Notable Doctors

Vasculitis Foundation’s Young Investigator Award Goes to Monash University Research Fellow

Dragana Odobasic, PhD, Research Fellow Monash University, Department of Medicine, Melbourne, Australia Study Title: “Tolerogenic Dendritic Cells for Antigen-Specific Immunosuppression in MPO-ANCA Vasculitis” Investigator: Dragana Odobasic, PhD Co-investigator: Stephen Holdsworth, MD, PhD, Professor, Monash University, Department of Medicine; Head, Clinical Immunology, Monash Health, Clayton, Victoria, Australia Institution: Monash University, Department of Medicine, Centre…...

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Dr. Alicia Rodriguez-Pla’s New Role: Director of the Vasculitis Program at Mayo Clinic Arizona

Alicia Rodriguez-Pla, MD, PhD, MPH, has taken on the role of Director of Mayo Clinic Arizona’s new vasculitis program. Set to launch in fall/winter 2020, the program will include a team of physicians from different specialties with expertise in all types of vasculitic diseases, delivering comprehensive and coordinated care. The…...

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Dr. Eric Gapud: Giving Back by Furthering his Medical Training in Vasculitis

When Eric Gapud, MD, PhD, was in medical school, he was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. As you might expect, he can empathize with the experiences of his patients, particularly those with vasculitis and anyone who has been diagnosed with a rare disease. A physician-scientist, Dr. Gapud is also an…...

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Dr. Rebecca Manno: Bringing Rheumatology Expertise to the US Virgin Islands

The US Virgin Islands (USVI) have always been a special place for rheumatologist Rebecca Manno, MD, MHS, because she and her husband, Nick Hoyt, have vacationed in the territory for the past 20 years. But after the two devastating Category 5 hurricanes in 2017 (Irma and Maria), Dr. Manno began…...

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Brandon Hudgins Sets His Sights on U.S. Olympic Team Trials in 2020

Most days, professional distance runner Brandon Hudgins wakes up with a burning desire to reach the goals he’s dreamed of since he was 15 years old. But there have been days when the obstacles seemed insurmountable. At one point, in 2013, he quit running entirely and threw his gear in…...

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