Suneil K. Koliwad, MD, PhD
Year elected: 2018
Current membership category: Active
University of California, San Francisco
Med Sciences S1230
San Francisco, CA 94143
United States of America
Dr. Koliwad is an endocrinologist in the Diabetes Center at The University of California San Francisco, where he holds The Gerold Grodsky Chair in Diabetes Research. 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.
The goal is to identify ways to manipulate the crosstalk between tissue myeloid cells and their parenchymal neighbors 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. 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 populations.
Clinically, Dr. Koliwad attends in the Diabetes Clinic at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where he teaches students, residents, nurses, and fellows how to care for challenging and underserved patients with diabetes.