Mary Ellen Sweeney, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Office: 1675 Clairmont Rd.-111

Phone: 404-321-6111 or 404-778-3280

Fax: 404-235-3011


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Dr. Sweeney is interested in the diagnosis and treatment of lipid disorders, both familial and those related to obesity, insulin resistance, metabolic disorders and diet. Her research interests include assessment of the metabolic effects of diet and various types of exercise on body composition and glucose and lipid metabolism in patients with cardiovascular disease. She is currently involved in research concerning the intensity of blood pressure and diabetes control and how it relates to cardiovascular disease and quality of life.

Dr.  Sweeney is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Emory University School of Medicine. After completing her medical school training at the Medical College of Ohio, she came to Atlanta for her residency in Internal Medicine at Emory followed by an appointment as a Clinical Research Associate in Nutrition and Metabolism at the Emory GCRC studying obesity, weight loss and cardiovascular disease.  After completing an Endocrine Fellowship at Emory she went on to work with  Dr. W. Virgil Brown in Clinical Research and Lipid Metabolism.   She was in the inaugural group of physicians to  become a Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology and was  named a Fellow of the National Lipid Association. She currently directs the Lipid Metabolism Clinics at Emory Healthcare and the Atlanta VA Medical Center which are elective rotations for medicine and pharmacy residents, as well as cardiology and endocrine fellows.

She is an active clinical researcher and has been a site investigator on numerous large clinical trials including ALLHAT, ACCORD, ASPREE and SPRINT. She is the author of many articles, book chapters and reviews and serves on the Editorial Boards of The American Journal of Clinical Lipidology and the Journal of Clinical and Translational Endocrinology.

She has been an advocate for nutrition and exercise through her work with the American Heart Association holding local, regional and national offices and is past President of the American Heart Association Southeast Affiliate.  She was appointed to the Georgia House of Representative Task Force of the Study of Obesity in Georgia and was subsequently named AHA Advocate of the Year for her support of physical education in the schools.

Since 2013 she has participated as a faculty mentor in the Emory Global Health Residency Scholarship program, traveling to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to collaborate in the training of fellows in the newly formed Endocrine Training Program.  In addition to teaching and attending in the clinics she was honored to present Grand Rounds in Lipid Metabolism.


BS, University of Toledo
MD, Medical College of Ohio
Internship & Residency, Emory University Affiliated Hospitals
Fellowship, Emory University School of Medicine

Selected  Achievements

  • Past President The American Heart Association Southeast Affiliate 1999-2000
  • American Heart Association 2004 ” Advocate of the Year Award”
  • Appointed to the Georgia House of Representatives Task Force for the Study of Obesity in Georgia; 2004-2005
  • Teacher of the Year, Division of Endocrinology Fellowship Program 2010
  • Named Fellow of the National Lipid Association 2013



Recent Abstract Presentations at National/International, Regional, and Institutional Conferences

  • Fayfman M, Azzalin,A, Johnson R, Wilson, PW, Sweeney ME*. Long-Term Efficacy of Non-Daily Statin Dosing in Previously Intolerant Patients: The Atlanta VA Experience. 2015. Journal of Clinical  Lipidology; Vol 9 (3):460. Poster presentation National Lipid Association Scientific Sessions June 11-14, 2015, Chicago,
  • Constantin T*, Anthony JR, Ciavatta MM,  McCarver K,  Sweeney ME,  Ioachimescu OC. Short Total Sleep Time and Elevated Central Apnea Index are Significant Predictors of Coronary Artery Disease. 2015; Journal of Clinical  Lipidology; Vol 9 (3):424. Poster presentation National Lipid Association Scientific Sessions June 11-14, 2015, Chicago, IL.   Received 3rd Place Young Investigator Award.
  • Anthony J, Constantin T, Ciavatta MM, McCarver K, Sweeney ME, Ioachimescu OC* The Effects of CPAP Therapy on Cardio-Metabolic Parameters in a Cohort of 925 Veterans Seen in Sleep Medicine Clinics.   Accepted for presentation at the  CHEST 2015 Annual Meeting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. October 24-28,2015
  • Haw JS,  Fayfman M, Yifter H,  Ahmed A,  Kebede T, Sweeney ME.  Medical Education and Quality Improvement in Diabetes Care: Collaborative Efforts between Addis Ababa University and Emory University..  Presented at the Emory Ethiopia Symposium November 2, 2015, Atlanta GA.

Selected Recent Articles

  • Barzilay JI, Davis BR, Pressel SL, Cutler JA, Einhorn PT, Black HR, Cushman WC, Ford CE, Margolis KL, Maloo J, Oparil S, Pillar LB, Simmons DL, Sweeney ME, Whelton PK, Wong ND, Wright JT. Long-term effects of Incident Diabetes Mellitus on Cardiovascular Outcomes in People Treated for Hypertension: The ALLHAT Diabetes Extension Study. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes . 2012; 5(2):153-62. NIHMSID: NIHMS359634 PubMed [journal] PMID: 22396585, PMCID: PMC3359874
  • Drawz PE, Baraniuk S, Davis BR, Brown CD, Colon PJ,  Cujyet AB,  Dart RA, MD,  GraumlichJF,  Henriquez MA, Moloo 2.J, Sakalayen MG, Simmons DL, Stanford C, Sweeney ME, Wong ND, Rahman M.  Cardiovascular risk assessment: Addition of CKD and race to the Framingham equation. Am Heart J 2012; 164(6):925-31.e2. NIHMSID: NIHMS407420 PubMed [journal] PMID:23194494, PMCID: PMC3511773
  • Le NA, Farkas-Eperson M, Sweeney ME, Wilson PW, Brown WV. Effect of ABT-335 (fenofibric acid) on meal-induced oxidative stress in patients with metabolic syndrome.  Atherosclerosis. 2013; 231(2):268-73. PubMed [journal] PMID: 24267238
  • Citkowitz E, Roy H, Sweeney ME. Hypertriglyceridemia. Medscape Reference.     Updated November 05, 2013. Available at:
  • Sweeney ME and Burton M. The use of secure messaging in medical specialty care. The Federal Practitioner. April 2014; 31(4):28-3220.