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
Director, Lupus Program
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.
Laura Tarter, MD
Director, Pregnancy and Reproductive Health
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.
Elena Massarotti, MD
Director, Clinical Trials Program
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.
Patricia Fraser, MD
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
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.
Derrick Todd, MD, PhD
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.
Deepak Rao, MD, PhD
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.
Nancy Shadick, MD
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.
Candace Feldman, MD, MPH, ScD
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.
Ruth Ann Vleugels, MD
Dr. Ruth Ann Vleugels, serves as Director of the Autoimmune Skin Disease Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Co-Director of the Rheumatology-Dermatology Clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Mary-Beth Son, MD
Dr. Mary-Beth Son attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed internship, residency and chief residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH). She then completed a fellowship in pediatric rheumatology at BCH.
Joyce Chang, MD, MSCE
Dr. Joyce Chang is a pediatric rheumatologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she currently serves as Director of Research for the BCH Lupus Program.
Gearoid McMahon, MB BCh FASN
I am a Nephrologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a member of the faculty of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Brittany Weber, MD, PhD
Dr. Brittany Weber is an advanced cardiovascular fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She completed her M.D. and her Ph.D. in immunology at the University of Pennsylvania and then trained in internal medicine and cardiology at BWH, where she served as chief medical resident.
Rosemary Reiss, MD
Dr. Rosemary Reiss is a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School.
Emily Robinson, MD
Dr. Emily Robinson is a clinical nephrologist at BWH and serves as the Director of Community Nephrology.
Nicole Smith, MD
Dr. Nicole Smith is a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she is the Clinical Director of the Maternal Fetal Medicine practice, and an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School.
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