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Dr. Capell joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology in 2005.   Prior to that, he received his undergraduate education at Pomona College in Claremont, CA where he received a bachelor of arts in 1992. He then attended the University of Washington in Seattle, WA where he received his medical degree in 1996. He went on to do his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, CO from 1996 to 1999. He remained at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center for a fellowship in Endocrinology, which he completed in 2003. Dr. Capell has also been on staff at Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, CO since 2005 as a clinical Endocrinologist. Since 2011, he has been serving as the Director of the Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board (COMIRB), the IRB for University of Colorado Denver and its affiliate institutions.

Selected Publications 

  • Capell WH, IR Schlaepfer, P Wolfe, PA Watson, DH Bessesen, MJ Pagliassotti, and RH Eckel. 2010. Fatty acids increase glucose uptake and metabolism in C2C12 myoblasts stably transfected with human lipoprotein lipase. Am J Physiol Endo Metab 299: E576-83. PUBMED

  • Hernandez TL, Sutherland JP, Wolfe P, Allian-Sauer M, Capell WH, Talley ND, Wyatt HR, Foster GD, Hill JO, Eckel R​H. Lack of suppression of circulating free fatty acids and hypercholesterolemia during weight loss on a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet.Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Jan 27 epub. PUBMED

  • Hernandez TL, Capell WH, Wolfe P, Gerard LA, Eckel RH. Time course of C-reactive protein reduction with simvastatin therapy in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Am J Cardiol. 2006 Dec 15;98(12):1656-9. PUBMED

  • Capell WH, Eckel RH. Severe hypertriglyceridemia with a history of treatment failure. Nat Clin Pract Endocrinol Metab. 2005 Nov;1(1):53-8. PUBMED

  • Capell WH, Eckel RH. Treatment of hypertriglyceridemia. Curr Diab Rep. 2006 Jun;6(3):230-40. Review. PUBMED

  • Schlaepfer IR, Pulawa LK, Ferreira LD, James DE, Capell WH, Eckel RH. Increased expression of the SNARE accessory protein Munc18c in lipid-mediated insulin resistance. J Lipid Res. 2003 Jun;44(6):1174-81. PUBMED

  • Capell WH, DeSouza CA, Poirier P, Bell ML, Stauffer BL, Weil KM, Hernandez TL, Eckel RH. Short-term triglyceride lowering with fenofibrate improves vasodilator function in subjects with hypertriglyceridemia. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2003 Feb 1;23(2):307-13. PUBMED


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