Extraordinary Doctors

Pinochle Night Brings Friends Together During Pandemic

By Fran Crotty My 85 year old mother splits her time between living at her Florida condo in the cool months and her Long Island, New York condo in the warm months. When in Florida, she plays in several bridge games each week. My brothers and sister have always been…...

Read more

Medical Education is a Core Value at UCSF’s Vasculitis Clinic

The uncommon or rare nature of vasculitis can unfortunately lead to delays in diagnosis and treatment. This is an important reason why ongoing medical education is essential. As more physicians learn about these diseases, better care can be provided for patients with vasculitis. Educating future rheumatologists and internists is a…...

Read more

New Vasculitis Program Opens at the Medical College of Wisconsin

Until now there were no vasculitis centers in Wisconsin. Many vasculitis patients there had to travel long distances to places such as Chicago, Illinois, or to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to find a specialist with a focus on vasculitis research and clinical care in their practice. To address…...

Read more

Fran Crotty’s Morning Routine: Prepare Inner Self to Create a Positive Start for the day

In April 2020, the VF ran an article about Fran Crotty, who was diagnosed in 1996 with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and Crohn’s disease. Fran has managed to stay in remission for almost two decades and in the April article, she describes how faith and positivity have fueled her personal…...

Read more

Stanford’s Vasculitis Clinic Expanding Access to Care in Northern and Central California

Early in her medical training, Audra Horomanski, MD, saw several healthy young adults’ lives turned upside down by life-threatening vasculitis—and then saw the dramatic difference that could be made with appropriate treatment. Later in rheumatology training, she met many patients who had long delays in diagnosis because their symptoms came…...

Read more