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Partering with the Allen Institute for Immunology, Drs. Kevin Deane and Michael Holers lead project investigating the underlying causes of rheumatoid arthritis!

“This important new partnership with the Allen Institute for Immunology will allow us to use the most advanced cutting-edge technologies to dissect on a molecular level this debilitating disease. We will be able to build on nearly 18 years of work by our research group to learn how to find individuals on their way to developing rheumatoid arthritis and work to understand and stop this process. We are very pleased to join this innovative Institute begun through the vision of Paul Allen,” said Holers, chief of the Division of Rheumatology. Adds Deane, “With these approaches, and consistent with the long-term view of the Allen Institute for Immunology, we hope these efforts in rheumatoid arthritis, as well as the other diseases studied across the Allen Institute for Immunology, will in the near future be applied to the study and prevention of other autoimmune diseases.”​
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Study on preappointment consults featured in Rheumatology News!

"What started out as a quality improvement project morphed into a robust study that was published online July 12, 2018, in Arthritis Care & Research. Using data recorded in the electronic medical record, Dr. West and his colleagues [Dr. Duane Pearson, Dr. Christopher Striebich and Dr. Jason Kolfenbach] retrospectively reviewed 961 new outpatient rheumatology consults sent during a 9-month period for final diagnosis and revenue generation for routine outpatient care over 1 year following consult review or initial evaluation".

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Dr. Kevin Deane and Sr. PRA, Marie Feser, lead effort to bring the first-ever event showcasing research on the Anschutz Campus.

Partnering with 9Health, Dr. Deane and his research team helped organize the first  Research Fair educating the community about research being done at CU Anschutz. 

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UC Health features the rheumatology and opthamology collaborative clinic treating patients with inflammatory eye disease.


With respect to inflammation caused by autoimmune disease, the UCHealth Eye Center team collaborates closely with UCHealth’s highly regarded rheumatology program. It’s led by a University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty team which, like that of Ophthalmology, has a long history of pioneering care and research. One example: in addition to his work with rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma and lupus patients in his rheumatology clinic, Dr. Jason Kolfenbach sees uveitis patients at the Eye Center in a joint clinic with Palestine to help provide coordinated care for complex patients.

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Elena Weinstein, MD named Medical Director for the University of Colorado Hospital Outpatient Infusion Center

In this role, Dr. Weinstein will serve as the physician leader for the treatment unit and the liaison to the physician practices. Dr. Weinstein is a board certified rheumatologist with practice locations on the Anschutz Campus and at Lone Tree Health Center. She has experience establishing and overseeing infusion services in both academic and community settings.


Robert Janson, MD, named recipent of the School of Medicine's Faculty Professionalism Award

Dr. Robert Janson is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheuamtology.  Said John Reilly, MD, Dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dr. Janson was praised by nominators "as a respected and dedicated clinician and educator."  The award will be presented at the School of Matriculation Ceremony on Friday, August 10, 2018.  Congratulations Dr. Robert Janson! 

Dr. Kristine Kuhn named one of the Department of Medicine's 2018 Outstanding Early Career Scholars!

​Said Dr. Michael Holers, head of the Division of Rheumatology. “She is an outstanding scientist andaid Dr. Michael Holers, head of the Division of Rheumatology. “She is an outstanding scientist and academic citizen whose research is resulting in new insights into the roles of the mucosal immune system in the development of systemic autoimmune disease."

Dr. Michael Holers honored with the designation of   

Master by the American College of Rheumatology

The designation of Master is ​conferred on senior ACR members who have made outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through  scholarly achievement and/or service to their patients, students, and the rheumatology profession. Honorees have devoted their careers to furthering rheumatology research and improving clinical standards in the treatment of rheumatic diseases.

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 ​Michael Holers, MD,  ​​named recipient of the Journal of Rheumatology's 2017 Duncan A. Gordon Award


​​​ ​Created in honour of The Journal’s longtime editor, Duncan Gordon, the award serves to recognize highly influential research articles published in The Journal based on their impact, originality, and potential to advance treatment and alter clinical practice. The award corresponds to the 2015 report “Anti-carbamylated Protein Antibodies Are Present Prior to Rheumatoid Arthritis and Are Associated with Its Future Diagnosis.”

Kristine Kuhn, MD, PhD ​​named Boettcher Investigator

Dr. Kristine Kuhn named recipient of the Boettcher Foundation's Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards Program! The program supports promising, early career scientific researchers. Congratulations, Dr. Kuhn!

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Kristine Kuhn, MD, PhD, Named One of the Department of Medicine's 2017 Rising Stars!
Kristine Kuhn, MD, PhD​ joined the Division of Rheumatology in 2013.  In just over three years on faculty, Kristi has been extremely productive in a variety of areas.  Kristi is an outstanding clinician and educator, routinely attending in bedside teaching clinics and actively mentoring medical students and post-docs.  She successfully started her laboratory from scratch, and has obtained additional funding in the form of an NIH K08, Global Probiotics Council Young Investigator’s Grant, and recently, an award through Advancing Science through Pfizer-Investigator Research Exchange (ASPIRE).  In addition to her own research, Kristi has established a germ free mouse core facility that allows the University community access to this cutting-edge resource.  Kristi has been recognized as a future leader within the American College of Rheumatology, and we fully expect that as her career develops Kristi will continue to have a major impact on the field.
Congratuations, Dr. Kuhn!

 ​How studying those with Down syndrome gets us answers about Alzheimer's

At the other end of the spectrum, there exists another population that is largely insulated from the ravages of Alzheimer’s. Kevin Deane says his patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis are only rarely diagnosed with the disease.

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Rheumatologist and Researcher, Kristen Demoruelle, MD, Named One of the Recipients of the Department of Medicine 2016 Team Science Award


Kristen Demoruelle, MD (Division of Rheumatology) and Eric Pietras, PhD (Division of Hematology) will receive funding for a project aimed at identifying the earliest steps in the development of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).


Researchers seeking way to prevent rheumatoid arthritis

StopRA clinical trial is first of kind in the U.S., and investigators are searching nationwide for participants​.

ECHO Colorado Announces Leadership Transition
Associate Professor and Practice Director the Divison of Rheuamtology, Dr. Duane Pearson to serve as Associate Director for ECHO Colorado

Leading Rheumatologist, Dr. Aryeh Fischer, Gives 6 Reasons to Have Hope About Scleroderma & Why Research is the Answer

​“I kind of fell into this,” Dr. Fischer told me.

 You wouldn’t know it by looking at the Doctor of the Year award sitting on his desk. He received it in 2014 from the Scleroderma Foundation at the National Patient Education Conference.