Joachim (Joe) H. Ix, MD

            Dr. Joe Ix is a faculty member at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

            The goal of his SADF research award is to evaluate the role of phosphorus in development of cardiovascular disease.

            His research program focuses on the contributions of altered mineral metabolism and insulin resistance on subclinical and clinical cardiovascular disease. He is particularly interested in their impacts on vascular calcification and stiffness.

            In his study, “Determinants and Consequences of High Ankle Brachial Index in Older Men,” his hypothesis is that higher serum phosphorus will be associated with unique patterns of vascular calcification, medical arterial calcification, which may be a risk factor for CVD events.

            Dr. Ix was born in Boeblingen, Germany, a suburb of Stuttgart, in 1973, and immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1976 when his father was transferred. Growing up in San Diego, he completed undergraduate studies at UCSD.

            With his medical school training at the University of Chicago, he pursued an internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.

            After completing a master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics at UCSF he joined the faculty there for one year. He then returned to the faculty at UCSD.

            He is the father of two girls, ages 5 and 2. He most enjoys spending time with his daughters, as well as sailing and backpacking.


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