In the News
Christopher Ritchlin, M.D., MPH, Co-Authors Article to Help Doctors Diagnose and Treat Psoriatic Arthritis
Read about the article written by Dr. Christopher Ritchlin and two other psoriatic arthritis experts on the diagnosis and treatment of psoriatic arthritis.
Drs. Jessica Stern and Christopher Palma Have Recently Joined the AIR Faculty and are Accepting New Patients
Jessica Stern, M.D. is currently accepting new allergy patients. To make an appointment, please call (585) 486-0930. Christopher Palma, M.D., Sc.M. is currently accepting new rheumatology patients. To make an appointment, please call (585) 486-0901.
Our Canandaigua Office has Moved as of February 20th to the Thompson Professional Building
The AIR Rheumatology Clinic in Canandaigua has relocated to the Thompson Professional Building at 360 Parrish Street as of February 20, 2017. The clinic can be found in Suite 305. Our phone number will remain the same at (585) 486-0901.
Dr. Jennifer Anolik Presents Second Opinion 5 on the Symptoms of Lupus
The December 28th episode of Second Opinion focused on the chronic autoimmune disease systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus). Jennifer Anolik, M.D., Ph.D. was a featured panelist presenting the Second Opinion 5 segment, which outlined five common symptoms of lupus. View the episode.
AIR Research Presented at ACR National Meeting
The AIR Division was well represented at the American College of Rheumatology’s national meeting in Washington, DC November 11-16, 2016. This meeting highlights the most current research findings as they relate to Rheumatology. Six faculty members and one fellow had a total of 10 presentations which included posters, panel discussions, meet the professor sessions, and oral presentations. Christopher Ritchlin, M.D., MPH served as a moderator for sessions centering on psoriatic arthritis and spondyloarthropathies.
Lattimore Road Clinic Now Open
In addition to our offices at 400 Red Creek Drive, we are now offering Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology clinical services at 125 Lattimore Road, Suite G-110. Infusion services will be offered beginning in January 2017.
UR Medicine/ Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology
125 Lattimore Road
Rochester, NY 14620
Allergy/Immunology: (585) 486-0930
Rheumatology: (585) 486-0901
10th Annual Lupus Education Day Held
October 15, 2016
This year's event was held on October 15th and featured Dr. Richard Furie, Chief of Rheumatology at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, an internationally recognized expert in lupus clinical trials. View the presentation from this event on our patient education events listing.
You can also watch Dr. Jennifer Anolik, director of the Lupus Clinic at UR Medicine, discuss lupus and this year's Lupus Education Day in an interview with WHEC-TV.
Make a Gift to the Lupus Education Day / Research Fund
NIAMS Update Features AIR Research
AIR researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have been studying how B cells contribute to bone loss in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). As described in the September issue of NIAMS Update, this research provides information on new ways to approach treatments in people with RA.
AIR Researchers Demonstrate Role for B Cells in Bone Erosion in RA
April 14, 2016
AIR researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have uncovered a new mechanism of bone erosion and a possible biomarker for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The group is the first to demonstrate that immune cells, called B cells, contribute directly to the breakdown of bone in RA by producing a signaling molecule called RANKL.
Dr. Anolik Featured in RBJ Article on Autoimmune Diseases
April 1, 2016
Jennifer Anolik, MD, PhD was recently featured in the Rochester Business Journal article, “Autoimmune Diseases are Frustrating to Diagnose, Treat.” The article highlights many of the challenges for patients and their physicians.
Congratulations to Our Strong Stars
Strong Stars are employees who go out of their way to make a difference in the lives of patients, families and visitors.
Laurie Heelon was recognized by one of the rheumatologists for being a key person in the office who continually ensures that patients receive care that is timely and high quality. She works daily to schedule patients promptly, address their needs for more immediate appointments and works extremely hard. Congratulations Laurie!
Brianna Corbitt was recognized by a co-worker for taking the time to teach her about a search function in eRecords which was very helpful. Congratulations Brianna!
Kelly Callahan was recognized by a co-worker for exemplifying team spirit. Kelly stepped up and helped a coordinator off-site with an urgent patient issue despite being extremely busy herself. Congratulations, Kelly!
Alyssa Powell was recognized by a co-worker on behalf of an appreciative patient for "always [being] so polite and always [having] a smile!" This made the patient feel important and well cared for. Congratulations, Alyssa!
Dr. Maria Slack was recognized by a co-worker for being a team player and for always being willing to provide the nurses with information that expands their knowledge base. Congratulations, Dr. Slack!
Laurie Heelon was recognized by a co-worker for being a source of strength in the Division. Her kindness and compassion which she displays all the time and with everyone she comes in contact with are a wonderful example of ICare values. Congratulations, Laurie!
Dr. Ummara Shah was recognized by an appreciative patient for being kind, empathetic and sending quality time with her patients. Dr. Shah was also complimented on her thoroughness and bedside manner. Congratulations, Dr. Shah!
Alana Dodgson was recognized by a co-worker for her dedication and professionalism, even when the office was short-staffed, and for displaying the ICare values with everyone with whom she is contact. Congratulations, Alana!
LoraLynn Poles-Harrison was recognized by a co-worker worker for her dedication and professionalism, even when the office was short-staffed, and for displaying the ICare values with everyone with whom she is contact. Congratulations, LoraLynn!
Corrine Culver was recognized by a co-worker worker for her dedication and professionalism, even when the office was short-staffed, and for displaying the ICare values with everyone with whom she is contact. Congratulations, Corky!
Alyssa Powell was recognized by a co-worker on behalf of an appreciative patient who commented that Alyssa made them feel comfortable and important. The patient also complimented Alyssa on how respectful and pleasant she was. Congratulations, Alyssa!
Dr. Maria Slack was recognized by a co-worker on behalf of an appreciative patient who commented that "Dr. Slack ALWAYS follows through with every plan and discussion, and she does her work with respect, kindness, compassions and empathy! Her care and approach are valued and respected and truly unprecedented!” Congratulations, Dr. Slack!
Nancy Malik was recognized by a co-worker for being a source of strength and continuity for the department. Her dedication and professionalism have helped keep things running, even when the office was short staffed. She displays the ICare values all the time, with everyone she is in contact with. Congratulations, Nancy!
LoraLynn Poles-Harrison was recognized by a co-worker for always being ready to help. Congratulations, LoraLynn!
Dr. Allen Anandarajah was recognized by an appreciative patient for going above and beyond and truly being a one of a kind physician. Congratulations Dr. Anandarajah!
Nurse Practitioner Linda Grinnell-Merrick and Dr. Andreea Coca were recognized by an extremely grateful colleague. Both took time out of their very busy day in clinic to assist with research patients. Congratulations Linda and Dr. Coca!
Dr. Darren Tabechian was recognized by a grateful co-worker for taking the time during a busy day to assist her with a patient who missed his phone call. Congratulations, Dr. Tabechian!
Laurie Heelon was recognized for going above and beyond to help a patient who had missed an important call from her physician. Congratulations Laurie!
Laurie Heelon was recognized again as a Strong Star. An appreciative patient says Laurie is a true star every day, being incredibly responsive to patient’s needs and requests. Congratulations Laurie!
Shanise Hunt was recognized by another staff member for going above and beyond when she helped a patient who did not know who in the building they had an appointment with find the correct office. Congratulations, Shanise!
Dr. Darren Tabechian was recognized by a patient for his compassion and expertise. Congratulations, Dr. Tabechian!
Kelly Callahan was recognized by one of the principal investigators for her instrumental efforts in making the rheumatology clinical and translational research a success. Congratulations, Kelly!