About the Chair

Francesco S. Celi, M.D., MHSc

Francesco S. Celi, M.D.

Dr. Francesco S. Celi is Chair of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. Prior to coming to VCU Medical Center, Dr. Celi served as a Clinical Investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Additionally, Dr. Celi also comes from an appointment as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Celi's clinical areas of interest include thyroid disorders and thyroid cancer. Dr Celi's research has focused on the homeostasis of thyroid hormone, with an emphasis most recently on the interactions among brown fat, energy expenditure, and thyroid hormones. He was most recently Principal Investigator on ten intramural NIDDK protocols; a member of several committees of the American Thyroid Association; on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism; and author of over 50 original scientific reports and 12 reviews and book chapters, including a recent single-author review on brown adipose tissue in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Celi received his MD degree from the University of Rome, La Sapienza, and his Masters in Health Sciences from Duke University. He completed residency training in Geriatrics at the University of Rome, Sapienza; residency training in Internal Medicine at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center; a research fellowship in Geriatrics at Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute on Aging at the NIH; and a clinical fellowship in Endocrinology at the University of Maryland. He served as Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland before joining the NIDDK in 2003 as a Staff Clinician and Clinical Investigator in the Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Obesity Branch of the NIDDK.