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Vaidehi R. Chowdhary, MBBS, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology); Clinical Chief, Rheumatology, Allergy, & Immunology

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Vaidehi R. Chowdhary, MBBS, MD

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Vaidehi Chowdhary, MD, is a rheumatologist who treats people with autoimmune diseases, including gout, vasculitis, and different types of arthritis. She has a special interest in lupus, a complex disease in which the body attacks its own tissues and organs, causing pain, fatigue, and other symptoms.

Dr. Chowdhary, who worked at the Mayo Clinic before coming to Yale, says she became a doctor because she was inspired by the combination of science and art in medicine. “The good part is that you're never far away from people. I've learned so much from my patients—lessons of courage, lessons in resilience. It’s good to know that I can be an important part of their journey to healing,” she says. “I think rheumatologists are unique in that regard, in that they'll listen to patients, knowing that this is part of the disease. So, patients feel heard, and I think that's the first step.”

In addition to caring for patients, Dr. Chowdhary is an associate professor of rheumatology at Yale School of Medicine who participates in research into better treatment for people with rheumatologic disease. She advises anyone who has a family history or is concerned about symptoms to consult a rheumatologist. “The earlier we treat these diseases, the lesser the chance of these diseases leading to life-threatening manifestations,” she says.

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education (2008)
  • Resident
    Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education (2005)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship
    Mayo Graduate School of Medicine (2003)
  • MD
    Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Immunology /Post Doctoral Fellowship (2000)
  • DM
    Sanjay Gandhi Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (1998)
  • MD
    Sassoon Hospitals, Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Medical College (1994)
  • MBBS
    Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Medical College (1991)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Attending of the YearYale Rheumatology Fellows2020
Senior Research AssociateshipCouncil of Scientific Research2019
Nelson Career Development AwardMayo Foundation2016
Department of Medicine Laureate AwardMayo Clinic2015
Nelson Career Development AwardMayo Foundation2013
John M Nasseff Sr Award honoring Dr Harvinder LuthraRheumatology/Internal Medicine Mayo Clinic2013
Outstanding AbstractAmerican College of Rheumatology Research Conference2012
Ronald F Kinney Executive Dean for Research Career Development AwardMayo Clinic2011
REF Career Development Bridge Funding AwardAmerican College of Rheumatology2010
Special Merit awardIndian Rheumatism Association conference2008
Phillip Showalter Hench Prize for excellence in RheumatologyMayo Foundation2008
Honorable mention Slide CollectionAmerican College of Rheumatology2004
Best Paper AwardIndian Rheumatism Association2000
Balkrishna Chintoba PrizeForensic Medicine1988

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