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Joseph L. Lillo, DO Biography

Assistant Professor at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University
Pro to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"

“Obesity meets all accepted criteria of a medical disease, including a known etiology, recognized signs and symptoms, and a range of structural and functional changes that culminate in pathologic consequences. Excess adipose tissue acts as an endocrine organ to produce excess free fatty acids, as well as tumor necrosis factor-รก, interleukin-6, leptin, and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1. These bioactive molecules are associated with hyperinsulinemia, hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, development of diabetes, [dyslipidemia,] endothelial damage, and the onset and progression of atherosclerotic lesions.”

“Obesity as a Disease State: A New Paradigm for Diagnosis and Treatment,” Clinical Cornerstone, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Physician and Surgeon, Scottsdale Family Health, PLLC, 2002-present
  • Assistant Professor, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM), Midwestern University, 2000-present
  • Investigator, Elite Clinical Studies, LLC
  • Medical Director, Wellness, Inc., 1999-2007
  • Chairman, Department of Family Practice, Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn, 1998-2000
  • Physician and Surgeon, Medical Arts, PA, 1980-2000
  • Utilization Review Committee, Scottsdale Integrated Management, 1995-1998
  • Family Practice Committee, Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, 1997
  • Chairman, Department of Family Practice, Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, 1991-1992
  • Medical Director, Scottsdale Convalescent Plaza, 1988-1989
  • President, Grandel Incorporated, Medical Real Estate Investment Company, 1988-1989
  • Administrator, Scottsdale Community Hospital, 1988-1989
  • Chief of Staff, Baptist Medical Center, Scottsdale, Arizona, 1987
  • Chief of Staff, Scottsdale Community Hospital, 1986
  • Intern, Phoenix General Hospital, 1979-1980
  • DO, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, 1979
  • BS, Zoology, Arizona State University, 1976
  • Board Certified in Clinical Lipidology, American Board of Clinical Lipidology, Nov. 2005
  • Board Certified in Family Practice, American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, 1990