Herbert S. B. Baraf, M.D., is the managing partner of Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates in the Washington, D.C. area. It is the largest private rheumatology practice in the United States. He is a clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University and an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He is a Master of the American College of Rheumatology and the 2014 recipient of the Paulding Phelps Award. Dr. Baraf specializes in gout, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and Sjogren’s syndrome. He has served as the principal investigator on more than 300 clinical trials addressing those disorders. He has also served on many committees for the American College of Rheumatology, and helped develop ACR’s freestanding musculoskeletal ultrasound courses for rheumatologists. Dr. Baraf received his doctor of medicine from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Suleman Bhana M.D., is a rheumatologist with Crystal Run Healthcare, a multi-specialty group practice in Middletown, N.Y. He specializes in rheumatoid arthritis, gout and crystal arthritis, spondyloarthritis, psoriatic arthritis and the rheumatic manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Bhana has a strong interest in medical and consumer technology and its effect on individuals and society. He is co-creator and host of The Rheumatology Podcast, a podcast launched in 2012 designed for a physician audience. He is also a co-creator of the Rheumatology Journal Club (#RheumJC), a monthly Twitter chat that focuses on treatment for rheumatic diseases. Dr. Bhana is a member of the American College of Rheumatology. Dr. Bhana received his doctor of medicine from St. George’s University School of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship in rheumatology at Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York. Dr. Bhana is a frequent contributor to Rheumatology Network on issues ranging from technology to patient communication.
Christopher Collins, M.D., is an associate professor of medicine at Georgetown University and the fellowship program director for the division of rheumatology at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC) in Washington, D.C. Dr. Collins directs the lupus clinic at MWHC, in addition to staffing several inflammatory arthritis clinics. He specializes in systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and connective tissue diseases. He has clinical research interests in arthritis, lupus and has recently published research on calcium and vitamin D supplementation in rheumatoid arthritis. He is a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel for the Lupus Foundation of Greater Washington (LFAGW) and is the current president of the Rheumatism Society of the District of Columbia. Dr. Collins received his doctor of medicine from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Nancy Lane, M.D., is an endowed professor of medicine at the University of California at Davis, School of Medicine. She is the principal investigator of the NIH-funded program on sex differences in musculoskeletal diseases across the lifespan at UC Davis. Dr. Lane specializes in internal medicine, rheumatology, allergy and clinical immunology. She maintains an active rheumatology practice while researching osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Her translational research team has defined the role of glucocorticoids in bone fragility, including their effects on cell stress. Dr. Lane also developed a novel compound to direct stem cells to the bone to grow new bone and treat osteoporosis. She is currently researching the musculoskeletal diseases of aging, especially osteoarthritis of the hip and knee, with a focus on novel risk factors such as imaging, genetics, bone shape and exercise. Dr. Lane received her doctor of medicine degree from the UC San Francisco School of Medicine.
Kristine Lohr, M.D., is a professor of medicine and director of the rheumatology fellowship program at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Throughout her career, Dr. Lohr’s research has focused on undergraduate and graduate medical education, implementing curricula and overseeing outcome improvements. She has served on the standard setting panels for the National Board of Medical Examiners. In 2014 she became a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Rheumatology Board. In 2015, she joined the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative Board (representing the American College of Rheumatology). Recently, Dr. Lohr has researched the predictive value of in-training examinations in the American College of Rheumatology. Dr. Lohr specializes in autoimmune diseases, lupus, gout and rheumatoid arthritis. She received her doctor of medicine from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.