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Jeffrey Flier

  • George C. Reisman Professor of Medicine
  • Harvard Faculty Dean for Academic Programs
  • Chief Academic Officer for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Academic Interests

  • Molecular biology of insulin action in health and disease
  • Pathophysiology of obesity and weight regulation
  • Physiology of leptin
  • Transgenic models of diabetes and obesity

Education

  • 1968 B.S. City College of New York
  • 1972 M.D. Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Postdoctoral Training

Internship and Residencies

  • 1972-1973 Intern in Medicine, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York
  • 1973-1974 Assistant Resident in Medicine, Mt Sinai Hospital, New York

Research Fellowships

  • 1974-1978 Clinical Associate, Diabetes Branch, National Institutes of Health,National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolism, and Digestive Diseases, Bethesda, Maryland

Licensure and Certification

  • 1975 American Board of Internal Medicine No. 51045
  • 1977 Endocrinology and Metabolism No. 51045
  • 1978 Massachusetts License Registration No. 42636

Academic Appointments

  • 1978 - 1982 Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • 1982 - 1993 Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • 1985 - 1986 Visiting Scientist, Whitehead Institute, Cambridge, MA
  • 1993 - Present Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • 1999 George C. Reisman Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • 2000 Harvard Faculty Dean for Academic Programs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston

Hospital Appointments

  • 1978 - 1986 Assistant Physician, Beth Israel Hospital
  • 1986 - Present Physician, Beth Israel Hospital
  • 1998 - 2002 Vice Chair for Research, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • 1999 - Chair, Research Strategy Committee, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • 2002 - Chief Academic Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Awards and Honors

  • 1971 Elected Alpha Omega Alpha
  • 1972 Harold Elster Memorial Award for highest academic standing
  • 1977 Annual Research Award - Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
  • 1979 Saul Horowitz Memorial Award - Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
  • 1984 - Present American Society of Clinical Investigation
  • 1985 Donald M. Silver Award for Excellence in Diabetes Research, Eastern Massachusetts Affiliate of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
  • 1988 Solomon Berson Memorial Lecture - NIDDK, NIH
  • 1991 Eli Lilly Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement, American Diabetes Association
  • 1991 Connaught Novo Lecture-Canadian Diabetes Association
  • 1992 NIH MERIT Award (DK28082)
  • 1993 Banting Lecture - Toronto Diabetes Association
  • 1994 Association of American Physicians
  • 1995 Pfizer Visiting Professor - Cornell U. Medical School
  • 1996 Kroc Lectureship in Diabetes, U. Washington School of Medicine
  • 1997 Albert Renold Lecture - 6th International Workshop in lessons from Animal Diabetes
  • 1997 Mosenthal Lecture - New York Diabetes Assoc.
  • 1997 Honorary Doctorate in Medicine, U. of Athens, Greece
  • 1997 Alexander Marble Lecture, Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston
  • 1998 Membership, Interurban Clinical Club
  • 1998 Smith Kline Beecham Visiting Professor of Medicine, Cambridge University
  • 1999 Annual Novo-Nordisk Lecture in Department of Physiology, University of Toronto
  • 2000 Solomon Berson Lecture, American Physiological Society
  • 2000 Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2001 President, Inter Urban Clinical Club
  • 2001 Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 2003 Astwood Lecture, The Endocrine Society
  • 2003 Elected Fellow, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
  • 2004 Transatlantic Medal, British Endocrine Society

Editorial Boards

  • 1980 - Present Journal of Receptor Research
  • 1981 - 1984 Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • 1984 - 1998 Editor, Beth Israel Hospital Seminars in Medicine, New England Journal of Medicine
  • 1986 - 1992 Journal of Clinical Investigation
  • 1989 - 1992 Consulting Editor, Journal of Clinical Investigation
  • 1991 - 1996 Molecular Endocrinology
  • 1997 - 1999 Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • 1998 - American Journal of Medicine
  • 1998 - Consulting Editor, Journal of Clinical Investigation
  • 2000 - Associate Editor, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • 2000 - Board of Consulting Editors, Science

Memberships, Offices and Committee Assignments in Professional Societies

  • 1978 - Present American Diabetes Association
  • 1980 - Present Endocrine Society
  • 1992 - 1995 Councilor, American Society of Clinical Investigation

Teaching Experience

  • 1976 - 1978 Organized diabetes clinical teaching for National Institute of Health Endocrinology Program
  • 1978 - Present Attending Physician, Medical Service, Beth Israel Hospital
  • 1978 - Present Attending Physician, Endocrinology, Beth Israel Hospital
  • 1979 - Present Didactic lectures on mechanisms of hormone action to HST endocrinology course and 4th year elective in endocrinology
  • 1978 - Present Fifteen-twenty (15-20) invited lectures per year on diabetes, insulin receptors, obesity glucose transport, transgenic models of metabolic disease
  • 1992 - 2000 Course Director, Endocrine Pathophysiology, Harvard Medical School, HST Division
  • 1994 - 1996 Curriculum Committee, Harvard Medical School, HST Division

Principal Clinical and Hospital Service Responsibilities

  • 1978 - 1990 Chief, Diabetes Unit, Beth Israel Hospital
  • 1990 - 1996 Chief, Endocrinology and Metabolism Division, Beth Israel Hospital
  • 1996 - 2001 Chief, Endocrinology and Metabolism Division, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • 1998 - Executive Committee, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • 1999 - Executive Director for Research Strategy, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • 2000 Council of Academic Deans, Harvard Medical School

For a complete listing of Dr. Flier's publications, click here .

Contact Information

Maratos-Flier / Flier Lab
Division Of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Center for Life Sciences, 7th floor
330 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215
617-735-3343
617-735-3323