Division of Rheumatology and Connective Tissue Disorders


  • Division of Rheumatology and Connective Tissue Diseases Faculty and Staff, 2016

    Division of Rheumatology and Connective Tissue Diseases Faculty and Staff, 2016

  • Dr. Debendra Pattanaik at Contemporary Issues in Comorbid Conditions of RA, Conference, Memphis, TN May 2016

    Dr. Debendra Pattanaik at Contemporary Issues in Comorbid Conditions of RA, Conference, Memphis, TN May 2016

  • Dr. Linda Myers, Pediatric Rheumatologist, with Dr. Charlie Arkin, attending a Conference

    Dr. Linda Myers, Pediatric Rheumatologist, with Dr. Charlie Arkin, attending a Conference

  • Drs. Karen Hasty, Orthopaedic Surgery UT/VA; John Stuart, Professor UT/VMC; and Dr. Michael Cremer, retired Professor (from left to right) at Contemporary Issues in Comorbid Conditions of RA, May 2016)

    Drs. Karen Hasty, Orthopaedic Surgery UT/VA; John Stuart, Professor UT/VMC; and Dr. Michael Cremer, retired Professor (from left to right) at Contemporary Issues in Comorbid Conditions of RA, May 2016)

The Division of Rheumatology and Connective Tissue Diseases has a rich tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care, and is firmly committed to continuing this tradition.  The Division’s history of training rheumatology fellows dates back to 1959 when Dr. Glenn Clark became Division Chief in 1958. 

Over the years, we have trained over 100 fellows to become clinical rheumatologists, physician scientists, and university faculty.

We are fortunate to have a diverse faculty with different backgrounds that enlarge our ability to fulfill our mission. Our Clinical Faculty diagnose and treat the full gamut of rheumatic diseases from the common to the obscure.

Our Division has a long history of research in the biological properties of collagen, fibroblast biology, inflammation, immunoregulation, animal models of collagen-induced autoimmune arthritis and clinical translational research in rheumatic diseases. The rodent model of type II collagen-induced arthritis (a widely used model of rheumatoid arthritis) was discovered and developed at the Memphis Veterans Medical Center (VAMC) and UTHSC and is used worldwide as a model for rheumatoid arthritis, with over 25,000 articles published on this topic.

Pioneering work was also conducted by members of our Division on the structure of collagens and how inflammation and immune reactions lead to fibrosis. As a result of over 40 years of continuous funding from Federal and Private Foundations by grants, many successful physician scientists and basic scientists have been recruited and trained with an excellent track record of obtaining research funding.

division chiefArnold E. Postlethwaite, MD
Division Chief

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Division of Rheumatology and Connective Tissue Disorders
956 Court Ave., Suite G-326
Memphis, TN 38163-0001
Tel. 901-448-5774
Fax 901-448-7265

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Catherine Plunkett
Administrative Coordinator
901-448-5775
cplunket@uthsc.edu