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Beth Laurie Jonas, MD, FACR

Reeves Foundation Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

Specialty Areas:
rheumatoid arthritis, seronegative spondyloarthropathies, medical education

Chronology: BA: Wesleyan University, 1984; MD: State University of New York Upstate Medical University, 1989; Intern and Resident: The George Washington University, 1989-1992; Chief Medical Resident: The George Washington University, 1992-1993; Rheumatology Fellow: Emory University, 1993-1995; Assistant Professor of Medicine: Emory University 1995-1998; Visiting Researcher: Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 1994-1998; Assistant Professor of Medicine and Orthopedics: University of North Carolina, 1998-2011; Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program: University of North Carolina, 2001-present; Associate Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina, 2011; Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina, 2017; Reeves Foundation Distinguished Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina, 2018-Present.

Description of research and/or clinical interests: Dr. Jonas’ clinical interests are in the evaluation and management of patients with inflammatory arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and enteropathic arthritis. Dr. Jonas has a strong interest in medical education and educational scholarship. She is highly involved in teaching rheumatology to learners at all level from undergraduate medical students to rheumatology fellows.

Selected Bibliography:

Dua AB, Kilian A, Grainger R, Fantus SA, Wallace ZS, Buttgereit F, Jonas BL. Challenges, Collaboration, and Innovation in Rheumatology Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Leveraging New Ways to Teach. Clin Rheum.2020

Donahue KE, Schulman ER, Gartlehner G, Jonas BL, Coker-Schwimmer E, Patel SV, Palmieri Weber R, Bann CM, Viswanathan M. Comparative Effectiveness of Combining MTX with Biologic Drug Therapy Versus Either MTX or Biologics Alone for Early Rheumatoid Arthritis in Adults: a Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Oct; 34(10):2232-2245.

Baldassari AR, Cleveland RJ, Luong ML, Jonas BL; Consortium for the Longitudinal Evaluation of African Americans with Early Rheumatoid Arthritis, Conn DL, Moreland LW, Bridges SL Jr, Callahan LF. Socioeconomic factors and self-reported health outcomes in African Americans with rheumatoid arthritis from the Southeastern United States: the contribution of childhood socioeconomic status. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2016 Jan 12;17(1):10.

Miloslavsky EM, Criscione-Schrieber LG, Jonas BL, O’Rourke KS, McSparron JI, Bolster MB. The fellow as clinical teacher: Improving rheumatology fellows’ teaching skills during inpatient consultation. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2015 Sep 28. doi: 10.1002/acr.22733. [Epub ahead of print]

Criscione-Schreiber LG, Sloane RJ, Hawley J, Jonas BL, O’Rourke KS, Bolster MB. Expert panel consensus on assessment checklists for a rheumatology objective structured clinical examination. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2015 Jul;67(7):898-904.

Blalock SJ, DeVellis BM, DeVellis RF, Chewning B, Jonas BL, Sleath BL. Medication risk communication during rheumatology office visits. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2015 Feb;67(2):161-8.

Baldassari AR, Cleveland RJ, Jonas BL, Conn DL, Moreland LW, Bridges SL Jr, Callahan LF. Socioeconomic disparities in the health of African-Americans with rheumatoid arthritis from the Southeastern USA. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2014 Dec;66(12):1808-17.

Criscione-Schreiber LG, Bolster MB, Jonas BL, O’Rourke KS. Competency based goals, objectives, and linked evaluations for rheumatology training programs: A standardized template of learning activities from the Carolinas Fellows Collaborative (CFC). Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2013 Jun;65(6):846-53.

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