Mary Ellen Sweeney's Biography

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Mary Ellen Sweeney, M.D.

Endocrinologist and American Heart Association Volunteer 

Dr. Sweeney has been on the faculty of the Emory University School of Medicine for over 20 years. Following completion of her Internal Medicine Residency and NIH Clinical Research Fellowship at Emory, she became Associate Director of the Emory Health Enhancement Program specializing in cardiac rehabilitation and obesity and metabolism research. She then went on to complete an Endocrine Fellowship at Emory focusing on diabetes, lipids and coronary artery disease prevention. In addition to Emory Clinic, she has an active practice in Endocrinology and Lipid Metabolism at the VA Medical Center where she also directs a large clinical research group studying cardiovascular outcomes in patients with diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. She has been involved in many large national and international intervention trials including ALLHAT, ACCORD, Navigator and SPRINT, and has written multiple articles and book chapters.


She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and was in the inaugural group of physicians to be inducted in the American Board of Clinical Lipidology. In the community, she has been an active volunteer with the American Heart Association serving as an officer on national, regional and local committees. She is Past-President of the American Heart Association Southeast Affiliate, and has been heavily involved in advocacy efforts for initiatives regarding exercise and obesity, and was honored as Advocate of the Year for her efforts. She was also appointed to the Georgia House of Representatives Task Force on the Study of Obesity.


Her current clinical interests include the treatment of lipid disorders including primary and familial hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia, low HDL syndromes, diabetic dyslipidemia and metabolic syndromes.