William T. Cefalu, MD

Professor, Section of Endocrinolgy, Diabetes and Metabolism, LSUHSC


Director, Joint Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism Program, LSUHSC & Pennington Biomedical Research Center


Vice-Chair, Clinical Research, Department of Medicine, LSUHSC


Director, Allen A. Copping In-Patient Research Unit, Pennington Biomedical Research Center


Director, NIH Center for the Study of Botanicals and Metabolic Syndrome, Pennington Biomedical Research Center


Douglass L. Manship Sr. Professor of Diabetes, Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Pennington Biomedical Research Faculty Profile
NIH Botanical Research and Metabolic Syndrome Grant
LSUHSC Section on Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism


MD -- 1979
Louisiana State University School of Medicine
New Orleans, LA


William T. Cefalu, MD, is Section Chief, Joint Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism Program of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine/Pennington Biomedical Research Center, as well as the Douglas L. Manship, Sr., Professor of Diabetes at Pennington Biomedical Research Center of Louisiana State University System in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Prior to his appointment at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, he served as Director of the Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Dr. Cefalu received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. He completed his residency and was Chief Resident at the University of California-Irvine Long Beach VA Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in Metabolism and Endocrinology at the UCLA Center for Health Sciences. He has served on the faculty at Tulane University School of Medicine and Wake Forest University School of Medicine, where he was Director of the Diabetes Comprehensive Care Programs. Dr. Cefalu’s research is active at both the clinical and basic levels. On a clinical level, he is interested in clinical interventions to improve the metabolic state of individuals with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. On a basic level, he is interested in cellular mechanisms for insulin resistance. In addition, Dr. Cefalu also serves as Director for an NIH-funded Center for the Study of Botanicals and Metabolic Syndrome at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. 

Dr. Cefalu is published widely in journals, books, and book chapters and has edited several textbooks on the management of diabetes. He was a past Associate Editor for Diabetes Care and is currently an Associate Editor for Diabetes. He lectures both nationally and internationally.