Rheumatologist Joins URMC Team

Bethany Marston, M.D.

Bethany Marston, M.D.

URMC welcomed Bethany Marston, M.D., to the faculty as an assistant professor of both Medicine and Pediatrics.

Marston splits her time between pediatric and adult rheumatology clinics, which should reduce waitlist delays for new patients with autoimmune conditions like arthritis, lupus, vasculitis and more. Connecting patients with specialists in a timely manner is important, as some patients can suffer irreversible joint damage – even organ damage – if their disease is left untreated.

At the intersection of pediatric and adult rheumatologic care, Marston hopes to research how teens and young adults adjust to independently managing their own disease. She also hopes to educate residents about the importance of their role on the “front lines” of rheumatologic care.

“With today’s rheumatologists so inundated with patients, training primary care physicians to be comfortable prescribing an introductory regimen of an inflammatory medicine could be invaluable, especially if a patient’s disease is fast-moving,” Marston said.

Currently, Marston is working with Christopher Ritchlin, M.D., M.P.H., to find ways to forecast which patients with psoriasis are most likely to suffer from an arthritic disease that sometimes follows. She is also eager to explore the clinical impact of in-room ultrasound machines for pediatric patients. The machines would offer a real-time, under-the-skin look at how an inflammatory disease is progressing, or how effectively a medication is working.

“Having access to an affordable, in-office diagnostic tool would be especially helpful for kids because it could yield valuable clinical information instantly – unlike other scans, such as MRIs, which generally require a separate appointment and that the child be sedated,” she said.

Marston completed her residency in internal medicine and pediatrics and a fellowship in rheumatology URMC. She earned a B.A. in Genetics from Dartmouth College and her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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