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  • Marzieh Salehi, MD
  • Associate Professor of Endocrinology
  • Academic Office:
    UC Health Center Stetson Center
    260 Stetson Street, Ste 4200, ML 0547
    Cincinnati, OH 45219-0547
  • Clinical Office:
    UC Health Physicians Office - Clifton
    222 Piedmont, Ste 6300
    Cincinnati, OH 45219
  • Phone: 513-558-4444
  • Email:

    Research/Clinical Interests:

  • Glucose Metabolism After Bariatric Surgery and the Role of Gut Hormones and Neural Signaling on Glucose Metabolism and Weight Loss.


  • Medical Degree: Tehran University of Medical Sciences, 1992
  • Internship & Residency : Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Weill College of Medicine of Cornell University , 2001
  • Fellowship : Beth Israel Medical Center Albert Einstein College of Medicine , 2003

Board Certifications & Licenses:

  • Ohio state Medical License, 2004
  • Illinois state Medical License, 2003
  • Diplomat of the American Board of Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2003
  • Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, 2001

Peer Reviewed Publications (in chronological order):

  • Luo, J., Nguyen, K., Chen, M., Tran, T., Hao, J., Tian, B., Rulifson, I. C., Zhang, Y., Tian, L., Zhang, Y., Lopez, E., Lin, D. C., Wang, Y., Ma, Z., Houze, J., & Guo, Z. (2013). Evaluating insulin secretagogues in a humanized mouse model with functional human islets. . Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental , 62 (1) , 90-9.
  • Salehi, M., Aulinger, B., & D'Alessio, D. A. (2012). Effect of glycemia on plasma incretins and the incretin effect during oral glucose tolerance test. . Diabetes , 61 (11) , 2728-33.
  • Salehi, M., Prigeon, R. L., & D'Alessio, D. A. (2011). Gastric bypass surgery enhances glucagon-like peptide 1-stimulated postprandial insulin secretion in humans. . Diabetes , 60 (9) , 2308-14.
  • Tremblay, A. J., Lamarche, B., Deacon, C. F., Weisnagel, S. J., & Couture, P. (2011). Effect of sitagliptin therapy on postprandial lipoprotein levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. . Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism , 13 (4) , 366-73.
  • Sutton, J. M., Schmulewitz, N., Sussman, J. J., Smith, M., Kurland, J. E., Brunner, J. E., Salehi, M., Choe, K. A., & Ahmad, S. A. (2010). (In Press). Total pancreatectomy and islet cell autotransplantation as a means of treating patients with genetically linked pancreatitis. . Surgery , 148 (4) , 676-85; discussion 6.
  • Salehi, M., Aulinger, B., Prigeon, R. L., & D'Alessio, D. A. (2010). (In Press). Effect of endogenous GLP-1 on insulin secretion in type 2 diabetes. . Diabetes , 59 (6) , 1330-7.
  • Klimek, A. M., Soukhatcheva, G., Thompson, D. M., Warnock, G. L., Salehi, M., Rilo, H., D'Alessio, D., Meneilly, G. S., Panagiotopoulos, C., & Verchere, C. B. (2009). Impaired proinsulin processing is a characteristic of transplanted islets. . American Journal of Transplantation : Official Journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons , 9 (9) , 2119-25.
  • Salehi, M., Vahl, T. P., & D'Alessio, D. A. (2008). (In Press). Regulation of islet hormone release and gastric emptying by endogenous glucagon-like peptide 1 after glucose ingestion. . The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism , 93 (12) , 4909-16.
  • Salehi, M., Aulinger, B. A., & D'Alessio, D. A. (2008). (In Press). Targeting beta-cell mass in type 2 diabetes: promise and limitations of new drugs based on incretins. . Endocrine Reviews , 29 (3) , 367-79.
  • Glueck, C. J., Salehi, M., Sieve, L., & Wang, P. (2006). (In Press). Growth, motor, and social development in breast- and formula-fed infants of metformin-treated women with polycystic ovary syndrome. . The Journal of Pediatrics , 148 (5) , 628-632.
  • Salehi, M., & D'Alessio, D. A. (2006). (In Press). New therapies for type 2 diabetes based on glucagon-like peptide 1. . Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine , 73 (4) , 382-9.
  • Salehi, M., Houlden, H., Sheikh, A., & Poretsky, L. (2005). (In Press). The diagnosis of adrenal insufficiency in a patient with Allgrove syndrome and a novel mutation in the ALADIN gene. . Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental , 54 (2) , 200-5.
  • Seto-Young, D., Leonardi, O., Park, A., Holcomb, K., Salehi, M., Chang, P., Yih, M., Rosenwaks, Z., & Poretsky, L. (2005). (In Press). Hormonally active nontransformed human ovarian cell culture from oophorectomy specimens: methods of development and initial characterization. . Hormone Research , 64 (5) , 238-47.
  • Salehi, M., Bravo-Vera, R., Sheikh, A., Gouller, A., & Poretsky, L. (2004). (In Press). Pathogenesis of polycystic ovary syndrome: what is the role of obesity? . Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental , 53 (3) , 358-76.

    Research Grants:

  • 0635181N American Heart Association. Scientific Development Grant, National Program - The role of GLP-1 in glucose metabolism and weight loss following gastric bypass surgery
  • American Heart Association. Scientific Development Gant, Ohio Valley Program - The role of GLP-1 in glucose metabolism and weight loss following gastric bypass surgery
  • American Society for Bariatric Surgery. Research Grant - The role of GLP-1 in glucose metabolism and weight loss following gastric bypass surgery
  • . Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award 2008 - The role of GLP-1 receptor signaling in cardiovascular function
  • DK083554 . K 23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Career Development Award - Hormonal and neural control of insulin secretion following gastric bypass surgery
  • 000039 American Society for Bariatric Surgery. Role of Glucagon like Peptide-1 Glucose Metabolism, PI, Closed.
  • AHA 0635181N American Heart Association - National Chapter. Role of Glucagon like Peptide-1 in Glucose metabolism, PI, Closed.
  • American Heart Association - Ohio Valley. Role of Glucagaon like Peptide-1 in Glucose Metabolism, PI, Active.
  • SRS 005839 Department of Veterans Affairs. Pathogenesis of the Impaired Incretin Effect in Type 2 Diabetes, PI, Closed.
  • K23 DK083554 National Inst of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease. Hormonal and Neural Control of Insulin Secretion Following Gastric Bypass Surgery, PI, Active.
  • R01DK105379 National Inst of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease. The weight-independent effects of bariatric surgeries on islet cell function, PI, Awarded.

Recent Awards/Honors:

  • Dean's Scholar Award. University of Cincinnati, 2007
  • Ursich Research Award. VAMC/University of Cincinnati GCRC, 2006
  • Endocrine Society travel grant recipient, 2003
  • Pfizer Outstanding Achievement in the Advancement of Endocrinology Science Award, 2003
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