Benjamin D. Schwartz, MD, PhD Distinguished Fellow Award

We are delighted to announce the annual Benjamin D. Schwartz, MD, Ph.D. Distinguished Fellow Award in Rheumatology that will recognize an outstanding (first year) clinical fellow. This award is made possible by a generous endowment from Andy Chan MD, PhD and Mary Chan, MD, in recognition of Ben Schwartz, who has been a consummate physician-scientist, mentor/teacher, and role model for over four decades at Washington University and the Division of Rheumatology. The award recognizes a fellow who best exemplifies the qualities that Ben strives to instill in the next generation of rheumatologists: outstanding clinical care and exceptional commitment to the teaching of Rheumatology.

Message from the Chair

The Department of Medicine is very happy to welcome our new Associate Clerkship Director for Internal Medicine, Dr. Lisa Zickuhr. She will be assisting the current clerkship director Dr. Gerome Escota in providing professional, administrative, and educational leadership for third and fourth year students rotating in Medicine.

Dr. Zickuhr is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and clinician educator in the Division of Rheumatology. She serves as Director of Rheumatology Curricula, teaching undergraduate and graduate medical trainees about musculoskeletal and rheumatic diseases. She has won awards for her compassionate patient care and her teaching efforts at the medical student, resident, and fellowship levels. Last month, the rheumatology fellows selected her as the recipient of the 2019-2020 Richard Brasington, MD Award, an honor granted each academic year to a faculty member with notable dedication to teaching and mentoring rheumatology fellows.

Her research interests lie in curriculum design. She volunteers on the American College of Rheumatology’s Curriculum subcommittee of Rheumatology Training and Workforce and has collaborated with internal medicine residents to measure clinicians’ needs for education about diagnosing rashes in patients with lupus and skin of color with plans to design teaching interventions to address them. Working towards earning her Masters of Health Professions Education, she is committed to a scholarly approach to teaching and looks forward to contributing to the innovation of Washington University School of Medicine’s Gateway Curriculum through her new role in the medicine clerkship.

Inaugural John P. Atkinson MD Lecture Series

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Eric P. Newman Education Center

Seminar Room B
8:00 am, Continental Breakfast

8:45 am, Welcome – Victoria J. Fraser, MD

Atkinson Portrait Unveiling


9:00 am, “Complement in human disease: Current and emerging therapeutic opportunities”

V. Michael Holers, MD

Scoville Professor and Head, Division of Rheumatology

Professor of Medicine and Immunology

University of Colorado School of Medicine


10:00 am Break


Rheumatic Disease Research Resource-based Center Pilot & Feasibility Program

P & F Awardees

Michelle L. Elvington, PhD

Chieh-Yu Lin, MD, PhD & Kory Lavine, MD, PhD

Michael Paley, MD, PhD & Lynn Hassman, MD, PhD


10:15 am, Michelle Elvington, PhD – C3 (H2O): a potential biomarker with functional consequences in SLE

10:45 am, Michael Paley, MD, PhD – Mechanistic insights into HLA-B27-associated inflammation

11:15 am, Chieh-Yu Lin, MD, PhD – Cellular and transcriptomic landscape of cardiac sarcoidosis

11:45 am Adjourn

Dr. Hsieh’s Election to the AOA

Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to announce Dr. Chyi Hsieh’s election to the AOA Medical Honor Society based on his professionalism, scholastic achievements, leadership and service to the medical profession and community. He will be recognized at the annual Spring AOA Initiation Banquet.

2020 Distinguished Educator

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Seth Eisen for being selected to receive the 2020 Distinguished Educator (Postdoctoral Research Mentoring) Award!

Dr. Eisen will be recognized with an award ceremony that will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 5:00 pm in the Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC).

2019 Distinguished Service Teaching Award

Dear Colleagues,

Dr. Lisa Zickuhr has received the 2019 Distinguished Service Teaching Award from the Washington University School of Medicine. An award ceremony will be held on Thursday October 24, 2019. Please join us in congradulting Dr. Zickuhr for her acheivement!


ACR Distinguished Fellow Award

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Michael Paley for being selected as this year’s recipient of the ACR Distinguished Fellow Award.

Dr. Paley will be recognized at the ACR award ceremonies in Atlanta on Nov 9, 2019.

2019 Presidential Gold Medal

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce that Dr. John Atkinson was chosen to receive the 2019 Presidential Gold Medal, the highest award bestowed to one individual annually by the ACR.

Dr. Atkinson will be recognized at the ACR award ceremonies in Atlanta on Nov 9, 2019.