Location

Rochester, Minnesota

Contact

lopez@mayo.edu Clinical Profile

Summary

The research program of Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D., studies obesity and cardiovascular disease from different angles, from physiologic studies assessing changes in myocardial mechanics and structural and hemodynamic changes following weight loss, to studies addressing the effect of physicians' diagnosis of obesity on willingness to lose weight and successful weight loss at follow-up.

Recent research projects include the analysis of large data sets assessing the diagnostic accuracy of body mass index, studying the best obesity-related measure to gauge prognosis in people with cardiovascular disease, and looking at studies showing that people can be obese despite a normal body weight. Dr. Lopez-Jimenez's research has also evaluated the cardiometabolic effect of bariatric surgery.

Focus areas

  • Significance of body adiposity to cardiovascular risk
  • Best measure of body adiposity to assess prognosis in people with cardiovascular disease
  • Clinical value of measuring body fat percentage
  • Effect of obesity and weight loss on myocardial function
  • Limitations of body mass index in clinical practice
  • National trends in cardiovascular risk
  • Complex interaction between sleep apnea, metabolic dysregulation and cardiovascular disease

Significance to patient care

The overall goal of Dr. Lopez-Jimenez's research is to provide clarification for some of the ongoing controversies regarding body adiposity and cardiovascular disease.

Professional highlights

  • Chair, International Committee, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, 2014-present
  • Member, International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, 2013-present
  • Member, board of directors, The American Society for Preventive Cardiology, 2012-2014
  • Member, Obesity Committee, Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health, American Heart Association, 2010-2014
  • Member, Risk, Prevention and Health Behavior Integrated Review Group, National Institutes of Health, 2006-2010

Recent Publications

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Professional Details

Primary Appointment

  1. Cardiovascular Diseases

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Medicine

Education

  1. Fellow - Cardiology Training Program Division of Cardiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  2. Fellow - Preventive Cardiology Division of Cardiology, Boston Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  3. Fellow - Cardiology Training Program Division of Cardiology, Mount Sinai Medical Center
  4. Research Fellowship Department of Behavioral Medicine, Schools of Psychology and Medicine, University of Miami
  5. Research Fellowship Division of Cardiology, Mount Sinai Medical Center
  6. Fellow - Clinical and Research Fellow, Non-Invasive Laboratory Division of Cardiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  7. MS - Clinical Epidemiology Harvard School of Public Health
  8. Research Fellowship - Clinical Epidemiology Division of General Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  9. Resident Instituto Nacional de la Nutricion, Medicina e Investigacion, Salvador Zubiran
  10. MD Leon School of Medicine, Guanajuato University
  11. Internship Instituto Nacional de la Nutricion, Medicina e Investigacion, Salvador Zubiran
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