Program Highlights

The BUMC Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program is part of the Section of Rheumatology at Boston University School of Medicine, whose members include numerous internationally recognized rheumatologists. The program offers rigorous clinical and research training, preparing our trainees for careers in academic medicine as well as community practice. The following provides a few key highlights of the program:

1)      Clinical Training

The clinical training portion of the fellowship program provides broad general rheumatology clinical training, as well as focused experiences in the form of tertiary care referral specialty clinics including scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus and sarcoidosis, as well as a VA outpatient clinic experience. The inpatient consult service also provides broad exposure to rheumatic disease emergencies and care of complicated rheumatic disease patients, many of which come from an indigent social background. The diversity of the local patient population, as well as the tertiary care referral population for rare rheumatic diseases ensures that our trainees have a well-rounded experience that more than adequately prepares them for diagnosis and management of all rheumatic diseases. The clinical training is complemented by a highly rated formal didactic curriculum (see Principal Teaching/Learning Activities).

2)      Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Training

UltrasoundOne of the unique aspects of the BUMC Rheumatology Fellowship Program is the well-established musculoskeletal ultrasound training program under the direction of Dr. Eugene Kissin, who is nationally recognized as an expert and pioneer in this area. Dr. Kissin has been instrumental in developing a standardized national training program for rheumatology fellows and currently serves as the Ultrasound School of North American Rheumatologists (USSONAR) Program Director. For further information of this training, please see the USSONAR website. We currently have many ultrasound machines available for clinical care, research, and fellow training. 

3)      Research Training

A major strength of the BUMC Rheumatology Fellowship Program is the strength of the research training opportunities available for clinical, translational, and basic science research. This is largely due to the exceptionally strong faculty researchers at BUMC, all of whom are well funded (NIH, American College of Rheumatology, Arthritis Foundation, Scleroderma Foundation, etc.). BUMC rheumatology faculty peer-reviewed publications are ranked #4 in the country for impact, a remarkable feat given that the top 3 institutions have a much larger research faculty, illustrating the high quality of research performed at BUMC. Our trainees are also highly successful in obtaining career development awards to aid their research training endeavors.

Fellows interested in clinical research are encouraged and supported to participate in the Clinical Research Training Program (CREST) through which fellows can obtain a Master of Science in Epidemiology through the BU School of Public Health. Fellows also attend Research Evaluation and Support Core Unit (RESCU) meetings. Research opportunities in diverse disease areas are available (e.g., scleroderma, spondyloarthritis, gout, osteoarthritis, lupus, musculoskeletal ultrasound, MRI), that include cohort data, pharmacoepidemiology, “big data,” genetics, imaging, and clinical trials, among others. In addition, there are opportunities for basic and translational research: scleroderma basic and translational research program.

A research oversight committee helps fellows choose the best project for their interests that are high quality with high likelihood of achieving publication and presentation at national scientific meetings, and which are feasible for completion during the fellowship training period.


A representative list of publications of research performed during their fellowship by past graduates of our fellowship training program, highlighting the strength of the research training and successes of our fellows:

Maureen D Dubreuil & Shing Law:
Patient preferences in medication for treatment of spondyloarthritis: A qualitative study. Dubreuil M, Frese C, Law S, Fraenkel L, Losina E, Neogi T. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2017; 69 (10).

Shing Law & Robert W. Simms:
Use of intravenous epoprostenol as a treatment for the digital vasculopathy associated with the scleroderma spectrum of diseases. Shing Law, Robert W. Simms and Harrison W. Farber. Boston University Schoold of Medicine, Boston, MA Boston University, Boston, MA. Arthritis & Rheumatol 2016; 68(10):14L

Andreea M Bujor:
Comparison of oral versus parental methotrexate in rheumatoid arthritis: A meta-analysis. Janua S, Bujor A, LaValley MP, Duran J, Duran J, Felson DT. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2017; 69 (10).

Margarita Bockorny:
Methotrexate dosage as a source of bias in biological trials in rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic review.Durán J, Bockorny M, Dalal D, LaValley M, Felson DT. Ann Rheum Dis. 2016 Apr 18

Sadao Jinno:
Trends in emergency department visits and charges for gout in the United States between 2006 and 2012. Jinno S, Hasegawa K, Neogi T, Goto T, Dubreuil M. J Rheumatol. 2016

Alicia Rodriguez-Pla:
Primary angiitis of the central nervous system in adults and children. Rodriguez-Pla A, Monach PA. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2015;41(1):47-62

Deepan Dalal:
Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs correlates with the risk of venous thromboembolism in knee osteoarthritis patients: a UK population-based case-control study.Lee T, Lu N, Felson DT, Choi HK, Dalal DS, Zhang Y, Dubreuil M. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2016 Jun;55(6):1099-105.

Methotrexate dosage as a source of bias in biological trials in rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic review. Durán J, Bockorny M, Dalal D, LaValley M, Felson DT. Ann Rheum Dis. 2016 Apr 18

Patrick Hook:
Joints. Chan KK, Hook P, Kissin EY. Point of care ultrasound, Soni NJ, Arntfield R, Kory P, Elsevier, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-4557-7569-9

Amy Wu:
Patients’ perspective of skin involvement in systemic sclerosis. Ada Man, Amy Wu, Jessica Ziemek, Romy Christmann, Robert W. Simms, David T. Felson, and Robert Lafyatis. Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA Boston University, Boston, MA. Arthritis & Rheumatism 2014; 66(11):S1191

Kyu Chan Kim:
Prevalence of radiographic and symptomatic hip osteoarthritis in an urban United States community: the Framingham osteoarthritis study. Kim C, Linsenmeyer KD, Vald SC, Guermazi A, Clancy MM, Niu J, Felson DT. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2014 Nov; 66(11):3013-7

Diana Vradii:
Sonographic Differentiation of Heel Pain: Focal Degenerative Versus Systemic Inflammatory Enthesitis. Patrick Hook, Diana Vradii, Maureen Dubreuil, Hau Pham and Eugene Y Kissin, Arthritis & Rheumatism 2014; 66(11:S61

Ada Mann:
Patients’ Perspective of Skin Involvement in Systemic Sclerosis. Ada Man, Amy Wu, Jessica Ziemek, Romy Christmann, Robert W. Simms, David T. Felson, and Robert Lafyatis. Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, Boston University, Boston MA. Arthritis & Rheumatism 2014; 66(11):S1191

Maureen D Dubreuil:
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 2013: in-press, American Journal of Medicine 2013: in-press;  Seminars Arthritis Rheum 2013:

Irina Buhaescu:
Arthritis Care & Research 2011:

Nadia Gibson:
Journal of Rheumatology 2012: 

Peter C. Grayson:
Arthritis Care & Research 2013:;  Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 2012: ;   Journal of Rheumatology 2012:; Seminars Arthritis Rheum 2011:; Arthritis Care & Research 2011:

Devyani Misra:
American Journal of Medicine 2013:; Arthritis Care & Research 2011:; Journal of Rheumatology 2011:; Seminars Arthritis Rheum 2011:

Gunnar Tomasson:
Rheumatology 2012:; Journal of Rheumatology 2011:; Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 2010:; Curr Opin Rheumatol 2009:

Suzanne L. Chapnick:
Arthritis Care & Research 2010:

William F. Harvey:
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 2012:; Annals of Internal Medicine 2010:; Arthritis & Rheumatism 2007:

Barton L. Wise:
Journal of Rheumatology 2011:; Journal of Rheumatology 2009:

Steven C. Vlad:
Journal of Rheumatology 2011:; Arthritis & Rheumatism 2009:; Arthritis Research & Therapy 2009:; Archives of Internal Medicine 2008:; Neurology 2008:; Arthritis & Rheumatism 2007:

Michael York:
ACP J Club 2006:; Journal of Rheumatology 2006:

Grace H. Lo:
Arthritis & Rheumatism 2005:; Annals of Internal Medicine 2005:; JAMA 2003:

Eugene Y. Kissin:
Arthritis & Rheumatism 2006:; Arthritis &  Rheumatism 2003:; Rheum Dis Clin North Am 2003:; Arthritis & Rheumatism 2002:


Fellows have free full-text access to the major rheumatology journals through the Boston University Alumni Medical Library and access to major rheumatic disease and radiology textbooks in the fellow’s office.

Major Journals: (All are available online via BU Alumni Medical Library)

Arthritis and Rheumatism
Journal of Rheumatology
Arthritis Care & Research
Journal of Clinical Investigation
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
New England Journal of Medicine
Annals of Internal Medicine

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