Northwestern Rheumatology's Division Chief Welcomes You
The educational programs of the Division of Rheumatology represent a broad base of activities, housed at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine at our affiliated hospital and care sites: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
In addition to their appointments in the Department of Medicine, our faculty are also members of the Graduate School, the Departments of Immunology and Microbiology and Preventive Medicine, and the Office of Clinical Trials. Our research programs are broad-based and represent the disciplines of basic cellular and molecular biology, immunology, education, epidemiology, health services research, as well as clinical trials of new therapeutic compounds. The problems examined by faculty members include rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis.
The research of the Division is well supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Arthritis Foundation and the Veterans Administration Research Service. The Northwestern Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center (MCRC) is one of only 13 in the United States and is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, supporting a variety of interdepartmental investigational activities. Our teaching programs include clinical undergraduate and graduate medical education, but also research training in not only the basic sciences but also in epidemiology and health services research.
This is an exciting time in rheumatology. Not only are we able to provide quality care challenging, interesting problems, but we also have a unique opportunity to develop new insights into the basic mechanisms of disease. Furthermore, we are able to examine the effects of these problems at the population level and to find new and better ways to deliver care. Finally, we are using new therapies that have been developed, in many circumstances based on observations made in our own laboratories.
Richard M. Pope, MD
Mabel Greene Myers Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Rheumatology
We are honored that for 2010-2011 US News and World Report has again named Northwestern among the "Best Hospitals" in the United States for Rheumatology!
This is our 9th consecutive year on the list, and our 6th consecutive year of being ranked among the top 20 hospital-based Rheumatology practices in the country.
In addition, four of our faculty have been named to the most recent "Best Doctors in America" database by Best Doctors, Inc.
The mission of the Division of Rheumatology is the prevention, cure, and relief of suffering from arthritis and rheumatic diseases by:
- Discovering new knowledge through innovative, multi-disciplinary research
- Providing patient-centered, integrated clinical care guided by research
- Delivering informative programs that empower patients, update other clinicians, and educate the next generation of rheumatologists and investigators
All centered in a world-class institution in a world-class city.