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Roberto Salvatori, M.D.

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Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Pituitary Center

Professor of Medicine


Languages: English, Italian

Expertise: Adrenal Insufficiency, Adrenal Tumors, Cushing Syndrome, Endocrinology, Growth Hormone Deficiency, Hypopituitarism, Pituitary Disorders, Pituitary Tumors

Research Interests: Growth hormone deficiency and excess

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Appointment Phone: 410-955-9270

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Fax: 410-367-2042


Dr. Roberto Salvatori graduated summa cum laude with honors from Catholic University School of Medicine in Rome, Italy. He trained in Internal Medicine at the Montefiore Medical Center of the Albert Einstein University in the Bronx, NY and completed fellowships in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Cornell University in New York and at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1998 and is currently a Professor of Medicine.

One of the founders of the Johns Hopkins Pituitary Tumor Center, Dr. Salvatori focuses his clinical practice on the diagnosis and treatment of pituitary and adrenal tumors and pituitary dysfunction, with a particular interest in growth hormone excess (acromegaly) and deficiency, and on cortisol excess (Cushing) and deficiency (adrenal insufficiency).

Dr. Salvatori also runs a research laboratory, which has produced important new information about the genetic causes of isolated growth hormone deficiency, and where new animal models are used to discover new therapies for growth hormone deficiency. more


  • Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Pituitary Center
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Professor of Neurosurgery

Centers & Institutes



  • MD, Universita Cattolica de Sacro Cuore (1985)


  • Montefiore Medical Center / Internal Medicine (1996)


  • Cornell University Medical College / Endocrinology (1992)
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Endocrinology (1998)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Endocrinology/Diabetes/Metabolism (1997, 2007)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (1996, 2006)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Sagazio A, Piantedosi R, Alba M, Blaner WS, and Salvatori R. Vitamin A deficiency does not influence longitudinal growth in mice. Nutrition, 23:483-8, 2007

Oliveira JLM, Aguiar-Oliveira MH, DOliveira Junior A, Pereira RMC, Oliveira CRP, Farias CT, Barreto-Filho JA, Anjos-Andrade FD, Marques-Santos C, Nascimento-Junior AC, Alves EO, Oliveira FT, Campos VC, Ximenes R, Blackford A, Parmigiani G, and Salvatori R Congenital growth hormone (GH) deficiency and atherosclerosis: Effects of GH replacement in GH-naive adults J Clin Endocrinol Metabol, 92:4664-70 2007

Oliveira CRP, Salvatori R, Nbrega LMA, Carvalho EOM, Menezes M, Farias CT, Britto AVO, Pereira RMC, and Aguiar-Oliveira MH. Abdominal organs size in adults with severe short stature due to severe, untreated, congenital GH deficiency due to a homozygous mutation in the GHRH receptor gene. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf), 69:153-8, 2008.

Sagazio A, Xiao X, Wang Z, Martari M and Salvatori R. A Single Injection Of Double-Stranded Adeno-Associated Viral Vector Expressing Growth Hormone (GH) Normalizes Growth In GH Deficient Mice J Endocrinol, 196:79-88, 2008

Menezes M, Salvatori R, Oliveira CRP, Pereira RMC, Souza AHO, Nobrega LMA, do AC Cruz E, do A.C.Menezes M, Alves EO, AguiarOliveira MH. Climacteric in Untreated Isolated Growth Hormone Deficiency. Menopause, 15: 743-7, 2008

de Paula FJA, Gis-Jnior MB, Aguiar-Oliveira MH, de A. Pereira F, Oliveira CRP, Pereira RMC, Farias CT, Vicente TAR and Salvatori R Consequences of Lifetime Isolated Growth Hormone (GH) Deficiency and Effects of Short-Term GH Treatment on Bone in Adults with a Mutation in the GHRH-receptor Gene. Clin Endocrinol 70:35-40, 2009

Barreto VMP, Dvila JS, Neuza JS, Gonalves MIR, Dantas Seabra JD, Salvatori R, and Aguiar-Oliveira MH Laryngeal and vocal evaluation in untreated growth hormone deficient adults. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 140:37-42, 2009

White KH, Petrie CD, Landschulz W, MacLean D, Taylor A, Lyles K, Wei JW, Hoffman AR, Salvatori R, Ettinger MP, Morey MC, Blackman MR, and Merriam GR, for the Capromorelin Study Group. Effects of an oral growth hormone secretagogue in older adults. J Clin Endocrinol Metabol, 2009 Jan 27. [Epub ahead of print]

Barbosa JAR, Salvatori R, Oliveira CRP, Pereira RMC, Farias CT, de O. Britto AV, Farias NT, Blackford A, and Aguiar-Oliveira MH. Quality of Life in Congenital, Untreated, Lifetime Isolated Growth Hormone Deficiency Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2009 Jan 30. [Epub ahead of print]

Drori-Herishanu L, Horvath A, Nesterova M, Patronas Y, Lodish M, E, Bimpak E, Patronas N, Agarwal S, Salvatori R, Martari M , Mericq V and Stratakis CA. An intronic mutation is associated with prolactinoma in a young boy, decreased penentrance in his large family, and variable effects on MEN-1 mRNA and protein. Horm Metabol Res, in press

Kharlip J, Salvatori R, Yenokyan G, and Wand G. Recurrence of hyperprolactinemia following withdrawal of long-term cabergoline Therapy J Clin Endocrinol Metabol, 2009 Mar 31. [Epub ahead of print

Martari M, Sagazio A, Mohamadi A, Nguyen Q, Hauschka SD, Kim E and Salvatori R Partial rescue of growth failure in growth hormone (GH)-deficient mice by a single injection of a double-stranded adeno-associated viral vector expressing the GH gene driven by a muscle-specific regulatory cassette. Hum Gene Ther, 2009 Mar 19. [Epub ahead of print]

Mohamadi A, Martari M, Holladay CD, Phillips JA 3rd, Mullis PE, and Salvatori R. Mutation Analysis of the Muscarinic Cholinergic Receptor Genes in Isolated Growth Hormone Deficiency Type IB.J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2009 May 5. [Epub ahead of print]

Mukherjee D, Zaidi H, Kosztowski T, Chaichana K, Salvatori R, Chang D, and Quinones-Hinojosa A. Predictors of Access to Pituitary Tumor Resection in the United States, 1988-2005. Eur J Endocrinol 2009 May 15. [Epub ahead of print]

Drori-Herishanu L, Horvath A, Nesterova M, Patronas Y, Lodish M, Bimpaki E, Patronas N, Agarwal S, Salvatori R, Martari M, Mericq V, and Stratakis CA. An Intronic Mutation is Associated with Prolactinoma in a Young Boy, Decreased Penetrance in his Large Family, and Variable Effects on MEN1 mRNA and Protein Horm Metab Res. 2009 Apr 23. [Epub ahead of print]

Activities & Honors


  • Endocrine Society
  • Pituitary Society

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