Dr. Kay Honorary Member of European Rheumatism Organization

Dr. Kay, right, receives the award at this summer’s EULAR congress in Amsterdam.

Congratulations to Jonathan Kay, MD, rheumatologist, who has been elected as a 2018 Honorary Member of The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR). “I am honored and humbled to receive this distinction from EULAR,” Dr. Kay said. “I have been fortunate to work alongside my colleagues in Europe as we pursue our common goal of improving the lives of people affected by arthritis and autoimmune diseases. We aim to provide both patients and health care professionals with the knowledge that helps them to better address these potentially debilitating conditions.” Dr. Kay is the third American to receive this recognition since it was first awarded in 1973. Learn more.

Does Inflammatory Arthritis Worsen in the Winter?

How do your joints feel today? Does your inflammatory arthritis pain worsen in the winter? There are a lot of people who claim their arthritis signals when bad weather is coming, but is there any fact to this myth? Find out by reading a recent Simply Well blog post to learn the facts behind inflammatory arthritis. Simply Well is a community wellness blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Follow the blog today.

Dr. Gravallese Receives Prestigious Award for Her Research

Dr. Gravallese

Ellen Gravallese, MD, chief of the Division of Rheumatology, received the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research 2017 Stephen M. Krane Award for her research in the area of inflammation and bone. Dr. Gravallese has dedicated her career to caring for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic autoimmune disease. She said, “I am extremely honored to receive this award, as I knew Stephen Krane when he served as chief of rheumatology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Krane was an inspiration for my own work on the effects of inflammation on bone in rheumatic diseases.” Congratulations on this esteemed award! Read story.

Simply Well Blog: What You Need to Know about Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a type of inflammation that can affect any joint in the body. It usually appears in people between the ages of 30 to 50, but can begin as early as childhood. Since symptoms vary from person to person, it’s sometimes misdiagnosed as gout, rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. Read our Simply Well blog to learn more about psoriatic arthritis, how it’s caused and how you can treat it. Simply Well is a community wellness blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Follow the blog today.

Everything You Need to Know about Osteoarthritis

May is National Arthritis Month and a good time to learn about osteoarthritis. Do you have painful joints? If you answered yes, you may have osteoarthritis, which is the most common type of arthritis. Osteoarthritis can be found in almost any joint of the body but some of the most common include the knuckles, knees, hips, feet and the lower spine. Although many believe osteoarthritis is caused by age, other factors may contribute to the development of osteoarthritis. Learn about the factors and common symptoms of osteoarthritis today. Read our “All about Osteoarthritis” infographic. Visit our website to learn about osteoarthritis care offered at our Rheumatology Center.

Join Us on Facebook for Arthritis Awareness Month!

How much do you know about the different types of arthritis? Arthritis refers to about 120 different diseases of the joints, muscles and other soft tissues. It affects about 50 million people in the United States, and like any disease, the first step to conquering it is by understanding what causes it and how you can live with it. With so many different forms of arthritis, join us this month as we talk about some of the most common forms of arthritis on our Facebook page in honor of Arthritis Awareness Month.

Register for Lupus Symposium; Open to Patients and Physicians

Medical Center rheumatologists will present at the Lupus Foundation of New England’s Lupus Medical and Educational Symposium on Thursday, April 6 on the University Campus. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack healthy tissue, resulting in inflammation and damage to various parts of the body. The event, open to patients and physicians, provides information on treatment, clinical trials and diagnosis. The day is split into three sections: lupus research, patient forum and physician outreach. See the schedule of sessions or visit the website to learn more and register for the event.

Dr. Gravallese Appointed Associate Editor of Medical Journal

Dr. Gravallese

Dr. Gravallese

Myles J. McDonough Chair in Rheumatology and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology Ellen Gravallese, MD, has been appointed as an associate editor of the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Gravallese will oversee the review process for manuscripts in rheumatology and several other disciplines. “I have worked in medical editing for my entire career and this position will allow me to participate in some of the most exciting and impactful work in the field of medicine,” she said. Dr. Gravallese has also been appointed to the Executive Committee of the American College of Rheumatology. She will serve for two years as secretary, followed by one year as president-elect, and as president in 2019/2020.

Patients Tell Us about Their Rheumatologists via #whyilovemydoc

The #whyilovemydoc social media campaign received 156 comments – surpassing our goal of 100 – about why patients love their physicians and the care they provide. Learn what patients shared about our rheumatology physicians:

  • Dr. Jonathan Kay, my rheumatologist, helped me when I was in so much pain. Just to visit his office was pleasant. If you went in upset and in pain, it was guaranteed that when you came out you were smiling. Very wonderful doctor. Very caring and loves to make people smile.” – Linda S.
  • “A very big shout out to Dr. Katherine Upchurch in rheumatology for the great care given to me for my rare condition. Big hugs to the wonderful woman.” – Donald I.

Visit our website to learn more about our rheumatology care.

National Arthritis Awareness Month Is Recognized in May

arthritis foundationNational Arthritis Awareness Month is recognized each year in May. It is the number one cause of disability in the country, a growing disease that currently impacts more than 50 million adults and an estimated 300,000 children. By 2030, the number of Americans suffering from arthritis is expected to grow to 67 million. Arthritis affects not only the joints, but the skin, eyes, heart and lungs. Learn more about symptoms and the various forms arthritis and rheumatic diseases. If you suffer from any of the noted symptoms, speak with your physician today to help ease the pain and live a fuller life. Visit our website to learn more.