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Fadi Badlissi, MD
Dr. Badlissi is a rheumatologist who treats autoimmune diseases and inflammatory arthritis, and provides medical management for orthopedic problems that do not require surgery such as arthritis, tendinitis and bursitis.  Dr. Badlissi has a special interest and expertise in gout, musculoskeletal ultrasound and in performing procedures such as corticosteroid injections with or without ultrasound guidance.

Clinical and Research Interests: 
Crystal induced arthritis (gout and pseudogout)
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
Inflammatory arthritis
Rheumatic diseases in the elderly

Amy B. Devlin, MD
Dr. Devlin received her medical degree from The State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, NY. She completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA following that with a Fellowship in Rheumatology also completed at BIDMC. She is currently seeing patients at both the BIDMC Boston location and the BIDMC Chelsea location.

Arturo Diaz, MD
Dr. Diaz’s specialty is Rheumatology with a special interest in Hereditary Periodic Febrile Syndromes (Familial Mediterranean Fever, TNF-Receptor Associated Periodic Syndrome, Cryopyrin- Associated Periodic Syndromes, Hyper IgD Syndrome); Systemic Autoimmune Diseases and Vasculitis. He received his MD from the Universidad Nac. Autonoma de Mexico School of Medicine, where he also completed his internship and residency followed by a Fellowship in Rheumatology. He then completed an additional residency in Internal Medicine at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. A second fellowship in rheumatology followed at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Michele Finnell ANP-BC
Ms. Finnell holds a Masters Degree in Nursing from Boston University and is Board Certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner in the State of Massachusetts. She has been a Nurse Practitioner at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center specializing in Rheumatology since 1995 and before that she was a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Orthopedics and Rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since 1988. Michele cares for and treats patients in the Rheumatology Office. Michele also maintains all of the legal documentation pertaining to human subject involvement in Research for the Rheumatology Division and coordinates all of the research efforts clinically. 

Lisa M. Fitzgerald, MD
Dr. Fitzgerald is the Co-Director of the Lupus Center of Excellence at BIDMC. She received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA and completed an internship and residency at Mount Auburn Hospital in Internal Medicine, Cambridge, MA following with a Clinical Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Rheumatology and a Clinical Fellowship at the University of Connecticut Health Science Center in Rheumatology in Farmington, CT. Dr. Fitzgerald is available to see patients both at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Mount Auburn Hospital. 

Vasileios Kyttaris, MD
Since the end of my fellowship in 2004, I spent most of my time in translational and bench-top research in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). After coming to Beth Israel Deaconess medical center (BIDMC) in 2006, I became the principal investigator of a dedicated lupus research program and spearheaded the creation of the BID lupus patient cohort.The focus of my laboratory work has been the characterization of SLE T cell phenotype and their role in the development of organ damage. I have published a series of papers on aberrant SLE T cell calcium responses to TCR engagement and received a mentored K award from the NIH. Moreover, my work on the role of interleukin 23 in SLE resulted in several peer reviewed publications and the awarding of an RO1 grant.

I am also caring for patients with SLE and other rheumatic diseases on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Furthermore, I am involved in teaching the rheumatology fellows and medicine residents at BIDMC during patient encounters. Finally, I am teaching history and physical examination and immunology to medical students.

Clinical and Research Interests: Systemic Autoimmunity

Jennifer M. Nashel, MD
Dr. Nashel received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. She completed an internship and residency at Rush University Medicine Center in Internal Medicine, Chicago, Il, and completed a fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital in Rheumatology, Washington, DC

Francine Ton-Nghiem, MD
Dr. Ton-Nghiem received her medical degree from UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ. She completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Internal Medicine, Philadelphia, PA following that with a Fellowship in Rheumatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA before joining Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Ton-Nghiem’s interests are Rheumatoid Arthritis; Osteoporosis; Psoriatic Arthritis.

Paul Romain, MD
Dr. Romain received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Chicago, IL following with an internship and residency at Bellevue Hospital Center in Internal Medicine, New York, NY. He completed a fellowship in Rheumatology at Parkland Health & Hospital Systems, Dallas, TX

Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Clinical Chief, Division of Rheumatology
Dr. Shmerling received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his Internship and Residency in internal medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he also completed a Fellowship in Rheumatology. Gout; Pseudogout; Rheumatoid Arthritis; Interpretation of Rheumatic Disease Test Results are examples of Dr. Shmerling’s expertise.

George Stojan, MD
Dr. Stojan received his medical degree from the University of Belgrade Medical School, Belgrade, Serbia where he also completed postgraduate training in Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology. He completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at York hospital, York, PA following that with a Fellowship in Rheumatology at Johns Hopkins University.

Clinical and Research Interests:  Dr. Stojan's research was focused on the role of cytotoxic pathways in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus, especially the role of granzyme B. From the perspective of clinical research, he studied the effect of obesity on disease activity, cardiovascular events, and mortality in systemic lupus. He was a speaker on the subject of atherosclerosis in systemic lupus at national events organized by the Lupus Foundation of America as well as speaker and organizer of lupus sessions at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meetings.

George C. Tsokos, MD, Chief, Division of Rheumatology
Dr. Tsokos was born in Greece and received his Medical Degree and a Doctorate in Sciences from the University of Athens. He trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Athens and Georgetown University/VA Medical Center in Washington DC and completed Immunology and Rheumatology Fellowships at the National Institutes of Health.   Between 1987 and 2007 he was a member of the Uniformed Services/Walter Reed community where he served in various positions including Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Medicine and Chief of the Department of Cell Injury. In 2007 he joined the Beth Israel Medical Center as Chief of Rheumatology and Harvard Medical School as Professor of Medicine. 
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Ritu Valiyil, MD
Dr. Valiyil received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. She completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Internal Medicine, Boston, MA, and followed that with a Fellowship in Rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Rheumatology, Baltimore, MD before joining the Division of Rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Contact Information

Division of Rheumatology
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
West Campus, Lowry Medical Building, 4B
110 Francis St.
Boston, MA 02215
617.632.8658