- Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Professor
- in Honor of Dr. Robert L. Frye
- Mayo College of Medicine
- Director, Dept. of Medicine
- Obesity Treatment Research Program
- Mayo Clinic
Michael D. Jensen, M.D. holds the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Professorship in Honor of Dr. Robert L. Frye at the Mayo College of Medicine, Rochester, MN. He is the Director of the Department of Medicine Obesity Treatment Research Program at Mayo Clinic. His clinical interests are primarily focused on obesity and diabetes. Dr. Jensen's research involves the study of obesity, body fat distribution, and fatty acid/energy metabolism, focusing specifically on the effects obesity and body-fat distribution on health and on the determinants of body fat distribution. His studies have identified the relative contributions of different fat depots to lipid fuel metabolism, including the role of intra-abdominal fat. He received a MERIT award from NIH to continue his studies in this area and has been funded for 26 consecutive years. He has served on NIH, Mayo and foundation scientific review panels and has contributed to professional associations both by committee work and in elected office. Dr. Jensen has published more than 220 original research articles, together with over 50 invited papers and book chapters. He is served as co-chair of the NHLBI Expert Panel on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults.