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Soren Snitker, MD, PhD

Academic Title:

Adjunct Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:


Secondary Appointment(s):



HH Room 598B

Phone (Primary):

(410) 706-1511


(410) 706-1622

Education and Training

M.D. University of Copenhagen

Ph.D. (Human Physiology) University of Copenhagen


Dr. Snitker performs clinical research into the genetics, pathophysiology, prevention and treatment of obesity and diabetes. His investigative approaches include insulin clamps, indirect calorimetry, body composition analyses, microdialysis, intraneural recordings of sympathetic nervous system activity, genetics, genomics and measurements of physical activity.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Diabetes, obesity, pathophysiology, prevention, treatment, epidemiology, genetics, genomics, pharmacogenetics, pharmacogenomics, muscle sympathetic nerve activity, MSNA, autonomic nervous system, body composition, physical activity, measurement, statistics

Highlighted Publications

Search My Publications in PubMed



Devonshire AL, Hager ER, Black MM, Diener-West M, Tilton N, Snitker S. Elevated blood pressure in adolescent girls: correlation to body size and
composition. BMC Public Health 2016 doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-2717-6. PubMed PMID: 26812968; PubMed Central PMCID:

Breunig IM, Shaya FT, McPherson ML, Snitker S. Development of heart failure in Medicaid patients with type 2 diabetes treated with pioglitazone, rosiglitazone, 
or metformin. J Manag Care Spec Pharm 2014. PubMed PMID: 25166288.

Albert JS, Yerges-Armstrong LM, Horenstein RB, Pollin TI, Sreenivasan UT, Chai S, Blaner WS, Snitker S, O'Connell JR, Gong DW, Breyer RJ 3rd, Ryan AS,
McLenithan JC, Shuldiner AR, Sztalryd C, Damcott CM. Null mutation in hormone-sensitive lipase gene and risk of type 2 diabetes. N Engl J Med. 2014 Jun
12;370(24):2307-15. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1315496. Epub 2014 May 21. PubMed PMID:
24848981; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4096982.

Hairston KG, Ducharme JL, Treuth MS, Hsueh WC, Jastreboff AM, Ryan KA, Shi X, Mitchell BD, Shuldiner AR, Snitker S. Comparison of BMI and physical activity
between old order Amish children and non-Amish children. Diabetes Care 2013. doi: 10.2337/dc12-0934. Epub 2012 Oct 23. PubMed PMID: 23093661; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3609522.

Snitker S, Fujishima Y, Shen H, Ott S, Pi-Sunyer X, Furuhata Y, Sato H, Takahashi M. Effects of novel capsinoid treatment on fatness and energy metabolism in humans: possible pharmacogenetic implications.
Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Jan;89(1):45-50. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2008.26561. Epub 2008 Dec 3. PubMed PMID: 19056576; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3151435.

Rampersaud E, Mitchell BD, Pollin TI, Fu M, Shen H, O'Connell JR, Ducharme JL, Hines S, Sack P, Naglieri R, 
Shuldiner AR, Snitker S. Physical activity and the association of common FTO gene variants with body mass
index and obesity. Arch Intern Med 2008. PubMed PMID: 18779467; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3635949.


Clinical Specialty Details

General Internal Medicine