Meet Our Team

Principal Investigator, Elif A. Oral, MD, MS

Dr. Elif Oral, MD
Elif A. Oral, MD, MS

Elif A. Oral, MD, MS, is a Professor in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes (MEND) at the University of Michigan. She completed her medical education in her home country of Turkey at the University of Istanbul. In 1996, she completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Sinai Hospital of Detroit (Michigan). She then completed a Fellowship in Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes at the National Institutes of Health, where she also chose to stay as a Senior Fellow under the mentorship of Drs. Simeon Taylor and Phillip Gorden in the Diabetes Branch of NIDDK.

Since joining the University of Michigan in 2002 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine, along with her regular faculty responsibilities, Dr. Oral also completed a Masters of Science Degree in Clinical Research Design and Biostatistics at the School of Public Health. Her clinical interests are in insulin resistance, obesity, lipid disorders, and diabetes.

Dr. Oral's research focuses on the importance of adipocytes in human metabolism and adipocyte hormones such as leptin. She is best known for her work showing the remarkable efficacy of leptin in rare lipodystrophy syndromes. These studies provided the basis for her current studies investigating the effects of leptin in treatment of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

In addition to her roles as physician, educator, and researcher, Dr. Oral is also the Director of the Obesity and Metabolic Disorders Program and the Post-Bariatric Surgery Care Program.

Clinical Study Team

Nevin Ajluni, MD
Nevin Ajluni, MD

Nevin Ajluni, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nazanene Esfandiari, MD
Nazanene Esfandiari, MD

Nazanene Esfandiari, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rita Hench, BS
Rita Hench, BS

Rita Hench, BS, CCRC-Endocrine
Clinical Study Coordinator, Department of Internal Medicine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Andrew Kraftson, MD
Andrew Kraftson, MD

Andrew Kraftson, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Corey Lager, MD
Corey Lager, MD

Corey Lager, MD
Fellow, Department of Internal Medicine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rasimcan Meral, MD
Rasimcan Meral, MD

Rasimcan Meral, MD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Internal Medicine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Adam Neidert
Adam Neidert

Adam Neidert
Clinical Study Coordinator, Department of Internal Medicine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Diana Rus, BS
Diana Rus, BS

Diana Rus, BS
Clinical Subjects Associate, Department of Internal Medicine