Caroline M. Apovian, MD

Professor, Medicine

Caroline Apovian
(617) 638-8556
72 E. Concord St Robinson (B)


Dr. Apovian’s focus is on clinical research in obesity and diabetes. Her group investigates weight loss and its effects on endothelial cell function, adipose cell metabolism and inflammation, research in the bariatric surgery population and novel pharmacotherapeutic antiobesity agents. She has become an expert in the technique for subcutaneous adipose tissue aspirations, and has been performing these aspirations on research subjects at Boston University for over 5 years. Other research projects include dietary and physical activity interventions in underserved post-partum women and the investigation into the effects of increased dietary protein on lean body mass, maximal voluntary muscle strength and power in older men with mobility limitations.

Other Positions

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


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


  • Published on 3/5/2018

    Srivastava G, Apovian C. Future Pharmacotherapy for Obesity: New Anti-obesity Drugs on the Horizon. Curr Obes Rep. 2018 Mar 05. PMID: 29504049.

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  • Published on 1/5/2018

    Stefanik JJ, Felson DT, Apovian CM, Niu J, Clancy MM, LaValley MP, Neogi T. Changes in Pain Sensitization after Bariatric Surgery. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2018 Jan 05. PMID: 29316386.

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  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Velazquez A, Apovian CM. Updates on obesity pharmacotherapy. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2018 Jan; 1411(1):106-119. PMID: 29377198.

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  • Published on 12/11/2017

    Ryan DH, Parkin CG, Longley W, Dixon J, Apovian C, Bode B. Efficacy and safety of an oral device to reduce food intake and promote weight loss. Obes Sci Pract. 2018 Feb; 4(1):52-61. PMID: 29479465.

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  • Published on 12/11/2017

    Zuriaga MA, Fuster JJ, Farb MG, MacLauchlan S, Bretón-Romero R, Karki S, Hess DT, Apovian CM, Hamburg NM, Gokce N, Walsh K. Activation of non-canonical WNT signaling in human visceral adipose tissue contributes to local and systemic inflammation. Sci Rep. 2017 Dec 11; 7(1):17326. PMID: 29229927.

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  • Published on 12/7/2017

    Thomas DD, Istfan NW, Bistrian BR, Apovian CM. Protein sparing therapies in acute illness and obesity: a review of George Blackburn's contributions to nutrition science. Metabolism. 2018 Feb; 79:83-96. PMID: 29223678.

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  • Published on 11/22/2017

    Demark-Wahnefried W, Schmitz KH, Alfano CM, Bail JR, Goodwin PJ, Thomson CA, Bradley DW, Courneya KS, Befort CA, Denlinger CS, Ligibel JA, Dietz WH, Stolley MR, Irwin ML, Bamman MM, Apovian CM, Pinto BM, Wolin KY, Ballard RM, Dannenberg AJ, Eakin EG, Longjohn MM, Raffa SD, Adams-Campbell LL, Buzaglo JS, Nass SJ, Massetti GM, Balogh EP, Kraft ES, Parekh AK, Sanghavi DM, Morris GS, Basen-Engquist K. Weight management and physical activity throughout the cancer care continuum. CA Cancer J Clin. 2018 Jan; 68(1):64-89. PMID: 29165798.

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  • Published on 11/1/2017

    Wee CC, Jones DB, Apovian C, Hess DT, Chiodi SN, Bourland AC, Davis RB, Schneider B, Blackburn GL, Marcantonio ER, Hamel MB. Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery: Do Clinical and Behavioral Factors Explain Racial Differences? Obes Surg. 2017 Nov; 27(11):2873-2884. PMID: 28500418.

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  • Published on 10/13/2017

    Srivastava G, Apovian CM. Current pharmacotherapy for obesity. Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2018 Jan; 14(1):12-24. PMID: 29027993.

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  • Published on 10/12/2017

    Ryou M, McQuaid KR, Thompson CC, Edmundowicz S, Mergener K, Abu Dayyeh B, Apovian C, Burke C, Chand B, Chandraker A, Deas T, Dietz W, Dunkin B, Ernest O, Faigel D, Garber S, Hamdy O, Kaplan L, Kumar N, Kushner R, Larsen MC, Lerner H, Littenberg G, Mantzoros C, Mattar S, Moore R, Rinella M, Rothstein R, Schillinger D, Spring B, Sullivan S, Tice J, Vargo J, Wilson E, Woods K, Zundel N. ASGE EndoVators Summit: Defining the role and value of endoscopic therapies in obesity management. Gastrointest Endosc. 2017 11; 86(5):757-767. PMID: 29031371.

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