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  • Jaileene Hernandez-Escalante

    Jaileene Hernandez-Escalante

    Predoctoral Trainee

  • Dr. Cara Lewis

    Cara Lewis, PT, PhD

    Associate Professor

  • Connor Buchholz

    Connor Buchholz

    Clinical Trial Coordinator

  • Aerial view of Boston University Medical Campus
  • Dr Justin Bucci

    Justin Bucci, MD

    Assistant Professor

  • Sharon Tomlinson

    Sharon Tomlinson

    Fellowship Coordinator

  • Juan-Pablo Zertuche, MD

    Rheumatology Fellow

  • Dr. Tuhina Neogi

    Tuhina Neogi, MD, PhD

    Chief, Rheumatology Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology

  • Victoria Volfson

    Victoria Volfson

    Student, Immunology

  • Anne Plunkett

    Anne Plunkett

    Communications Manager

  • Priyanka Ballal, MD

    Rheumatology Fellow

  • Vagishwari Murugesan, MD

    Rheumatology Fellow

  • Clinical Epidemiology Group - 2018
  • Jean Liew, MD, MSc

    Assistant Professor

  • Dr. Kosaku Aoyagi

    Kosaku Aoyagi, PhD

    Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Dr. Hans Dooms

    Hans Dooms, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Medicine

  • Boston University Medical Campus
  • Tracy Keane

    Tracy Keane

    Administrative Assistant

  • Dr. Eugene Kissin

    Eugene Kissin, MD

    Associate Professor of Medicine

  • Christine Peloquin

    Christine Peloquin

    Statistical Manager

  • Michelle Yau

    Michelle Yau

    Visiting Researcher

  • Dr. Michael York

    Michael York, MD

    Assistant Professor

  • Tracian James-Goulbourne, MD

    Rheumatology Fellow

  • Dr. Caryn Libbey

    Caryn Libbey, MD

    Associate Professor

  • Rheumatology Group photo - 2018
  • Dr. Giovanni Ligresti

    Giovanni Ligresti, PhD

    Assistant Professor

  • Dr. Marcin Trojanowski

    Marcin Trojanowski, MD

    Assistant Professor

  • Lisa Massa

    Lisa Massa

    Administrative Director

  • Dr. Reza Jafarzadeh

    S. Reza Jafarzadeh, PhD

    Assistant Professor

  • Grace Marden

    Grace Marden

    Lab Manager

  • Dr. Kathryn Bacon

    Kathryn Bacon, PhD


  • Boston University Medical Campus
  • Dr. Maureen Dubreuil

    Maureen Dubreuil, MD, MSc

    Assistant Professor

  • Dr. Alessandra Farina

    Alessandra Farina, MD, PhD

    Assistant Professor

  • Dr. Monica Crespo-Bosque

    Monica Crespo-Bosque, MD

    Assistant Professor

  • Dr. Jeffrey Browning

    Jeffrey Browning, PhD


  • Dr. Maria Trojanowska

    Maria Trojanowska, PhD

    Professor of Medicine

  • Trish Godio

    Patricia Godio

    Grants Manager - Clinical Trials

  • Dr. Kyu Chan Kim

    Kyu Chan Kim, MD


  • Dr. Andreea Bujor

    Andreea Bujor, MD, PhD

    Assistant Professor

  • Talbot Building, Boston University Medical Campus
  • Dr. David Felson

    David Felson, MD, MPH

    Professor of Medicine

The section of Rheumatology and the Clinical Epidemiology Research and Training Unit, both sections within the Department of Medicine, merged in January 2019, combining the faculty and resources of both sections. Dr. Tuhina Neogi, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, is the Chief of Rheumatology. Within this merged section also sits the Arthritis & Autoimmune Diseases Research Center (AADRC), which focuses on rheumatic disease research.

Faculty members have research interests focusing on different areas of rheumatic diseases and methodology. Clinical and research expertise within the section includes scleroderma, gout, osteoarthritis, spondyloarthritis, lupus, and other forms of inflammatory arthritis and autoimmune diseases. Many of the faculty are national and international leaders in their respective fields, with several faculty leading national treatment guideline efforts and other research and clinical endeavors. The Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program is nationally recognized for its clinical and research training, including musculoskeletal ultrasound training.

The AADRC is an internationally recognized center in research, patient care and education, established in 1983 to advance basic, clinical, and epidemiological research in rheumatology and to translate laboratory findings into new therapeutic strategies. The AADRC has made substantial contributions to scleroderma research. The clinical research program is internationally recognized for advanced and novel methodology. Additional research foci beyond rheumatology-related diseases include fibrosis, physical therapy, mobile health technologies, imaging (MRI and musculoskeletal ultrasound), and musculoskeletal pain. The section’s research teams have been at the forefront of developing new approaches to study and test new treatments for scleroderma, osteoarthritis, lupus and other autoimmune disorders.

Clinical care is provided at the Boston Medical Center Rheumatology Clinic in state-of-the art facilities.