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

Faculty: Meet the Team

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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-resi...

Arthur M Mandelin, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)

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

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 management...

Rowland W Chang, MD, MPH

Professor of Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology), Medicine (Rheumatology) and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Rowland Chang is a rheumatologist and epidemiologist interested in the outcomes of individuals and populations with arthritis and chronic joint symptoms. He sees patients at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, where he also teaches clinical rheumatology to medical students and residents. He is a faculty member of the Feinberg School of Medicine's Medical Decision Making course and co-leads an epidemiology course in the Graduate School. He thereby participates in the epidemiology education of medical, public health and other graduate students. His research interests focus on understanding and impr...

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 ...

Jeremy A Lavine, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Medicine (Rheumatology)

I grew up in Birmingham, MI. I attended Kenyon College from 2000-2004. I next earned my MD / PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2004-2012, focusing upon the role of beta-cell mass dynamics during the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes mellitus. I completed my internship at Aurora Medical Center from 2012-2013 and my residency in ophthalmology at the the University of Wisconsin from 2013-2016. I continued my training in surgical retina at the Cleveland Clinic from 2016-2018. I am now beginning my career as a clinician-scientist, practicing vitreoretinal surgery and running a basic sci...

Dorothy D Dunlop, PhD

Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology) and Preventive Medicine

Dr. Dunlop is a health services researcher with expertise in statistical methodology, physical activity assessment, and clinical trial design in the context of chronic disease research. As a rheumatology researcher, she has a longstanding interest in joint replacement and non-invasive interventions to improve the quality of life among people with arthritis. Her applied research interests include the investigation of behavioral factors to prevent disability in older adults with osteoarthritis. As a principal investigator, she led NIH-funded epidemiological studies investigating physical activit...

Richard M Pope, MD

Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Macrophage, Apoptosis, Cytokine, Gene Regulation

Leena Sharma, MD

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.

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

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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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We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and training to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.

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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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