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

General Information

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


  • Fax: 305-243-6575


  • English
  • Italian



  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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

Clinical Interests



Cardiovascular Endocrinology

Metabolic Syndrome

Pre and post Bariatric Surgery management

Inpatient diabetes care

Research Interests

Dr Iacobellis is considered the world-wide leading expert in the epicardial fat, a new cardiovascular risk factor. Dr Iacobellis pioneered the research on the epicardial adipose tissue. He proposed and validated a simple ultrasound technique to measure the epicardial fat thickness, a new tool in both clinical and research setting. His studies indicate the active role of epicardial fat in coronary artery and metabolic diseases. Presently, Dr Iacobellis is exploring the potential of epicardial fat as brown fat and its unique transcriptsome. He is principal investigator of several funded clinical trials on emerging diabetes/obesity pharmacotherapy targeting the epicardial fat.  Dr Iacobellis has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and 10 textbooks. His research has been published in high rank journals, such as Nature Cardiovascular Clinical Practice, Trends of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Journal of Clinical of Endocrinology and Metabolism, American Journal of Cardiology, Obesity.


Dapagliflozin and Epicardial Fat in patients with type 2 diabetes
Effects of Liraglutide On Epicardial Fat In Type 2 Diabetic Subjects
Internal Career Award, McMaster University
Pfizer Competitive Awards Program for Cardiovascular Proposals


2006 Fellowship
Cardiovascular Obesity Research and Management Department of Medicine, McMaster University,
2005 Fellowship
Centre for Human, Nutrition, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Centre of Dallas,
2004 PhD
University of Rome "La Sapienza"
2000 Residency in Endocrinology
University of Rome “La Sapienza”,
1999 Fellowship
Centrum for Metabolism & Endocrinology, Karolinska Institutet,
1994 MD degree, Medicine
University of Rome “La Sapienza”,




Dr Gianluca Iacobellis is 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.  Dr 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. 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. From 2010 to 2013 he was Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Miami, Division of Endocrinology, and Director of Diabetes Clinic at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami.






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