Clinical Research Director
The Center for Rheumatology and Bone Research
2730 University Boulevard West, Suite 306
Wheaton, MD 20902
Currently Enrolling Trials
The Center for Rheumatology and Bone Research is a division of Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, P.C. a twenty physician rheumatology practice with six locations. Clinical trials are conducted in the Wheaton, Maryland location. The development of the Center stemmed from desire to participate in clinical trials in a focused and well-managed setting, offering contracting companies high quality service while giving our patients access to new therapies. Our experience in conducting clinical trials began in 1982 and covers a broad range of rheumatology including the evaluation of new agents for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Chronic Pain, Back Pain, Gout, Osteoporosis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Psoriatic Arthritis, Tendonitis,Fibromylgia, Lupus and other connective tissue diseases. All of our physicians are board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology. We have an active teaching affiliation with The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Members of the group are active in the American College of Rheumatology, the American College of Physicians, and the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.
Our rheumatology practice handles 30,000 patient visits annually (including 4,000 new patients) in five locations. We see patients from a wide geographic area that spans from Baltimore, Maryland to Fredericksburg, Virginia and from Harper's Ferry, West Virginia to Salisbury, Maryland. We are equipped with a full service, fully licensed laboratory and on-site digital x-ray facilities staffed with licensed radiation technologists. Our Osteoporosis Assessment Centers provide DEXA testing for bone mineral density measurement at five locations and are capable of performing total body DEXA studies. In addition, we have an excellent physical therapy division six ten full-time registered physical therapists..
The Center for Rheumatology and Bone Research has been conducting clinical research for more than thirty years. We have participated in over two hundred clinical trials. Our main focus involves phase II, III, IV, observational and investigator initiated protocols. Our clinical trial experience and therapeutic interests include:
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Acute and Chronic Back Pain
- Adhesive Capsulitis
- Axial Spondylarthropathy
- Chronic Pain
- Internal Medicine
- Low Back Pain
- Ankylosis Spondylitis
- Connective Tissue Disease
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
- Device trials
- Observational trials
- Paget's Disease of Bone
- Progressive Systemic Sclerosis (Scleroderma)
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
- Sjogren's Syndrome
- Vectra DA
- Other Autoimmune, Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases
The Center for Rheumatology and Bone Research has conducted studies for numerous pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies including:
- Abbott Laboratories
- AbbVie, Inc.
- Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Almirall Prodesafarma, S.A.
- Alza Pharmaceuticals
- Amarillo Bioscience
- Ampel Biosolutions
- Amgen, Inc.
- Anika Therapeutics, Inc.
- AR Scientific, Inc.
- Ardea Bioscience
- Astra Zeneca
- Ayerst Laboratories, Inc.
- Axsome Therapeutics
- Biogen, Inc.
- Bristol Myers Squibb Company
- Biovail Corp.
- Boehringer Ingelheim
- Boehringer Mannheim
- Boots Pharmaceuticals
- Centocor, Inc.
- Cipher Canada, Inc.
- Crescendo Bioscience
- Cypress Bioscience, Inc.
- Daiichi Pharmaceutical Company
- DOV Pharmceutical
- Dupont Pharmaceutical Company
- Eli Lilly and Company
- Endo Pharmaceuticals
- Fresenius Hemocare, Inc.
- F. Hoffman-LaRoche, Ltd.
- Forest Laboratories, Inc.
- Fujisawa USA, Inc.
- G.D. Searle & Company
- Genentech, Inc.
- Genomics Collaborative
- Greenwich Pharmaceuticals
- Hoffman-La Roche
- Hoechst Marion Russel
- Human Genome Sciences, Inc.
- Janssen Pharmaceutical Products, L.P.
- Johnson & Johnson
- Knoll Pharmaceuticals
- Marion Merrill Dow
- McNeil Consumer
- MedImmune, Inc.
- Merck & Company
- Merckle GMBH
- National Institute of Health
- Nodality, Inc
- Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp.
- NPS - Allelix Corporation
- Orion Diagnostics
- Ortho Biotech Products, L.P.
- Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc.
- Otsuka Maryland Research
- Oxford Immunotec
- Paragon Biomedical
- Parke Davis
- The Perdue Frederick Company
- Pharmacia Corp.
- Phytomedics, Inc.
- Pfizer, Inc.
- Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Purdue Pharma, LP
- R.W. Johnson
- Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Roberts Pharmaceutical Corp.
- Roche Laboratories
- Roxane Laboratories
- Sanofi Adventis
- Sanofi Synthelabo, Inc.
- Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Schering - Plough Research Institute
- SCIOS, Inc.
- Sepracor, Inc.
- Shire US, Inc.
- Snow Brand Milk Products Co., LTD.
- Sterling Winthrop
- TAP Pharmaceutical Products, Inc.
- Unither Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- University of Alabama
- Watson Laboratories, Inc
- Zeneca Pharmaceutical
Our center has also conducted studies for several Contract Research Organizations including:
- ABT Associates Clinical Trials
- Barton and Polansky Associates, Inc.
- B&B Clinical Innovations
- Chiltern International, Inc.
- C.L. McIntosh, Inc.
- Clintirals, Inc.
- C.G. Besselaar
- Corning Pact
- Corning Besselar
- Global IQ
- Health Analytics
- i 3
- INC Research
- IND 2 Results
- Inventiv Health
- Inveresk Research
- Medical Research Services
- Parexel International, Corp.
- Pharmanet, Inc.
- PPD Development
- PRA International
- Premier Research
- Quintiles, Inc.
- Resource Solutions
- RRI International, Inc.
- Smith & Nephew
- Stat Probe
- United BioSource Corporation
Wheaton, Maryland Site:
Just minutes from the FDA in Rockville and the NIH in Bethesda, the research center is a stand-alone clinical research facility located adjacent to our Wheaton rheumatology practice. It affords generous space for interviewing and examining patients and for clinical research associates to monitor the progress of protocols. The site is staffed by Clinical Research Coordinators who are certified by The Association of Clinical Research Professionals, and a Clinical Research Assistant. Our administrative staff members include an experienced Clinical Research Director, a Financial and Regulatory Specialist, Clinical Research Administrative Assistant, Quality Assurance Officer, and Recruiter.
All study staff are certified by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals upon eligibility.
Paul J. DeMarco, M.D., FACP, FACR, RhMSUS
Medical Director, The Center for Rheumatology and Bone Research
Dr. DeMarco serves as a Partner of Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, P.C. and the Medical Director for The Center for Rheumatology and Bone Research. Dr. DeMarco, M.D. earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, Washington, DC and his medical degree in 1990 from Georgetown University School of Medicine where he received a Naval Health Professional Scholarship. After a year of internship in Family Practice at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, NC, he served the country as the Medical Department Head aboard the USS Denver, an amphibious transport dock from 1991-1993. He returned to training in Internal Medicine at Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA until 1996 and then went on to complete his fellowship training in rheumatology in 1998 at the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, La Jolla, CA where he was selected to the position of Chief Fellow.
Upon completion of his fellowship training, Dr. DeMarco returned to the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, where he had appointments in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and was on staff at Children’s Hospital in San Diego as a consulting physician. Dr. DeMarco completed his military service in 2001 as the head of rheumatology at Naval Medical Center San Diego, and then moved to the Marshfield Clinic, Wausau, WI where he treated adults and children with rheumatic diseases, participated in research and taught for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School.
Dr. DeMarco moved to the DC metropolitan area in 2003 to work on the teaching faculty at the Washington Hospital Center and was co-director of the Rheumatology Fellowship Program. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of medicine. He has published and lectured in most aspects of rheumatology, but has particular interest in connective tissue diseases in adults and children. Dr. DeMarco is a Board Certified Rheumatologist and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology.
Herbert S.B. Baraf, M.D., FACP, MACR
Managing Partner, Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, P.C. Founding Medical Director, The Center for Rheumatology and Bone Research
Dr. Baraf serves as the Managing Partner of Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, P.C. and Founding Medical Director of Clinical Research for the Center for Rheumatology and Bone Research. The clinical research program was founded in 1982 by Dr. Baraf.
He is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Baraf is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and the American College of Physicians. He is a member of the Scleroderma Foundation of Greater Washington, the Rheumatism Society of the District of Columbia (where he served as president), and the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.
Dr. Baraf received his B.S. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI in 1969 and his medical degree from the State University of New York College of Medicine, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY in 1973. He completed his Internal Medicine training at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC and a fellowship in Rheumatology at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC He is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology.
Dr. Baraf has lectured before the American College of Rheumatology and is the author of several academic papers. He has presented work at national meetings of the American College of Rheumatology and the American Society of Clinical Research.
David Borenstein, M.D., FACP, FACR
Dr. Borenstein is a former Professor of Medicine at George Washington University and the former Director of the Spine Center at George Washington who joined Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, P.C. in 1996. Dr. Borenstein is currently Clinical Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology and a member of the Rheumatism Society of the District of Columbia. Dr. Borenstein is one of only 250 physician members of the exclusive International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. Nationally recognized for his expertise in osteoarthritis and in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the cervical and lumbar spine, he serves as a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry in these areas.
Dr. Borenstein received his A.B. at Columbia University in New York City in 1969 and his medical degree at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md. in 1973. He completed his Internal Medicine and rheumatology training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and in rheumatology.
Dr. Borenstein is co-author of "Low Back Pain: Medical Diagnosis and Comprehensive Management" and "Neck Pain: Medical Diagnosis and Comprehensive Management." He has lectured internationally.
Dr. Borenstein has earned the recognition and praise of the medical community by being named as an outstanding specialist in Rheumatology in Washingtonian magazine, Washington Consumers' Checkbook, Who's Who in Medicine and Health and Best Doctors in America. He is currently serving as the President of the American College of Rheumatology and is the 2011 recipient of the Marriott Lifetime Achievement Award which was bestowed upon him for his outstanding accomplishments and lifetime achievements in the field of rheumatology.
Robert L. Rosenberg, M.D., FACR, CCD
Dr. Rosenberg serves as the Laboratory Director and the Co-Director of the Osteoporosis Assessment Center for Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, P.C. He is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and member of the American Rheumatism Association and the Rheumatism Society of the District of Columbia where he is has served as President. Dr. Rosenberg is certified by the American Society of Densitometry. He lectures throughout the eastern United States on the clinical management of osteoporosis and arthritis.
Dr. Rosenberg completed a seven year combined program at the George Washington University and the George Washington University School of Medicine where he received his M.D. in 1971. His internship and the first year of residency in internal medicine were completed at the University of Pittsburgh – Presbyterian University Hospital in Pennsylvania. Dr. Rosenberg then served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (E.I.S.) Officer for the United States Public Health Service at the Center for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA. Following his military service, Dr. Rosenberg completed his residency and fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences, Memphis, TN. He is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology.
Evan L. Siegel, M.D., FACR
Dr. Siegel serves as the Physician Director of the Physical Therapy Department for Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, P.C. He is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and a member of the American College of Physicians and the Rheumatism Society of the District of Columbia. He has served as a member of the physician advisory panel of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. He lectures frequently to physician colleagues and community groups on the management of arthritis and related disorders.
Dr. Siegel completed a seven-year combined Liberal Arts/Medical Education Program at Boston University where he received his M.D. from the School of Medicine in 1984. His lnternship and Residency were served at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, Bronx, NY. His Fellowship training was completed in a combined program at the New York University Medical Center and the Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, NY. He is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology.
Emma DiIorio, M.D., FACR
Dr. DiIorio serves as the Co-Director of the Osteoporosis Assessment Center for Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, P.C. Dr. DiIorio is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and a member of the American College of Physicians and the Rheumatism Society of the District of Columbia.
Dr. DiIorio received her B.A. from New York University, New York, NY, in 1983. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Magna Cum Laude graduate. She earned her Doctorate of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine where she was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. Her internship and Residency were served at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY, and her fellowship training in Rheumatic Diseases was completed at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. She is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology.
Alan K. Matsumoto, M.D., FACR
Dr. Matsumoto joined Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, P.C. in March 2002, after nine years as an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. In that capacity, as well as treating patients, Dr. Matsumoto directed the rheumatology teaching programs for medical residents at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He co-directed the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Website and served as an ad hoc reviewer for JAMA and Medicine. His research interests included the use of novel therapeutic agents for the treatments of rheumatic diseases. He is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and a member of the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Matsumoto was awarded his B.S. degree from Stanford University in 1981 and his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1985, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. His Internal Medicine internship and residency were served at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where in his final year he was Chief Resident at the Medical Center at Princeton. He completed his Fellowship training in Rheumatic Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in1993 where he was awarded a Howard Hughes Postdoctoral Fellowship for Physicians. Dr. Matsumoto is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology.
David P. Wolfe, M.D. FACR
A native Washingtonian, Dr. Wolfe graduated Cum Laude from Amherst College, Amherst, MA where he received his BA in 1990. He received his Medical Degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, in 1995. Dr. Wolfe completed a residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Tufts University's Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA. While at Baystate, he was honored with the House Staff/Fellow Citation for Excellence in Teaching Award, given by the Tufts University School of Medicine, Class of 1998.
From August 1999 - June 2002, Dr. Wolfe was employed by the Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility (Chinle Hospital), of the Navajo Area Indian Health Service. During that time he served as a staff physician as well as the Medical Director of the Outpatient Department, and as Project Manager for an Outpatient Redesign and Expansion project. In July 2002, he received the Superior Administrative Service Award from the hospital. In June 2004, just prior to joining Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, P.C., Dr. Wolfe completed a fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA.
Dr. Wolfe sees patients in our DC and Chevy Chase locations. He has experience in all areas of rheumatology, but has special interests in Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoporosis.
Shari B. Diamond, M.D., FACR
Dr. Diamond earned her B.A. degree in 1996 from Stern College, Yeshiva University, New York, New York where she was a Summa Cum Laude graduate, a Belkin Scholar and a Garden State Scholar. She received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY in 2001. Dr. Diamond completed her Internal Medicine internship and residency in 2004 and her rheumatology fellowship in 2007 at George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC.
From 2004 to 2005 Dr. Diamond worked as a Hospitalist Attending at Sibley Memorial Hospital. In 2006 and 2007 she was the recipient of the DC Rheumatism Society Fellows Forum Poster Award and was accepted for poster presentation at the 2006 and 2007 Annual American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting, Washington, DC. Dr. Diamond has co-authored numerous publications and abstracts and has been involved in multiple research projects from 1996 to the present.
Dr. Diamond is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians and the Rheumatism Society of the District of Columbia. She has experience in all areas of rheumatology, but has a special interest in myositis.
Angus B. Worthing, M.D. FACR
Dr. Worthing is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and received the Medical Student Achievement Award. He completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine in 2006 and rheumatology fellowship in 2008 at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC. He taught rheumatology in small group sessions at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He also received multiple honors including the Medical Humanities Award from the Department of Internal Medicine, and nominations in 2004 and 2005 for the String of Pearls Award, given by Georgetown university medical students for excellence in teaching.
In 2008, Dr. Worthing published a book chapter on the ways in which rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and gout affect the elbow joint.
Dr. Worthing is a member of the American College of Rheumatology, the American College of Physicians, and the Rheumatism Society of the District of Columbia.
Ashley D. Beall, M.D. FACR
Dr. Beall received B.A. and B.S. degrees from the University of Georgia, Athens, GA in 1998. She earned her medical degree in 2003 from the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA where she was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. Beall completed her internship, residency and her rheumatology fellowship in 2008 at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.
Dr. Beall has co-authored numerous publications. Two were on Systemic Sclerosis, one of which was published in the Journal of Rheumatology in the summer of 2007. Her areas of interest include Systemic Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoporosis and Systemic Sclerosis.
Dr. Beall is a member of the American College of Rheumatology and the American College of Physicians.
Guada R. Respicio, M.D. MS, FACR
Guada Respicio, M.D. earned a B.S. degree in Nursing and an M.S. in Health Evaluation Sciences from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. During her undergraduate years, Dr. Respicio was tapped for membership in Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society, Golden Key National Honor Society and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. She graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada in 2004. Dr. Respicio completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT in 2007. She was awarded the Philip T. Goldenberg, MD Award for Leadership in 2007. She then served as Chief Medical Resident until 2008. In 2010, she completed her rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, CA.
Dr. Respicio has worked as a Registered Nurse, volunteered for numerous community service projects, served in leadership roles and participated in teaching activities throughout her years of education and training. She has also co-authored numerous publications and abstracts and has participated in multiple research projects since 2000. Her areas of interest include systemic lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, Sjogren's syndrome and systemic sclerosis.
Dr. Respicio is a member of the American College of Rheumatology and The American College of Physicians.
Justin Peng, MD, FACR
Justin Peng, MD earned a B.S. degree in Physiological Science from the University of California at Los Angeles, CA in 1998 and his Master of Arts in Medical Sciences at Boston University Graduate Medical Sciences in 2001. In 2005 he received his Medical Degree from Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Peng completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC in 2008. In 2011, he completed his Rheumatology Fellowship at the University of California at Los Angeles, CA.
Dr. Peng has a diverse research, employment, and extracurricular background. Between earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, he was an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for UCLA Medical Center. While in Boston, he served as a CityLab Educator, working as a teacher in a biotechnology laboratory designed to teach high school students research techniques. Before completing his fellowship, he worked as a physician at INOVA Urgent Care. His extracurricular activities have included leading a team of U.S. medical students to teach English at Shanghai 2nd Medical University and working in medical missions in Nicaragua. During fellowship, he was also involved in drafting the new ACR 2010 guidelines for the management of lupus nephritis.
Dr. Peng has co-authored numerous publications in rheumatology and has been the recipient of multiple awards. He is a member of the American College of Rheumatology. His areas of interest include systemic lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, and myositis.
Rachel Kaiser, MD, MPH, FACP, FACR
Dr. Kaiser earned a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL in 1997 with general honors. While there, she served as a Student Marshal, the highest undergraduate honor bestowed by the university. In 2001, she received her M.D. with an Area of Concentration in Medical Humanities from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Kaiser completed her Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine from 2001-2004 and served as Chief Resident from 2004-2005 at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY. In 2007, she received a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley and in 2008 she completed her Rheumatology Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), CA.
Prior to joining Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, P.C., Dr. Kaiser was on the faculty for several years as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at UCSF. In that position, she taught and mentored medical students, residents, and Rheumatology fellows in the classroom, on the inpatient Rheumatology consult service, and in the Lupus clinic. She was also a member of the UCSF medical school admissions committee.
Dr. Kaiser has received numerous honors and awards including the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Distinguished Fellow Award. She has been awarded grants from the Arthritis Foundation, ACR, and UCSF in support of her research examining genetic risk factors for thrombosis - or blood clots - in patients with lupus and has presented her work at international meetings as well as authored many publications.
Dr. Kaiser is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology and is a member of the American College of Physicians, the Arthritis Foundation, and a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. Dr. Kaiser has experience in all areas of rheumatology and has a special interest in lupus. She also speaks French.
Nicole Thomas, MD, FACR
Dr. Thomas is a native of Ellicott City, MD and attended the University of Maryland where she earned her B.S. degree in 2004 with majors in Neurobiology and Physiology. In 2008 she graduated from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania and then completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Rheumatology Fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC.
Dr. Thomas has received multiple scholarships and awards throughout her academic and medical careers, was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society in November, 2008 and was awarded the William P. Argy Teaching Resident Award in 2011. She has coauthored several articles and abstracts, presented research on Systemic Sclerosis at the American College of Rheumatology national meeting in Chicago in November, 2011 and is first author of a manuscript on tuberculous arthritis that has recently been accepted for publication.
Dr. Thomas is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, and is a member of the American College of Rheumatology. Her areas of interest include systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout.
Daniel El-Bogdadi, MD, FACR
Dr. El-Bogdadi graduated Cum Laude from the University of California, Irvine in 1997 with a B.S. degree in Biological Studies. In 2001 he received his Medical Degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2004, and his Rheumatology Fellowship there in 2007.
From 2004-2005, Dr. El-Bogdadi served as an Instructor of Medicine at Emory University. He then practiced Rheumatology for 7 years in the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia, at both Augusta Health Medical Center and Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of Augusta Medical Group.
Dr. El-Bogdadi has received numerous awards and honors during his career. He has been inducted into the William Beaumont Research Honor Society and received the Lakewood Regional Medical Center Foundation Scholarship Award and Recognition of Excellence in the Field of Medicine.
He has earned several patient choice awards, including the Sentara Patient’s Choice Award in 2012. An accomplished researcher, he has published and given presentations on various topics including Lupus, Sarcoidosis, Osteoporosis and Giant Cell Arteritis. Dr. El-Bogdadi is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology and a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology.
Grace Ahn, MD, FACR
Dr. Ahn was born in Korea and came to the U.S. in her early teens. She grew up in Virginia where she attended the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar with a major in music and a pre-medical focus. There she earned her B.A. degree with Distinction in 2001. Upon graduation, she spent a year participating in basic research at the National Cancer Institute before enrolling at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, receiving her medical degree in 2006. Dr. Ahn completed her internship at Drexel/Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA. Her internal medicine residency was at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL where she served as Chief Resident. She remained at Northwestern for her rheumatology fellowship in Chicago, IL.
Dr. Ahn has received multiple scholarships and awards throughout her academic and medical careers, including Intern of the Month during residency and teaching awards during fellowship. She has been first author and co-authored several articles and abstracts, and presented research at regional, national, and international conferences, including the American College of Physicians, the American College of Rheumatology, and Osteoarthritis Research Society International. Her article on physical activity and systemic lupus erythematosus was recently published in Arthritis Care & Research.
Dr. Ahn is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology and is a member of the American College of Rheumatology. Her areas of interest include systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout.
Jeffrey A. Potter, MD FACR
Dr. Potter is a native of Fort Washington, MD, and attended Columbia University where he earned his B.A. degree in 2000 with dual majors in Pre-Medical Studies and Art History. In 2006 he graduated from Howard University College of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency at Howard University Hospital before pursuing his rheumatology fellowship at New York University. Between medical school and his internship/residency, he spent a year at the National Institutes of Health as a recipient of an Intramural Research Training Award.
Dr. Potter has received multiple scholarships and awards throughout his academic and medical careers, including the ACR REF/Amgen/Pfizer Rheumatology Fellowship Training Award (New York University), Teaching Resident of the Year (Howard University Hospital), Intramural Research Training Award (National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal & Skin Disorders), Dr. Emile C. Nash Award (Howard University College of Medicine), and Internal Medicine Departmental Award (Howard University Hospital). He has been first author and co-author of several peer-reviewed articles, largely focusing on disparities in U.S. Healthcare.
Dr. Potter is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology and is a member of the American College of Rheumatology. His areas of interest include rheumatoid arthritis, gout, myositis, systemic lupus and musculoskeletal ultrasound.
Grant H. Louie, MD, MHS, FACR
Dr. Louie earned his B.A. degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated medical school from Drexel University (formerly known as MCP Hahnemann University) in Philadelphia and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. He subsequently completed a fellowship in rheumatology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. Additional training in clinical investigation at Duke University School of Medicine earned him a Masters in Health Sciences degree.
Dr. Louie served as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the division of rheumatology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for 6 years. There, he relished his role as a preceptor for trainees in the classroom, ambulatory and inpatient settings. Dr. Louie has published numerous articles in peer reviewed medical journals and has presented at local and national scientific meetings. He has also served as principal investigator and co-investigator in various clinical trials of new arthritis therapies. After leaving Hopkins, Dr. Louie worked in a private practice before joining ARA.
Though he treats all manner of rheumatological conditions, Dr. Louie has particular interest and expertise in inflammatory arthritis, including axial spondyloarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Louie is an active member of SPARTAN, a professional organization of North American experts in spondyloarthritis and has lectured on the topic.
Dr. Louie is board certified in rheumatology and internal medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. He brings his expertise, compassion, and dedication to ARA.
Adey Berhanu, MD, FACR, RhMSUS
Dr. Berhanu was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She attended Stanford University where she earned a B.A. degree in human biology. She earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois School of Medicine and completed her residency in internal medicine at Loyola University in Chicago. She completed her fellowship in rheumatology at New York University’s Langone Medical Center where she served as chief fellow in her final year. Following her fellowship, Dr. Berhanu joined the medical faculty at George Washington University as Assistant Professor of Rheumatology where she had an active clinical practice and trained new physicians.
Dr. Berhanu has a clinical interest in musculoskeletal ultrasound for which she received specialized training from USSONAR and obtained RhMSUS certification from the American College of Rheumatology. She applies her expertise with musculoskeletal ultrasound to her clinical interest in gout and has authored or co-authored several articles on the therapeutic management of gout. In addition to her research interests, Dr. Berhanu has long been dedicated to community service, both locally and abroad. She is serving as the 2018 Arthritis Foundation “Walk to Cure Arthritis” Medical Honoree and is particularly proud to have worked with the rheumatology program at the teaching hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Dr. Berhanu is board certified in rheumatology and internal medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. Besides gout, her areas of clinical interest include rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, inflammatory eye disease, Sjogren’s syndrome, and osteoarthritis. In addition to English, she is fluent in Amharic (Ethiopian dialect) and proficient in Spanish.
We have very experienced clinical research staff. Our senior coordinators are certified by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. The staff participates in weekly meetings that set policy, provide ongoing training, and facilitate our program of quality assurance.
Clinical Research Director:
Theresa Bass-Goldman, CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinators:
Megan Lormore, BS, CCRC
Ashling Bauer, BA
Janice Whyte-Whitworth, PharmBs
Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator
Sandra Ventura, CMA
Clinical Research Assistant:
Elisa Spitalsky, CMA
Financial and Regulatory Specialist:
Clinical Research Administrative Assistant:
Quality Assurance Officer:
Please visit our Clinical Practice web site: http://www.washingtonbone.com/
For patient inquiries, please call at (301) 942-6610.
If you are interested in contacting this center to discuss clinical trials, please complete and send the email form below. A representative from our clinical research center will then follow up with you.