Bookmark and Share

Ava M. Port

Ava M. Port M.D.

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Primary Appointment: Medicine
Location: HH, 567
Phone: 410-328-6219
Fax: 410-328-6578

Personal History:

Ava Port, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition. Dr. Port received dual B.S. degrees in Nutritional Sciences (magna cum laude) and Animal Biotechnology (cum laude) at Rutgers University in 2002, and then received her MD at Rutgers Medical School (formerly known as UMDNJ- New Jersey Medical School) in 2006. She completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Boston University in 2009, before going on to complete sub-specialty training, including a 1-year fellowship in Clinical Nutrition in 2010 and fellowship in Endocrinology in 2012. During her tenure at Boston University she was involved in managing the inpatient Nutrition Support Service, clinical research focused on weight loss trials and basic research involving adipose tissue biology and oxidative stress. She joined the University of Maryland faculty in August of 2012, and has since become involved in a multidisciplinary team treating Bariatric surgical patients. She has also led the development of a weight management program at the University of Maryland's Center for Diabetes, which provides a comprehensive and personalized program to help overweight or obese (BMI > 25 kg/m2) diabetics achieve their weight loss goals.

Research Interests:

  • Obesity and Metabolism
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Diabetes

Clinical Speciality:

  • Endocrinology
  • Nutrition and Weight Management


  1. Port AM, Apovian C. Metabolic support of the obese ICU patient: a current perspective. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care, March 2010, 13 (2): 184-191. PMID: 20040861.
  2. Port AM, Ruth MR, Istfan N. Fructose and cancer: is there a connection? Curr Opin Endocr Diab Nutr, Oct 2012, 19 (5): 367-374. PMID: 22922366.
  3. Ruth MR, Port AM, Shah M, Bourland AC, Istfan NW, Nelson KP, Goyke N, Apovian CM. A hypocaloric high fat low carbohydrate diet lowers C-reactive protein, and raises serum adiponectin and high density lipoprotein-cholesterol in obese subjects. Metabolism (Accepted, In Press).