Meet Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Dallas Endocrinologist Specializing in Lipid Disorders
In both the clinic and the lab, Zahid Ahmad, M.D., is working to fight lipid metabolism disorders – abnormalities in the way the body processes cholesterol and fat.
An endocrinologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Ahmad specializes in treating patients with extremely high levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
These patients include those with conditions such as dyslipidemia, chylomicronemia, and familial hypercholesterolemia, a genetic condition that causes LDL cholesterol to soar to dangerously high levels.
Dr. Ahmad also has special expertise in treating patients unable to tolerate their cholesterol medications – an issue that affects up to 10 percent of patients prescribed these drugs.
“I’m motivated by helping people who no one else has been able to help, both in the clinic and through my research,” he says. “Our clinic is a referral center for the most complex patients – those experiencing the most problems with their lipid levels and their medications.”
Active in investigating lipid disorders, Dr. Ahmad continues to build upon UT Southwestern’s Nobel Prize-winning discoveries in the field.
“Conducting research gives me a lot of insight into all the different cholesterol and triglyceride drugs, and it keeps me current on the most promising practices and ways of managing lipid disorders,” he says. “It also helps me facilitate patient enrollment in clinical trials of new, leading-edge medications.”
Dr. Ahmad was attracted to endocrinology because he has many family members who suffer from diabetes and early-onset cardiovascular disease.
“That led me to really specialize and develop a niche in treating and investigating cholesterol and triglyceride issues.”
Dr. Ahmad is fellowship trained and certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, endocrinology, metabolism, and diabetes.