Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards, and honors.
World Lupus Day - May 10th!
Patricia Canessa, PhD Field Director from the NU National Education Program in Chicago was invited accompanied by our selected community site Director Zorayda Avila Toledo, and a Lupus education leader (also known as MONARCAS) to introduce the programmatic model and inform the public about signs and symptoms of lupus that too often are overlooked with devastating consequences. The program will be broadcasted on May 10th, Lupus Day and watched by an expected audience of 7 million people.
Chang Awarded 2017 Mentor of the YearThe Medical Faculty Council honored Dr. Rowland Chang with a Mentor of Year Award.
- Richard Pope, MD, professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology and the Solovy/Arthritis Research Society Professor, is the winner of the 2017 Tripartite Legacy Faculty Prize in Translational Science and Education. Pope’s lab studies the biology of macrophages in rheumatoid arthritis, specifically directed at defining the mechanisms that promote resistance to cell death or apoptosis.
- "For older people suffering from arthritis who are minimally active, a 45-minute minimum might feel more realistic. Even a little activity is better than none," said Dorothy Dunlop, professor at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.
Dr. Hinchcliff Publishes in JCI Insights
Northwestern Medicine rheumatologist receives medical honoree from the Arthritis Foundation
Calvin R. Brown Jr., MD, rheumatologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital has been named the Jingle Bell Run Chicago Medical Honoree from the Arthritis Foundation. He served as the medical honoree at the race that took place Saturday, Dec. 17. The Arthritis Foundation’s long-running Jingle Bell Run is an annual festive race that helps champion arthritis research and brings people from all walks of life together to say yes to furthering a great cause. To date, the run has raised more than $214,301 and Northwestern Medicine is one of the leading sponsors for the race.
In addition to seeing patients at Northwestern Memorial, Brown is a professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He also serves as the director of the rheumatology training program through the medical school. We sat down with Dr. Brown to discuss what this achievement means to him.Q: What does it mean to be given the medical honoree for this event?
A: It’s an exciting to receive this award. I’ve devoted my life and career to the service and treatment of patients with arthritis. To be acknowledged for my work outside the hospital is quite an honor. I’m also a sports enthusiast and to combine a great cause with running for the good of the foundation and helping those faced with arthritis, is a great thing.
Q: Why did you specialize in rheumatology?
A: I have a few reasons that I was drawn to rheumatology. Growing up, my sister faced juvenile arthritis and I was able to see first-hand what it was like to live with the condition. Also as a kid, my father wanted me and my brother to get a job. Since we lived in Detroit, we got a job in the auto plants. My neighbor, who was a rheumatologist, saw how hard working I was and one summer asked me if I was interested in helping her at her clinic. I jumped at it and found an affinity for the science and research for the specialty.
Q: What are some new developments that you are working on in the world of rheumatology?
A: Currently I run the rheumatology training program at Northwestern Memorial. I’m hoping people can realize the importance of the training program at the hospital to help ensure the future of rheumatology. The number of rheumatologists is declining right now and I think it’s vital to train more rheumatologists as well as the doctors who train residents in the future.
Along with his work at Northwestern Medicine, Dr. Brown is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American College of Rheumatology, the American College of Physicians and the past president of the Chicago Rheumatism Society. His research has been published in Arthritis and Rheumatism and The Journal of Rheumatology. He has also written several chapters in textbooks talking about arthritis and allied conditions. In addition, Brown is extremely proud to have served as the longest running director of rheumatology training in the United States. In his spare time, he is a dedicated endurance athlete in running, cycling and biking. He has raced competitively for at least 40 years. If you would like to learn more about the Jingle Bell Run, please visit www.jbr.org. To find a doctor or make an appointment with a rheumatologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, please visit https://www.nm.org/conditions-and-care-areas/rheumatology. All proceeds from the fundraiser support arthritis resear