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Diplomate (Lipidologist)

A Lipidologist is a certified physician specializing in the prevention of dyslipidemia (cholesterol and other lipid disorders disorders) or related metabolic diseases (such as diabetes) which often lead to heart disease, stroke or atherosclerosis (vascular disease). Physicians who have passed a rigorous credentialing and examination process can be certified in clinical lipidology. Such members carry the designation Diplomate, American Board of Clinical Lipidology and are considered by the NLA to be Lipidologists. (Please visit www.lipidboard.org for more information.)

Clinical Lipid Specialist (CLS)

Much like Lipidologists, a Clinical Lipid Specialist (CLS) is a certified physician or related medical or allied health provider (including but not limited to nutrition experts or dieticians, pharmacists, PhD researchers, exercise specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other related professions) who have extended focused study in the treatment paradigms for care and management of patients with dyslipidemia. They are certified by examination for their competency by the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology (please visit www.lipidspecialist.org for more information. Often a CLS will lead or work in tandem with other care providers in a comprehensive approach to deliver care strategies for patients treated for dyslipidemia and related disorders.