Felipe Lobelo, MD, PhD, FAHA

Associate Professor of Global Health | Emory Global Diabetes Research Center
Director | Exercise is Medicine Global Research and Collaboration Center


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 and Senior Physician Consultant for Population Health Research, Department of Quality and Patient Safety, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente Georgia.

His interests are in chronic disease prevention, implementation science, mHealth and population health and quality improvements leveraging clinical-community linkages. He has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific publications and directs the Exercise is Medicine Global Research and Collaboration Center at Emory. 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 international epidemiological field investigations, having an active role in CDC's H1N1 response; investigating the outbreak abroad and serving as CDC's 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 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 in their Office of the Director and their Diabetes Translation and Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity divisions. In 2012 was selected as Fellow of the American Heart Association and currently Chairs their Physical Activity Committee.

Dr. Lobelo believes in “practicing what you preach” and strongly advocates for doctors to become healthy role models. He enjoys soccer and plays for the US Medical Soccer Team, the US representative in the Annual “World Cup for Doctors”.