Faculty

There are 8 full-time clinical faculty members in the Clinic with additional faculty and research mentors available to direct training and research.

Key Clinical Faculty

Robert G. Berger, MD
Professor of Medicine
Clinical Professor of Pharmacy

Dr. Berger's primary interest is in medical informatics. Over the last 14 years, a "clinical workstation" has been developed by Dr. Berger and others for global use within UNC Health System. Computerized physician order entry and use of "artificial intelligence" to enhance patient care continues to be the main thrust of Dr. Berger's research interest. Fellows in rheumatology are encouraged to participate in the development and testing of these software tools.

Mary Anne Dooley, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Dooley's research interests lie in the area of clinical investigation, primarily in SLE and RA. Her current work includes epidemiological studies of disease outcomes and clinical trials of investigational therapies.

Beth L. Jonas, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Orthopaedics
Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program

Dr. Jonas has served as the Program Director for Rheumatology at UNC since 2001. She is a member of the UNC Academy of Educators and formerly served on the ACR Committee on Education. Her major clinical interest is in the evaluation and management of patients with inflammatory arthritis. Dr. Jonas also participates in clinical research and is an active investigator in trials of new therapies for RA and OA.  Dr. Jonas is an active participant in innovative programs in medical education.

Joanne M. Jordan, MD, MPH
Joseph P. Archie, Jr. Eminent Professor of Medicine
Director, Thurston Arthritis Research Center
Chief, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology

The main interests in Dr. Jordan's research are the epidemiology and genetics of osteoarthritis. Dr. Jordan is the principal investigator of a large, community-based prospective cohort of osteoarthritis of the knee and hip in Johnston County, a rural North Carolina county. She is also the principal investigator of a large osteoarthritis genetics study and one of the principal investigators of a genetics consortium to study heredity of osteoarthritis in families.

Amanda E. Nelson, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr. Nelson's research is primarily interested in osteoarthritis that affects more than one joint, "multi-joint" OA with a focus on functional impact and racial differences.  Dr. Nelson also trained in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and staffs a half-day Ultrasound clinic with our Rheumatology fellows on Friday afternoons.  In this clinic, real-time imaging is performed to identify causes of musculoskeletal symptoms, and to enable ultrasound-guided therapeutic injections.

Alfredo Rivadeneira, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, UNC Rheumatology Clinic

Principal Investigator on numerous clinical trial studying biologic therapies in rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Key clinical faculty member highly involved in clinical education of the rheumatology fellow. Former fellow at UNC became a faculty member at the conclusion of fellowship, currently serves as the Clinic Director.

Robert Roubey, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine

The goal of Dr. Roubey's research is to determine the mechanisms by which antiphospholipid antibodies contribute to thrombosis and recurrent fetal loss. Areas of ongoing investigation include the following: characterization of the spectrum of antigenic specificities of "antiphospholipid" antibodies and their respective clinical associations, investigations of the mechanisms of autoantibody-mediated thrombosis in in vitro and in vivo model systems, the effect of antiphospholipid antibodies on the protein C anticoagulant pathway, development of immunoassays using purified protein antigens, and the role of b2GPIin apoptosis.

Teresa Tarrant, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Active laboratory focusing on the regulation of chemokine receptors (in particular CX3CR1 and CCR2) and downstream G-protein coupled receptor kinases (GRKs) as they pertain to leukocyte migration and the development of inflammatory arthritis. A second focus is to develop novel imaging techniques that can detect cellular and/or vascular changes in inflammatory arthritis with enhanced sensitivity and specificity. Board Certified in Allergy, Rheumatology and Immunology. Preceptor in Allergy and Rheumatology. Coordinated Journal Club.

Other Faculty

Leigh F. Callahan, PhD
Mary Link Briggs distinguished Professor of Medicine
Professor, Department of Social Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology

Research examines the factors surrounding arthritis and physical activity, health outcomes, and health disparities.

Leonard Stein, MD
Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Stein's research interest include patterns and influences on the care of children with rheumatologic diseases and enhancing medical education with internet-based rheumatology education.

Other Research Mentors

Richard H. Gracely, PhD
Professor, Endodonics, Center for Neurosensory Disorders

Dr. Gracely's current research investigates the neural mechanisms responsible for the pain abnormalities observed in chronic multi-symptom illness and in experimental models of these syndromes, using innovative psychophysical methods and supraspinal neural processing using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

William Maixner, DDS, PhD
Professor, Endodonics, School of Dentistry and Pharmacology, School of Medicine
Director, Center for Neurosensory Disorders

Dr. Maixner's research program focuses on identifying the pathophysiological processes that underlie pain perception, persistent pain conditions, and related disorders. His current research focuses on genetic, environmental, biological, and psychological risk factors that contribute to the onset and maintenance of chronic pain conditions.

Jenny Ting, PhD
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Founding Director, Center for Translational Immunology
Immunology Program Leader, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Research has broad interest in the application of basic molecular biology to the study of disease-relevant issues. Major directions include gene discovery, functional genomics and proteomics, gene regulation, molecular immunology, cancer research and neuro-inflammation.

Barbara J. Vilen, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Current studies in Dr. Vilen's lab are focused on identifying how IL-6 represses immunoglobulin secretion by autoreactive B cells and to understand the molecular basis of B cell receptor desensitization. Other current work centers on defining the molecular basis of BCR destabilization, and characterizing the mechanism by which the stability of BCR complex influences the ability of B cells to transduce signals.