Qualifications and experience
- Bones, Joints and Muscles, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Arthritis, Immune System, Immune System - Autoimmune Disorders, Immune System - Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatology
- Languages spoken
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Program (1995)
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Program (1990)
University of Alabama School of Medicine (1989)
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Program (1992)
Vanderbilt University (TN) (1985)
- Clinical interest for patients
I treat patients with many different kinds of inflammatory arthritis and vasculitis in my general rheumatology clinic. I also care for patients with lupus in our multidisciplinary Lupus Clinic.
- Research interest for patients
My research interests are primarily focused on investigating the cause of systemic lupus erythematosus, an autoimmune disease that can affect every organ system in the body. My research program has three parts: 1) the study of genes that contribute to the development of lupus in order to understand how they do this as this may lead to new treatments, 2) the study of markers in the blood and urine that may indicate how a person with lupus is responding to treatment or predict when they are going to have a flare so that their treatment can be optimized, and 3) the study of first-degree relatives (parents, siblings, children) of people with lupus to identify factors that lead to the development of lupus so that we can prevent it.