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Ashok Balasubramanyam, M.D.

Professor of Medicine
Director, Endocrine Fellowship Training Program
Baylor College of Medicine

Chief, Endocrine Service - Ben Taub Hospital

One Baylor Plaza, Room R607 (MS: BCM185)
Houston, TX 77030


  • B.A.: Yale University, 1977
  • M.D.: St. John's Medical College, Bangalore, India, 1982
  • Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, 1985-89
  • Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 1989-93

Research Interests

  • Syndromes of Ketosis-Prone Diabetes
  • Myogenesis and insulin action
  • HIV-associated Lipodystrophy

Selected Recent Publications

Couturier J, Patel SG, Iyer D, Balasubramanyam A, Lewis DE .Human monocytes acclerate proliferation and blunt differentiation of preadipocytes in association with suppression of C/EBPalpha. Obesity. 2011 in press doi: 10.1038/oby.2011.275. PMID: 21869759]

Sekhar RV, Patel SG, Guthikonda AP, Reid M, Balasubramanyam A, Taffet GE, Jahoor F. Deficient synthesis of glutathione underlies oxidative stress in aging and can be corrected by dietary cysteine and glycine supplementation. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Sep;94(3):847-53 PMCID: PMC3155927

Balasubramanyam A, Coraza I, Smith EO, Scott LW, Patel P, Iyer D, Taylor AA, Giordano TP, Sekhar RV, Clark P, Cuevas-Sanchez E, Kamble S, Ballantyne CM, Pownall HJ. Combination of niacin and fenofibrate with lifestyle changes improves dyslipidemia and hypoadiponectinemia in HIV patients on antiretroviral therapy: results of "heart positive," a randomized, controlled trial. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2011 Jul;96(7):2236-47. PMCID: PMC3135191

Sekhar RV, Patel SG, D'Amico S, Shi J, Balasubramanyam A, Rehman K, Jahoor F, Visnegarwala F. Effects of rosiglitazone on abnormal lipid kinetics in HIV-associated dyslipidemic lipodystrophy: a stable isotope study. Metabolism. 2011 Jun;60(6):754-60. PMID: 20832829

Sekhar RV, McKay SV, Patel SG, Guthikonda AP, Reddy VT, Balasubramanyam A, Jahoor F. Glutathione synthesis is diminished in patients with uncontrolled diabetes and restored by dietary supplementation with cysteine and glycine. Diabetes Care. 2011 Jan;34(1):162-7. PMCID: PMC3005481

Nalini R, Ozer K, Maldonado M, Patel SG, Hampe CS, Guthikonda A, Villanueva J, O'Brian Smith E, Gaur LK, Balasubramanyam A. Presence or absence of a known diabetic ketoacidosis precipitant defines distinct syndromes of "A-β+" ketosis-prone diabetes based on long-term β-cell function, human leukocyte antigen class II alleles, and sex predilection. Metabolism. 2010 Oct;59(10):1448-55. PMCID: PMC2888957

Misra R, Patel T, Kotha P, Raji A, Ganda O, Banerji M, Shah V, Vijay K, Mudaliar S, Iyer D, Balasubramanyam A. Prevalene of diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular risk factors in US Asian Indians: results from a national study. J Diabetes Comp. 2010 24:145-153. PMID: 19303333

Haaland WC, Scaduto DI, Maldonado MR, Mansouri DL, Nalini R, Iyer D, Patel S, Guthikonda A, Hampe CS, Balasubramanyam A, Metzker ML. A-beta-subtype of ketosis-prone diabetes is not predominantly a monogenic diabetic syndrome. Diabetes Care. 2009 May;32(5):873-7. PMCID: PMC2671096

Nalini R, Gaur LK, Maldonado M, Hampe CS, Rodriguez L, Garza G, Lernmark A, Balasubramanyam A. HLA class II alleles specify phenotypes of ketosis-prone diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2008 Jun;31(6):1195-200. PMID: 18316396

Balasubramanyam A, Nalini R, Hampe CS, Maldonado M. Syndromes of ketosis-prone diabetes mellitus. Endocr Rev. 2008 May;29(3):292-302. PMCID: PMC2528854

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