Introduction To Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology
04
March

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , /


– Our focus in rheumatology is basically to provide the best care to patients with complex diseases and with complicated problems. – The patients are usually exhausted and they are suffering
from their symptoms, and there’s no clear diagnosis,
so when they come to us, we are able to find an exact diagnosis, and we are able to find a
treatment regimen that helps them. – We are providing what
we call multidisciplinary specialty care. So, if we have a patient that comes in with a rheumatic disease, that disease effects
several organ systems. And so, what we’re aspiring
to do is have patients come in so that on a single day they
can see, not only rheumatology, but any associated specialists. – Since my arrival at Yale, I’ve been coordinating
research with dermatologists and pulmonologists and cardiologists. We plan to be on the cutting edge where we’re not just doing clinical trials of existing therapies, but also identifying novel treatments that can really propel the field forward. – Rheumatology is a complex field where it can effect any part of the body. So, history is really the cornerstone of making a diagnosis in rheumatology. – And so, we aim to most closely define the disease in that patient, and to apply the most specific therapies which will be effective
and with least toxicity. – Rheumatology as a specialty
is becoming very scientific. On the treatment side,
there’s a lot of research that is identifying new molecules that can target the immune system. – We’re trying to find a way into that black box of immunology, and the techniques that
have come to us recently are just a tremendous
advantage for profiling cells. So, I like to make sure
that all of my colleagues are using the most advanced technology in support of their questions
that they’re trying to answer. – The, kind of, the industry
of science is changing in a way where more and more people
are working together to try to tackle big problems.
That’s really nice to see. And it really mirrors how patient care is being done now, too, which is this, kind of, team approach. – Part of what we do here at Yale, part of what I’m interested
in, is education, which is why I do the program direction. And so this way we can
teach the newer generations, what are the signs,
symptoms, clinical clues that should make you take the next step? – We wanna provide the best training for young physicians and
young rheumatologists so as they step into practice, they’re in the best possible position to address the growing problem
of rheumatologic disorders. – Yale is full of people
with so much creativity. I like to say that if you
walk up any hallway here, you can find people passionate
about what they’re doing. – So, there’s a rich
opportunity for interaction between the primary
clinicians, researchers, and translational physicians. The fact that we’re all on one campus, and we’re all working together, I believe, toward the same effort, I think makes this a
very unique environment.


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