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Come see me speakCMHC Spring 2023, Taming the Flames: Inflammation in Cardiometabolic Disease

Robert H. Eckel, MD

Denver, Colorado

Robert H. Eckel, MD



Dr. Eckel has held appointments such as the Charles A. Boettcher II Endowed Chair in atherosclerosis research at the University of Colorado School of Medicine Anschutz Medical Campus, director of the Lipid Clinic at University of Colorado Hospital, and program director of the National Center for Research Resources at the Colorado Clinical Translational Sciences Institute.

In his research endeavors, Dr. Eckel has examined diet and metabolic predictors of weight change, lipid disorders, inflammation and atherosclerosis. In the laboratory, he explores tissue-specific overexpression or deletion of lipid-related gene expression and tissue culture to address similar issues in more extensive and mechanistic detail. Overall, Dr. Eckel’s research is targeted to uncovering basic mechanisms of how metabolic diseases relate to cardiovascular and pulmonary disease in hopes that the findings will contribute to improved diagnostics and therapeutics for cardiometabolic disorders.

Education and Training

  • Metabolism and Endocrinology Fellowship, University of Washington School of Medicine, 1979
  • Residency, University of Wisconsin Madison, 1976
  • Internship, University of Wisconsin Madison, 1974
  • Medical Degree, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 1973
  • Bachelor of Science - Bacteriology, University of Cincinnati Ohio, 1969

Professional Highlights

  • Luminary in Cardiometabolic Medicine Lecture and Award, 5th Annual Heart in Diabetes Conference, 2021
  • America's Top Doctors Digital Guide, Castle Connolly, 1994-2021
  • President, American Diabetes Association, 2020
  • Outstanding Clinical Investigator Laureate Award, Endocrine Society, 2016
  • Robert H. Herman Award, American Society for Nutrition, 2011
  • President, American Heart Association, 2005-2006
  • Take off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Research Award, North American Association for the Study of Obesity, 2005
  • President, North American Association for the Study of Obesity (The Obesity Society), 1995-1996


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