Michael D Jensen, MD
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Rochester, MN USA


Dr. Jensen received his M.D. from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and completed his internal residency medicine and subspecialty training in endocrinology & metabolism at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He maintains an active research program focusing on obesity-related pathophysiology in humans. Dr. Jensen holds the Tomas J. Watson, Jr. Professorship in Honor of Dr. Robert L. Frye at the Mayo College of Medicine. His clinical interests are primarily focused on obesity and diabetes. Dr. Jensen’s research involves the study of body fat distribution, and fatty acid/energy metabolism, focusing specifically on the effects obesity and body-fat distribution on health. His studies have identified the relative contributions of different fat depots to lipid fuel metabolism, including the role of intra-abdominal fat. He received a MERIT award from NIH to support his studies in this area and has been funded for 34 consecutive years. He has served on NIH, professional foundation and Mayo scientific review panels and has contributed to professional associations both by committee work and in elected office. Dr. Jensen has published more than 280 original research articles, together with over 70 invited papers and book chapters. He has served on the editorial boards of Obesity Research, American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism, Diabetes, Obesity, and as senior associate editor for Diabetes 2011-2016. Dr. Jensen served as co-chair of the NHLBI Expert Panel on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, 2008-2013.