About Arthritis and Rheumatology

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About us

The OHSU division of rheumatology includes a diverse group of dedicated, highly trained physicians and researchers who are committed to superb patient care, education, and research. Several of our faculty members are internationally recognized for their contributions to science and education.  We cherish the opportunity to establish long-term relationships with patients, and recognize the challenges our patients face living with rheumatic conditions.

Rheumatologists diagnose and treat complex diseases which result from the body’s immune system causing damage rather than protecting. These diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, spondyloarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, vasculitis, scleroderma, and myositis. Rheumatic diseases can affect nearly every organ system in the body; sometimes the effects are clear and visible, and other times patients struggle with feeling poorly even though their disease cannot easily be seen. It is the job of a rheumatologist to recognize key symptoms and understand complex immune manifestations to diagnose and help our patients.

Fortunately, the last several decades of scientific advancements have brought about a new era in rheumatology. Key discoveries in basic sciences have led to breakthrough drug development allowing us to offer patients novel therapies for immune conditions, which had previously been very difficult to treat. Seeing our patients recover and improve is the most rewarding part of our profession. However, despite these advancements we also know that there is much more we need to learn, and more that needs to be done to care for patients with these complex conditions. For this reason, our team of rheumatologists and scientists are actively involved in basic science, translational, and clinical research—striving to move rheumatology forward. In addition to clinical care, we offer patients opportunities to participate in research, and enroll in clinical trials.

Our dedication to moving rheumatology forward is equally founded in a commitment to education. Our faculty teaches our next generation of clinicians through lectures, coursework, educational curriculum development, and through hands-on mentorship in our clinics and hospital wards. We firmly believe that this commitment to education is one of the best ways we can assure high quality care for patients with rheumatic diseases for generations to come.

Meet Our Team