Joseph G. Verbalis, MD

Joseph G. Verbalis, MD, graduated from Princeton University with an AB in chemistry in 1971, and received an MD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1975. He completed his residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1975-1978 and his fellowship training in endocrinology and metabolism at the University of Pittsburgh from 1978-1980. Dr. Verbalis was a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh from 1980 through 1995 where he rose to the position of tenured Professor of Medicine, and then relocated to Georgetown University in Washington, DC where he served as the Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism from 1995-2004, and then as the Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine from 2004-2007. Dr. Verbalis is currently a Professor of Medicine and Physiology, Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Co-Director of the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and Clinical Director of the Center for the Study of Sex Differences in Health, Aging and Disease at Georgetown University.

Dr. Verbalis has published more than 250 journal articles and book chapters related to the neuroendocrine regulation of the hormones vasopressin and oxytocin, and disorders of body fluid homeostasis. He authors the chapters on vasopressin and water metabolism in major textbooks of endocrinology (Williams Textbook of Endocrinology; Principles and Practice of Endocrinology and Metabolism), nephrology (Brenner & Rector’s The Kidney; Diseases of the Kidney and Urinary Tract), and neuroscience (Fundamental Neuroscience). He is a regularly an invited speaker at national and international meetings on neuroendocrinology and body fluid homeostasis. Invited lectureships have included the Donald Fraley Memorial Lectureship at the University of Pittsburgh, the Presidential Lecture of the American College of Sports Medicine, the John Walker Moore Memorial Lectureship at the University of Louisville, the Lefeber Aging Lectureship at The University of Texas Medical Branch, the Robert W. Schrier lectureship at the American Society of Nephrology, the Berthold Medal lectureship of the German Endocrine Society, Plenary Lecture of the Endocrine Society of Australia, Novo Lectureship of the Irish Endocrine Society, Plenary Lecture of the Serbian Endocrine Society, Plenary Lecture of the Venezuela Congress of Endocrinology.

Dr. Verbalis’ research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for the last 20 years and recently has concentrated on mechanisms underlying adaptation to hyponatremia, renal escape from vasopressin, osmotic regulation of hypothalamic gene expression, sex differences in physiology and pathophysiology, exercise-associated hyponatremia and clinical use of vasopressin receptor antagonists.

From 2003 to 2010 Dr. Verbalis directed the Georgetown-MedStar General Clinical Research Center. Under his leadership, Georgetown and Howard Universities were awarded a $38 million Clinical and Translational Science Award in 2010 to establish the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science, one of 60 such centers of excellence in clinical and translational science in the U.S.

Dr. Verbalis is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of numerous scientific organizations, including the American Society for Clinical Investigation, American College of Physicians, American Physiological Society, The Endocrine Society, American Society of Nephrology, Society for Neuroscience, and the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences.