Recent News & Events


Recent News & Events


Dr. Cornelia Weyand - 2014 Lane Lecture Speaker

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

She will be giving the Lane Lecture (during Medicine Grand Rounds) on March 20th at 8 am in Health Sciences T-625. She will also be giving a special Rheumatology lecture on March 21st at 9 am in Health Sciences RR110.

Please see the flyer for more details.



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.



Rheumatology Research Open House at South Lake Union


Thank you for those who were able to attend the Rheumatology Research Open House at South Lake Union on October 10, 2013. We had a great turnout and hope those who attended enjoyed the tour!

Please view the photos taken: Rheumatology Open House Photos.



Rheumatology Clinic Move to Roosevelt - September 2013

Please note that Rheumatology Clinic at UWMC has moved to the UWMC Roosevelt location on September 16, 2013. To accommodate of the move, some scheduling like clinic days and lecture schdules (e.g. Grand Rounds) has changed.

The clinic number has changed, which is listed in on our "contact us" page under UW Roosevelt. Note that there are still limited clinics at Medical Specialties clinic, so please call the appropriate number. Thank you.



Congratulations to Dr. Alice Wiedeman!


Congratulations to Dr. Alice Wiedeman for successfully defending her dissertation on August 9, 2013. Her presentation was entitled: "Contrasting mechanisms of interferon-α inhibition by immunoglobulin G”. She earned her PhD under the mentorship of Dr. Keith Elkon. Dr. Elkon's lab recently moved to South Lake Union as of May 2013.



Dr. Bernard Ng - New VA Section Head

Dr. Bernard Ng will join the Divison of Rheumatology at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. He will be replacing Dr. Gordon Starkebaum as Section Head. Dr. Starkebaum will still remain as a clinician within the division.


Dr. Ng obtained his M.B.B.S. degree at National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1992. He completed his residency training and obtained his Masters in Internal Medicine at NUS in 1998. In the same year, he passed and became a member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP). He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Mayo School of Postgraduate Medicine in Rochester, MN in 2001. He completed his Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology fellowship in 2004 at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Since then, he has been an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Ng is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology with the American Board of Internal Medicine, and in Allergy and Immunology with the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He is also a fellow member of the Royal College of Physicians in London and Edinburgh.


Dr. Ng has research interests in the field of health services research and his current research focuses on pharmacoepidemiology of anti-rheumatic agents. In addition, he is also interested in long term disease outcomes of various musculoskeletal diseases, in particular, rheumatoid arthritis. He has received Veteran Affair’s local and VISN grants to support his research which resulted in the publication of three original papers and the completion of a master thesis on this subject. Aside from his work as a staff rheumatologist/allergist with the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Administration Medical Center, Dr. Ng was a clinical as well as research mentor to Rheumatology fellows, Internal Medicine residents and medical students at the Baylor College of Medicine between 2004 and 2013.



Dr. Gordon Starkebaum's Retirement from the VA

In fall of 2013, Dr. Gordon Starkebaum will retire from his position of Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington and Chief of the Arthritis Section at the Seattle Veterans Administration Medical Center. With the exception of a 4-year interlude for medical school at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, Gordon has been a loyal son of Seattle with undergraduate work, house staff training in Medicine, and fellowship in Rheumatology all completed here at the University of Washington. He took on the job of Chief of Rheumatology at the Seattle VA in 1980 and has held that position ever since except for a stint from 2000 to 2009 as Chief of Staff there.


Working with Bill Arend during his fellowship, Gordon began studies of autoimmune neutropenia that continued throughout his investigative career. In SLE, in RA, as a complication of drug therapy and most particularly in association with large granular lymphocyte leukemia, Gordon’s productive investigations won him a national reputation as a student of the low white blood cell counts that complicate the care of so many patients with rheumatic diseases.


As Chief of the Seattle VA, Gordon built a clinical program that has served as a model of excellence both in quantity and in quality throughout the national VA system. Gordon’s own superb clinical skills were always at the center of this program. A gratifying recognition of that excellence came with him being chosen by the UW house staff to receive the Paul Beeson award for excellence in training.



Rheumatology Research at South Lake Union (SLU)


In the first week of May, the rheumatology faculty primarily involved in “wet bench” research – Drs. Elkon, Ledbetter, Hughes and Peng and their staff moved to the 5th floor of the South Lake Union (SLU) Campus to occupy Building SLU3.1 (also called building E). Together with the two existing research buildings, Rosen (SLU1) and Brotman (SLU2) Buildings, this UW Medicine site now houses almost 1,000 scientists who work on areas of biologic imaging, biomarkers, cancer vaccines, diabetes, immunology, heart regeneration, inflammation, microbiology, mitochondria and metabolism, and proteomics. These areas of endeavor are supported by biomedical research centers that cross organizational and disciplinary lines (described at the UW SLU website). SLU 3.1 comprises 125,000 sq ft of new space with a 12,000 cage vivarium.



This move offered several advantages to rheumatology research:

  • We increased research space from 3,000 to ~5,000 square foot with state of the art equipment and core facilities.
  • Rheumatology investigators now share contiguous space with all members of the Department of Immunology as well as a number of other groups (Infectious diseases, Nephrology, Vision Science) focused on inflammatory conditions and/or host defense. This move therefore has created an even more synergistic environment that will further enhance communication, shared seminars and direct collaboration between rheumatology-relevant investigators.
  • We are close to other division members (e.g. Dr. Lee Nelson) and collaborators at the Fred Hutchison Cancer Center (FHCRC), Seattle Childrens Research Institute (SCRI) and Benaroya Research Institute (BRI)




Open Rheumatology Job Positions

One new position has been posted for a Physician Scientist that will be located at South Lake Union. There are other job positions that are still open.


Please click here to view the current positions available.