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Benjamin Korman, M.D.

Benjamin Korman, M.D.

Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology

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Contact

Appointment (585) 486-0901

Locations

Rheumatology Clinic

400 Red Creek Drive, Suite 240
Rochester, NY 14623

About Me

Dr. Korman's clinical interest is in the diagnosis and management of patients with scleroderma and other related autoimmune connective tissue diseases. He works to provide interdisciplinary care for patients including addressing problems with skin (fibrosis and thickening), blood vessels (Raynaud's...
Dr. Korman's clinical interest is in the diagnosis and management of patients with scleroderma and other related autoimmune connective tissue diseases. He works to provide interdisciplinary care for patients including addressing problems with skin (fibrosis and thickening), blood vessels (Raynaud's phenomenon), gastrointestinal issues (acid reflux, GI motility problems), lung disease (interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension), heart, and kidney problems. He is interested in providing individualized care and is well versed in cutting-edge immunotherapeutics as well symptom-relieving modalities.

Dr. Korman's research program focuses on understanding the cells and processes which cause scarring (fibrosis) and vascular disease (including pulmonary hypertension) in scleroderma. He uses both experimental models of disease and patient samples to better understand the relationship between adipose (fat) cells, blood vessels and scar-forming cells (fibroblasts). The ultimate goal of this work is to better understand why patients have different disease manifestations and to provide personalized treatment approaches.

Professional Background

Dr Benjamin Korman, M.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology, is a rheumatologist and physician-scientist with a clinical and research interest in scleroderma (systemic sclerosis, SSc). Dr Korman did his undergraduate and medical tra...
Dr Benjamin Korman, M.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology, is a rheumatologist and physician-scientist with a clinical and research interest in scleroderma (systemic sclerosis, SSc). Dr Korman did his undergraduate and medical training at The Ohio State University, followed by research time at the National Institutes for Health, and internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowship training at Northwestern University in Chicago. He is a translational researcher who runs a basic science lab with a focus on vascular disease including pulmonary hypertension, fibrosis, and inflammation in both arthritis and scleroderma. He also has an active clinical research program including a scleroderma registry and biorepository, as well as observational and interventional studies.

Certified Specialties

Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine

Rheumatology - American Board of Internal Medicine

Faculty Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Medicine, Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology (SMD)

Credentials

Residency & Fellowship

Fellowship, Rheumatology, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. 2012 - 2014

Residency, Internal Medicine, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. 2010 - 2012

Internship, Internal Medicine, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. 2009 - 2010

Education

MD | Ohio State University College of Medicine. 2009

Research

Research Lab

Publications

Journal Articles

The cancer-associated glycan polysialic acid is dysregulated in systemic sclerosis and is associated with fibrosis.

Khan L, Derksen T, Redmond D, Storek J, Durand C, Gniadecki R, Korman B, Cohen Tervaert JW, D'Aubeterre A, Osman MS, Willis LM

Journal of autoimmunity.. 2023 September 22140 :103110. Epub 09/22/2023.

Pulmonary Hypertension: How to Best Treat the Different Scleroderma Phenotypes?

Korman BD, Lachant DJ, Castelino FV

Rheumatic diseases clinics of North America.. 2023 May 49 (2):345-357. Epub 1900 01 01.

Implementation of automated behavior metrics to evaluate voluntary wheel running effects on inflammatory-erosive arthritis and interstitial lung disease in TNF-Tg mice.

Kenney HM, Wood RW, Ramirez G, Bell RD, Chen KL, Schnur L, Rahimi H, Korman BD, Xing L, Ritchlin CT, Schwarz EM, Cole CL

Arthritis research & therapy.. 2023 February 225 (1):17. Epub 02/02/2023.

Multi-omics analysis identifies IgG2b class-switching with ALCAM-CD6 co-stimulation in joint-draining lymph nodes during advanced inflammatory-erosive arthritis.

Kenney HM, Rangel-Moreno J, Peng Y, Chen KL, Bruno J, Embong A, Pritchett E, Fox JI, Becerril-Villanueva E, Gamboa-Domínguez A, Quataert S, Muthukrishnan G, Wood RW, Korman BD, Anolik JH, Xing L, Ritchlin CT, Schwarz EM, Wu CL

Frontiers in immunology.. 2023 14 :1237498. Epub 08/25/2023.

Thy-1 plays a pathogenic role and is a potential biomarker for skin fibrosis in scleroderma.

Marangoni RG, Datta P, Paine A, Duemmel S, Nuzzo MA, Sherwood L, Varga J, Ritchlin C, Korman BD

JCI insight.. 2022 September 6 Epub 09/06/2022.

Differences in symptom experience among patients with systemic sclerosis: A cluster analytic approach to identifying subgroups.

Murphy SL, Chen YT, Lee YC, Carns M, Aren K, Korman B, Hinchcliff M, Varga J

Rheumatology.. 2022 August 3 Epub 08/03/2022.

Clinical and Autoantibody Associations in Antinuclear Antibody-Positive Systemic Sclerosis Lacking Prototypic Autoantibodies.

Kruzer K, Goncalves Marangoni R, Heckler I, Elhage A, Varga J, Hinchcliff M, Carns M, Aren K, Wielgosz A, Nuzzo M, Venkataraman I, Korman B

Journal of clinical rheumatology : practical reports on rheumatic & musculoskeletal diseases.. 2022 June 29 Epub 06/29/2022.

RNA-Seq analysis identifies alterations of the primary cilia gene SPAG17 and SOX9 locus non-coding RNAs in systemic sclerosis.

Roberson EDO, Carns M, Cao L, Aren K, Goldberg IA, Morales-Heil DJ, Korman BD, Atkinson JP, Varga J

Arthritis & rheumatology.. 2022 June 28 Epub 06/28/2022.

Circulating CTRP9 is Associated with Severity of Systemic Sclerosis-associated Interstitial Lung Disease.

Yang MM, Balmert LC, Marangoni RG, Carns M, Hinchcliff M, Korman BD, Varga J

Arthritis care & research.. 2021 July 12 Epub 07/12/2021.

Engineering Advanced In Vitro Models of Systemic Sclerosis for Drug Discovery and Development.

De Pieri A, Korman BD, Jüngel A, Wuertz-Kozak K

Advanced biology.. 2021 April 5 (4):e2000168. Epub 02/15/2021.

Pathological pulmonary vascular remodeling is induced by type V collagen in a model of scleroderma.

Marangoni RG, Korman BD, Parra ER, Velosa APP, Barbeiro HV, Martins V, Dos Santos ABG, Soriano F, Teodoro WR, Silva PL, Tourtellotte W, Capelozzi VL, Varga J, Yoshinari NH

Pathology, research and practice.. 2021 February 19220 :153382. Epub 02/19/2021.

Targeting CD38-dependent NAD metabolism to mitigate multiple organ fibrosis.

Shi B, Wang W, Korman B, Kai L, Wang Q, Wei J, Bale S, Marangoni RG, Bhattacharyya S, Miller S, Xu D, Akbarpour M, Cheresh P, Proccissi D, Gursel D, Espindola-Netto JM, Chini CCS, de Oliveira GC, Gudjonsson JE, Chini EN, Varga J

iScience.. 2021 January 2224 (1):101902. Epub 12/07/2020.

Adipocytic Progenitor Cells Give Rise to Pathogenic Myofibroblasts: Adipocyte-to-Mesenchymal Transition and Its Emerging Role in Fibrosis in Multiple Organs.

Marangoni RG, Korman B, Varga J

Current rheumatology reports.. 2020 September 2522 (11):79. Epub 09/25/2020.

TNF Induces Obliterative Pulmonary Vascular Disease in a Novel Model of Connective Tissue Disease Associated Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (CTD-PAH).

Bell RD, White RJ, Garcia-Hernandez ML, Wu E, Rahimi H, Marangoni RG, Slattery P, Duemmel S, Nuzzo M, Huertas N, Yee M, O'Reilly MA, Morrell C, Ritchlin CT, Schwarz EM, Korman BD

Arthritis & rheumatology.. 2020 May 10 Epub 05/10/2020.

Combination treprostinil with sympathectomy and vascular reconstruction to treat recurrent digital ulcer disease.

Lemay M, Korman B, Hammert W, White RJ, Lachant D

Clinical and experimental rheumatology.. 2020 April 15 Epub 04/15/2020.

and autoantibodies define scleroderma subtypes and risk in African and European Americans and suggest a role for molecular mimicry.

Gourh P, Safran SA, Alexander T, Boyden SE, Morgan ND, Shah AA, Mayes MD, Doumatey A, Bentley AR, Shriner D, Domsic RT, Medsger TA, Ramos PS, Silver RM, Steen VD, Varga J, Hsu V, Saketkoo LA, Schiopu E, Khanna D, Gordon JK, Kron B, Criswell LA, Gladue H, Derk CT, Bernstein EJ, Bridges SL, Shanmugam VK, Kolstad KD, Chung L, Kafaja S, Jan R, Trojanowski M, Goldberg A, Korman BD, Steinbach PJ, Chandrasekharappa SC, Mullikin JC, Adeyemo A, Rotimi C, Wigley FM, Kastner DL, Boin F, Remmers EF

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.. 2019 December 23 Epub 12/23/2019.

A case of concurrent systemic sclerosis and scleredema.

Mitchell DC, Agnihothri R, Scott GA, Korman B, Richardson CT

JAAD case reports.. 2019 November 5 (11):940-942. Epub 10/24/2019.

Evolving insights into the cellular and molecular pathogenesis of fibrosis in systemic sclerosis.

Korman B

Translational research : the journal of laboratory and clinical medicine.. 2019 July 209 :77-89. Epub 02/23/2019.

Brief Report: Whole-Exome Sequencing to Identify Rare Variants and Gene Networks That Increase Susceptibility to Scleroderma in African Americans.

Gourh P, Remmers EF, Boyden SE, Alexander T, Morgan ND, Shah AA, Mayes MD, Doumatey A, Bentley AR, Shriner D, Domsic RT, Medsger TA, Steen VD, Ramos PS, Silver RM, Korman B, Varga J, Schiopu E, Khanna D, Hsu V, Gordon JK, Saketkoo LA, Gladue H, Kron B, Criswell LA, Derk CT, Bridges SL, Shanmugam VK, Kolstad KD, Chung L, Jan R, Bernstein EJ, Goldberg A, Trojanowski M, Kafaja S, Maksimowicz-McKinnon KM, Mullikin JC, Adeyemo A, Rotimi C, Boin F, Kastner DL, Wigley FM

Arthritis & rheumatology.. 2018 October 70 (10):1654-1660. Epub 08/29/2018.

Adipocyte-specific Repression of PPAR-gamma by NCoR Contributes to Scleroderma Skin Fibrosis.

Korman B, Marangoni RG, Lord G, Olefsky J, Tourtellotte W, Varga J

Arthritis research & therapy.. 2018 July 1120 (1):145. Epub 07/11/2018.

The novel adipokine C1q-TNF related protein 9 (CTRP9) is elevated in systemic sclerosis-associated interstitial lung disease.

Korman B, Alejo R, Sudhakar D, Hinchcliff M, Agrawal R, Varga J, Marangoni RG

Clinical and experimental rheumatology.. 2018 36 Suppl 113 (4):184-185. Epub 08/28/2018.

Brief Report: Association of Elevated Adipsin Levels With Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Systemic Sclerosis.

Korman BD, Marangoni RG, Hinchcliff M, Shah SJ, Carns M, Hoffmann A, Ramsey-Goldman R, Varga J

Arthritis & rheumatology.. 2017 October 69 (10):2062-2068. Epub 1900 01 01.

Adiponectin is an endogenous anti-fibrotic mediator and therapeutic target.

Marangoni RG, Masui Y, Fang F, Korman B, Lord G, Lee J, Lakota K, Wei J, Scherer PE, Otvos L, Yamauchi T, Kubota N, Kadowaki T, Asano Y, Sato S, Tourtellotte WG, Varga J

Scientific reports.. 2017 June 307 (1):4397. Epub 06/30/2017.

Nrf2 exerts cell-autonomous antifibrotic effects: compromised function in systemic sclerosis and therapeutic rescue with a novel heterocyclic chalcone derivative.

Wei J, Zhu H, Lord G, Bhattachayya M, Jones BM, Allaway G, Biswal SS, Korman B, Marangoni RG, Tourtellotte WG, Varga J

Translational research : the journal of laboratory and clinical medicine.. 2017 May 183 :71-86.e1. Epub 12/09/2016.

Mutation in LEMD3 (Man1) Associated with Osteopoikilosis and Late-Onset Generalized Morphea: A New Buschke-Ollendorf Syndrome Variant.

Korman B, Wei J, Laumann A, Ferguson P, Varga J

Case reports in dermatological medicine.. 2016 2016 :2483041. Epub 06/13/2016.

A candidate gene study reveals association between a variant of the Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor Gamma (PPAR-?) gene and systemic sclerosis.

Marangoni RG, Korman BD, Allanore Y, Dieude P, Armstrong LL, Rzhetskaya M, Hinchcliff M, Carns M, Podlusky S, Shah SJ, Ruiz B, Hachulla E, Tiev K, Cracowski JL, Varga J, Hayes MG

Arthritis research & therapy.. 2015 May 1917 :128. Epub 05/19/2015.

Myofibroblasts in murine cutaneous fibrosis originate from adiponectin-positive intradermal progenitors.

Marangoni RG, Korman BD, Wei J, Wood TA, Graham LV, Whitfield ML, Scherer PE, Tourtellotte WG, Varga J

Arthritis & rheumatology.. 2015 April 67 (4):1062-73. Epub 1900 01 01.

Recent advances in the genetics of systemic sclerosis: toward biological and clinical significance.

Korman BD, Criswell LA

Current rheumatology reports.. 2015 March 17 (3):21. Epub 1900 01 01.

Inflammatory expression profiles in monocyte-to-macrophage differentiation in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and relationship with atherosclerosis.

Korman BD, Huang CC, Skamra C, Wu P, Koessler R, Yao D, Huang QQ, Pearce W, Sutton-Tyrrell K, Kondos G, Edmundowicz D, Pope R, Ramsey-Goldman R

Arthritis research & therapy.. 2014 July 1016 (4):R147. Epub 07/10/2014.

Genome-wide association study identifies variants in the MHC class I, IL10, and IL23R-IL12RB2 regions associated with Behçet's disease.

Remmers EF, Cosan F, Kirino Y, Ombrello MJ, Abaci N, Satorius C, Le JM, Yang B, Korman BD, Cakiris A, Aglar O, Emrence Z, Azakli H, Ustek D, Tugal-Tutkun I, Akman-Demir G, Chen W, Amos CI, Dizon MB, Kose AA, Azizlerli G, Erer B, Brand OJ, Kaklamani VG, Kaklamanis P, Ben-Chetrit E, Stanford M, Fortune F, Ghabra M, Ollier WE, Cho YH, Bang D, O'Shea J, Wallace GR, Gadina M, Kastner DL, Gül A

Nature genetics.. 2010 August 42 (8):698-702. Epub 07/11/2010.

Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, efalizumab, and immunosuppression: a cautionary tale for dermatologists.

Korman BD, Tyler KL, Korman NJ

Archives of dermatology.. 2009 August 145 (8):937-42. Epub 1900 01 01.

An autoinflammatory disease with deficiency of the interleukin-1-receptor antagonist.

Aksentijevich I, Masters SL, Ferguson PJ, Dancey P, Frenkel J, van Royen-Kerkhoff A, Laxer R, Tedgård U, Cowen EW, Pham TH, Booty M, Estes JD, Sandler NG, Plass N, Stone DL, Turner ML, Hill S, Butman JA, Schneider R, Babyn P, El-Shanti HI, Pope E, Barron K, Bing X, Laurence A, Lee CC, Chapelle D, Clarke GI, Ohson K, Nicholson M, Gadina M, Yang B, Korman BD, Gregersen PK, van Hagen PM, Hak AE, Huizing M, Rahman P, Douek DC, Remmers EF, Kastner DL, Goldbach-Mansky R

The New England journal of medicine.. 2009 June 4360 (23):2426-37. Epub 1900 01 01.

Genetic risk factors for rheumatoid arthritis differ in Caucasian and Korean populations.

Lee HS, Korman BD, Le JM, Kastner DL, Remmers EF, Gregersen PK, Bae SC

Arthritis and rheumatism.. 2009 February 60 (2):364-71. Epub 1900 01 01.

The chromosome 7q region association with rheumatoid arthritis in females in a British population is not replicated in a North American case-control series.

Korman BD, Seldin MF, Taylor KE, Le JM, Lee AT, Plenge RM, Amos CI, Criswell LA, Gregersen PK, Kastner DL, Remmers EF

Arthritis and rheumatism.. 2009 January 60 (1):47-52. Epub 1900 01 01.

Mortality of bullous pemphigoid: an evaluation of 223 patients and comparison with the mortality in the general population in the United States.

Parker SR, Dyson S, Brisman S, Pennie M, Swerlick RA, Khan R, Manos S, Korman BD, Xia Z, Korman NJ

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.. 2008 October 59 (4):582-8. Epub 08/15/2008.

Common variants at CD40 and other loci confer risk of rheumatoid arthritis.

Raychaudhuri S, Remmers EF, Lee AT, Hackett R, Guiducci C, Burtt NP, Gianniny L, Korman BD, Padyukov L, Kurreeman FA, Chang M, Catanese JJ, Ding B, Wong S, van der Helm-van Mil AH, Neale BM, Coblyn J, Cui J, Tak PP, Wolbink GJ, Crusius JB, van der Horst-Bruinsma IE, Criswell LA, Amos CI, Seldin MF, Kastner DL, Ardlie KG, Alfredsson L, Costenbader KH, Altshuler D, Huizinga TW, Shadick NA, Weinblatt ME, de Vries N, Worthington J, Seielstad M, Toes RE, Karlson EW, Begovich AB, Klareskog L, Gregersen PK, Daly MJ, Plenge RM

Nature genetics.. 2008 October 40 (10):1216-23. Epub 09/14/2008.

STAT4: genetics, mechanisms, and implications for autoimmunity.

Korman BD, Kastner DL, Gregersen PK, Remmers EF

Current allergy and asthma reports.. 2008 September 8 (5):398-403. Epub 1900 01 01.

Variant form of STAT4 is associated with primary Sjögren's syndrome.

Korman BD, Alba MI, Le JM, Alevizos I, Smith JA, Nikolov NP, Kastner DL, Remmers EF, Illei GG

Genes and immunity.. 2008 April 9 (3):267-70. Epub 02/14/2008.

Combination immunosuppressive therapies: the promise and the peril.

Robinson MR, Korman BD, Korman NJ

Archives of dermatology.. 2007 August 143 (8):1053-7. Epub 1900 01 01.

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