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Atul Chopra, MD, PhD

Atul Chopra, MD, PhD

Office Locations

UH Cleveland Medical Center Lakeside (0 mi.)

11100 Euclid Ave
Lakeside Ste 1500
Cleveland, OH 44106

Biography: Atul Chopra, MD, PhD


  • Metabolic Diseases
  • Obesity


  • Associate Director, Rare Disease Program, Harrington Discovery Institute, University Hospitals
  • Investigator, Harrington Discovery Institute, University Hospitals
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, CWRU School of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor of Genetics, CWRU School of Medicine

Certifications & Memberships

  • Clinical Genetics and Genomics - American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics


Residency | Medical Genetics
Medical Genetics - Texas Children's Hospital (2010 - 2014)

Other Education
Baylor College Of Medicine (2010)

Medical Education
Maharashtra Institute Of Medical Education And Research (2002)


Atul Chopra, MD, PhD, is a physician-scientist and medical geneticist specializing in rare genetic disorders of metabolism and energy balance. An example of his work is the discovery of asprosin, a hormone that controls appetite and glucose levels, that was made possible by clinical examination of patients with mutations in a gene never previously associated with such processes.

Dr. Chopra’s lab at Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals, and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, studies every facet of asprosin biology - synthesis, secretion, blood dynamics, CNS and hepatic receptors, and manipulation to treat disease. He devotes most of his time to novel scientific discovery as a principal investigator of his lab group, and to diagnosing and caring for patients as an Attending Medical Geneticist at the Center for Human Genetics, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.

Dr. Chopra founded and operationalized Aceragen, Inc., a biotech company that is developing treatments for several rare genetic diseases. His professional life encompasses the entire arc - from caring for patients, to discovering new biology, to commercially developing products that serve those patients. Dr. Chopra also serves as a thought leader in metabolic and hormonal diseases such as obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and certain inborn errors of metabolism.

Industry Relationships

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UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

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As of December 31, 2016, Atul Chopra did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.