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Clinical Faculty Biographies


Dr. Anthony F. Firek

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor - Internal Medicine

Dr. Alexis S. Hinds

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Education and Training

  • Fellowship, Endocrinology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California
  • M.D., University of Hawaii School of Medicine, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • M.S., Pharmacology, University of Hawaii School of Medicine, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • B.A., Chemistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Biography

Dr. Anthony F. Firek, M.S., M.D., is a health sciences associate clinical professor of internal medicine with the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine and is director of clinical research for the Riverside University Health System.

Firek earned his B.A. in chemistry from the University of Southern California, then attended the University of Hawaii School of Medicine, where he earned an M.D. and M.S. in pharmacology. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center, then followed with a fellowship in endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic.

Firek has been a clinical instructor at UC Riverside since 1996 and has also served as an assistant professor of medicine for the Loma Linda University School of Medicine. In both programs he was responsible for providing instruction to medical students in the areas of endocrinology and diabetes.

His administrative appointments include being the lead endocrinologist for the Veterans Administration's National Transgender Team, the chief of endocrinology and diabetes at the Loma Linda VA Medical Center, chairman of the Institutional Review Board of Riverside County Regional Medical Center, and group leader of the VA Diabetes Improvement Sub-Committee.

He is certified in internal medicine and endocrinology metabolism by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Research Interests

Firek's research interests include endocrinology and diabetes.

Awards

  • Teacher of the Year, First Year Residents, University of Southern California Residency Training Program, 2015-6

Selected Publications

  • Kim NS, Mbongue JC, Nicholas DA, Esebanmen GE, Unternaehrer JJ, Firek AF, Langridge WH Chimeric Vaccine Stimulation of Human Dendritic Cell Indoleamine 2, 3-Dioxygenase Occurs via the Non-Canonical NF-κB Pathway.. PLoS One. 2016 Feb 16;11(2):e0147509. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0147509. eCollection 2016.
  • Salto LM, Bu L, Beeson WL, Firek A, Cordero-MacIntyre Z, De Leon M. The Ala54Thr Polymorphism of the Fatty Acid Binding Protein 2 Gene Modulates HDL Cholesterol in Mexican-Americans with Type 2 Diabetes. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 Dec 23;13(1):ijerph13010052
  • Nicholas DA, Salto LM, Boston AM, Kim NS, Larios M, Beeson WL, Firek AF, Casiano CA, Langridge WH, Cordero-MacIntyre Z, De Leon M. Identification of Anti-Long Chain Saturated Fatty Acid IgG Antibodies in Serum of Patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Mediators Inflamm. 2015;2015:196297. doi: 10.1155/2015/196297. Epub 2015 Nov 8.
  • Akbar S, Firek AF, Tonstad S The Effects of Smoking Cessation on the Risk factors for the Metabolic Syndrome: A Follow up Study of Veterans Journal of Smoking Cessation 2016 (in Press)
  • Shipherd JC, Kauth MR, Firek AF, Garcia R., Mejia S, Laski SJ, Walden B, Perez-Padilla S, Lindsay JA, Brown G, Roybal L, Keo-Meier C, Knapp H, Johnson L, Reese RL, Byne W, Interdisciplinary Transgender Veteran Care: Training for Veterans Healthcare Administration providers Transgender Health 2016 (in Press)
  • Salto LM, Bu L, Beeson WL , Firek AF, Cordero-MacIntyre Z, De León M The Ala54Thr Polymorphism of the Fatty Acid Binding Protein 2 Gene Modulates HDL Cholesterol in Mexican-Americans with Type 2 Diabetes International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2015 Dec 23;13(1). pii: E52 2015
  • Nicholas DC, Salto L, Boston A, Larios M, Lawrence Beeson WL, Firek AF, Casiano CA, Langridge WHR , Z Cordero-MacIntyre Z and Marino De Leon M, Identification of Anti-Long Chain Saturated Fatty Acid IgG Antibodies in Serum of Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mediators Inflamm.2015; 2015: 196297 Epub Nov
  • Mbongue JC, Nicholas DA, Torrez T, Kim NS, Firek AF , Langridge WHR The Role of Indoleamine 2, 3-Dioxygenase in Immune Suppression and Autoimmunity Vaccines (Basel). 2015 Sep 10;3(3):703-29
  • Fakhrawi DH, Lammi-Keefe CJ, Lawrence Beeson WL, Darnell TA, Firek AFF, Cordero-MacIntyre ZR Effects of Dairy Calcium Supplementation on Adiposity Plasma Leptin and Glucose in Obese Postmenopausal Women. European Journal of Nutrition and Food Safety 6(1): 43-54, 2016.
  • Caballero CA, Firek AF, Kashner TM Effect of a Group Medical Appointment on Glycemic Control of Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Diabetes Spectr. 2015 Nov;28(4):245-51
  • Mbongue JC, Nicholas DA, Zhang K, Kim NS, Hamilton BN, Larios M, Zhang G,Umezawa K, Firek AF, Langridge WH. Induction of indoleamine 2, 3-dioxygenase inhuman dendritic cells by a cholera toxin B subunit-proinsulin vaccine. PLoS One. 2015 Feb 25;10(2):e0118562.
  • Mujumdar, P, Firek, AF, Deurksen-Hughes, P and Hessinger, D, Long-term, Aerobic Training Increases Adiponectin Levels in Trained, Middle-aged Females more than in Comparable Males Medical Research Archives 1, 2014.
  • Mbongue J, Nicholas D, Firek A, Langridge L. The Role of Dendritic Cells in Tissue Specific Autoimmunity. Journal of Immunology Research J Immunol Res. 2014;2014:857143
  • Hawkins LA, Kilian S, Firek A, Kashner T, Firek C, Silvet H. Cognitive Impairment and Medication Adherence in Outpatients with Heart Failure Heart and Lung Nov-Dec;41(6):572-82 2012
  • Mujumdar, P, Firek, AF, Deurksen-Hughes, P and Hessinger, D Progressive Aerobic Training Increases Adiponectin in Middle-aged, Untrained Males and Females The Scandinavian Journal of Clinical & Laboratory Investigation 2011 Apr;71(2):101-7. Epub
  • Salto LM, Cordero-MacIntyre Z, Beeson L, Schulz E, Firek A, De Leon M. En Balance participants decrease dietary fat and cholesterol intake as part of a culturally sensitive Hispanic diabetes education program. Diabetes Educ. 2011 Mar-Apr;37(2):239-53. Epub 2011 Feb 22.

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