A Message From Our Chief

John Varga, MD
John Varga, MD

I would like to welcome you to the Michigan Medicine Division of Rheumatology and thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. My name is Dr. John Varga and I recently joined the Michigan Medicine family as the new Division Chief of Rheumatology. In the short time since joining the faculty, I have been greatly impressed by the wonderful work our team is doing in patient care, research, and training. I am proud to lead this highly accomplished division, and look forward to a bright future with new and exciting opportunities for our division to shine. 

The Division of Rheumatology is recognized for excellence in the diagnosis and management of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, with several of our faculty’s methods and practices having been adopted as standard practice nationally. We have approximately 40 faculty members and advanced practice providers who care for patients at the University of Michigan Hospital and VA Ann Arbor Hospital, and five clinics located in Ann Arbor, Brighton, Northville, and Ypsilanti.

In addition to providing excellent care for patients, our faculty conduct cutting-edge research to develop effective therapies for a wide range of diseases including arthritis, lupus, fibrosis, ankylosing spondylitis, scleroderma, gout, fibromyalgia, antiphospholipid syndrome, vasculitis, myositis, and others. Our diverse research portfolio is robustly funded by the NIH, and foundation and industry grants. Much of our research is multidisciplinary, with multiple specialties and disciplines working together towards the shared goal of improving our patient’s lives.

Our 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. The first year is entirely devoted to intensive patient care and educational experiences. In the second year, in addition to ongoing clinical training, fellows choose to focus their activities in one (or a hybrid) of four tracks, with close support from a faculty mentor. 

We welcome you to explore and find out more about who we are and what we do in the Division of Rheumatology. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.


John Varga, MD
Chief, Division of Rheumatology