Associate Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology and Immunology
I am a clinical researcher with a focus on the management of rheumatologic diseases in pregnancy. Since 2007, I have collected prospective pregnancies in women with rheumatic disease in the Duke Autoimmunity in Pregnancy Registry, which currently includes over 300 pregnancies. This registry includes clinical data, pregnancy outcomes, and a large sample repository. In collaboration with Duke Pediatric Cardiology, we found that maternal use of hydroxychloroquine may be protective against congenital heart block from neonatal lupus. I have also conducted studies on vasculitis and ovarian function and pregnancy and I am the director of the Vasculitis-Pregnancy Registry, through the Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium, is an online pregnancy registry for women with these rare conditions. I am starting a study to identify causes for the high rate of infertility among women with rheumatoid arthrits. I am also working on several projects to better understand how psoriatic arthritis impacts pregnancy.