Simeon Margolis


Baltimore Maryland, USA

Simeon Margolis, MD, PhD, received his medical degree and doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After completing his internship and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1965, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor in Medicine. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Biological Chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research has centered in the laboratory on the control of cholesterol metabolism as well as in clinical studies in regulation of blood glucose levels. He was the Director of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism in the Department of Medicine from 1968 to 1981 and from 1985 to 1990. He served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Johns Hopkins from 1984 to 1990 and subsequently was Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs for 18 months.

Dr Margolis has been a member of various committees for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, including the Metabolism Study Section, General Clinical Research Centers, National Diabetes Advisory Board, and the Arteriosclerosis Specialized Centers of Research Review Committees. In addition, he has acted as a member of the Endocrinology and Metabolism Panel of the US Food and Drug Administration.

A former weekly columnist for The Baltimore Sun, Dr Margolis has served for more than 20 years as Medical Editor of The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50. Dr. Margolis has lectured to medical students, physicians, and the general public on a wide variety of topics, such as the prevention of coronary heart disease, the control of cholesterol levels, the treatment of diabetes, and “alternative medicine.” He has also written numerous white papers for Johns Hopkins on a wide variety of medical topics. For the past four years, Dr Margolis has had regular blogs on Yahoo! Health.

Selected Books:

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The Johns Hopkins Medical Guide to Health After 50, editor (Black Dog & Leventhal, 2006). Evidence-based medical guide covering more than 100 of the most common ailments associated with aging.

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Johns Hopkins Complete Home Guide to Pills & Medicines, editor (Black Dog & Leventhal, 2005). A guide to more than 700 generic and 2,300 brand-name prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The synopses are written in accessible language for the general public. The information in this book is backed by the reputation of Johns Hopkins, which was recently rated the number-one US medical center by US News & World Report for the 14th year in a row.

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Johns Hopkins Symptoms and Remedies: The Complete Home Medical Reference, editor (Rebus, 2003). Consumer text lists more than 500 symptoms and conditions and potential diagnoses alphabetically. Also provides a comprehensive explanation of each disorder, additional information about symptoms, causes of the disorder, how it is diagnosed, and treatment options.

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The Johns Hopkins Consumer Guide to Medical Tests: What You Can Expect, How You Should Prepare, What Your Results Mean (Rebus, 2001). This book gives the public a detailed understanding of what they can expect from the hundreds of medical tests that can help save their lives and explains what the results mean.

Selected Publications:

  • Statement to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine,” 2001 May 15.
  • “Chelation therapy is ineffective for the treatment of peripheral vascular disease,” Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 1995 May; 1(2): 53-57. [excerpt] The case against chelation therapy for cardiovascular disease (CVD) can be summarized in one sentence: Although advocates of chelation therapy have reported favorable results based on uncontrolled, usually retrospective “studies,” two double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, prospective trials have shown that infusions of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) are no more effective in improving the manifestations of peripheral vascular disease (PVD) than are infusions of a placebo.

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