Photo: Suneil K. Koliwad, MD, PhD
Suneil K. Koliwad, MD, PhD
Year elected: 2018
Current membership category: Active
University of California, San Francisco
Med Sciences S1230
Parnassus ave
San Francisco, CA 94143
United States of America
Phone: 415-476-9623

Biographical statement

Dr. Koliwad is Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at The University of California San Francisco, where he holds The Gerold Grodsky Chair in Diabetes Research and the Mount Zion Health Fund Distinguished Professorship in Endocrinology. He is also an investigator in the UCSF Diabetes Center. His group focuses on determining links between diet, nutrient metabolism, inflammation, and fibrosis in insulin-sensitive tissues, and how these links impact intermediary metabolism and both glucose and energy homeostasis. His group has made key discoveries regarding the biology of inflammation in tissues such as the fat, liver, brain, and vasculature that are important to normal physiology and also to the pathogenesis of obesity and consequent diseases such diabetes, steatohepatitis, and cardiovascular disease.

His group's goal is to identify ways to manipulate the crosstalk between tissue myeloid cells and their parenchymal neighbors, including progenitor cell populations, as a means to slow or halt the development of these diseases. To do so, his group leverages cutting-edge tools to probe metabolic pathways modulating the inflammatory activity of peripheral macrophages, dendritic cells, hypothalamic microglia, and hepatic Kupffer cells. Additionally, the group focuses on probing the heterogeneity of stem-like cell populations in metabolic tissues. Dr. Koliwad’s group has also developed and is deeply characterizing a unique multi-ethnic cohort of lean and obese individuals in order to understand how adipose tissue inflammation and dysfunction drive fat distribution and metabolic disease progression in diverse human populations.

Clinically, Dr. Koliwad attends in the Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Lipid Clinics at UCSFl, where he teaches students, residents, nurses, and fellows how to care for challenging and underserved patients.

Institutional affiliations

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine (Primary)
Dr. Koliwad is serving as the ASCI's Institutional Representative.

Specialties

Internal Medicine