Jose Joaquin Lado Abeal, M.D., Ph.D. for UC Davis Health

Jose Joaquin Lado Abeal, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Clinic
4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 916-734-2737

UC Davis Medical Group - Roseville

UC Davis Medical Group - Roseville
1620 East Roseville Parkway
Roseville, CA 95661

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Phone: 916-783-7109

Philosophy of Care

I see patients as persons with specific problems, not as diseases.

I listen carefully to the person's concerns, and I am committed to finding the best treatment options.

I spend time educating patients as the best way for mutual understanding.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Lado is an endocrinologist offering care for adults with various endocrine (hormonal) conditions such as diabetes mellitus, low testosterone, thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal glands clinical problems. He has particular interest and expertise in thyroid axes problems and diabetes mellitus. He is very fluent in Spanish.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Lado's research focuses on the mechanisms involved in the hormonal changes during severe illness and on the role of hormonal replacement in sick persons.

Dr. Lado believes that education is the way to personal freedom and has a particular interest in teaching students, residents, and fellows and mentoring young faculty physicians within the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. 


Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Medical Group

Medical School

M.D., University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain 1985

Other School

Ph.D., Neuroendocrinology, University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain 1989


Internal Medicine, University of Barcelona/Clinic I Provincial, Barcelona, Galicia, Spain 1992


Internal Medicine, University of Santiago de Compostela/Xeral de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain 1993


Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition, University of Santiago de Compostela/Xeral de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain 1994-1996


Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago IL 2000-2002

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Zeta Chapter of Texas, 2017

The Vernon C Farthing Endowed Chair in Medical Excellence in Endocrinology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and University Medical Center, TX, 2015

Teacher of the Year, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, TX, 2013

Spanish Society of Endocrinology Thyroid Cancer Prize Award, Spain, 2011

The National Young Endocrinologist Prize Award. Spanish Society of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Spain, 1998

Lado-Abeal J, Diaz C, Berdine G, Iwuji K, Araujo-Vilar D, Lampon-Fernandez N, Wang M, Lojo S, Rodriguez-Perez A, Rivas AM. High prevalence of non-thyroidal illness syndrome in patients at long-term care facilities. Endocrine. 2020 Nov;70(2):348-355. doi:10.1007/s12020-020-02321-5. Epub 2020 Apr 28. PMID:32346815.

Rivas AM, Larumbe E, Thavaraputta S, Juarez E, Adiga A, Lado-Abeal J. Unfavorable Socioeconomic Factors Underlie High Rates of Hospitalization for Complicated Thyrotoxicosis in Some Regions of the United States. Thyroid. 2019 Jan;29(1):27-35. doi:10.1089/thy.2018.0353. PMID:30526425.

Castro I, Quisenberry L, Calvo RM, Obregon MJ, Lado-Abeal J. Septic shock non-thyroidal illness syndrome causes hypothyroidism and conditions for reduced sensitivity to thyroid hormone. J Mol Endocrinol. 2013 Mar 18;50(2):255-66. doi: 10.1530/JME-12-0188. PMID: 23296981.

Lado-Abeal J, Celestino R, Bravo SB, Garcia-Rendueles ME, de la Calzada J, Castro I, Castro P, Espadinha C, Palos F, Soares P, Alvarez CV, Sobrinho-Simões M, Cameselle-Teijeiro J. Identification of a paired box gene 8-peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PAX8-PPARgamma) rearrangement mosaicism in a patient with an autonomous functioning follicular thyroid carcinoma bearing an activating mutation in the TSH receptor. Endocr Relat Cancer. 2010 Jun 3;17(3):599-610. doi:10.1677/ERC-09-0069. PMID:20427420.

Peteiro-Gonzalez D, Lee J, Rodriguez-Fontan J, Castro-Piedras I, Cameselle-Teijeiro J, Beiras A, Bravo SB, Alvarez CV, Hardy DM, Targovnik HM, Arvan P, Lado-Abeal J. New insights into thyroglobulin pathophysiology revealed by the study of a family with congenital goiter. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2010 Jul;95(7):3522-6. doi:10.1210/jc.2009-2109. Epub 2010 Apr 21. PMID:20410234.

Palos-Paz F, Perez-Guerra O, Cameselle-Teijeiro J, Rueda-Chimeno C, Barreiro-Morandeira F, Lado-Abeal J; Galician Group for the Study of Toxic Multinodular Goitre, Araujo Vilar D, Argueso R, Barca O, Botana M, Cabezas-Agrícola JM, Catalina P, Dominguez Gerpe L, Fernandez T, Mato A, Nuño A, Penin M, Victoria B. Prevalence of mutations in TSHR, GNAS, PRKAR1A and RAS genes in a large series of toxic thyroid adenomas from Galicia, an iodine-deficient area in NW Spain. Eur J Endocrinol. 2008 Nov;159(5):623-31. doi:10.1530/EJE-08-0313. Epub 2008 Aug 11. PMID:18694911.

Rodriguez-Perez A, Palos-Paz F, Kaptein E, Visser TJ, Dominguez-Gerpe L, Alvarez-Escudero J, Lado-Abeal J. Identification of molecular mechanisms related to nonthyroidal illness syndrome in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue from patients with septic shock. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2008 May;68(5):821-7. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2265.2007.03102.x. Epub 2007 Nov 6. PMID:17986277.

Dumitrescu AM, Liao XH, Abdullah MS, Lado-Abeal J, Majed FA, Moeller LC, Boran G, Schomburg L, Weiss RE, Refetoff S. Mutations in SECISBP2 result in abnormal thyroid hormone metabolism. Nat Genet. 2005 Nov;37(11):1247-52. doi:10.1038/ng1654. Epub 2005 Oct 16. PMID:16228000.