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Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology Newsletter

December 2023

Welcome from Fotios Koumpouras, MD

Dear Colleagues,

It was great to see many of you at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Convergence in San Diego! From Evelyn Hsieh, MD, PhD, co-chairing the Global Rheumatology Summit to faculty and trainees sharing advances in clinical research to fellows competing in the Annual Meeting Knowledge Bowl (Go, Yale Bullseye Biters!), the meeting was an all-around success for the section. Please join me in congratulating Deborah Dyett Desir, MD, who was appointed as the ACR’s 87th president, and Robert Schoen, MD, MBA, who was designated Master of the ACR. Also, we congratulate Liana Fraenkel, MD, MPH, who was appointed as president of the Rheumatology Research Foundation.

The Section of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology was thrilled to reveal fellowship match results on November 29 at noon. Click on the following links to announcements about our incoming rheumatology fellowsand allergy and immunology fellows.

We are pleased to welcome David Podell, MD, PhD, well known to many, as a wonderful addition to our core clinical teaching faculty. Among his many accomplishments, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London. The section continues to focus on faculty expansion, and we look forward to sharing more news in our next newsletter!

As we look towards 2024, we can expect great clinical advances in lupus, lupus nephritis, systemic sclerosis, vasculitis, myositis, cellular therapies for autoimmune disease, and continuing breakthrough research in T-cell biology, immunobiology, inflammasone biology, and cellular aging by our faculty members and their collaborative teams.

I hope you read on for more highlights from our section. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season.


Fotios Koumpouras, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology)
Director of Education and Training, Rheumatology
Director, Yale Lupus Program
Co-Director, Rheumatology Dermatology Multidisciplinary Clinic

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