Robert Eckel, MD, currently serves as interim vice chancellor of research at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus.
A distinguished alumnus of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Dr. Eckel has spent nearly 40 years at the University of Colorado as a physician and researcher studying lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, with the twin goals of reducing obesity and preventing heart disease. His recent basic research relates to the role of lipids and lipoproteins in neurodegenerative diseases. He is currently a professor of medicine (Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes; Division of Cardiology), professor of physiology and biophysics and the Charles A. Boettcher II Chair in Atherosclerosis at the CU Anschutz; he also directs the Lipid Clinic at University of Colorado Hospital.
Until July 2014, he was the program director of the Clinical Translational Research Center Network of the Colorado Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI), and for 27 years served as associate and then program director of the CU Adult General Clinical Research Center. He is a past president of the American Heart Association (only the second endocrinologist to serve in this role), among numerous other national organizations.
Dr. Eckel has spent his career performing clinical and basic science research. His research has been prolific, appearing in more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and books. He has received numerous awards for his work and mentored over 50 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, many of whom are in full-time academic positions today.