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Gianluca Iacobellis, M.D., Ph.D.

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Gianluca  Iacobellis, M.D., Ph.D.


  • English
  • Italian


  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


  • Director of the University of Miami Hospital Diabetes Service
  • Professor of Clinical Medicine


 Dr Gianluca Iacobellis is a physician-scientist, M.D., Ph.D. with a full international training in endocrinology and strong research and clinical expertise in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular risk.

Dr Iacobellis has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and 10 textbooks. His research has been always focused on the interplay between adipose tissue and the heart. Dr Iacobellis is considered the world-wide leading expert in the epicardial fat, a new cardiovascular risk factor. Dr Iacobellis is leading several clinical projects on emerging diabetes/obesity pharmacotherapy targeting the epicardial fat.
Dr Iacobellis is currently Professor of Clinical Medicine, Endocrinology, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, University of Miami, and Director of the University of Miami Hospital Diabetes Service.

A native of Rome, Italy, Dr Iacobellis received his MD degree cum laude in 1994 from the University of Roma, La Sapienza; he was a Research Fellow at the Centrum for Metabolism & Endocrinology, Karolinska University, Stockholm, Sweden in 1999; he became Specialist in Endocrinology in 2000 and obtained his PhD in Endocrinology, Metabolic and Cardiovascular Disorders in 2004.
In 2004, Dr Iacobellis was then an invited Post-doctoral Clinical Research Fellow at the Center for Human Nutrition, South-Western Medical Center, University of Texas, Dallas, USA. In 2005 he moved to Canada as Clinical Research Fellow in the Cardiovascular Obesity Research & Management Department, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.

Since 2006 to May 2010 Dr Iacobellis was Associate Professor of Endocrinology, Department of  Medicine, McMaster University and Director of Bariatric Endocrinology at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. In 2010 he accepted an offer from the University of Miami, FL, USA. Since 2010 to 2013 he was appointed Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine the University of Miami, Division of Endocrinology, and Director of Diabetes Clinic at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami .

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