Anne C. Goldberg, MD, FNLA
Washington University Medical School
St. Louis, MO
Michael H. Davidson, MD, FNLA
The University of Chicago Pritzker
School of Medicine
Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD, FNLA
Penn State University
University Park, PA
Thomas P. Bersot, MD, PhD, FNLA
San Francisco, CA
Vera Bittner, MD, MSPH, FNLA
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Wenter Blair Anderson
Alan S. Brown, MD, FNLA
Midwest Heart Specialists
James M. Falko, MD, FNLA
University of Colorado
JoAnne M. Foody, MD
Brigham and Womens Hospital
Linda C. Hemphill, MD, FNLA
Massachusetts General Hospital
Paul N. Hopkins, MD, MSPH, FNLA
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Ann M. Liebeskind, MD
Mobile Health Team Lipids Clinic
James A. Underberg, MD, FNLA
New York University
New York, NY
Paul E. Ziajka, MD, PhD, FNLA
Florida Lipid Institute
Winter Park, FL
Lindsay W. Hart
Information Systems Specialist
The Foundation of the National Lipid Association (Foundation) was formed in 2008 to serve as an education and research organization in the field of clinical lipidology. Built on the groundwork of our predecessor, the Florida Lipid Foundation, the Foundation has turned its focus to providing education and materials to help patients and their families manage and overcome lipid problems. The Foundation Board of Directors met in January 2017 to discuss the goals, strategy, and revised direction of the association. The discussions at this meeting led to a new mission, vision, and values that the Foundation will now emphasize moving forward:
The Foundation of the National Lipid Association is a patient focused nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the welfare of patients and families affected by cholesterol and triglyceride problems.
Supporting patients and families with cholesterol and triglyceride problems with education, awareness, and advocacy in order to decrease suffering and death. The Foundation supports the initiatives of the National Lipid Association.
A steady source of funds is essential to the continued viability the Foundation. You can help by making a donation to the Foundation. Take a moment now to invest in the future of our organization. Your donation will help support professional outreach and education and promote public awareness of critical issues in public health.Donate Now
Lipid specialists reduce deaths related to high cholesterol and other lipid disorders. It is the goal of lipid specialists to enhance the practice of lipid management in clinical medicine and to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with atherosclerotic disease. The specialty of "lipidology," a multidisciplinary branch of medicine focusing on lipid and lipoprotein metabolism and their associated disorders, is still in its infancy and continues to evolve with the field of medicine as a whole.
The most common disease treated by lipid specialists is hyperlipidemia, an excess of lipids in the blood. These are most often low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and triglycerides. Certain disorders result in specific imbalances, such as:
The density of lipids and the type of protein that contains them ultimately determines their impact on the body and its metabolism. In western societies, most lipid and lipoprotein disorders result from risk factors such as diet and amount of physical activity. Less common are genetic disorders that result in lipid imbalances.
Lipid specialists primarily treat, or specialize in the treatment of, persons with disorders or disruptions in the amount of lipids in the blood (dyslipidemia). Lipids are fats and normal levels are required for good health. Abnormally high or low lipid levels can lead to illness and cardiovascular disease, including arterial blockage, heart attack, and stroke. A lipid specialist has extended training and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of dyslipidemias, and may prescribe drug therapy, changes in diet, and lifestyle modifications as needed to help patients achieve and maintain good health. Lipid specialists may be physicians who concentrate on preventive cardiology or endocrine disorders, some work in allied professions such as pharmacology or dietetics. Increasingly, these kinds of specialists are forming lipid clinics so that patients can be treated by a professional team of medical doctors, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and dietitians who collectively treat dyslipidemias from the entire spectrum of medicine.
The The Foundation was established from the former Florida Lipid Foundation, whose founder, Paul Ziajka, MD, PhD, FNLA, created a Florida entity to serve the needs of the community of lipidologists. The National Lipid Association was interested in forming a national entity to address the issues broadly and approached the Florida Lipid Foundation to rename and broaden its scope of activities. The new board formed in December 2008 as the Foundation of the National Lipid Association and is the charitable counterpart to the National Lipid Association.
If you will be attending the upcoming National Lipid Association Fall Clinical Lipid Update Meeting, make plans to support the Foundation while enjoying today’s most popular songs, delicious apps, and tasty drinks with colleagues and friends. Foundation board member Dr. Alan Brown and his band, This End Up, will provide the tunes on the evening of Saturday, August 12 from 7-9pm ET at the JW Marriott Downtown Indianapolis! Tickets available for $70/person. Click Here to purchase your ticket.
On May 26, 2017, clinical lipidology and the Foundation lost a great friend and advocate - Dr. Ralph Michael Vicari died at the age of 64. At the time of his death he was Vice-President of the Foundation, a fellow of the NLA and a practicing cardiologist/lipidologist in the Melbourne, Florida area. He was an advocate for children’s health, contributed greatly to the Foundation, and his inviting presence at all NLA and Foundation functions is only the beginning of his extensive contribution to the field of lipidology.
September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month, a good time to get your blood cholesterol checked and take steps to lower it if it is high. National Cholesterol Awareness Month is also a good time to learn about lipid profiles and about food and lifestyle choices that help you reach personal cholesterol goals. You can Find a Lipid Specialist who can help you make a plan of action and learn more about how to lower your cholesterol.