Jose Joaquin Lado-Abeal, M.D.

Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Section: Endocrinology
University Health - UMKC Health Sciences District
Education and Background

M.D. - University of Santiago de Compostela-School of Medicine
Ph.D. - University of Santiago de Compostela-School of Medicine
Residency - Internal Medicine - Hospital Clinic I Provincial, Barcelona, Spain and Hospital Xeral de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela
Residency - Endocrinology and Nutrition - Hospital Xeral de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela
Fellowship - Endocrinology and Metabolism - University of Chicago Hospitals

Meet Jose Lado-Abeal

I have been involved in medical education within University settings since the beginning of my medical career. In 1982, at the beginning of my 4th year of medical school at the University of Santiago de Compostela, I joined the Ibero-American Institute of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Nutrition under the direction of professor Jose Cabezas-Cerrato. During three years I received training in the fields of neuroendocrinology and diabetes neuropathy on humans subjects. After finishing the medical school, I had a training period of fourth years in neuroendocrinology to obtain my Ph.D. degree. During this period I have the opportunity to work with professor FF Casanueva en Santiago de Compostela, Spain and Dr. Luciano Martini in Milan, Italy. After finishing my clinical training in Barcelona and Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and London, England, I spend two years as post-doctoral research associated at the Department of Cell Biology and Biochemistry of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in Lubbock, Texas. Under the direction of professor Reid L Norman, I received training in basic as well as translational research in the rhesus monkey. In 2000 I joined the endocrinology fellowship at the University of Chicago Hospitals where I have the opportunity to work under the supervision of professors Samuel Refetoff, Roy E Weiss and Lesley DeGroot, all world leaders in the thyroid field. In the laboratory of professor Refetoff, I continued my research training in human genetics. In 2003 I was appointed as Associate Professor at the Department of Internal Medicine of the University of Santiago de Compostela where I started the Thyroid and Metabolic Unit that is dedicated at the study of thyroid diseases and lipodystrophies. During my tenure at the University of Santiago de Compostela, I directed RIAIDT, a multi-campus network of research facilities, and I was appointed Clinical Vicedean with the responsibility to coordinate the clerkship rotation of 900 medical students within the SERGAS –the Autonomous Community of Galicia healthcare systems. After ten years as a full professor and chief of the endocrinology division at the Department of Internal Medicine of TTUHSC-SOM, in September 2018 I joined Truman Medical Center-UMKC in to continue my clinical and academic trajectory.

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Thyroid diseases, Diabetes, Neuroendocrinology

Selected Publications


Unfavorable socieconomic factors underlie high rates of hospitalization for complicated thyrotoxicosis in some regions of the United States. Rivas A, Larumbe-Zabala E, Thavaraputta S, Juarez E, Adiga A, Lado-Abeal J. Thyroid. 29(1):27-35. 2019.

Myocardial energy metabolites suffer profound changes during lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced septic shock in pigs. Lado-Abeal J, Martinez-Sanchez N, Cocho JA, ML Couce-Pico, Martin-Pastor M, Castro-Piedras I, Saha AK, Lopez M. Metabolomics.14(10):131. 2018.

The effect of growth hormone replacement on the thyroid axis in patients with hypopituitarism: in vivo and ex vivo studies.. Glynn N, Kenny H, Quisenberry L, Halsall DJ, Cook P, Kyaw Tun T, McDermott JH, Smith D, Thompson CJ, O’Gorman DJ, Boelen A, Lado-Abeal J, Agha A. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 86:747-754. 2017

Septic shock non-thyroidal illness syndrome causes hypothyroidism and conditions for reduced sensitivity to thyroid hormone. Castro I, Quisenberry L, Calvo RM, Obregon MJ, Lado-Abeal J. J Mol Endocrinol. 50:255-66. 2013

Mutations in SECISBP2 result in abnormal thyroid hormone metabolism. Dumitrescu AM, Liao XH, Abdullah MS, Lado-Abeal J, Majed FA, Moeller LC, Boran G, Schomburg L, Weiss RE, Refetoff S. Nat Genet. 37:1247-52. 2005

Neuroendocrine consequences of fasting in adult male macaques: effects of recombinant rhesus macaque leptin infusion. Lado-Abeal J, Hickox JR, Cheung TL, Veldhuis JD, Hardy DM, Norman RL. Neuroendocrinology. 71:196-208. 2000

Menstrual abnormalities in women with Cushing’s disease are correlated with hypercortisolemia rather than raised circulating androgen levels. Lado-Abeal J, Rodriguez-Arnao J, Newell-Price JD, Perry LA, Grossman AB, Besser GM, Trainer PJ. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 83:3083-8. 1998


Clinical Cases

Duodenal somatostatinoma presenting as obstructive jaundice with the coexistence of a gastrointestinal stromal tumor in neurofibromatosis type 1: a case with review of the literature. Thavaraputta S, Graham S, Rivas-Mejia A, Lado-Abeal J. BMJ Case Reports. 12 (1) bcr-2018-226702; DOI: 10.1136/bcr-2018-226702. 2019

An Uncommon Association of Familial Partial Lipodystrophy, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, and Conduction System Disease. Panikkath R, Panikkath D, Sanchez-Iglesias S, Araujo-Vilar D, Lado-Abeal J. J Investig Med High Impact Case Rep. 4:2324709616658495. doi: 10.1177/2324709616658495. 2016

Primary and secondary endocrinopathies found in a patient with craniopharyngioma. Rivas AM, Sotello D, Lado-Abeal Am J Med Sci. 348:534-5. 2014

Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis and familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia: a unique association in a young female. Rivas AM, Lado-Abeal Am J Med Sci. 346:247-9. 2013

A family with congenital hypothyroidism caused by a combination of loss-of-function mutations in the thyrotropin receptor and adenylate cyclase-stimulating G alpha-protein subunit genes. Lado-Abeal J, Castro-Piedras I, Palos-Paz F, Labarta-Aizpún JI, Albero-Gamboa R. Thyroid. 21:103-9. 2011.

Hypoparathyroidism in POEMS syndrome. Cabezas-Agricola JM, Lado-Abeal JJ, Otero-Anton E, Sanchez-Leira J, Cabezas-Cerrato J. Lancet. 347(9002):701-2.1996


Diagnosing and managing low serum testosterone. Rivas AM, Mulkey Z, Lado-Abeal J, Yarbrough S. Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 27:321-4. 2014

Identification and evaluation of constitutively active thyroid stimulating hormone receptor mutations. Lado-Abeal J, Quisenberry LR, Castro-Piedras I. Methods Enzymol. 484:375-95. 2010

Genetic bases of benign thyroid processes. Lado Abeal J, Domínguez Gerpe L. Endocrinol Nutr. 55:132-138. 2008

Leptin and reproductive function in males. Lado-Abeal J, Norman RL. Semin Reprod Med. 20:145-151.2002

Thyroid nodules: diagnosis and therapy. Weiss RE, Lado-Abeal J. Curr Opin Oncol. 14:46-52. 2002