John Varga, MD
John Varga, MD
Chief, Division of Rheumatology
A Message from our Chief

The Division of Rheumatology is internationally recognized for excellence in the diagnosis and management of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, basic and clinical research, and training of rheumatology clinicians and students. It is also home to the Rackham Arthritis Research Unit, one of the oldest and best known Rheumatology units in the United States.

Patient Care

The Division of Rheumatology treats musculoskeletal diseases and autoimmune conditions which includes a vast array of rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, antiphospholipid syndrome, scleroderma, vasculitis, Sjogren's syndrome, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, myositis, gout, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and many other types of musculoskeletal diseases. Our division consists of approximately 40 faculty members and advanced practice providers who provide inpatient and outpatient care for patients at the University of Michigan hospital and four clinics located in Ann Arbor, Brighton, and Northville.


Our faculty members research interests in rheumatic diseases are diverse; all performing innovative and cutting-edge research with the common goals of understanding the causes of rheumatic disease and finding new prevention and treatment strategies. Our research programs include the Lupus ProgramAntiphospholipid Syndrome Program, and the Scleroderma Program. In addition, several of our faculty members conduct research through the Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center.

Education and Training

The Division of Rheumatology offers the following fellowship and training programs:

  • Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program - Aims to equip every fellow with the skills needed to provide the highest possible quality of clinical care, as well as to achieve their own individual career goals.
  • Scientist Training in Rheumatology Research Program - Designed to provide trainees with the tools needed to become successful independent investigators focused on improving the understanding of, and care for, people living with rheumatic diseases. 

Our division places a high importance on educating faculty, fellows, house officers, and medical students with regularly scheduled conferences including weekly grand rounds, weekly core curriculum conference, and monthly journal club, clinical case conference, and research seminars.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Well-Being

The Department of Internal Medicine (DOIM) Division of Rheumatology is committed to creating and cultivating a diverse and inclusive community that provides our faculty, learners, and staff with the opportunities and support they need to thrive. Visit the DOIM Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Well-Being to learn more.