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Recent News & Events


Recent News & Events


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. 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.



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.