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Lipid Metabolism Unit
The Lipid Metabolism Unit and Lipid Associates at Massachusetts General Hospital diagnose and treat patients with lipid metabolism disorders and conduct leading-edge research into these conditions.
When Mason Freeman, MD, founded Lipid Associates, Mass General’s lipid clinic, in 1985, it was one of the few treatment centers in New England devoted to the care of patients with lipid metabolism disorders. Since these disorders can cause heart attacks, strokes and other serious but common vascular diseases, the clinic quickly became a high referral center.
Our program’s two staff physicians, Dr. Freeman and Sherry Haydock, MD, were involved in some of the earliest studies of statins, new medications that became the dominant therapy for cholesterol disorders. Since 1985, our team has treated thousands of patients with high levels of LDL and other lipid disorders that defy conventional treatment and require therapies other than statins.
Today our clinic continues to serve as a valuable medical resource in the community, providing advanced diagnostics and therapies for people with common and rare lipid disorders. Learn more about our clinical care
Following a longstanding tradition of Mass General’s Endocrine Unit, our specialists pursue a dual mission: to diagnose and treat patients and to study lipid disorders in our Lipid Metabolism Laboratory.
By deepening their knowledge of lipid metabolism at the cellular level, our physician-scientists help improve diagnostics and treatments for rare and complicated lipid disorders.
Our team’s investigations also are instrumental in developing promising new therapies. In addition to managing our research program, Dr. Freeman works closely with the Mass General Center for Computational and Integrative Biology. This center focuses on translating basic-science research into targeted therapies for metabolic disorders, such as diabetes, which increase a patient’s risk of developing atherosclerosis (blocked arteries). Learn more about our research
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