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Lindsay Kelmenson, MD

Instructor of Medicine

Dr. Kelmenson’s primary research and clinical interests are in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and Sjogren’s syndrome (SS). Her research focuses on the connection between anti-citrullinated protein antibodies (ACPAs) and mucosal sites, including the lung and periodontium, of RA patients. There is evidence to suggest that periodontal disease (PD) and the oral microbiome play a role in the development of RA, however the link between oral health and the generation of ACPAs in patients prior to the development of RA (i.e. preclinical RA) has not been well characterized.  With grant support from the Rheumatology Research Foundation (RRF), Dr. Kelmenson has collaborated with the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine to assess the connection of PD with systemic and local ACPA production. Enrollment for this study began in August 2016. If you would like to learn more, please visit call (303) 724-0071. She is also involved in the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation (SSF), enjoys seeing SS patients in her clinic, and ultimately would like to research the factors that influence the development of autoimmunity and extraglandular disease in SS patients.


​2003 - 2007 Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, French, Furman University
                                Greenville, South Carolina

2007 - 2011 Doctor of Medicine, summa cum laude, University of Alabama                                                           at Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama

2011 - 2014         Internal Medicine Internship & Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital,                                       Boston, Massachusetts​

2014 - 2017             Rheumatology Fellowship, University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado 

2015 - current          Masters of Science in Clinical Science (MSCS), University of Colorado
                                  Aurora, Colorado

​​7/1/2017 - current            Instructor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of                                                              Rheumatology, University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado

Professional Societies and Memberships
American College of Rheumatology
Alpha Omega Alpha
Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation

Journal Reviewer
Arthritis & Rheumatology
Arthritis Care & Research
​2016-2018 Scientist Development Award, Rheumatology Research Foundation 
2013 Medical and Pediatric Resident Research Award, Rheumatology Research                                              Foundation
2011 The Dean’s Award, University of Alabama School of Medicine
2010 Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Alabama School of Medicine
2007 Phi Beta Kappa, Furman University

Principal Investigator:
Rheumatology Research Foundation Scientist Development Award 
Title: Periodontal inflammation and immunity in preclinical RA
Dates: July 1 2016- June 30 2018

Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Clinical & Translational Research Centers (CTRC) Microgrant
Title: Periodontal inflammation and immunity in preclinical RA
Dates: July 1 2016- June 30 2018

Peer-Reviewed Manuscripts

Kelmenson L, Demoruelle M, Deane K. The Complex Role of the Lung in the Pathogenesis and Clinical Outcomes of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Curr Rheumatol Reports. 2016 Nov;18(11):69. Cited in PubMed; PMID 27796844

Demoruelle M, Harrall K, Ho L, Purmalek M, Seto N, Rothfuss H, Weisman M, Solomon J, Fischer A, Okamoto Y, Kelmenson L et al. Anti-citrullinated protein antibodies are associated with neutrophil extracellular traps in the sputum in relatives of rheumatoid arthritis patients. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2017 Feb. Epub ahead of print; PMID 28182854.

Brown (Kelmenson) L, Frits M, Iannaccone C, Weinblatt M, Shadick N, Liao K.  Clinical Characteristics of Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients with Secondary Sjögren’s Syndrome and Association with Joint Damage. Rheumatology. 2015 May; 54(5):816-20. Cited in PubMed; PMID 25313147.

Brown (Kelmenson) L, Burton R, Hixon B, Kakade M, Bhagalia P, Vick C, Edwards A, Hawn M.. Factors influencing emergency department preference for access to healthcare. The Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2012 Nov; 13(5): 410-415. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 23359637.
Synder C, Burton R, Brown (Kelmenson) L, Kakade M, Finan K, Hawn M. Multiple preoperative endoscopic interventions are associated with worse outcome after laparoscopic Heller myotomy for achalasia. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery. 2009 Dec; 13(12): 2095-2103. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 19789928.