Care

To schedule an appointment with one of our lupus specialists, contact us at 617-732-5515 or visit our Lupus Center to learn more about our clinical services.

Multidisciplinary Care

Our dedicated BWH Lupus Center lupus rheumatologists and multiple affiliated specialists, in cardiology, neurology, nephrology, dermatology, and obstetrics and gynecology, provide comprehensive and thoughtful clinical care to over 1000 actively-followed patients. Our clinicians are highly trained and have vast experience with the serious and enigmatic nature of this complicated disease, as well as many related connective tissue diseases and conditions, such as mixed connective tissue disease, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome and Sjogren’s syndrome. The BWH Lupus Center is located in the BWH Arthritis Center within the new Hale Building for Transformative Medicine, 60 Fenwood Road 2nd floor.

The Multidisciplinary Care Team

Karen H. Costenbader, MD, MPH

Karen H. Costenbader, MD, MPH

Director, Lupus Program

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Dr. Karen Costenbader is a rheumatologist and epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she is Director of the BWH Lupus Program, the inaugural incumbent of the Michael E. Weinblatt, MD, Distinguished Chair in Clinical Rheumatology, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She specializes in the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus and related connective tissue diseases.

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Dr. Costenbader received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, a Master’s degree from Cambridge University in England, and a Master's in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her internal medicine internship and medical residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, as well as training in rheumatology at both the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her clinical and translational research, investigates risk factors associated with the development of systemic lupus erythematosus and outcomes among those with lupus. In 2009, Dr. Costenbader received the inaugural Mary Betty Stevens, MD, Young Investigator Award from the Lupus Foundation of America, and, in 2011, the Henry Kunkel Young Investigator Award from the American College of Rheumatology. She also was selected for the 2016 Edmund Dubois Memorial Lectureship on Lupus at the American College of Rheumatology, and the 2018 Ira Goldstein Memorial Award from New York University for excellence in rheumatology research. Dr. Costenbader is an Associate Editor for Arthritis and Rheumatology and the International Journal of Clinical Practice. She sits on several grant review committees and acts as a reviewer for multiple journals. She has served as a research mentor for over 30 past and current trainees. Dr. Costenbader is the current Chair of Medical-Scientific Advisory Council at Lupus Foundation of America.

Laura Tarter, MD

Laura Tarter, MD

Director, Pregnancy and Reproductive Health

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 As the majority of lupus patients are of child-bearing age, family planning and reproductive health are often affected by the disease. Lupus can complicate pregnancy and contraception choices. Dr. Tarter is an expert in both the care of lupus and in guiding people with lupus and their families though the sometimes-complicated decisions regarding reproductive health and pregnancy. She works closely with the renowned Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists at BWH.

 

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Elena Massarotti, MD

Elena Massarotti, MD

Director, Clinical Trials Program

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Dr. Elena Massarotti is a rheumatologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she is the Clinical Director of the BWH Lupus Center, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She specializes in the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus and related connective tissue diseases. She received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Peter Schur, MD

Peter Schur, MD

Director Emeritus

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Dr. Peter Schur, Director Emeritus, is an integral, member of the BWH Rheumatology Department and the founding director of the BWH Lupus Center. He is also an internationally recognized leader in lupus research and care. Born in Vienna, Austria, his family immigrated to the US in 1939.

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He graduated from Yale University and Harvard Medical School. He received further medical training at the Bronx Municipal Hospital in New York, Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC, and the Rockefeller University, in New York, in the laboratory of the renowned immunologist, Dr. Henry Kunkel. Recruited to BWH in 1967, Dr. Schur quickly rose to Professor of Medicine in 1978. He made groundbreaking discoveries on the role of complement and anti-double-stranded DNA antibodies in systemic lupus, and in the care of lupus patients. He has published more than 300 journal articles, chapters, reviews, and editorials. Dr. Schur has also served as BWH Director of the Clinical Immunology Lab since 1980, as President of the New England Rheumatism Association, Chief Editor of the primary journal of rheumatology, Arthritis and Rheumatism, rheumatology editor of UpToDate (a physician education resource), and on the Board of Directors of the Lupus Foundation of New England and Lupus Foundation of America. He has led several HMS courses and been involved as a clinical educator for many years. In addition to all of this, he has maintained a large clinical practice. In 2016, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy hosted the Peter H. Schur Symposium highlighting progress made in lupus research over the past 50 years.

Candace Feldman, MD, MPH, ScD

Candace Feldman, MD, MPH, ScD

Director, Community Outreach and Patient Engagement

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Dr. Candace Feldman is a rheumatologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Within the Lupus Center, she currently serves as the Director of Community Outreach and Patient Engagement. Clinically, she maintains a specific focus on the care of patients with lupus as well as patients with complex medical and social needs. Her NIH-funded research focuses on racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic health disparities in rheumatic diseases and intervention design to reduce disparities in avoidable outcomes.

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Dr. Feldman received her MD from the Yale School of Medicine, her MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her ScD in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She completed both her residency and fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Paul Dellaripa, MD

Paul Dellaripa, MD

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Dr. Paul Dellaripa is Co-Director of the BWH Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Clinic. His areas of interest include pulmonary manifestations of rheumatic diseases and clinical trials in ILD in the rheumatic diseases.

Patricia Fraser, MD

Patricia Fraser, MD

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Dr. Pat Fraser cares for patients with lupus and lupus-related diseases.  She has a particular interest in the epidemiology of lupus in different racial and ethnic groups, and also in  environmental risk factors for lupus.

Paul Hoover, MD, PhD

Paul Hoover, MD, PhD

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Dr. Paul Hoover received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine, followed by medical residency and rheumatology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. 

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He is drawn to systemic lupus and lupus kidney disease because of its complex medical presentation, disproportionate impact on minority patients, and dire need for new therapeutic targets. During his rheumatology training, Dr. Hoover began working with his research mentor, Dr. Nir Hacohen, at Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Dr. Hoover is applying leading edge technologies to identify new immune cells and understand which molecular pathways drive systemic and kidney disease for new drugs based on precision medicine.

Derrick Todd, MD, PhD

Derrick Todd, MD, PhD

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Dr. Derrick J. Todd completed his undergraduate degree at Yale University, medical and graduate school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and rheumatology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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Dr. Todd is an Associate Physician in the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology, and Allergy at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. He sees patients at both the main Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and the Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain. He also has office hours in Framingham, Massachusetts. Dr. Todd has been a member of the Lupus Center since coming on staff in 2009 and his areas of clinical expertise include musculoskeletal ultrasound, and adolescent rheumatology for patients transitioning from pediatric to adult rheumatology care. Dr. Todd is Director of the Brigham and Women’s Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Center

Deepak Rao, MD, PhD

Deepak Rao, MD, PhD

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Dr. Deepak Rao is an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-Director of the BWH Human Immunology Center. His research focuses on understanding the immune cells that cause inflammation in lupus and rheumatoid arthritis using cutting-edge technologies such as CyTOF and RNA sequencing.

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His recent work, published in the journal Nature, revealed a new T cell population that is expanded in the joints of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and in the blood of patients with lupus. He has received the Hearst Young Investigator Award from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Distinguished Fellow Award from the American College of Rheumatology. His overall goal is to develop new methods to shut off the damaging immune response that underlies lupus and other autoimmune diseases.

Nancy Shadick, MD

Nancy Shadick, MD

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BRASS Study 

Dr. Nancy Shadick is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director of Translational Research Development in the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy and co-founder and principal investigator of the BRASS study, one of the largest single center cohorts of RA in the nation.

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Her experience is with leading and conducting research in RA cohort studies and RA outcomes, and biomarker studies. As a clinical researcher and epidemiologist, she has published over 90 articles on RA clinical and genetic outcomes and other rheumatic diseases. Dr. Shadick also runs the patient-centered outcomes initiative in the Orthpaedic and Arthritis Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and has spent years working with patients through BRASS, facilitating their involvement with research and has developed extensive contacts in the rheumatic disease community with patients and their representatives to bring relevant parties together for research engagement.

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