Message from the Chief

The Division of Rheumatology and Connective Tissue Research actively engages a quadripartite mission of clinical care, teaching, research and service.

General Rheumatology outpatient clinics are held five days each week, attended by one to three faculty members in addition to fellows and medical residents. The inpatient consult service provides continuous coverage by one of five faculty members and a fellow. The principal special outpatient activity is the Scleroderma Program, which has achieved national and international recognition for both clinical care and research. In addition, researchers in the Division have an interest in gout, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

The Division's educational activities include a full range of teaching for medical students in every year of training, medical residents and fellows. Major blocks in the second-year Pathophysiology and Physical Diagnosis Courses are devoted to Rheumatology. Medical residents from our program and others in the region have elected a rheumatology rotation, attending clinics and didactic sessions. The Division has one fellow in each of two years of training.

Division faculty members continue to make important research contributions. In the past year, 20 peer-reviewed papers and many additional abstracts, reviews and book chapters by Division faculty members were published. Two faculty members are principal investigators for NIH grants.

Naomi Schlesinger, M.D.

Division Chief and Program Director
Professor of Medicine