Anthony Ferrante, MD, PhD

Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine

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CUIMC/Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion

1150 St. Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY 10032
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About Anthony Ferrante, MD, PhD

Anthony W. Ferrante Jr., MD, PhD is a physician scientist and the Tilden-Weger-Bieler Professor of Medicine whose area of expertise includes obesity and metabolically related diseases. He runs a research laboratory devoted to understanding how changes in weight, and in particular fat, alter the function of other organs in our body, to defining the ways in which our body weight is regulated and to developing approaches to prevent the complications of obesity. He is board certified in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Ferrante obtained his BA in physics from Yale and received his MD and PhD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his clinical training in internal medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. He completed his research fellowship at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center of Columbia University.

Dr. Ferrante runs a research laboratory that has revealed that the immune system responds to changes in weight so that in the most obese individuals more than half of the cells that make up their fat are actually immune cells. His research efforts are now focused on understanding how the immune and metabolic systems interact and how the immune system can be used to be protect people from complications associated with obesity or even obesity itself.

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine


  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Yeshiva University
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Awards & Honors

  • 1995 Alpha Omega Alpha, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • 1998 Affymetrix Academic User Award (Declined)
  • 1998-2000 Lucille P. Markey Charitable Trust Fellowship
  • 2001 Naomi Berrie Diabetes Research Award
  • 2006 Dorothy and Daniel Silberberg Endowed Assistant Professorship in Medicine
  • 2006 Gill Cardiovascular Center Visiting Professor University of Kentucky
  • 2006 Gunnar Birke Lecture Karolinska Institute
  • 2006 Nature Medicine - Notable Advances in the Field of Metabolism (JCI 112; 1796-1808 [2003])
  • 2009 John N. Loeb Lecture Columbia University
  • 2009 UK Adipose Tissue Society Meeting Keynote Lecture
  • 2010 Deans Emerging Concepts in Medicine Lecture - SUNY Downstate
  • 2010 Harold & Golden Lamport Award for Excellence in Clinical Research - Columbia University
  • 2011 Best Manuscript in Obesity Research Research Unbounded Foundation (JCI 120; 3466-79)
  • 2011 Lewis Katz Prize in Cardiovascular Research
  • 2013 American Society for Clinical Investigation New Member Lecture
  • 2015 Andersen Immunology Symposium Lecture University of Virginia
  • 2016 Taft Diabetes Lecture East Carolina University
  • 2017 John Leonard Lectureship University of Washington
  • Fellows Prize of Saybrook College, Yale University

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