University of Chicago Lipid Clinic (Cholesterol)

University of Chicago physicians are world renown for their research into cholesterol and the genetics of lipid disorders, or high cholesterol problems that run in families.

Lipid Clinic physicians offer specialized tests to evaluate suspected lipid disorders, including familial hypercholesterolemia. After a diagnosis is made, our physicians develop individualized treatment plans that may include diet recommendations and the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs. These recommendations are designed to lower cholesterol levels and to reduce the risk for heart disease.

Often, patients are encouraged to invite family members (including children) to the clinic to undergo testing. As with many forms of heart problems, early detection is a key factor in preventing serious complications.

Did You Know?

In 1958, Angelo Scanu, MD, described the biochemical makeup of HDL, the "good" cholesterol. Over five decades, Dr. Scanu expanded on his research into the genetics and mechanisms of lipid disorders at the University of Chicago.

Michael H. Davidson, MD, was the lead researcher who discovered the dose of oat bran that lowers cholesterol levels. He also pioneered the development of statins, the leading drugs for treating high cholesterol.