The Michigan Medicine Lupus Program provides world-class care to patients with lupus, providing them with access to the latest treatments and clinical trials. A multidisciplinary group of health care professionals including rheumatologists, nephrologists, pulmonologists, dermatologists, hematologists, psychiatrists, and high-risk obstetricians and gynecologists, all with a special interest in lupus, are the backbone of this clinic. Specialized laboratory and ancillary services, as well as access to other specialties, are readily available to our patients.
The Lupus Program was officially created in 2007, however, the contributing physicians have been dedicated to the specialized care of patients with lupus for decades. The University of Michigan Medical School is one of the leading institutions in the country and provides an ideal environment to serve the lupus community.
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is an extraordinarily complex autoimmune rheumatic disease that occurs primarily in women of childbearing age, which is best addressed by a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis, treatment, and research. Our program goals are to provide state-of-the-art multidisciplinary care, with a team of rheumatologists, nephrologists, pulmonologists, hematologists, dermatologists, and high-risk obstetricians and gynecologists.
About Our Program
Our comprehensive patient care environment allows us to make expeditious appointments with other specialist physicians, assist in coordinating medical testing, and to draw blood for laboratory evaluation on-site and off-site. Our outpatient facility is designed and administered to ensure personal, professional, and attentive care for patients with lupus and related autoimmune diseases. Patients will find our staff receptive, knowledgeable, and friendly.
Our researchers are heavily involved in basic research and clinical trials. The program facilitates advances in the treatment of lupus by fostering continued development of an interdisciplinary group of physicians and physician scientist researchers focused on SLE. The Michigan Medicine Lupus Program and Michigan Lupus Cohort staff facilitates the development and submission of research grants and contracts to support the program’s objectives.
Along with providing excellent patient care and performing cutting-edge research, education is one of our primary objectives. Our program proudly serves as a resource for the training of physicians and medical students to better serve our community.
Meet the Team
The Lupus Program consists of a multidisciplinary group of health care professionals. In addition to our rheumatologists, the program includes faculty from dermatology, hematology, nephrology, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and pulmonology.
- W. Joseph McCune, MD (Rheumatology) - Program Director
- Jason Knight, MD, PhD (Rheumatology) - Associate Program Director
- Nada Abdulaziz, MBBS (Rheumatology)
- Kevin Chan, MD (Pulmonology)
- Puneet Garg, MD (Nephrology)
- Rachel Glick, MD (Psychiatry)
- Yolanda Helfrich, MD (Dermatology)
- J. Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD (Rheumatology)
- Wendy Marder, MD (Rheumatology)
- Panduranga Rao, MD, DNB, MS (Nephrology)
- Emily Somers, PhD, ScM (Rheumatology)
- Cosmas van De Ven, MD (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
- Amber Young, MD (Rheumatology)
- For our clinic information and more, please visit the Lupus Program section on UofMHealth.org
- Michigan Medicine Patient and Visitor Guide
- Michigan Lupus Epidemiology and Surveillance Program Longitudinal Cohort (MiLES) - Maintains the MiLES Longitudinal Cohort & Biobank, including lupus cases from the southeast Michigan surveillance registry as well as population-based controls
- M-Line - for referrals and consultation information
University of Michigan Lupus Program
300 North Ingalls Street, SPC 5422
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5422
Phone: 734-936-5560 (non-patient related calls only)