Rheumatology

Sjögren’s Disease is a systemic autoimmune disease typified by three cardinal symptoms—pain and dryness (including but not limited to mouth and eyes) and general fatigue. Patients’ experiences, however, are anything but uniform. Appearing in unexpected clusters or on their own, symptoms can range from mild to debilitating, and frequently do...
The Department of Medicine is proud to honor Karen Hansen, MD, MS, professor, Rheumatology, who will retire on October 7, 2022. Dr. Hansen completed medical school, residency and chief residency at UW–Madison, followed by a rheumatology fellowship at Duke. She joined the DOM faculty in September 2001 and has received...
A new study shows that Wisconsin’s only multidisciplinary clinic for lupus patients with suspected kidney disease cut the time to diagnosis by 40% and improved other measures of health care quality for those patients. UW Health opened Wisconsin’s first multidisciplinary lupus clinic in early 2018. Along with her nephrology colleagues...
A recent study led by Meghan Brennan, MD, MS, assistant professor, Infectious Disease, found that rural patients who identify as Black are at increased risk of death or leg amputation due to diabetic foot ulcers. The study was published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network. Researchers...
On February 4, 2022, educators and trainees logged on to the seventh annual Department of Medicine Education Day. The half-day event brings together faculty leaders, learners, and staff focused on undergraduate and graduate medical education. The day began with a Grand Rounds presentation from Margaret Lo, MD, professor, University of...
As a resident, Sarah Donohue, MD, fellow, Rheumatology, had many wonderful mentors to guide her career. However, when she wanted to understand more about what it meant to be a woman in medicine and how to navigate the unique challenges female-identifying physicians face, she realized most of her mentors were...
Thanks to leadership from Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, professor, Infectious Disease, and colleagues, the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital will join a national network of VA medical centers dedicated to strengthening clinical research at those centers. The Network of Dedicated Enrollment Sites (NODES) currently consists of 10 VA medical...
Shenikqua Bouges, MD, assistant professor, Geriatrics and Gerontology, and Christine Sharkey, MD, clinical assistant professor, Rheumatology, were accepted into the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) Centennial Scholars/Centennial Clinicians Program.  The competitive program develops faculty whose diversity enhances the quality of education, clinical care and research...
Vital Signs is featuring introductions to many of the new faculty members and chief residents who joined us over the past year. Each has been invited to provide some background about their primary professional focus in clinical, research, and/or medical education, what drew them to UW-Madison, their hopes and dreams...
Justin Levinson, MD, MBA Assistant Professor Rheumatology What is your primary professional focus in any or all of our mission areas (clinical, research, and/or medical education)? My focus is clinical and medical education. My favorite part of being a doctor is seeing, diagnosing, and treating patients. I also very much...