Jeffrey S. Flier, M.D.

Jeffrey S. Flier, M.D., is the Higginson Professor of Physiology and Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard University. He received his M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1972 with the Elster Award for Highest Academic Standing.

Following residency training in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital (1972–1974) and research training as a Clinical Associate at the National Institutes of Health, Jeff joined the Faculty of Medicine at HMS and Beth Israel Hospital as Chief of the Diabetes Unit in 1978. He was later named chief of the hospital’s Endocrine Division and Vice Chairman of Research. From 2007–2016, Jeff served as the 21st Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard University.

The author of over 200 scholarly papers and reviews, Jeff is one of the country’s leading investigators and authorities in the molecular causes of obesity and diabetes. His research has produced major insights into the molecular mechanisms of insulin action and insulin resistance in human disease, and the molecular pathophysiology of obesity.

Jeff is an elected member of the Institutes of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2003, he received the Edwin B. Astwood Lecture Award from the Endocrine Society. The American Diabetes Association has honored Jeff with the Eli Lilly Award, the Banting Medal in 2005 (the ADA’s highest scientific honor) and the Albert Renold Award for outstanding achievements in the training of diabetes research scientists and the facilitation of diabetes research. In 2011, he was awarded the Rolf Luft Award for Metabolic Research from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Jeff also serves on the board of Brandeis University and Scholar Rock, and the Medical Advisory Board of the Gairdner Foundation.