Ivania Rizo, MD
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition & Weight Management

MD, Georgetown University
BS, University of Maryland

Ivania Rizo, MD is equally passionate about diabetes, obesity, and health equity. She is Director of Obesity Medicine at BMC, Diabetes Clinical Co-Lead of BMC Health Equity Accelerator, and Assistant Professor of Medicine in Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition, and Weight Management at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. She attended Georgetown University Medical School and Internal Medicine residency at Georgetown University. After completing her Endocrinology fellowship at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, she worked there as an Assistant Professor and as a Staff Physician at the Kirkland Medical Clinic before being appointed to her current position. She is triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, and Obesity Medicine. She currently Director of Obesity Medicine at BMC with a clinical interest in obesity , diabetes and metabolic disorders. She creates programs as Diabetes Clinical Co-Lead of BMC's Health Equity Accelerator to increase equitable access to diabetes and obesity care and providing exceptional care without exception. Dr. Rizo is a member of the following medical societies: the Endocrine Society, the American Diabetes Association, and the Obesity Society.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

As a Spanish speaking first generation immigrant from Nicaragua, Dr. Rizo is committed to including racial justice and advancing health equity in medical care, specifically in diabetes and obesity. Diabetes and obesity impacts racially and ethnically diverse communities at higher rates. It is Dr. Rizo’s goal to decrease the racial disparities in the community we serve at BMC. She works as a Diabetes Clinical Co-Lead in BMC's Health Equity Accelerator to create programs to increase equity in the care of patients with diabetes. Dr. Rizo is doing research looking at social determinants of health ( SDOH) and its impact on weight regain in post bariatric surgery patients at BMC. By including SDOH in her work, she hopes to decrease the barriers to care and ultimately improve the care we provide to our diverse community.

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  1. Ryan TJ, Heyman AS, Mulvey EN, McLaughlin A, Rizo IM, Assoumou SA. Factors associated with inpatient complications among patients with obesity and COVID-19 at an urban safety-net hospital: A retrospective cohort study. Obes Sci Pract. 2022 Aug 15; 8(6):794-800.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35938065; PMCID: PMC9347368; DOI: 10.1002/osp4.623;
  2. Fantasia KL, Wirunsawanya K, Lee C, Rizo I. Racial Disparities in Diabetes Technology Use and Outcomes in Type 1 Diabetes in a Safety-Net Hospital. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2021 09; 15(5):1010-1017.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33719610; PMCID: PMC8442173; DOI: 10.1177/1932296821995810;
  3. Nolen-Doerr E, Stockman MC, Rizo I. Mechanism of Glucagon-Like Peptide 1 Improvements in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity. Curr Obes Rep. 2019 Sep; 8(3):284-291.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31124035
  4. Dupepe E, Patel D, Miller J, Rizo I, Vaughan TB, Riley K. Postoperative day 1 versus postoperative day 5 morning cortisol for predicting an intact hypothalamic-pituitary axis: A cohort analysis. Surg Neurol Int. 2019; 10:91. PMID: 31528429; PMCID: PMC6744762; DOI: 10.25259/SNI-105-2019;
  5. Rizo IM, Apovian CM. Diabetic Ketoacidosis Post Bariatric Surgery. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2018; 9:812.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30697192; PMCID: PMC6340926; DOI: 10.3389/fendo.2018.00812;
  6. Rodriguez-Diaz E, Rizo I, Sullivan C, Steenkamp DW. Perioperative Use of a Hybrid Closed Loop System in an Obese Patient With Type 1 Diabetes Undergoing Metabolic Surgery: Insights Into Changes in Insulin Delivery and Sensitivity. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2018 11; 12(6):1239-1240.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29957042; PMCID: PMC6232739; DOI: 10.1177/1932296818784068;
  7. Hotez PJ, Ashcom J, Bin Z, Bethony J, Williamson A, Hawdon JM, Jianjun F, Dobardzic A, Rizo I, Bolden J, Jin Q, Yan W, Dobardzic R, Chung-Debose S, Crowell M, Datu B, Delaney A, Dragonovski D, Jiang Y, Yueyuan L, Ghosh K, Loukas A, Brandt W, Russell PK, Zook BC. Effect of vaccinations with recombinant fusion proteins on Ancylostoma caninum habitat selection in the canine intestine. J Parasitol. 2002 Aug; 88(4):684-90. PMID: 12197114
  8. Mantey SA, Coy DH, Pradhan TK, Igarashi H, Rizo IM, Shen L, Hou W, Hocart SJ, Jensen RT. Rational design of a peptide agonist that interacts selectively with the orphan receptor, bombesin receptor subtype 3. J Biol Chem. 2001 Mar 23; 276(12):9219-29. PMID: 11112777

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Bar chart showing 8 publications over 6 distinct years, with a maximum of 3 publications in 2019

In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Diabetes Management
Weight Management
Thyroid Disorders
General Endocrinology
Medical Management of Patients Undergoing Bariatric Surgery
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