Allergy and Immunology; Rheumatology; Immunology; Autoimmunity
My research revolves around IL-14 and its role in immunological memory. Studies delve into 3 areas - vaccination, autoimmunity and lymphoid malignancies. The majority of my current work involves studies examining early events in Sjogren‘s syndrome. We have identified new autoantibodies that occur early in the course of the disease. We are examining mediators involved in the early injury to the salivary and lacrimal glands. We are studying events that result in the transition from the autoimmune disease to lymphoma.
As a rheumatologist, my clinical expertise focuses on evaluating and treating adult patients with wide variety of rheumatologic conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, scleroderma, osteoarthritis, etc. My practice includes outpatient clinics located at Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo and UBMD rheumatology clinics at Dent Tower in Amherst. I also cover inpatient rheumatology consultation service at ECMC as well. My clinical interests also include teaching medical students and residents on rheumatology rotation teaching musculoskeletal examination skills and basic insight into rheumatic disorders.