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Lipid Program

Lipid Clinic Cardiologists
Cardiologists Thorsten Leucker, Seth Martin and Steven Jones

Cholesterol is a natural component in everyone’s blood. Cholesterol and other fats are carried in your bloodstream as spherical particles called lipoproteins. The most commonly known lipoprotein is low-density lipoprotein (LDL).

Cholesterol levels that are too high may pose serious risks. Patients with cholesterol imbalance should be seen by lipid experts for proper assessment and treatment. Our lipid clinic is dedicated to caring for individuals with complex and difficult to treat lipid disorders to prevent the occurrence of heart disease, stroke, vascular disease, or non-cardiovascular disorders such as pancreatitis. 

The clinic is best suited for: 

  • Patients with genetic disorders including familial hypercholesterolemia, familial combined hyperlipidemia, familial hypertriglyceridemia, or high lipoprotein(a)
  • Patients who suffer from statin intolerance, severe hypertriglyceridemia, disorders of HDL cholesterol, and lipid disorders associated with kidney and/or liver disease

Our multidisciplinary team consists of experts, including fellows and residents, who have additional training and education in the prevention and/or management of dyslipidemia. Our comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment of dyslipidemias includes:

  • personalized lipid testing
  • screening for genetic lipid disorders
  • education and counseling related to nutrition
  • exercise
  • weight management
  • smoking cessation
  • diabetes
  • blood pressure control

We work collaboratively with dietitians, genetic counselors and our specialty pharmacy to provide the best possible care for patients. Furthermore, we are dedicated to cultivating an academic teaching model, where our trainees can gain valuable hands-on training and experience.

Our clinic is also actively involved in generating new knowledge through studies such as The Very Large Database of Lipids and CASCADE FH™ Registry.

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What to Expect on Your First Visit

We will require records of prior medical care and laboratory studies in anticipation of your visit for review.  Most patients will require additional blood tests drawn prior to the visit to better define the lipid or lipoprotein disorder. These tests will be arranged after review of your records at the time an appointment is scheduled. Your appointment will be scheduled with the lipid clinic coordinator Sarah Lewis at (410) 502-0469. 

On the day of your first clinic visit, you can expect a 60-minute consultation with our multidisciplinary team, including an attending physician. After the consultation, you may start a new therapy or undergo additional evaluation. Our multidisciplinary team will review your case and determine the best treatment plan in collaboration with you. In many cases, a follow-up visit may be necessary. If so, a patient will be seen after two to four months, then every six months or each year.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the clinic open?

The clinic is open every Tuesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Is fasting required for your clinic visit?

No, fasting is not required.

What treatments are available?

Counseling on a healthy lifestyle is the foundation of treatment. In addition, many patients will benefit from one or more medications. We use statins, ezetimibe, PCSK9 inhibitors, bile acid sequestrants, fenofibrate, niacin, omega 3 fatty acids, and MCT oil.

Are treatment samples or sample medications provided?

We do not provide treatment samples or sample medications. Therefore, for certain medications (such as PCSK9 inhibitors), a process of insurance approval can be necessary before starting treatment.

Will my insurance cover any costs associated with my visit?

The actual visit is typically covered by most insurance carriers. However, patients may be billed for facility charges or individual tests.

Do I need a referral form?

Some insurance companies require a referral form to see our specialists. Please refer to your individual insurance policy for more information. 


Our Experts


Photo of Dr. Steven Richard Jones, M.D.

Jones, Steven Richard, M.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Inpatient Cardiology
Photo of Dr. Thorsten Martin Leucker, M.D., Ph.D.

Leucker, Thorsten Martin, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director of Basic and Translational Vascular Biology Research within the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease
Photo of Dr. Seth Shay Martin, M.D., M.H.S.

Martin, Seth Shay, M.D., M.H.S.

Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Health Sciences Informatics
Director, Advanced Lipid Disorders Program of the Ciccarone Center

Nurse Practitioner

Kathy Byrne, N.P.


Isatu Isuk, R.D., L.D.N.

Program Coordinator

Sarah Lewis

Genetic Counselor

Emily Brown, M.G.C., C.G.C.

Specialty Pharmacy

Sam Houmes (Specialty Pharmacist)

Jenn Quinn (Prior Authorization Specialist)

Medical Office Coordinator

Grace Lee


The Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
601 N. Caroline Street
7th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21287

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Lewis at (410) 502-0469.