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Benjamin Korman, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 486-0901

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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 thickineng), 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 immunotheraputics as well symptom-relieving modalities.

Dr. Korman's research program focuses on understanding the cells and processes which cause scarring (fibrosis) 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. 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, IL. He spent two years on the faculty at Northwestern before coming to the University of Rochester where he now serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology.



BS | Ohio State University

MD | Ohio State University College of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/2012 - 06/2014
Rheumatology Fellowship, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

07/2009 - 06/2012
Internal Medicine Residency, McGaw Medical Center of Northwesetern University, Chicago, IL


Journal Articles

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. "Adiponectin is an endogenous anti-fibrotic mediator and therapeutic target." Scientific reports.. 2017 Jun 30; 7(1):4397. Epub 2017 Jun 30.

Wei J, Zhu H, Lord G, Bhattachayya M, Jones BM, Allaway G, Biswal SS, Korman B, Marangoni RG, Tourtellotte WG, Varga J. "Nrf2 exerts cell-autonomous antifibrotic effects: compromised function in systemic sclerosis and therapeutic rescue with a novel heterocyclic chalcone derivative." Translational research : the journal of laboratory and clinical medicine.. 2017 May 0; 183:71-86.e1. Epub 2016 Dec 09.

Korman BD, Marangoni RG, Hinchcliff M, Shah SJ, Carns M, Hoffmann A, Ramsey-Goldman R, Varga J. "Brief Report: Association of Elevated Adipsin Levels With Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Systemic Sclerosis." Arthritis & rheumatology.. 2017 69(10):2062-2068.