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Suneil Koliwad


Chief, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

Dr. Suneil Koliwad is an endocrinologist who specializes in diabetes, obesity and other metabolic disorders and conditions linked to metabolism. He serves as chief of UCSF's endocrinology and metabolism division.

Koliwad directs a research lab focused on the intersection of nutrition, inflammation and metabolic tissue function in healthy patients as compared with those with conditions such as obesity, diabetes and fatty liver disease. Also examining how these factors change during aging, his lab studies a diverse group of UCSF obesity patients with the goal of finding links between metabolic regulation and development of these diseases. Koliwad holds the Gerold Grodsky, PhD Chair in Diabetes Research.

At Baylor College of Medicine, Koliwad earned a doctorate in molecular physiology and his medical degree, and completed a residency in internal medicine, serving as chief resident. At UCSF, he completed a fellowship in diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Gladstone Institutes, a research nonprofit focused on finding treatments for various diseases.

Passionate about teaching and mentoring, Koliwad enjoys working with scientists early in their careers, supporting their development and success. He is a member of the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Endocrine Society, and is president of the San Francisco Bay Area's ADA's leadership board.

When he's not working, Koliwad enjoys travel, movies, baseball, college sports and time with his family.

  • Education

    Baylor College of Medicine, PhD, Molecular Physiology, 1995

    Baylor College of Medicine, MD, 1999

  • Residencies

    Baylor College, Internal Medicine, 2003

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2009

  • Board Certifications

    Endocrinology Diabetes and Metabolism, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Where I see patients (3)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    37 Ratings
    About our process
    Sep 15, 2023
    Excellent! Very collaborative.
    Sep 12, 2023
    Dr. Koliwad is exceptional he listens and answers questions/concerns in a manner that is easy to understand.
    Jul 07, 2023
    I'm so thankful to have Dr. Koliwad as my provider- In the 3 months he has treated me I feel better than I have in 3 years!
    May 06, 2023
    An excellent physician much much better than very good'!
    Mar 24, 2023
    Quick efficient well-spoken
    Mar 22, 2023
    Dr. Koliwad is a fine endocrinologist- he is thorough personable and gives lots of good information regarding my condition. Was not hurried which I appreciate.
    Mar 08, 2023
    Dr Koliwad was great to work with. Easy to talk to good explanation of the medicine and diagnosis.
    Decorative Caduceus

    Inflammation, Diabetes, Ethnicity and Obesity Cohort

    Number of biological samples collected