Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Medicine

Rheumatology

About Us

The Division of Rheumatology promotes prevention, cure and relief of suffering caused by arthritis and rheumatic diseases through research, education and patient care.

“Over the past decade, we have witnessed a major transformation in our ability to treat patients and to understand pathological conditions that exist under the umbrella of rheumatic disease.”

– Harris R. Perlman, MD

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What We Do

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Deborah  Winter, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)

I was one of the first students to obtain an undergraduate degree in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at University of Toronto. Then, I trained as a computational biologist at Duke University (PhD) under Drs. Greg Crawford and Terry Furey focusing on gene regulation, specifically, using high-throughput sequencing assays to study chromatin dynamics across diverse human cell lines. For my postdoc, I joined Ido Amit's lab in Immunogenomics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel where I applied genomic approaches to the study of immunology. My landmark paper showed that tissue-...

Thomas J Schnitzer, MD, PhD

Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Anesthesiology and Medicine (Rheumatology)

Research activities of our group focus on two major clinical areas: musculoskeletal pain and bone. In collaboration with Dr. A. Vania Apkarian in the Department of Physiology, our pain research focuses on understanding the basis for pain chronification, utilizing brain imaging and psychophysical methodologies. Current NIH-funded studies are evaluating the transition that occurs in individuals who progress from acute to chronic pain and attempting to modulate this by pharmacologic interventions. On a more applied level, the development and characterization of analgesic agents for the managem...

John  Varga, MD

Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology), Dermatology and Pharmacology

Our translational laboratory research focuses on inflammation, fibrosis, tissue repair and regeneration. Aberrant tissue repair is prominent in autoimmune diseases (scleroderma, myositis, lupus) and in organ-based disorders (pulmonary and liver fibrosis, glomerulosclerosis, cardiac fibrosis, hypertrophic scar and radiotherapy injury), and are currently considered intractable. Aberrant tissue regeneration also underlie aging and obesity. Fibrosis contributes to greater than 30% of all death worldwide, and thus represents a compelling and urgent scientific challenge. We believe that fibrosis is...

Calvin R Brown, Jr, MD

Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)

Calvin R. Brown Jr., M.D. is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology of The Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University. He also serves as director of the rheumatology training program there. Dr. Brown is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the American College of Rheumatology, the American College of Physicians, and is past president of the Chicago Rheumatisim Society. His research has been published in such journals as Arthritis and Rheumatisim and The Journal of Rheumatology. He is author of several textbook chapters dealing with arthr...

Eric M Ruderman, MD

Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arhritis (combined program with Dermatology), Spondyloarthopathies

Rosalind  Ramsey-Goldman, MD

Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)

epidemiology of systemic lupus erythematosus, pregnancy and rheumatic diseases, osteoporosis, steroid-induced osteoporosis, clinical drug trials in lupus

Roberta  Goncalves-Marangoni, MD, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)

I am interested in the link between adipose tissue and fibrosis in systemic sclerosis. My current research focus on adiponectin, an adipokine with anti-fibrotic effects and potentially a major player in SSc.

Monique E Hinchcliff, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)

The use patient-reported outcome instruments to assess phenotype, disease activity and treatment response as well as unbiased high-throughput approaches (genetic, genomic, proteomic) as systemic sclerosis (SSc) disease biomarkers are the research focus. Currently there are no methods that allow physicians caring for patients with SSc to accurately predict disease course or treatment response. Novel methods to inform medical decision-making for each patient drive the research program. Currently, Dr. Hinchcliff and colleagues are obtaining skin as well as esophageal biopsies from patients wit...

Andrea  Dorfleutner, PhD

Research Associate Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)

My primary research interest focuses on the mechanisms of actin cytoskeletal remodeling.

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Diversity and Inclusion

The department works toward an environment of inclusion and support through the Diversity and Cultural Affairs Council and through several dedicated events and initiatives.

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You can contact MaryPat Mauro for more information on supporting the Division of Rheumatology at 312-503-1090 or marypat.mauro@northwestern.edu.

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