The Division of Adult Rheumatology comprises 22 full-time and part-time faculty members who contribute to the clinical care, research and educational mission at Washington University. The Division was previously led by Dr. John Atkinson (1976-1992 and 2008-2017), Dr. Wayne Yokoyama (1995-2007), and Dr. Deborah Lenschow (Interim 2017-2018). Dr. Christine Pham assumed the position of Division Chief starting on October 1, 2018 . The faculty is highly diverse with 10 women and 12 men, including 2 under-represented minorities. The Division provides an active outpatient clinical practice (1,574 initial and 11,232 return visits annually) and a busy inpatient consult service (1,574 consults based on 2017 census).
The Division has 6 full-time NIH-funded physician-scientists who work in a highly collaborative environment to enable innovative research to advance the knowledge and improve healthcare for patients suffering from various rheumatologic diseases. To facilitate these endeavors the Division successfully competed for a Rheumatic Diseases Research Resource-based Center (RDRRC) NIH P30 award, which began September 1, 2018 under the co-direction of Drs. Pham and Lenschow. In addition to expanding translational research, several faculty members have established specialized clinics to meet the challenges posed by the emerging rheumatic diseases as well as complex autoimmune conditions such as lupus.