Melissa Wellons, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism

My research focuses on the relationship between gonadal aging and/or artificial gonadal hormone manipulation and cardiometabolic disease.  I am especially interested in how the loss of gonadal hormones contributes to the development of atherosclerosis and diabetes.

I work with large epidemiologic studies to explore how reproductive aging contributes to cardiometabolic disease. These cohorts include CARDIA, MESA, and REGARDS. More recently, I have become involved with the Veterans Aging Cohort Study of HIV-infected persons in work to identify immune markers of diabetes risk.