CMHC Faculty Members

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Dennis T. Villareal, MD

Houston, Texas

Dennis T. Villareal, MD



Dr. Dennis T. Villareal is dedicated to research designed to inform practice guidelines with regard to optimal treatment strategies to reverse unhealthy lifestyles in older adults. He is a physician-investigator with extensive clinical and research experience in examining the impact of lifestyle interventions in ameliorating frailty in older adults with obesity.

Dr. Villareal is a professor of medicine in the division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at Baylor College of Medicine and staff physician at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) in Houston. He is also a faculty associate at the Huffington Center on Aging at the Baylor College of Medicine and core faculty at the Center for Translational Research on Inflammatory Disease at MEDVAMC.

Education and Training

  • Fellowship, Geriatric Medicine, St Louis University School of Medicine, 1994
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Washington University - Barnes-Jewish Hospital, 1993
  • Fellowship, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Washington University - Barnes-Jewish Hospital, 1991
  • Medical Degree, Cebu Institute of Medicine

Professional Highlights

  • Lead author, American Society of Nutrition and Obesity Society’s Joint Position Statement in the Management of Obesity in Older Adults
  • Chair and Board member, National Institute of Health (NIH) Data and Safety Monitoring Boards for Randomized Controlled Trials
  • Member, Clinical Trials Advisory Panel (CTAP) to the National Institute on Aging – National Advisory Council on Aging
  • Michael E. DeBakey M.D. Excellence in Research Award, Baylor College of Medicine, 2020
  • Clinical Integrative Diabetes and Obesity (CIDO) Study Section, NIH - Scientific Review Panel Standing Member, 2010-2014
  • Most Outstanding Cebu Institute of Medicine Alumni, 2007
  • John M Kinney International Award for Nutrition and Metabolism, 1992


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