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Program Faculty

  • Director

    Associate Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology); Chief of Rheumatology, VA Connecticut Healthcare System; Program Director, CMB Global Health Leadership Development Program; Network Lead, Yale Network for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NGN); Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Associate Professor on Term, Chronic Disease Epidemiology

    Dr. Hsieh is an Associate Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology) and Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) at Yale, and Chief of Rheumatology for the VA Connecticut HealthCare System. She enjoys caring for patients and teaching on the medical wards of the West Haven VA Medical Center. Dr. Hsieh is dedicated to bridging the fields of global health and rheumatology, in particular through research training. Her research combines biomedical and behavioral sciences approaches,and has leveraged national cohorts and international registries to better understand drivers of risk for osteoporosis, sarcopenia, and fracture among patients with chronic infection or inflammatory disease. A major focus of her work is on prevention, epidemiology and health services research for these musculoskeletal outcomes among individuals aging with HIV in countries undergoing economic transition (e.g., China and Peru) where incidence of these conditions is increasing, however infrastructure and capacity to diagnose and manage these comorbidities remains fragmented. The tools and models developed through this work have also translated to other low-resource settings and models of secondary osteoporosis (e.g., breast cancer and rheumatoid arthritis). Dr. Hsieh also has a rich program of research at the VA, where she co-directs the Rheumatology, Endocrine and Geriatric Syndromes Core of the VA Family of EHR cohorts and is co-PI of an NIH-funded study to develop and validate a fracture risk prediction tool tailored for patients aging with HIV. This study leverages the outstanding infrastructure and team of the Veteran's Aging Cohort Study, the largest cohort of patients with HIV in the U.S., and partners with collaborators from Yale New Haven Healthcare System and BU/Boston Medical Center. Finally, Dr. Hsieh is committed to mentoring research scholars through programs such as the Global Health Equity Scholars Program, the CMB Global Health Leadership Development Program, and the NIH T32 Training Program of the Yale Section of Rheumatology. Her research has been supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (Fogarty International Center, NIAMS, NIAAA, NCI, NIA, NCATS), Rheumatology Research Foundation, China Medical Board, and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. She is co-founder and lead of the Yale Network for Global Non-Communicable Diseases, and was a 2018-2019 Fulbright Scholar. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Rheumatology and currently chairs the ACR Global Engagement Committee.
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine (Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology); Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

    Dr. Bilsborrow completed his MD at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 2016. Dr. Bilsborrow then joined the section of Yale Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology for his fellowship training in 2016 and is currently doing research with Dr. Richard Bucala. His current research involves the isolation and characterization of the memory T cell subsets involved in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. He is also interested in global health and rheumatology education and expansion in developing countries in particular.
  • Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology) and Professor of Pathology and of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Chief, Rheumatology, Allergy, & Immunology; Rheumatologist in Chief, Rheumatology; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

    Richard Bucala, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Medicine, Pathology, and Epidemiology & Public Health.  He studies the mechanisms by which protective immune responses lead to immunopathology, focusing on MIF-family cytokines and their genetics, which his group first cloned and characterized experimentally.  Currently, his laboratory is leading multidisciplinary efforts to develop immunotherapies tailored to an individual’s genetic makeup. An anti-MIF antibody developed by the group is undergoing clinical testing in oncology, and an anti-MIF receptor antibody, recently FDA approved, is under evaluation in SLE. Dr. Bucala also is credited with the discovery of the fibrocyte, which is being targeted therapeutically in different fibrosing disorders.  He is a co-founder of Cytokine Networks and of MIFCOR, a biotechnology startup begun as a student-advised project.  Dr. Bucala was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Arthritis & Rheumatology and has served on numerous advisory boards for the NIH, the pharmaceutical industry, academia, and private foundations.
  • Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology) and of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics); Professor

    Dr. Buckley is an adult and pediatric rheumatologist with special interests in the treatment of lupus and inflammatory arthritis, glucocorticoid osteoporosis, and the transition of teenagers and young adults with rheumatic diseases to adult care. She is a past member of the FDA Arthritis Advisory Committee and the boards of the American College of Rheumatology and the Arthritis Foundation.
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology, Allergy & immunology)

    Dr. Chock is a physician and clinical researcher investigating medication use and offspring outcomes amongst parents with rheumatic diseases. She has strong interests in reproductive rheumatology and utilizing large datasets to support her research. Dr. Chock completed her MD degree at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada.  She completed her residency at New York Presbyterian in Queens, New York.  Dr. Chock joined the Section of Rheumatology for her fellowship in 2016, she received her MPH degree from Johns Hopkins University.
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology)

    Dr. Dong received medical degree from Wuhan University School of Medicine before pursuing PhD degree at University of Connecticut Health Center. Her PhD work focused on chemoattractant signaling in leukocyte homing and activation at sites of infection and inflammation including atherosclerosis. After PhD, she joined Dr. Joseph Craft’s laboratory at Yale for postdoctoral training. She studied transcriptional factors in immune cell development in murine lupus under the auspices of postdoctoral Brown-Coxe Fellowship and Arthritis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. During rheumatology fellowship training at Yale, she investigated the role of STAT4-guided pathogenic cytokine production in human lupus. Her current research is to understand cardiovascular diseases in rheumatic disorders, especially systemic lupus erythematosus.
  • Professor; Director of Allergy & Immunology, Internal Medicine

    Dr. Insoo Kang is Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology) at Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his post-graduate training in rheumatology and immunology research at Yale. He has been on the faculty at Yale School of Medicine since 1999. He is a physician scientist with a research interest in understanding the human immune system using biological samples and clinical data. In particular, Dr. Kang has defined subsets of T cells with distinct cellular characteristics based on the expression of cytokine receptors on T cells in health and disease as well as the interactions of such cell subsets with monocytes and other immune cells.
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine (Rheumatology); Director of Education and Training, Rheumatology; Director Yale Lupus Program

    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.
  • Clinical Professor of Medicine; Chair of Medicine, Waterbury Hospital; Clinical Professor of Medicine, Quinnipiac University

    Dr. Podell joined Waterbury Hospital in 1989 and is Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Frank H. Netter M.D. School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University.Dr. Podell graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1980. He completed his internship, residency, and fellowship in rheumatology at Yale University School of Medicine in 1986. Dr. Podell is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. In 1989 he became the Director of Rheumatology at Waterbury Hospital and joined the clinical faculty of the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program. In 1994 he became Director of Medicine until 2007 at which time he served as Firm Chief for the next five years until assuming the role of Chairman of Medicine at Waterbury Hospital again in 2012. Dr. Podell is also a past Governor of the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Physicians.Dr. Podell’s interests lie in patient centered care and in general clinical rheumatology.Dr. Podell is a Master in the American College of Physicians, and a Fellow in the American College of Rheumatology. He is also a Fellow in the Royal College of Physicians-London.He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Laureate Award from the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Physicians, and the George Thornton Award for recognizing his teaching ability. Dr. Podell also has won the Hospital Teacher of the Year from the Yale University School Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency Program on two occasions. He has also won the Teacher of the Year for the newly formed Yale-New Haven Hospital/Waterbury Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program. He has been one of Connecticut’s Top Docs consecutively since 1995 and has been featured in the Diagnosis Column of the New York Times magazine section written by Dr. Lisa Sanders. In addition, the Podell Firm has been named in his honor at Waterbury Hospital.
  • Staff Affiliate - YNHH; Family Nurse Practitioner

    "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.". Jacinta Renaldi MSN is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner working in the section of Rheumatology at Yale. Beginning her career in nursing in 2004, Jacinta has worked with diverse populations ranging from newborns to geriatric patients in a variety of settings. She began practicing rheumatology in 2009 and joined Yale Rheumatology in 2015. She has a special interest in the treatment of Lupus and other Connective Tissue Disorders and has worked extensively in the development of the Yale Lupus Wellness Program.

Program Trainees