William T. Cefalu, MD is the executive director of LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center. He also holds the George A. Bray Endowed Super Chair in Nutrition. 

Dr. Cefalu received his medical degree from the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. He completed his residency and was chief resident at the University of California-Irvine Long Beach VA Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in metabolism and endocrinology at the UCLA Center for Health Sciences. He has served on the faculty at Tulane University School of Medicine and Wake Forest University School of Medicine, where he was director of their Diabetes Comprehensive Care Programs.

Dr. Cefalu’s research is active at both the clinical and basic science levels. On a clinical level, he is interested in interventions to improve the metabolic state of individuals with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. On a basic level, he is interested in cellular mechanisms for insulin resistance. In addition, Dr. Cefalu serves as director for the NIH-funded Center for the Study of Botanicals and Metabolic Syndrome at Pennington Biomedical and as the director of the NIH-funded Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center (LACaTS).

Dr. Cefalu is widely published in journals, books, and book chapters and has edited several textbooks on the management of diabetes. He lectures both nationally and internationally. He served as an associate editor for both the clinical research journal Diabetes Care, and the basic research journal Diabetes with the American Diabetes Association. He currently serves as the editor-in-chief of Diabetes Care.

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