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About the Division of Rheumatology

We are renowned for our physician training; basic, translational, and clinical research; and patient care.
Jill P. Buyon - Division Director

Jill P. Buyon, MD

Division Director

NYU Langone Health’s Division of Rheumatology, part of the Department of Medicine, trains tomorrow’s leaders in this ever-evolving specialty. Through our innovative research, we strive to better understand rheumatic conditions and improve patient care. We also offer comprehensive clinical services.

Graduates of our Rheumatology Fellowship, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), hold leadership positions in rheumatology at medical and academic institutions nationwide. Our dedication to education is evident in the training we offer medical students and internal medicine residents who have an interest in rheumatology. Our continuing medical education program welcomes participants from across multiple medical specialties.

In the Division of Rheumatology, we work to illuminate the underlying pathogenesis of rheumatic diseases through our basic and translational research programs. With findings from our biorepositories, research registries, and laboratories, our expert faculty and staff translate research findings into transformative clinical care and personalized medicine.

Our numerous clinical trials explore conditions such as lupus, osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, and bring us closer to interventions that improve outcomes. This research represents exciting progress toward reducing the toll of autoimmunity and inflammation on patients and their families.

Our Clinical and Research Locations

Division of Rheumatology locations include NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, Tisch Hospital and Kimmel Pavilion, as well as NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, NYC Health + Hospitals/Gouverneur, and the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System. At these facilities, our clinicians and trainees encounter diverse patient populations that contribute to our understanding of the early diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic conditions. We perform much of our research through the Seligman Center for Advanced Therapeutics and the Judith and Stewart Colton Center for Autoimmunity.

History of the Division

The Division of Rheumatology dates to 1932, when Osceola Currier McEwen, MD, founded the Rheumatic Diseases Study Group (RDSG) at New York University College of Medicine, now known as NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

The RDSG contributed six presidents to the American College of Rheumatology, including Dr. McEwen; Joseph Bunim, MD; Edward F. Hartung, MD; Morris Ziff, MD, PhD; Gerald Weissmann, MD; and Ira Goldstein, MD. Dr. Bunim also served as the first clinical director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

In 1986, the Hospital for Joint Diseases (HJD, now NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital) became affiliated with NYU Langone and established a combined fellowship program under the supervision of Steven Abramson, MD. Three years later, Dr. Abramson was named director of rheumatology and physician-in-chief at HJD. In 2000, he became director of our division and in 2005 established the Seligman Center for Advanced Therapeutics. In 2006, Dr. Abramson was appointed senior vice president and vice dean for education, faculty, and academic affairs.

Dr. Abramson was named chair of the Department of Medicine in 2013, and Jill P. Buyon, MD, who had served as associate director at HJD became director of our Division of Rheumatology. Dr. Buyon is an internationally recognized rheumatologist and translational researcher in systemic lupus erythematosus and also serves as director of NYU Langone’s Lupus Center.

Contact Us

For more information about the Division of Rheumatology, please contact Benjamin Wainwright, assistant to the division director, at benjamin.wainwright@nyulangone.org or 212-263-0743, or Jim Darrow, division administrator, at 646-501-4114 or james.darrow@nyulangone.org.