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Leslie Kahl M.D.

    • Professor of Medicine, Division of Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases School of Medicine
    • Associate Dean, Strategic Initiatives Office of the Dean School of Medicine

Dr. Kahl is a clinical rheumatologist with a long-standing interest in medical education. She is the recipient of numerous Distinguished Service Teaching Awards from Washington University School of Medicine, and the Clinician Scholar Educator Award from the American College of Rheumatology. She joined the OHSU faculty in July, 2011, and her responsibilities will include attending in the rheumatology fellows’ clinic and the consult service. She is interested in enhancing educational opportunities in rheumatology for medical students and residents, as well as fellows. In addition to her position in rheumatology, Dr. Kahl serves as associate dean. There, her work includes issues primarily relating to faculty development. She previously served as associate dean for student affairs at Washington University School of Medicine. 


  • M.D., Albany Medical College, Albany New York 1978
  • Residency:

    • Internal medicine, Strong Memorial Hospital (Rochester, NY), 1980
  • Fellowship:

    • Rheumatology, University of Pittsburgh, 1983
  • Certifications:

    • American College of Rheumatology

Memberships and associations

  • American College of Rheumatology


  • "Serologic markers of lupus nephritis in patients" Clinical and Experimental Immunology  1994
  • "Alpha-1-antitrypsin (PI) and vitamin D-binding globulin (GC) phenotypes in rheumatoid arthritis" Disease Markers  1989
  • "The reply" American Journal of Medicine September 1992
  • "Massive breast enlargement in a patient receiving D-penicillamine for systemic sclerosis" Journal of Rheumatology  1985
  • "Hyperuricemia and gout among heart transplant recipients receiving cyclosporine" American Journal of Medicine  1992
  • "The functional role of complement genes in systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjogren's syndrome" Current Opinion in Rheumatology  1989
  • "Pregnancy outcomes in women with primary Raynaud's phenomenon" Arthritis and Rheumatology August 1990
  • "Herpes zoster infections in systemic lupus erythematosus" Journal of Rheumatology  1994
  • "Prospective evaluation of thyroid function in patients with systemic sclerosis (scleroderma)" Journal of Rheumatology  1986
  • "Effects of cyclophosphamide on the development of malignancy and on long-term survival of patients with rheumatoid arthritis A 20-year followup study" Arthritis and Rheumatology August 1995
  • "Adrenal insufficiency in two women with anticardiolipin antibodies" Arthritis and Rheumatology December 1990
  • "Immunologic rheumatic disorders" Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology February 2010
  • "Relative risk and attributable risk needed to interpret 'Factors predictive of infection in cyclophosphamide-treated lupus patients'" Arthritis and Rheumatology  1997
  • "Severe arthralgias after wide fluctuation in corticosteroid dosage" Journal of Rheumatology  1986
  • "Musculoskeletal problems in the family practice setting" Journal of Rheumatology  1987
  • "Adult rheumatoid arthritis is associated with MC1, a new HLA-D encoded determinant" Journal of Rheumatology  1988
  • "Malignancy following treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with cyclophosphamide. Long-term case-control follow-up study" American Journal of Medicine  1987
  • "Anti-SS-A antibodies and fetal outcome in maternal systemic lupus erythematosus" Arthritis and Rheumatology  1986
  • "Aplastic anemia in adult onset Still's disease during gold therapy" Journal of Rheumatology  1988
  • "The spectrum of pericardial tamponade in systemic lupus erythematosus" Arthritis and Rheumatology November 1992
  • "T lymphocyte expression of complement receptor 2 (CR2/CD21)" Clinical and Experimental Immunology  1992
  • "Development and implementation of a clerkship counseling hotline" Teaching and Learning in Medicine December 2005
  • "Gout in the heart transplant recipient" American Journal of Medicine  1989
  • "Effects of prasterone on bone mineral density in women with active systemic lupus erythematosus receiving chronic glucocorticoid therapy" Journal of Rheumatology August 2008
  • "Gangrenous Cellulitis Associated with Gram-Negative Bacilli in Pancytopenic Patients" American Journal of Medicine  1988
  • "Olecranon bursitis and bacteremia due to Serratia marcescens." Journal of Rheumatology June 1984
  • "14. Immunologic rheumatic disorders" Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology February 1 2003
  • "Heterogeneity and clinical significance of glomerular-binding antibodies in systemic lupus erythematosus" Journal of Clinical Investigation September 15 1996
  • "Risk factors for serious infection during treatment with cyclophosphamide and high-dose corticosteroids for systemic lupus erythematosus" Arthritis and Rheumatology September 1996
  • "Reply" Arthritis and Rheumatology  1993

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