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Fotios Koumpouras, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology); Director of Education and Training, Rheumatology; Director Yale Lupus Program

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Fotios Koumpouras, MD

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My expertise is in the diagnosis and clinical care of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) as well as in the conduct of clinical trials. My initial research interests have evolved from laboratory-based investigation (Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 1997; 94:7566-7571) to an academic clinical career focused on SLE and rheumatology education. My early professional experience as medical director of Dr. Manzi’s Lupus Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh put me at the center of managing multidisciplinary clinical services while engaging in clinical research and clinical trials. One of these lead to a new therapy for SLE in 2011. As Director of the Yale Lupus Program, I lead a dedicated team focused on SLE care, research, and wellness. An off-shoot of the lupus program was the development the Yale rheumatology-dermatology clinic, which I founded. Also, I created a biobank from a well characterized cohort of patients with SLE that produced collaborative research in cardiac lupus, pathogenies of lupus, inflammasome biology, and others. Under my leadership, Yale is now part of every major clinical trial in SLE. I often provide advice for new SLE trials. I was asked to be part of the Executive Health Yale Medicine Program based on my expertise and reputation.

In 2019 I became Training Program Director and recently was elected to serve on the American College of Rheumatology Education grant study section and on the Committee on Training and Workforce issues where we hope to develop a resource for those transitioning into the role of Program Director. I leverage my skills as an academic clinician and disease subspecialist to develop outstanding next generation rheumatologists.

Education & Training

  • Investigative Fellowship
    Yale University (2007)
  • Fellowship
    Yale University School of Medicine (2006)
  • Chief Residency
    Stony Brook University Hospital (2004)
  • Residency
    Stony Brook University Hospital (2003)
  • MD
    St. George’s University School of Medicine (2000)
  • BS
    University at Albany (1994)


  • Medical Image Mystery as a Teaching Tool
    Washington, DC, United States 2020
    American College of Rheumatology
  • East Africa Project
    Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya (2006-2007)
    Improve rheumatology education in Kenya

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Patients' Choice 5th Anniversary AwardVitals.com2015
YOU ROCK AwardArthritis Foundation, Pittsburgh Chapter2013
Physician Scientist Development AwardAmerican College of Rheumatology2006
Resident of the YearStony Brook University2003
Future Physician AwardSt. George's University1998
Iota Epislon Alpha International Medical Honor Society1996
Ben V. Smith Scholar Award for ScienceUniversity at Albany1990
National Merit Semi-Finalist1989

Professional Service

Lupus Foundation of AmericaModerator2018 - Present
American College of RheumatologyPolitical Action Committee2016 - Present

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