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Rexford Ahima, MD, PhD

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Rexford Ahima
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Substance Use/Addiction


Rexford Ahima served as an instructor at Harvard Medical School and professor at the University of Pennsylvania before joining Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Ahima is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians and a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Obesity Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Ahima has served as a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, Wellcome Foundation of the United Kingdom, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. He has served as an associate editor of Gastroenterology and the Journal of Clinical Investigation and is an editor of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences Year in Diabetes and Obesity and Molecular Endocrinology. His research is focused on central and peripheral regulation of energy homeostasis, and glucose and lipid metabolism. Dr. Ahima is interested in how adipocyte hormones, myokines, and other circulating factors act in the brain and other organs and their implication for treatment and prevention of obesity and diabetes