Program Faculty

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Tim Bhattacharyya, M.D.

Head, Clinical and Investigative Orthopedics Surgery Unit, NIAMS 

Clinical Faculty

timothy.bhattacharyya@nih.gov

 

Education:

Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship; Mass. General Hospital  Orthopaedic Surgery Residency; Boston University Medical Center  M.D.; Washington University School of Medicine

 

Interests:

- Atypical Femur Fractures 
- Nonunions 
- Hip and Knee Replacement 

 

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Rafael Casellas, Ph.D.

Chief, Genomics and Immunity Section, NIAMS 

Adjunct Investigator, NCI 

Research Faculty

rafael.casellas@nih.gov

 

Education:

Post-doctoral training; California Institute of Technology Ph.D.; Rockefeller University

 

Interests:

- Genetic and molecular regulation in immune cells processes

 

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Robert Colbert, M.D., Ph.D.

Acting Clinical Director, NIAMS 

Chief, Pediatric Translational Research Branch, NIAMS 

Clinical and Research Faculty 

Site Director, Pediatric Program 

robert.colbert@nih.gov

 

Education:

Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship; Duke University Medical Center  M.D., Ph.D.; University of Rochester School of Medicine

 

Interests:

- The role of HLAB27 in inflammation 
- Molecular mechanismas of abnormal bone formation in spondlyarthropathies

 

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Raphaela Goldbach-Mansky, M.D., M.H.S.

Acting Chief, Translational Autoinflammatory Disease Section, NIAMS

Adjunct Investigator, NHGRI 

Clinical and Research Faculty

goldbacr@mail.nih.gov

 

Education:

Rheumatology Fellowship; NIAMS  Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency; Case Western University  M.D.; University Witten-Herdecke, Germany

 

Interests:

- Pathogenesis of the IL-1 mediated diseases (like NOMID and DIRA) 
- Clinical responses to cytokine-blockade therapies
- Pathogenesis of CANDLE and other autoinflammatory childhood diseases

 

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Peter Grayson, M.D., M.Sc.

Head, Vasculitis Translational Research Program, NIAMS

Associate Director, Adult Fellowship Program, NIAMS 

Clinical and Research Faculty

peter.grayson@nih.gov

LabTV Profile: Peter Grayson, M.D.

 

Education:

Rheumatology Fellowship; Boston University Medical Center, MA Internal Medicine Internship and Residency; Boston University Medical Center, MA  M.D.; Medical University of South Carolina, SC

 

Interests:

- clinical and translational research initiatives across many types of systemic vasculitis
- characterization of novel aspects of neutrophil biology in ANCA-associated vasculitis 
- novel biomarkers in peripheral blood and tissue through whole-genome gene expression profiling and other high-throughput techniques
- clinical trials of novel therapeutics in small, medium, and large vessel vasculitis

 

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Eric Hanson, M.D.

Head, Immunodeficiency and Inflammation Unit, NIAMS

Clinical Faculty

hansonep@mail.nih.gov

 

Education:

M.D.; University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

 

Interests:

- mechanisms of innate and adaptive immune cell-signaling defects
- human NEMO (NF-κB essential modulator) mutations 
- WASp and PSTPIP1 in NF-κB activation pathways

 

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Safaraz Hasni, M.D.

Staff Clinician, Office of the Clinical Director, NIAMS 

Clinical Faculty

safaraz.hasni@nih.gov

 

Education:

L. Shulman Clinical Research Scholar; NIAMS, NIH Rheumatology Fellowship: State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY  M.D.; Sindh Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan

 

Interests:

- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus-pathogenesis and treatment 
- Sjögren’s Syndrome

 

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Mariana Kaplan, M.D.

Chief, Systemic Autoimmunity Branch, NIAMS 

Clinical and Research Faculty

mariana.kaplan@nih.gov

 

Education:

Rheumatology Fellowship and postdoctoral training; University of Michigan Internal Medicine Residency; National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition, Mexico City, Mexico  M.D.; National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

 

Interests:

- Identifying mechanisms of organ damage and premature vascular disease in systemic autoimmunity 
- Identifying novel therapeutic targets to prevent premature vascular damage in SLE

 

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Daniel Kastner, M.D., Ph.D.

Scientific Director, NHGRI

Adjunct Investigator, NIAMS

Clinical and Research Faculty

dan.kastner@nih.gov

Lab Website

 

Education:

Rheumatology Fellowship; NIH  M.D., Ph.D.; Baylor College of Medicine

 

Interests:

- Genetic basis of diseases such as of Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF), TNF-receptor Associated Periodic Syndrome (TRAPS), Neonatal Onset Multisystem Disorder (NOMID), and DIRA (Deficiency of IL-1 Receptor) 
- Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) in SLE and RA 

 

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James Katz, M.D.

Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program Director, NIAMS 

james.katz@nih.gov

 

Education:

Rheumatology Fellowship; University of Connecticut Health Center Internal Medicine Internship and Residency; Western Pennsylvania Hospital  M.D.; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio  

 

Interests:

- Myositis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus 
- Graduate medical education
- Medical taxonomy

 

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Gina Montealegre, M.D.

Staff Clinician, Pediatric Translational Research Branch, NIAMS

Clinical Faculty

montealegrega@mail.nih.gov

 

Education:

Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship; Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH  Pediatric Residency; Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA M.S. in Clinical Research; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH  M.D.; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia

 

Interests:

- Pediatric autoinflammatory diseases. 
- Spondyloarthritis.
- Health disparities in pediatric rheumatology.

 

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Amanda Ombrello, M.D.

Staff Clinician, NHGRI 

Clinical Faculty

amanda.ombrello@nih.gov

LabTV Profile: Amanda Ombrello, M.D., and Michael Ombrello, M.D.

 

Education:

Rheumatology Fellowship; Saint Louis University School of Medicine  Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship; Saint Louis University School of Medicine Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency; Saint Louis University School of Medicine  M.D.; Saint Louis University School of Medicine

 

Interests:

- Autoinflammatory disease 
- Novel therapeutics in autoinflammatory disease 
- Pediatric Rheumatology

 

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Michael Ombrello, M.D.

Head, Translational Genetics and Genomics Unit, NIAMS

Clinical and Research Faculty

ombrellomj@nih.gov

LabTV Profile: Amanda Ombrello, M.D., and Michael Ombrello, M.D.

 

Education:

Post-doctoral training; Inflammatory Disease Section, NHGRI, NIH Henry Metzger Scholar in Translational Research; NIAMS, NIH Combined Pediatric and Adult Rheumatology Fellowship; Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and Saint Louis University Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency; Saint Louis University and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital M.D.; Saint Louis University School of Medicine

 

Interests:

- severe forms of childhood arthritis
- genomic studies of genetically-complex autoinflammatory and autoimmune diseases
- translational investigations of Still’s disease, adult-onset Still’s disease, and related autoinflammatory phenotypes
- elucidation of the role of HLA molecules in autoinflammatory disease

 

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John O’Shea, M.D.

Scientific Director, NIAMS

Chief, Molecular Immunology and Inflammation Branch, NIAMS

john.oshea@nih.gov

 

Education:

Internal Medicine Internship and Residency; State University of New York Upstate Medical University  M.D.; University of Cincinnati

 

Interests:

- JAK/STAT Biology 
- Regulation of T cell subset differentiation by Jak/STAT activating cytokines 
- Genome-wide analysis of target sequences and chromatin modification by JAK/STAT cytokines

 

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Paul Plotz, M.D.

Scientist Emeritus, NIAMS 

Research Faculty

plotzp@mail.nih.gov

 

Education:

Medicine Internship and Residency; Beth Israel Hospital at Boston M.D.; Harvard Medical School

 

Interests:

- inflammatory muscle disease, Pompe Syndrome

 

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Vittorio Sartorelli, M.D.

Chief, Laboratory of Muscle Stem Cells and Gene Regulation, NIAMS 

Research Faculty

vittorio.sartorelli@nih.gov

 

Education:

Oncology Residency; University of Milan, Italy  M.D.; University of Brescia, Italy

 

Interests:

- Transcriptional Regulation of Skeletal Muscle
- Metabolic Role of Skeletal Muscle Cells
- Regeneration of Adult Skeletal Muscle including role of muscle stem cells

 

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Michael Ward, M.D.

Chief, Clinical Trials and Outcome Branch, NIAMS 

Clinical Faculty

michael.ward@nih.gov

 

Education:

Internal Medicine Residency; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor  Rheumatology Fellowship; Duke University  Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar; Stanford University  M.D.; University of Illinois, Chicago

 

Interests:

- Patient outcomes, health services research and health disparities