Francisco Lopez-Jimenez M.D., M.Sc., Director of Research
Dr. Lopez-Jimenez is a Professor of Medicine at Mayo College of Medicine and staff cardiologist in the Cardiovascular Division at Mayo Clinic. He is the Director of the Preventive Cardiology Section and the Director of Research at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center at Mayo.
Dr. Lopez-Jimenez did his cardiology fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, Florida, and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He also completed advanced training in preventive cardiology at the VA Boston Healthcare System. He graduated from the Clinical Effectiveness Program at Harvard Medical School and obtained his Master’s in Science at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Lopez-Jimenez has more than 130 scientific publications, including invited editorials in highly cited journals like Lancet and his scientific work has been cited more than 1100 times. He is a member of the editorial boards of the American Journal of Cardiology, the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, Archives of Cardiology and the Journal of Clinical Investigation. He is a reviewer for more than 18 scientific peer-reviewed journals, including New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, JAMA, Circulation and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Society of Preventive Cardiology, a Fellow of the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, a member of the Obesity Working Group, part of the Council of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism, and has been an active member of the Epidemiology and Prevention Council, both from the American Heart Association.
Dr. Lopez-Jimenez has served as an invited reviewer for several scientific review groups from the National Institutes of Health. He has received grant support from the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the European Union Social Development Program and from several scientific organizations and nonprofit groups. In 2002 he received the “Junior Investigator Award” special distinction given by the American College of Cardiology to one person each year, one of numerous other recognitions during his academic career.
Dr. Lopez-Jimenez has given talks and conferences in more than 17 countries and has been invited as a keynote speaker in numerous national and international meetings. He has been frequently featured by the national media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN and NBC, and has been a guest speaker at National Public Radio on his work on “normal weight obesity” and other studies challenging the clinical utility of BMI and supporting the use of alternative measures of body adiposity.
Current Clinical and Research Interests
- Obesity and heart disease
- Metabolic syndrome and heart disease
- Strength training and health
- Prevention of coronary disease
- Cardiac rehabilitation