Welcome from the Division Head


Welcome to the home page for the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Washington in Seattle. The mission of this division is to perform and provide superior patient care, research and education for arthritis and the rheumatic diseases. Nine faculty members, thirty volunteer clinical faculty members and an able staff carry out the programs of this division.


Patient Care: Members of this division have expertise in the diagnosis and management of a broad spectrum of rheumatic disease, including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, osteoarthritis, gout, spondylitis, reactive arthritis, inflammatory muscle diseases, various forms of vasculitis and soft tissue syndromes. Patient care is provided at the University of Washington Medical Center, the Harborview Medical Center, the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Specific information on the clinics is listed under Patient Care.


Education: The faculty teach medical students, students in other health-related fields, residents in internal medicine, and resident physicians training in other specialties of medicine. The division has an active fellowship program to prepare individuals for a career in rheumatology. The fellowship program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and is funded by a research training grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). More information is available under Fellowship Programs.


Research: To increase knowledge of rheumatic diseases and thereby improve the diagnosis and treatment of these disorders, this division is very strongly committed to research. Particular emphasis is placed on the disease mechanisms in systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Recently, new insights have been gained into the disease processes of scleroderma.


The research conducted by members of the faculty is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, from foundations and local donors. Research findings are published regularly in national and international scientific journals. In addition, faculty members have contributed to many textbooks on rheumatology and internal medicine. More information is available under 'research' in the top line menu.


We invite you to explore our website and to contact us if you need more information.




Keith Elkon, MD

Mannik-Henderson Professor of Medicine

Head, Division of Rheumatology

University of Washington





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