Zahid Ahmad, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department: Internal Medicine

Biography

Our clinic, the UT Southwestern Lipid/Metabolism clinic sees a wide variety of patients with lipid disorders, including

  • Chylomicronemia
  • Diabetics unable to get to their LDL-C goals
  • Familial Hypercholesterolemia
  • Genetic/familial disease involving cholesterol or triglycerides
  • Invidividuals with very high cholesterol (Cholesterol > 300 mg/dL)
  • Pancreatitis due to high triglycerides
  • Patients with cholesterol/triglycerides that has been difficult to treat
  • Severely elevated triglycerides (Triglycerides > 1000 mg/dL)
  • Statin intolerance
  • Transplant patients (heart, lung, kidney, etc) with cholesterol/triglyceride abnormalities.
  • Very low cholesterol (LDL-C < 40 mg/dL) - Hypocholesterolemia
  • Xanthomas (skin rash/bumps due to high cholesterol or triglycerides)
  • Lipodystrophy
  • Dercum's disease

Our research group focuses on identifying the causes of the above disorders, which will hopefully lead to improved treatment options.

Education

Undergraduate School Tulane University (2000)
Medical School Tulane University School of Medicine (2004)
Residency UT Southwestern Medical Center (2007), Internal Medicine
Fellowship UT Southwestern Medical Center (2010), Endocrinology & Metabolism

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interests

  • Cholesterol - Dyslipidemia, Hypercholesterolemia, Hyperlipidemia
  • Dercum's Disease
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Hypoglycemia

Research Interests

  • Familial Hypercholesterolemia
  • Genetic/familial disease involving cholesterol or triglycerides
  • Invidividuals with very high cholesterol (Cholesterol > 300 mg/dL)
  • Patients with cholesterol/triglycerides that has been difficult to treat
  • Severely elevated triglycerides (Triglycerides > 1000 mg/dL)
  • Statin intolerance
  • Very low cholesterol (LDL-C < 40 mg/dL) - Hypocholesterolemia

Publications

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Featured Publications

Cholic Acid for Hepatic Steatosis in Patients with Lipodystrophy: A Randomized, Controlled Trial.

Ahmad Z, Subramanyam L, Szczepaniak L, Simha V, Adams-Huet B, Garg A Eur. J. Endocrinol. 2013 Feb

Lack of cardiovascular disease among old order amish with familial defective apolipoprotein B.

Ahmad Z, Garg A Arch. Intern. Med. 2011 Jun 171 11 1039-40; author reply 1040

Cirrhosis-induced pseudoglucagonoma syndrome in a patient with Type 2 Diabetes: an autopsy study.

Ahmad Z, Shastry S, Vuitch F, Garg A Clin. Endocrinol. (Oxf) 2011 May 74 5 658-60

Homozygous null mutations in ZMPSTE24 in restrictive dermopathy: evidence of genetic heterogeneity.

Ahmad Z, Phadke S, Arch E, Glass J, Agarwal A, Garg A Clin. Genet. 2010 Oct

Early onset mandibuloacral dysplasia due to compound heterozygous mutations in ZMPSTE24

Ahmad Z, Zackai E, Medne L, Garg A Am J Med Genet A. September 2010

Mediastinal paragangliomas: association with mutations in the succinate dehydrogenase genes and aggressive behavior.

Ghayee HK, Havekes B, Corssmit EP, Eisenhofer G, Hammes SR, Ahmad Z, Tessnow A, Lazúrová I, Adams KT, Fojo AT, Pacak K, Auchus RJ Endocr. Relat. Cancer 2009 Mar 16 1 291-9

Large-scale analysis of the Alu Ya5 and Yb8 subfamilies and their contribution to human genomic diversity.

Carroll ML, Roy-Engel AM, Nguyen SV, Salem AH, Vogel E, Vincent B, Myers J, Ahmad Z, Nguyen L, Sammarco M, Watkins WS, Henke J, Makalowski W, Jorde LB, Deininger PL, Batzer MA J. Mol. Biol. 2001 Aug 311 1 17-40

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Honors/Awards

  • Clinical Nutrition Scholars Program
    Center for Human Nutrition, UT Southwestern Medical Center (2010)
  • Endocrine Society Trainee Day
    (2009)
  • Endocrine Society Clinical Investigators Workshop
    (2008)
  • Genetics of Complex Disorders, Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard in Cambridge MA
    (2008)
  • Chief Fellow
    UT Southwestern Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship Program (2007)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Heart Association (2012)
  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Endocrine Society