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Campus Address FOT 702 Zip 3400
Phone  205-975-2422
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Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Medicine  Med - Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Professor
Center  Medicine  Comprehensive Diabetes Ctr (Org Ret) Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Ctr for Clinical & Translational Sci Professor
Center  Cell, Developmntl, & Integrative Biology  Ctr for Exercise Medicine Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Minority Health & Research Center Professor
Center  Nutrition Sciences   Nutrition Obesity Res Ctr (NORC) Professor

Biographical Sketch 
Fernando Ovalle, MD, FACE, is Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Diabetes & Endocrine Clinical Research Unit, Director of the Fellowship Training Program for the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism at UAB, and Director of the Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Diabetes Clinic at TKC. In addition, he is Medical Director for the Diabetes and Glycemic Control Programs at UAB Hospital.

Dr. Ovalle graduated third in his class, and received his medical degree, with the highest honors, from the Faculty of Medicine at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, in Monterrey, Mexico. He performed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and then completed a clinical and research fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the Barnes Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, with a subspecialty in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism.

Among Dr. Ovalle’s clinical research interests are the areas of clinical classification of diabetes mellitus, atypical diabetes presentations (including latent autoimmune diabetes of the adult, type 1b diabetes, and others), and the management of diabetes mellitus.

Research/Clinical Interest
• The pathophysiology and mechanisms of insulin resistance and related disorders, including type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome. • The epidemiology and classification of the different sub-types of diabetes mellitus, including Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of the Adult, Type 1b Diabetes, Pancreatic Diabetes, Diabetes in the Elderly, and Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young. • The distinctive pathophysiology and treatment of diabetes in women • The pharmacologic treatment of diabetes mellitus, including the treatment of diabetes in difficult conditions; e.g. in subjects with hepatic and/or renal disease • The scientific testing of widely held dogmas and/or myths in today’s clinical practice, specifically those related to the management of diabetes mellitus.

Diabetes Mellitus, Classification, Epidemiology, LADA, Atypical Diabetes, Clinical Diabetes, Diabetes Therapy, Metabolism