Felipe Lobelo, MD, PhD, FAHA

Associate Professor of Global Health

Emory Global Diabetes Research Center


Exercise is Medicine Global Research and Collaboration Center

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Felipe Lobelo, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA,  is an associate professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Lobelo’s interests are in chronic disease prevention, physical activity, obesity and cardio-metabolic diseases in high and low-to-middle income countries. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications and is a member of ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine Initiative advisory board, Directing their Global Research and Collaboration Center. Dr. Lobelo has a special interest in global health and health disparities in both non-communicable and infectious diseases. From 2008 to 2010 he served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer at CDC and was involved in US and international epidemiological field investigations, having an active role in CDC's H1N1 response; investigating the outbreak abroad and serving as an official CDC media spokesperson for Hispanic/Latino populations. His work with H1N1 took him to the White House, where he served as the CDC representative in the first-ever Spanish Town Hall Meeting alongside President Obama and the U.S. Secretary of Labor and around the nation for vaccine campaign outreach events for at-risk populations/minorities. From 2010 to 2014, Dr Lobelo served in various roles as a Medical Epidemiologist at CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in their Office of the Director and their Diabetes Translation and Physical Activity groups. In 2006, he was the recipient of the prestigious ACSM Paffenbarger-Blair award for Research on Physical Activity Epidemiology and in 2012 elected as Fellow of the AHA’s Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism Council.

Dr. Lobelo believes in “practicing what you preach” and strongly advocates for doctors to become healthy role models for their patients and communities. He is an avid Soccer player, a member of the US Medical Soccer Team, the US representative in the Annual “World Cup for Doctors” and locally in the Virginia-Highland Football Club. He also enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his wife, their son and their two dogs.