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Ava M. Port, MD

Academic Title:

Clinical Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:



UM Midtown Campus, 2nd Floor Diabetes Ctr

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Education and Training

Ava Port, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition. Dr. Port received dual B.S. degrees in Nutritional Sciences (magna cum laude) and Animal Biotechnology (cum laude) at Rutgers University in 2002, and then received her MD at Rutgers Medical School (formerly known as UMDNJ- New Jersey Medical School) in 2006.

She completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Boston University in 2009, before going on to complete sub-specialty fellowship training in Clinical Nutrition in 2010 and Endocrinology in 2012. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists (ABPNS), the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) and is a board certified Endocrinologist (ABIM).


During her tenure at Boston University, she participated in both clinical and basic research focused on weight loss, adipose tissue biology and oxidative stress.  Since joining the University of Maryland faculty in August of 2012, Dr. Port has led a weight management program at the University of Maryland's Center for Diabetes, which provides a comprehensive and personalized program to help overweight or obese (BMI > 25 kg/m2) individuals achieve their weight loss goals.    

Research/Clinical Keywords

Bariatric Surgery, Obesity, Metabolism, Diabetes, Transgender

Highlighted Publications

    Kushner RF, Batsis JA, Butch WS, Davis N, Golden A, Halperin F, Kidambi S, Machineni S, Novick M, Port AM, Rubino DM, Suanders KH, Shapiro Manning L, Soleymani T, Kahan S. Weight history in clinical practice:  state of the science and future directions. Obesity, Jan 2020, 28 (1): 9-17.  PMID: 31858735

    Ruth MR, Port AM, Shah M, Bourland AC, Istfan NW, Nelson KP, Goyke N, Apovian CM. A hypocaloric high fat low carbohydrate diet lowers C-reactive protein, and raises serum adiponectin and high density lipoprotein-cholesterol in obese subjects. Metabolism, Dec 2013, 62 (12): 1779-1787. PMID:24075505

    Port AM, Ruth MR, Istfan N. Fructose and cancer: is there a connection? Curr Opin Endocr Diab Nutr, Oct 2012, 19 (5): 367-374. PMID: 22922366.

    Port AM, Apovian C. Metabolic support of the obese ICU patient: a current perspective. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care, March 2010, 13 (2): 184-191. PMID: 20040861.