May 15, 2023

Ashraf co-edits textbook on pediatric dyslipidemia

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Dr. Ambika AshrafUAB Department of Pediatrics Professor and Ralph Froshin Endowed Chair in Pediatric Endocrinology Ambika Ashraf, M.D., co-edited a book “Pediatric Dyslipidemia” alongside colleague Bhuvana Sunil, M.D., assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.

Pediatric dyslipidemia refers to abnormal levels of cholesterol or triglycerides, in children and adolescents. Those with pediatric dyslipidemia and abnormal lipid metabolism, have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular conditions later in life.

According to authors, pediatric lipidology is a relatively new field of pediatric subspecialty. Premature cardiovascular diseases account for 30% of mortality in the U.S. There is a heightened awareness regarding early recognition, prevention, and management of childhood dyslipidemia.

Ashraf is passionate about lipid disorders in children and co-founded the Lipid Special interest group at the Pediatric Endocrine Society. Ashraf is well renowned nationally and internationally as a highly-regarded specialist in pediatric lipidology.

As the Director of the Children’s of Alabama Pediatric Lipid Clinic and Associate Director of the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center, Ashraf is an expert pediatric lipidology as well as healthy lifestyle modifications that could benefit at-risk youth.

“In collaboration with my colleague Dr. Sunil, we are proud to publish a clinically relevant book to provide guide in managing pediatric dyslipidemia,” said Ashraf.

“We anticipate that many pediatric practitioners, both primary care and subspecialists will find this practical guide very helpful in the clinical setting. This is one of its kind books addresses history of pediatric lipidology, lipid metabolism, genetics, pathophysiology, clinical presentations, and management. I look forward to continuing to publish on pediatric dyslipidemia and related research.”

The first edition of the 11-chapter book is available for purchase through Amazon and academic access through Springer, where is has already been accessed over 300 times.