Caroline M. Apovian, MD

Adjunct Professor, Medicine

Caroline Apovian
75 E. Newton St


Caroline M. Apovian, MD, FACP, FTOS, DABOM is Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics in the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition and Weight Management at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA. Until December 2020, she was the 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

  • Adjunct Professor, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Pediatrics, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University
  • Full Member, Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center, Boston University Medical Center
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


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


  • Published on 6/23/2023

    Apovian CM, McDonnell ME. CagriSema and the link between obesity and type 2 diabetes. Lancet. 2023 Aug 26; 402(10403):671-673. PMID: 37364591.

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  • Published on 6/16/2023

    Campbell WW, Deutz NEP, Volpi E, Apovian CM. Nutritional Interventions: Dietary Protein Needs and Influences on Skeletal Muscle of Older Adults. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2023 Jun 16; 78(Supplement_1):67-72. PMID: 37325954.

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  • Published on 6/1/2023

    Velazquez A, Apovian CM. The Effects of Obesity on Health Care Delivery. Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2023 Jun; 52(2):381-392. PMID: 37197880.

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  • Published on 6/1/2023

    Wolfe MM, Apovian CM, Boylan MO. Glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide monoclonal antibodies prevent and treat obesity in wild-type and hyperphagic mice. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2023 Jun; 31(6):1499-1504. PMID: 37203332.

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  • Published on 2/28/2023

    Charoenngam N, Apovian CM, Pongchaiyakul C. Increased fat mass negatively influences femoral neck bone mineral density in men but not women. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2023; 14:1035588. PMID: 36926024.

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  • Published on 12/1/2022

    Hafida S, Apovian C. Physiology of the Weight-Reduced State and Its Impact on Weight Regain. Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 2022 Dec; 51(4):795-815. PMID: 36244694.

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  • Published on 11/30/2022

    Apovian CM, Guo XR, Hawley JA, Karmali S, Loos RJF, Waterlander WE. Approaches to addressing the rise in obesity levels. Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2023 Feb; 19(2):76-81. PMID: 36450930.

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  • Published on 10/3/2022

    Corkey BE, Apovian CM. "En attendant Godot": Waiting for the answer to obesity and longevity. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2022 Nov; 30(11):2105-2106. PMID: 36192830.

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  • Published on 10/1/2022

    Coleman KJ, Wellman R, Fitzpatrick SL, Conroy MB, Hlavin C, Lewis KH, Coley RY, McTigue KM, Tobin JN, McBride CL, Desai JR, Clark JM, Toh S, Sturtevant JL, Horgan CE, Duke MC, Williams N, Anau J, Horberg MA, Michalsky MP, Cook AJ, Arterburn DE, Apovian CM. Comparative Safety and Effectiveness of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy for Weight Loss and Type 2 Diabetes Across Race and Ethnicity in the PCORnet Bariatric Study Cohort. JAMA Surg. 2022 Oct 01; 157(10):897-906. PMID: 36044239.

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  • Published on 9/27/2022

    Si K, Hu Y, Wang M, Apovian CM, Chavarro JE, Sun Q. Weight loss strategies, weight change, and type 2 diabetes in US health professionals: A cohort study. PLoS Med. 2022 Sep; 19(9):e1004094. PMID: 36166473.

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