Shelby Sullivan, M.D.

Shelby Sullivan, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr. Sullivan joined the faculty in July of 2007.  She graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in 2001, and completed her internal medicine residency there in 2004.  Dr. Sullivan also pursued training in Gastroenterology as a fellow in GI at Washington University School of Medicine, which she completed in June of 2007.


“My research interests are in obesity and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.  Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease affects approximately 33% of the population and is the most common cause for abnormal liver tests in the US.  We know that weight loss through bariatric surgery or lifestyle modification can improve steatosis.  Unfortunately, weight loss is difficult to achieve and even more difficult to maintain.  Currently, we are investigating the effects of two different doses of aerobic exercise in obese persons with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease on steatosis, hepatic lipid kinetics, and insulin sensitivity of liver, adipose tissue, and skeletal muscle. The results from this study will help determine exercise guidelines for obese persons with NAFLD, and lay the groundwork for future studies evaluating the mechanisms responsible for beneficial effects of exercise on the metabolic abnormalities associated with NAFLD.”


Link to Medline for selected publications

Division of Gastroenterology
Department of Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine