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Recent News & Events


Recent News & Events


UW Presents 41 Abstracts at ACR Meeting in Boston

The 2014 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Meeting was held in Boston, Massachusetts from November 15-19. The Division of Rheumatology had a total of 41 abstracts that were presented this year. Our faculty were recognized as the seventh most productive presenters at this national gathering among other Top Ten NIH Institutes.


2014 ACR Abstracts


Some Abstracts Presented at the 2014 ACR:


  • Jie An, Joshua Woodward, Reynold Karr, Thomas Teal, Keith Elkon. The second messenger, Cyclic GMP-AMP dinucleotide (cGAMP) and the enzyme, cyclic GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS), are expressed in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.
  • Lucrezia Colonna, Christian Lood, YuFeng Peng, Xizhang Sun, Lena Tanaka, Sandip Panicker, Keith B. Elkon. Intracellular Complement C3 Is Exposed on the Cell Surface upon Apoptosis Induction and Participates in the Clearance of Apoptotic Cells By Phagocytes.
  • Tal Gazitt, Jeremy Sokolove. Netosis Induced Histone Citrullination Facilitates Onset and Propagation of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
    • Presented in the first plenary session
  • Natalia Giltiay, Geraldine Shu, Anthony Shock, Edward Clark. Regulation of the Responses of Human B Cell Subsets to Innate Immune Signals By Epratuzumab, a Humanized Monoclonal Antibody Targeting CD22.
  • Jordan Brodsky, Meghan Greenfield, Erin Patton. Osteoporosis Screening and Fracture Risk Assessment Tool Usage Among House Staff.
  • Christian Lood, Xizhang Sun, Lena Tanaka, Jeffrey Ledbetter, Keith Elkon. RNA-containing Immune Complexes shift Human Neutrophils from Phagocytosing Cells to Efficient Releasers of Oxidized DNA in a Process requiring Crosstalk between TLRs and FcgRIIA.
  • Bernard Ng. Factors Associated with Methotrexate Treatment Duration, Including Subcutaneous Use, in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Observations from the VA Database.
  • Ingeborg Sacksen, Mark Wener, Scott Pollock. Precision of Ultrasound Skin Thickness Measurements: Influence of Examiner and Ultrasound Transducer.
  • Clay Sontheimer, Lucrezia Colonna, Yenly Nguyen, Keith Elkon, YuFeng Peng. Distinct Contributions of C1q and C3 in Preventing Immunogenicity of Apoptotic Cells in Lupus.
  • Clayton Sontheimer, Keith Elkon. Ultraviolet B Generates Type 1 Interferon and Induces Autoantibody-Mediated Disease in a Mouse Model of Cutaneous Lupus.



New Faculty in Rheumatology

Dr. Natalia Giltiay joined the Division of Rheumatology as Research Assistant Professor September 2014. Dr. Giltiay completed her M.S. in Molecular Biology at Sofia University in Sofia, Bulgaria and Ph.D. in Immunology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She received her postdoctoral training in the Department of Immunology, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute. In 2010, she moved to Seattle joining the laboratory of Dr. Edward Clark in the UW Department of Immunology, where she became Acting Instructor. Dr. Giltiay has an extensive background in icellular and molecular mmunology and murine autoimmune models. Her primary research interests are in the field of B lymphocyte biology and B cell regulation with particular emphasis on the signaling mechanisms involved in the survival, differentiation and activation of B cells and how dysregulation of these signals might contribute to the development of systemic autoimmune diseases, such as SLE and SjS.

Dr. Nicole Kieffer is a Georgetown-trained clinical rheumatologist who is joining the rheumatology division at University of Washington. Dr. Kieffer will primarily be seeing patients at the Roosevelt Clinic. Her focus is to provide excellent clinical care for patients with rheumatic disease.

Dr. Amy Tolsdorf attended medical school at the University of Connecticut, where she first discovered her love of Rheumatology. She thereafter moved to Seattle to complete her Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of Washington. During fellowship she also attended school full-time at the UW master’s program in Epidemiology. This year, as a new attending, she looks forward to finishing the master’s program while also having more time for clinical care of patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings.



Dr. Elkon Awarded LSDF Grant

Dr. Keith Elkon was recently awarded a $250,000 grant from the Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF). LSDF announced nearly $750,000 in Proof of Concept grants to Washington state for-profit and non-profit organizations to promote translation of health-related technologies from the laboratory to the commercial marketplace.


Project Title: Targeted Therapy to Inhibit cGAS stimulated Type I IFN Production

Objective: To synthesize and test new drugs for treating systemic lupus erythematosus



Dr. Gordon Starkebaum Appointed as ACR Masters

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Gordon Starkebaum has been appointed as Master of the American College of Rheumatology. As per ACR, the ACR Master “is one of the highest honors the College bestows. The designation of Master is conferred on ACR members, age 65 or older, who have made outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through scholarly achievement and/or service to their patients, students, and profession. This honor is usually bestowed upon no more than 20 members per year.”

It is unusual, but Gordon truly has excelled in all four fields of service: clinical care, research, teaching and administration. He joins a distinguished cadre of UW faculty to receive this honor.

Gordon will receive the award at the ACR meeting in Boston. Please join us there and also at a UW dinner to TBA where we can congratulate Gordon.


- Keith Elkon, MD, Professor of Medicine and Division Head



Open Rheumatology Job Positions

We have recently posted one new position for a Clinician / Clinician that will primarily be located at Harboview Medical Center. There are other job positions that are still open.


Please click here to view the current positions available.



2014 Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to the following faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2014:


  • Dr. Jane Buckner - From Affiliate Associate Professor to Affiliate Professor
  • Dr. David Martin - From Clinical Asst. Professor to Clinical Assoc. Professor
  • Dr. Dina Titova - From Clinical Instructor to Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Wayne Wallis - From Clinical Associate Professor to Clinical Professor


We thank them for their ongoing support and contributions to the division!



Dr. Cornelia Weyand - 2014 Lane Lecture Speaker

Dr. Cornelia Weyand was the 2014 Lane Lecture speaker. She is currently Chief of the Division of Immunology and Rheumatology at Stanford University.

She gave the Lane Lecture on March 20th and gave a special Rheumatology lecture on March 21st.

Please see photos taken at the 2014 Lane Reception.



Dr. Daniel Stetson - New Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Daniel Stetson has recently joined the division as Adjunct Assistant Profesor as of January 2014.

Dr. Stetson graduated from Duke University in 1997 and received his PhD in 2002 from the University of California, San Francisco. After completing postdoctoral work at Yale University, Dr. Stetson joined the University of Washington Department of Immunology in April 2008.

Read more in Dr. Stetson's faculty page.