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George C. Tsokos, M.D.
Chief, Rheumatology Division

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George C. Tsokos, MD , is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and on staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.  He received his M.D. from The National University of Athens and completed his medical residency at the University of Athens, VA Hospital and Georgetown University in Washington DC and his rheumatology and clinical immunology training at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

His research interests focus on the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus and mechanisms that lead to tissue injury.  The overall goal of his research is the identification of molecular therapeutic targets and disease activity biomarkers.

He is the past-President of the Clinical Immunology society and has served on the Boards of Directors of the Research Foundation of the American College of Rheumatology and the Lupus foundation of America.  He serves as regular member of the Hypersensitivity, Autoimmunity and Immune Mediated Disorders Study Section of the National Institutes of Health and as Chair of the Alliance for Lupus Research Study Section.  He has founded and chairs the annual School for Systemic Autoimmune Diseases (Clinical Immunology Society).  He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology and elected member of the Association of American Physicians and the Henry Kunkel Society.  He has received the Philip Hench, James Leonard, William Felts, Galen and William Crosby awards.  He currently serves as Consulting Editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Editor of Autoimmunity, and Associate editor-in-chief of Clinical Immunology while he serves numerous editorial boards.


Robert H. Shmerling, M.D. Dr. Shmerling headshot
Clinical Chief, Rheumatology Division

Robert H. Shmerling, M.D. is a graduate of Tufts University (1979) and Harvard Medical School (1983); he completed his internship and residency training at Beth Israel Hospital in 1986 and a combined Primary Care and Rheumatology Fellowship at Beth Israel and Brigham and Women's Hospital in 1989.  He is currently an Associate Physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is an active teacher in the Internal Medicine Residency Program, serving as Associate Firm Chief of the Robinson Firm from 1991 to 1998 and as its Firm Chief from 1998 through the present. He is also co-director of the Rheumatology Fellowship Program. His clinical interests include gout, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.  He has published research and review articles exploring the usefulness of commonly ordered diagnostic tests including the rheumatoid factor, anti-nuclear antibody (ANA), anti-neutrophilic cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) and analyses of synovial fluid.  Currently, he is working with Dr. Christine Peoples on a study examining the early experience with anti-cyclic citrullinated protein (anti-CCP) testing.  He also serves as a Senior Editor of Internet Publishing at Harvard Health Publications and is a regular reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine, Arthritis and Rheumatism and Arthritis Care and Research.


Contact Information

Division of Rheumatology
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
West Campus, Lowry Medical Building, 4B
110 Francis St.
Boston, MA 02215