Message from the Division Chief

Arnold E. Postlethwaite, MD

Arnold E. Postlethwaite, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Division of Connective Tissue Diseases (Rheumatology),
Department of Medicine
UT Health Science Center

Chief's Message

Welcome to the website for the Division of Connective Tissue Diseases (Rheumatology) at UT Health Science Center. Our Division has a rich tradition of excellence in education, research and patient care and is firmly committed to continuing this tradition. We are fortunate to have a diverse faculty with different backgrounds that enlarge our ability to fulfill our mission. Our Clinical faculty diagnoses and treats 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 study sections. The rodent model of type II collagen-induced arthritis (a widely used model of rheumatoid arthritis) was discovered and developed at the Memphis VAMC and the UT Health Science Center and is used worldwide as a model for rheumatoid arthritis, with over 25,000 articles published on this topic. Through a 32 year history of continual funding, the NIH T-32 Training Grant originally headed by Dr. Andrew Kang and since 1984 by Dr. Postlethwaite, successful physician scientists have been recruited and trained with an excellent track record of obtaining research funding.

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've trained over 100 fellows to become clinical rheumatologists, physician scientists, and university faculty.

Please explore our website to learn more about individual faculty members, their research interests, and opportunities to train.

Arnold E. Postlethwaite, MD
Director, Division of Connective Tissue Diseases
Goodman Chair of Excellence Professor of Medicine

Contact Us

Division of Connective Tissue Disease (Rheumatology)
956 Court Ave., Suite G-326
Memphis, TN 38163-0001
Phone: (901) 448-5774