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-...

Andrea  Dorfleutner, PhD

Research Associate Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)

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

Christian  Stehlik, PhD

Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)

Dr. Stehlik research focuses on the inflammatory response to infection and tissue damage. A particular focus is on the molecular mechanisms regulating these responses in macrophages, utilizing bacterial and viral infection models and models of autoinflammatory and autoimmune disease.

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

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...

Yvonne C Lee, MD, MMSc

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, MD

Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Macrophage, Apoptosis, Cytokine, Gene Regulation

Leena  Sharma, MD

Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)

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.

Arthur M Mandelin, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)

My "bench" research interests include the control of apoptosis in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) fibroblasts via a the mitochondrial pathway. My clinical research interests are in the field of medical informatics / electronic medical records / data mining.

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...

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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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