BMC’s Yawkey building doors are now closed as an entrance as part of our ongoing efforts to enhance our campus and provide you with the best clinical care.

All patients and visitors on our main campus must enter our hospital via Shapiro, Menino, or Moakley buildings, where they will be greeted by team members at a new centralized check-in desk before continuing to the hospital. We are excited to welcome you and appreciate your patience as we improve our facilities.


Ivania M. Rizo, MD, is a board-certified endocrinologist and the Director of Obesity Medicine at Boston Medical Center (BMC). Dr. Rizo is also an assistant professor of medicine in Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition & Weight Management at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. After completing her endocrinology fellowship at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, she worked there as an assistant professor and staff physician before joining BMC and Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. Dr. Rizo is passionate about diabetes, obesity, and health equity. She is triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, and Obesity Medicine. She has a clinical interest in obesity, diabetes, and metabolic disorders. Dr. Rizo is also the Diabetes Clinical Co-Lead of BMC's Health Equity Accelerator, where she creates programs to increase equitable access to diabetes and obesity care and provide exceptional care without exception. Dr. Rizo is a member of the Endocrine Society, the American Diabetes Association, and the Obesity Society.

  • Departments

  • Specialties

    Diabetes, obesity, metabolic disorder, health equity

  • Administrative Title

    Director of Obesity Medicine, Boston Medical Center. Assistant Professor, Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition & Weight Management, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine.

  • Residency

    Internal Medicine, MedStar Health/Georgetown University Hospital, 2007-2010
  • Fellowship

    Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, University of Alabama Medical Center, 2011-2013
  • Education

    Georgetown University School of Medicine, 2007
  • Board Certifications

    American Board of Internal Medicine: Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism; American Board of Obesity Medicine, Obesity Medicine