Fernando Ovalle, M.D.

Ovalle_fernandoProfessor of Medicine
Director, Fellowship Training Program
Director, Diabetes & Endocrine Clinical Research Unit
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

The Kirklin Clinic Appointment Number:  (205) 996-3636 (or ENDO)

Fernando Ovalle, MD, FACE, is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Diabetes & Endocrine Clinical Research Unit and also serves as Director of the Fellowship Training Program for the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism at UAB.

Dr. Ovalle graduated third in his class, and received his medical degree, with the highest honors, from the Faculty of Medicine at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, in Monterrey, Mexico. He performed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and then completed a clinical and research fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the Barnes Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, with a subspecialty in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism.

Among Dr. Ovalle’s clinical research interests are the areas of clinical classification of diabetes mellitus, atypical diabetes presentations (including latent autoimmune diabetes of the adult and type 1b diabetes), and the management of diabetes mellitus. He is currently a principal investigator in several multi-center studies, both federally and pharmaceutical industry funded in the areas of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. He is also a co-investigator in several NIH funded studies investigating the effects of different treatment paradigms in the cardiovascular outcomes of patients with type 2 diabetes, and the treatment of diabetes in rural Alabama.

Dr. Ovalle is a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology (FACE), and an active member of several professional societies, including the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the Endocrine Society, the American Diabetes Association, and the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation. Currently, Dr. Ovalle serves as a member of the Endocrine Training Support, and Publications Committees for the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists; as a member of the Development Committee for the Endocrine Society; and as an editorial board member for the American Journal of the Medical Sciences. His multiple publication credits include original and review articles inDiabetes, Diabetes Care, Endocrine Practice, Fertility and Sterility, The American Journal of the Medical Sciences, and The Southern Medical Journal; he is also co-author of several book chapters in the area of diabetes.