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Sterling G. West MD

Fellowship Program Director, Professor of Medicine


Dr. West is involved with research into the central nervous system manifestations of SLE and the pathogenesis of neuropsychiatric SLE, as well as multiple other clinical research projects. Dr. West also heads the fellowship program, and has won numerous national awards for his educational activities.

 

 

 

 

 

1979-1981  Fellowship Rheumatology, Walter Reed Army  Medical Center Washington, D.C.
1976-1979 Internship/Residency Internal Medicine, Fitzsimons Army Medical  Center Aurora, Colorado
Medical School Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

 

 

 

 

1998-Present Co Director - Metabolic Bone Disease Center, University of Colorado Denver
1995-Present Professor, Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program Director - Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology University of Colorado Denver
1995-1998 Clinical Director - Autoimmune Disease Center, National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, CO
1990-1995 Associate Clinical Professor - Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology University of Colorado Denver
1986-1990 Assistant Clinical Professor - Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology University of Colorado Denver
1983-1986 Clinical Instructor - Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology University of Colorado Denver
1981-1995 Chief, Rheumatology - Department of Internal Medicine, Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Aurora, CO
Member ABIM Subspecialty Board on Rheumatology
Member ACR Committee on Rheumatology Training and Workforce Issues
AMSUS Phillip Hench Award
Order of Military Medical Merit
Outstanding Staff Teacher Award
UCD Clinical Faculty Research Award
Laureate Award American College of Physicians
The Best Doctors in America Award
Denver's Top Doctors Award
ACR Clinical Scholar Educator Award
Master, American College of Physicians

Major area of research interest is in the pathophysiology and treatment of neuropsychiatric lupus.  Clinical research trial currently ongoing is measuring cognitive dysfunction and depression in SLE patients and correlating symptoms with MRI and MR spectroscopy abnormalities.  Additional areas of interest are metabolic bone disease and clinical trials.


Representative publications:
 

  1. West SG: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and the Nervous System.  In Wallace DJ, Hahn BH (eds), Dubois' Lupus Erythematous, 7th ed. Philadelphia. Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, 2007. pp 707-746.
  2. West SG et al. Renal involvement in SLE. In Schrier RW (ed), Diseases of the Kidney and Urinary Tract. Philadelphia, Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, 2007. pp 1673-1699.
  3. West SG. Ankylosing spondylitis. In Rakel RE, Bope ET (eds) Conn's Current Therapy, Philadelphia, Elsevier Saunders, 2005. pp 1124-1127.
  4. West SG. Systemic diseases in which arthritis is a feature. In Goldman L, Ausiello D (eds), Cecil Textbook of Medicine (22nd ed). Philadelphia. Harcourt, 2004. pp 1716-1720.
  5. West SG, Kotzin BL. Sarcoidosis. In Hochberg M, et al (eds), Rheumatology (3rd ed). London. Harourt, 2003. pp 1735-1746.
  6. West SG (ed): Rheumatology Secrets, 2nd ed, Philadelphia, Hanley and Belfus, Inc., 2002.