1747. PMID: 31528832.

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  • Published on 7/2/2019

    Godfrey C, Bremer A, Alba D, Apovian C, Koethe JR, Koliwad S, Lewis D, Lo J, McComsey GA, Eckard A, Srinivasa S, Trevillyan J, Palmer C, Grinspoon S. Obesity and Fat Metabolism in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Individuals: Immunopathogenic Mechanisms and Clinical Implications. J Infect Dis. 2019 Jul 02; 220(3):420-431. PMID: 30893434.

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  • Published on 6/1/2019

    Karki S, Farb MG, Sharma VM, Jash S, Zizza EJ, Hess DT, Carmine B, Carter CO, Pernar LI, Apovian CM, Puri V, Gokce N. Fat-Specific Protein 27 Regulation of Vascular Function in Human Obesity. J Am Heart Assoc. 2019 Jun 04; 8(11):e011431. PMID: 31433737.

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  • Published on 5/13/2019

    Greenway FL, Aronne LJ, Raben A, Astrup A, Apovian CM, Hill JO, Kaplan LM, Fujioka K, Matejkova E, Svacina S, Luzi L, Gnessi L, Navas-Carretero S, Martinez JA, Still CD, Sannino A, Saponaro C, Demitri C, Urban LE, Leider H, Chiquette E, Ron ES, Zohar Y, Heshmati HM. Erratum: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of Gelesis100: A Novel Nonsystemic Oral Hydrogel for Weight Loss. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2019 Jul; 27(7):1210. PMID: 31231960.

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  • Published on 5/2/2019

    Thompson CC, Abu Dayyeh BK, Kushnir V, Kushner RF, Jirapinyo P, Schorr AB, Aronne LJ, Amaro A, Jaffe DL, Schulman AR, Early D, Stein AC, Sharaiha R, Edmundowicz SA, Bohning JM, Jensen MD, Shukla AP, Apovian C, Kim DW, Tran D, Zarrinpar A, Ryan MB, Young M, Lowe A, Haas M, Goldsmith H, McCrea J, Sullivan S. Aspiration therapy for the treatment of obesity: 4-year results of a multicenter randomized controlled trial. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2019 Aug; 15(8):1348-1354. PMID: 31302000.

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  • Published on 5/1/2019

    Wee CC, Fleishman A, McCarthy AC, Hess DT, Apovian C, Jones DB. Decision Regret up to 4 Years After Gastric Bypass and Gastric Banding. Obes Surg. 2019 May; 29(5):1624-1631. PMID: 30796614.

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