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Research

Drs. Kalibchuk and Rangel-MorenoThe AIR Division has a robust research program as well as a close working relationship with the Center of Musculoskeletal Research, Dermatology and other departments at URMC. Faculty research spans a broad spectrum including clinical research, basic mechanisms of disease and translational research.

Scholarly Work

Every fellow must complete a scholarly project under faculty mentorship during their training. The specific project chosen is consistent with individual career goals and interests. All fellows are encouraged to publish or present their work externally at an academic meeting or in a peer-reviewed publication.

For detailed timelines of research projects, please see pg. 8 of the Rheumatology Fellowship Handbook.

Fellow Projects

Current Fellow Projects

  • Cardiovascular events during the first year of diagnosis in giant cell arteritis.

Previous Fellow Projects

  • Prospective study of the progression of osteoarthritis.
  • Conversion of M. Tuberculosis screening tests in patients treated with TNF-α Inhibitors
  • Differential cytokine and chemokine expression in the skin of patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
  • Pathophysiology of lupus with a focus on nephritis.

Fellow Publications

  • National Psoriasis Foundation COVID-19 Task Force Guidance for Management of Psoriatic Disease During the Pandemic: Version 1. J.M. Gelfand, MD MSCE, A.W. Armstrong, MD MPH, S. Bell, PhD, G.L. Anesi, MD MSCE MBE, A. Blauvelt, MD MBA, C. Calabrese, DO, E.D. Dommasch, MD MPH, S.R. Feldman, MD PhD, D. Gladman, MD FRCPC, L. Kircik, MD, M. Lebwohl, MD, Re V. Lo, III, MD MSCE, G. Martin, MD, J.F. Merola, MD MMSc, J.U. Scher, MD, S. Schwartzman, MD, J.R. Treat, MD, A.S. Van Voorhees, MD, C.T. Ellebrecht, MD, J. Fenner, MD, A. Ocon, MD PhD, M.N. Syed, MBBS, E.J. Weinstein, MD, J. Smith, BS, G. Gondo, MA, S. Heydon, MA, S. Koons, BS, C.T. Ritchlin, MD MPH.  J Am Acad Dermatol. 2020 Sep 3;S0190-9622(20)32544-5

Fellow Presentations at National Meetings

  • In Rheumatoid Arthritis, New-onset Prednisone Use Is Associated with a Daily Dose, Cumulative Dose, and Duration-dependent Risk for Cardiovascular Events at 6 Months and 1 Year of Use. Ocon, A. 2019 Nov ACR Annual Meeting
  • Decreased Medication Adherence Is a Major Cause for Increased Risk of Hospitalizations Among High Risk Lupus Patients. Thirukumaran, C, McCarthy, K, Patel, J and Anandarajah, A 2017 Nov ACR Annual Meeting
  • Incidence of Conversion of Screening Tests for M. Tuberculosis (PPD, GIF-release assay) in a Metropolitan Cohort of Patients Treated with TNF-α Inhibitors. Trinh, H  2017 Oct ACR Meeting.
  • Incidence of Conversion of Screening Tests for M. Tuberculosis (PPD, GIF-release assay) in a Metropolitan Cohort of Patients Treated with TNF-α Inhibitors. Trinh, H and Tabechian, D 2018 Oct ACR Annual Meeting