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Department and Faculty

Five fellows at Mayo Clinic's Rheumatology Fellowship program in Rochester, Minnesota, have a discussion.

The Division of Rheumatology at Mayo Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases. It is a busy clinical practice with staff rheumatologists and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) seeing approximately 14,000 patients each year.

Rheumatic diseases seen include a vast number of arthritides such as crystalline, spondyloarthropathies, rheumatoid arthritis, and others; connective tissue diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma and mixed connective tissue diseases; vasculitides, such as giant cell arteritis, Takayasu's arteritis, and antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)-associated vasculitis; and polymyositis and dermatomyositis.

Rare rheumatic diseases are seen on a regular basis as well, such as relapsing polychondritis, retroperitoneal fibrosis, and the autoinflammatory diseases.

The division is organized around subspecialty clinics such as the Connective Tissue Disease Clinic, the Inflammatory Arthritis Clinic, the Inflammatory Myositis Clinic, and the Vasculitis Clinic. Clinical expertise is integrated with the newest forms of diagnostic and therapeutic methods. Approximately 18 rheumatologists constitute the staff physicians.

Floranne Ernste, M.D.From the program director

Welcome to the Mayo Clinic's Rheumatology Fellowship in Rochester, Minnesota! We're delighted that you're interested in joining our program.

It's an exciting time to enter the field of rheumatology. With all the cutting-edge research developments, musculoskeletal ultrasound technology, and biologic therapies available, it's crucial to develop strong and dedicated leaders within our specialty.

We offer a superb training experience for those who have a passion for improving the lives of patients and advancing the field of rheumatology. Our unique training program provides you with vast opportunities to hone the clinical skills needed to successfully manage complex rheumatic diseases in the hospital and outpatient settings.

In addition, we provide the tools, resources, and mentorship needed to develop successful researchers in the various subspecialty fields of rheumatology.

Mayo Clinic's program infrastructure and our faculty's dedication to mentorship and teaching allow us to offer you tailored experiences to meet your evolving career development needs.

We encourage you to explore our website and contact us if you have any questions about our fellowship.

Floranne Ernste, M.D.
Chair and Program Director

Faculty

In addition to caring for patients in their clinical practices, Mayo Clinic's faculty is committed to teaching and facilitating the growth of medical knowledge. Many of our faculty members have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their fields. You have direct access to the rheumatology faculty at Mayo Clinic throughout your training in the Rheumatology Fellowship.

Uma Thanarajasingam, M.D., Ph.D.

Uma Thanarajasingam, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Program Director

Medical School: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Residency: Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education

Career interests: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), autoimmune toxicities of cancer immunotherapies (i.e. immune-related adverse events)

Dr. Thanarajasingam's MedPub citations

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Kenneth Warrington, M.D.

Kenneth Warrington, M.D.
Division Chair

Medical school: University of Malta

Residency: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Career interests: Research on large-vessel vasculitis, polymyalgia rheumatica, aortitis

Dr. Warrington's PubMed citations

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John Davis III, M.D.

John Davis III, M.D.
Practice Chair

Medical school: University of Missouri School of Medicine

Residency: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Career interests: Patient-physician discordance, pain research, cardiovascular disease, individualized immune response signatures, clinical trials

Dr. Davis's PubMed citations

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Cornelia Weyand, M.D., Ph.D.

Cornelia Weyand, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Chair

Residency: Hanover Medical School

Career interests: Osteoporosis, epidemiology of osteoporotic fractures and bone loss in microgravity, osteoarthritis, and pregnancy-induced changes in rheumatic diseases

Dr. Weyand's PubMed Citations

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Shreyasee Amin, M.D., M.D., C.M., M.P.H.

Shreyasee Amin, M.D., M.D., C.M., M.P.H.
Consultant

Clinical and research interests: Epidemiology and risk factors of osteoporosis, epidemiology and risk factors of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and pregnancy, connective tissue diseases, vasculitis

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Courtney Arment, M.D.

Courtney Arment, M.D.
Consultant

Clinical and research interests: Inflammatory arthritis, autoimmune inner ear disease, sarcoidosis

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Delamo Bekele, M.B.B.S.

Delamo Bekele, M.B.B.S.
Consultant

Clinical and research interests: Spondyloarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, extraarticular manifestations of rheumatic diseases, vasculitis, rheumatic care of ethnic minorities, medical education

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Ali Duarte Garcia, M.D.

Ali Duarte Garcia, M.D.
Consultant

Clinical and research interests: Systemic lupus erythematosus, antiphospholipid syndrome

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Alicia Hinze, M.D., M.H.S.

Alicia Hinze, M.D., M.H.S.
Consultant

Clinical and research interests: Scleroderma, nailfold capillaroscopy, autoimmune inflammatory myopathies

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Matthew Koster, M.D.

Matthew Koster, M.D.
Consultant

Clinical and research interests: Vasculitides, ultrasonography (vascular and musculoskeletal)

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Ashima Makol, M.B.B.S.

Ashima Makol, M.B.B.S.
Consultant

Clinical and research interests: Scleroderma, nailfold capillaroscopy, musculoskeletal ultrasound

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Thomas Mason, M.D.

Thomas Mason, M.D.
Consultant

Clinical and research interests: Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, children with vasculitis, localized scleroderma, musculoskeletal ultrasound

Dr. Mason has been involved in the development of clinical disease outcome measures for children with localized scleroderma.

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Elena Myasoedova, M.D., Ph.D.

Elena Myasoedova, M.D., Ph.D.
Consultant

Clinical and research interests: Clinical epidemiology and outcomes research in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, individualized medicine in rheumatology

Dr. Myasoedova holds a joint appointment in the Division of Epidemiology.

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Thomas Osborn, M.D.

Thomas Osborn, M.D.
Consultant

Clinical and research interests: Sjögren’s syndrome, connective tissue diseases

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Lynne Peterson, M.D.

Lynne Peterson, M.D.
Consultant

Clinical and research interests: Rheumatoid arthritis, crystalline arthropathies

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Kerry Wright, M.B.B.S.

Kerry Wright, M.B.B.S.
Consultant

Clinical and research interests: Rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis

Dr. Wright is the representative of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Division of Rheumatology.

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Advisers and mentors

You are assigned a research advisor who provides comprehensive educational advice, career advice support, research support, and personal support. You meet with your advisers periodically throughout the program to review your progress and career goals and ensure that your educational needs are being met. Your adviser also serves as a contact point for introducing you and your family to Rochester, Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic system and environment.

Visiting professors

Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during lectures, participate in hospital rounds, and have informal discussions with trainees. You're encouraged to take full advantage of these educational opportunities.