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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Medicine

Rheumatology

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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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Seok-Jo Kim

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)

Exploring the role of mitochondrial DNA in alveolar epithelial aging and lung diseases. - the epigenetic regulation of Klotho in cigarette smoke extract-induced lung epithelial cell DNA damage and lung diseases (e.g. lung fibrosis, COPD..). - the role of SIRT3 in maintaining AT2 cell mtDNA by preserving mt-OGG1/ ACO-2 function important for limiting AEC mitophagy defects, apoptosis and lung fibrosis.

John Varga

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 ...

Eric M Ruderman

Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)

I received my undergraduate degree in English Literature from Princeton University. I attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine followed by a residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. I completed my rheumatology fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital, with a concurrent research fellowship under a T32 training grant at the Harvard School of Public Health. At Northwestern since 2000, where I have held a number of roles, currently Associate Chief, Clinical Affairs for the Division of Rheumatology.

Deborah Winter

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-resi...

Leena Sharma

Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology) and Preventive Medicine

The overarching goals of our research program are to identify targets for novel strategies to prevent disease and disability development and progression in persons at risk for or with knee osteoarthritis.

Yvonne C Lee

Associate Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology) and Preventive Medicine

The mission of our research is to understand the pain experience in individuals with systemic rheumatic conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and to identify the relationship between these experiences and pain pathways. This research is important because it paves the way for the development of effective pain prevention and management strategies to improve the well-being of our patients.

Richard M Pope

Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Macrophage, Apoptosis, Cytokine, Gene Regulation

Thomas J Schnitzer

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 management...

Arthur M Mandelin

Associate Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)

My clinical research interests are in the field of musculoskeletal ultrasonography, specifically ultrasound-guided minimally invasive synovial biopsies.

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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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