Positions

Professor
Medicine-Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States
Staff Physician
Medical Care and Research Service Lines
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Houston, Texas, United States

Education

Fellowship at St Louis University School of Medicine
Geriatric Medicine
Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine
Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
Residency at Washington University School of Medicine
Internal Medicine
MD from Cebu Institute of Medicine

Certifications

Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
American Board of Internal Medicine
Geriatric Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine

Honors & Awards

Clinical Trials Advisory Panel (CTAP)
Clinical Integrative Diabetes and Obesity (CIDO) Study Section
Inducted to Fellowship
Most Outstanding Cebu Institute of Medicine Alumni (MOCA)
Best Paper Award, Research in Geriatric Syndromes
K23 Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award
Inducted to Fellowship
Inducted to Fellowship
John M Kinney International Award for Nutrition and Metabolism

Professional Interests

  • Lifestyle, hormonal, and anabolic interventions to ameliorate sarcopenic obesity and frailty

Professional Statement

I am a physician-scientist with specialty training in geriatrics and endocrinology. I have extensive clinical and research experience in examining the impact of lifestyle interventions in reversing frailty in older adults with obesity. My clinical and translational laboratories involve hormonal, nutritional, and behavioral/lifestyle interventions to retard or reverse the metabolic and physical complications of aging, including sarcopenic obesity and type 2 diabetes. I am dedicated to research designed to inform practice guidelines with respect to optimal treatment strategies for obese older adults.

Selected Publications

Funding

Does Lifestyle Intervention in Obese Older Adults Improve Bone Quality?
- #R01 DK109950
Grant funding from NIH - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Exercise Interventions during Voluntary Weight Loss in Obese Older Adults
- #R01 AG031176
Grant funding from NIH - National Institute on Aging
Testosterone Replacement to Augment Lifestyle Therapy in Obese Older Veterans
- #CX000906
Grant funding from VA Merit Grant Review
Lifestyle Intervention Strategy to Treat Diabetes in Older Adults
- #1-14-LLY-38
Grant funding from American Diabetes Association