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Cecilia C. Low Wang, M.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine


Dr. Wang joined the faculty of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine after completing her fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism here. She graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in Chemistry, and earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and completed her residency training in internal medicine at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, where she served as Chief Medical Resident. She is dual board-certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. She staffs the weekly General Endocrine and Intensive Diabetes Clinics at the Denver VA Medical Center (VAMC), attends on the inpatient Endocrine consult service at the University of Colorado Hospital and the VAMC, and attends on the inpatient Internal Medicine Service at VAMC.  Dr. Wang's research has been focused on vascular smooth muscle cell biology in different models. Currently, she is completing basic and clinical projects in: vascular wall insulin signaling in an animal model of obesity and the metabolic syndrome, acute effects of diet composition on skeletal muscle insulin signaling, and the association of serum vitamin D status with cardiovascular risk factors in a mostly Hispanic cohort. Her clinical interests include: complications of diabetes (particularly cardiovascular disease), insulin resistance, vitamin D deficiency/insufficiency, and management of inpatient hyperglycemia, in addition to general endocrinology. Dr. Wang is actively involved with the fellowship program in Endocrinology and teaching at the medical school. ​


  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Vitamin D Deficiency

Selected Publications

  1. Cardio-Diabetes: Special Considerations for Patients with Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease: Changing the Focus from Glycemic Control to Improving Long Term Survival.
    Wang CC, Reusch JEB.
    Am J Cardiol. 2012 Nov 6;110(9 Suppl):58B-68B. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2012.08.036. Review
  2. Effect of dietary macronutrient composition on AMPK and SIRT1 expression and activity in human skeletal muscle / Diet, AMPK and SIRT1 in human muscle.
    Draznin B, Wang CC, Adochio R, Leitner JW, Cornier MA.
    Horm Metab Res.2012 Sep;44(9):650-5. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1312656. Epub 2012 Jun 6.
  3. Subcutaneous administration of glargine to diabetic patients receiving insulin infusion prevents rebound hyperglycemia.
    Hsia E, Seggelke S, Gibbs J, Hawkins RM, Cohlmia E, Rasouli N, Wang CC, Kam I, and Draznin B.
    J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2012 Sep;97(9):3132-7. doi: 10.1210/jc.2012-1244. Epub 2012 Jun 8.
  4. Type 2 Diabetes in the Federal Health Care Setting: Optimizing Patient Outcomes in Diabetes Management. Article 2: Management of comorbidities and risk factors including hypoglycemia.
    Reusch JEB, Wang CC.
    Federal Practitioner 29(Suppl. 1):8S-13S. 2012.
  5. Cardiovascular disease in diabetes: Where does glucose fit in?
    Reusch JEB, Wang CC.
    J Clin Endocrinol Metab 96:2367-2376. 2011.
  6. Circulating adiponectin levels are lower in Latino versus non-Latino white patients at risk for cardiovascular disease, independent of adiposity measures.
    Wang CC, Hosokawa P, Dickinson M, Neuman C, Karimkhani E, Erickson C, Chonchol M, Krantz M, Steiner JF, Besessen DH, Havranek EP, Long C.
    BMC Endocr Disord 11:13. doi:10.1186/1472-6823-11-13. 2011.
  7. Insulin attenuates vascular smooth muscle calcification but increases vascular smooth muscle cell phosphate transport.
    Wang CC, Sorribas V, Sharma G, Levi M, Draznin B.
    Atherosclerosis. 2007 Nov;195(1):e65-75. Epub 2007 Apr 6.
  8. Early growth response gene-1 expression in vascular smooth muscle cells effects of insulin and oxidant stress.
    Wang CC, Sharma G, Draznin B.
    Am J Hypertens. 2006 Apr;19(4):366-72.
  9. Molecular mechanisms of insulin resistance that impact cardiovascular biology.
    Wang CC, Goalstone ML, Draznin B.
    Diabetes. 2004 Nov;53(11):2735-40. Review.
  10. Evidence that androgenic and estrogenic metabolites contribute to the effects of dehydroepiandrosterone on cognition in postmenopausal women.
    Hirshman E, Merritt P, Wang CC, Wierman M, Budescu DV, Kohrt W, Templin JL, Bhasin S.
    Horm Behav. 2004 Feb;45(2):144-55.
  11. Insulin affects vascular smooth muscle cell phenotype and migration via distinct signaling pathways.
    Wang CC, Gurevich I, Draznin B.
    Diabetes. 2003 Oct;52(10):2562-9.
  12. Potentiation of effects of weight loss by monounsaturated fatty acids in obese NIDDM patients.
    Low CC, Grossman EB, Gumbiner B.
    Diabetes. 1996 May;45(5):569-75.

  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Obesity
  • Metabolism
  • Vitamin D Deficiency​

Medical Schools
MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (1996)

Undergraduate Schools
BA, Pomona College (1991)

University of Utah Medical Center Program (1997)

Residency Program
University of Utah Medical Center Program, Chief Resident, Internal Medicine (1999)

University of Colorado, Internal Medicine - Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism (2003)