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Christopher R. Palma, M.D., Sc.M.

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Office: (585) 486-0901

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Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology, Hospital Medicine


Dr. Christopher Palma is an assistant professor of medicine in the division of Allergy Immunology and Rheumatology. As a rheumatologist he specializes in treating autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, systemic vasculitis, sarcoidosis. He trained in microbiology and immunology at Johns Hopkins before coming to the University of Rochester NY to complete his medical training. Clinical practice locations include Rochester NY and Canandaigua NY. Research interests include the interaction of infections and autoimmune disease, immunocompetence, vasculitis, sarcoidosis and systemic lupus.

Professional Background

Dr. Christopher Palma studied at Yale University where he received a BS in Biology. Thesis work involved the study of evolution of virulence genes in human trypanosomes. He then attended graduate school at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University obtaining as Masters of Science degree in Molecular Immunology and Microbiology. Thesis work involved the study and generation of novel malaria vaccines utilizing live replication competent adenovirus. After graduate school he attended medical school at the University of Rochester where we he was awarded the George H. Whipple award. He completed internal medicine training and specialty training in Rheumatology at the University of Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital. Currently Dr. Palma is an Assistant Professor in the department of medicine's division of Allergy Immunology and Rheumatology.


Dr. Christopher Palma is an assistant professor of medicine in the division of Allergy Immunology and Rheumatology. Research interests include the interactions of infections and autoimmune diseases, viral diseases, immunocompetence.



MD | University of Rochester
Internal Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2014 - 06/30/2016
Fellowship in Rheumatology at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/01/2012 - 06/30/2014
Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/01/2011 - 06/01/2012
Internship at University of Rochester Medical Center

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George H. Whipple Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Location: Rochester NY

Tettleman Travel Scholarship
Sponsor: Yale University
Location: New Haven CT


Journal Articles

Ocon AJ, Palma C. "Risk factors for the development of cardiovascular events within one year from the diagnosis of giant cell arteritis." Clinical and experimental rheumatology.. 2021 Jun 25; Epub 2021 Jun 25.

Winthrop KL, Brunton AE, Beekmann S, Polgreen P, Baddley J, Saag KG, Calabrese C, Calabrese L, Robinson PC, Wallace ZS, Curtis JR, . "SARS CoV-2 infection among patients using immunomodulatory therapies." Annals of the rheumatic diseases.. 2020 Aug 5; Epub 2020 Aug 05.

Wu MQ, Preslar M, Katerji H, Palma C, Cameron SJ. "Fibrosis, Thrombosis, and Dacrocytosis: An Unusual Case of Male Systemic Lupus Erythematosus." The American journal of medicine.. 2019 Dec 20; Epub 2019 Dec 20.