Meet Our Medical and Scientific Advisory Board

The SAA Medical and Scientific Advisory Board is comprised of recognized authorities in the field of spondyloarthritis. At leading academic facilities, clinical hospitals, and research institutions, all have devoted their time and medical expertise to improving the lives of people affected by ankylosing spondylitis and its family of related diseases.

SAA receives no government funding and relies on the generous donations from individuals to create and maintain the programs and services aimed at improving the futures of the 2.7 million Americans affected by spondylitis.


John D. Reveille, MD

UT Physicians Rheumatology
6410 Fannin St #450
Houston, TX 77030

Dr. Reveille received his rheumatology training at Johns Hopkins University in the 1980s. After fellowship, he was Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) for four years before being recruited by Dr. Arnett to join the faculty at UT in 1987. He was promoted to Associate Professor three years later and became Professor in 1997. Dr. Reveille was principal investigator at the UT site for the Lupus in Minorities – Nature vs Nurture study (1993-2003), and serves the same role for the COGNITION study in Lupus and for the UAB Program Project grant on the genetics of SLE. In 1997, he received the Alfred and Anna Brohn Memorial Award for Service to the Lupus Foundation of America. He was the Director of the North American Spondylitis Consortium (1999-2004) and since 2006, has served as the P.I. of the NIH-funded program Project on the Genetics of Spondyloarthritis and co-founder and member of the Executive Committee of the Spondyloarthritis Research and Treatment Network (SPARTAN). Dr. Reveille has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Spondylitis Association of America in 2003, and has served on our Board of Directors since 2007. Since January, 1991 he has served as the Director of the HIV Rheumatology Clinic at the Thomas Street Clinic. In 2002, Dr. Reveille became Director of the Division of Rheumatology and was also Fellowship Program Director (2003-2005.) He is President of the Pan American League of Associations of Rheumatology (PANLAR). He is also a standing member of the Arthritis, Connective Tissue and Skin Diseases (ACTS) NIH Study Section and was Chairman from 2008-2010. Dr. Reveille is involved in Phase III studies of biologic therapies for ankylosing spondylitis and has been named as a “Super Doc” in Texas Monthly magazine every year since 2005 and Best Doctors in America since 2008.


John D. Reveille, MD

Dir. Div. of Rheum. & Clin. Immunology

U of Texas, Health Sci Ctr at Houston

6431 Fannin St. Rm. 5.270 Houston, TX 77030

Ruben Burgos-Vargas

Circunvalacion 31 A

Fracc CD Satelite

Naucalpan 53100 Mexico

Liron Caplan, MD, PhD

Division of Rheumatology

University of Colorado Denver

Division of Rheumatology, Mail Stop B-115
Aurora, CO 80045

Daniel Clegg, MD

Division of Rheumatology

University of Utah Medical Center

50 North Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Robert Colbert, MD, PhD


Bldg. 10, CRC, Rm 1-5142
10 Center Dr., MSC 1102
Bethesda, MD 20892

Atul Deodhar, MD

Division of Arthritis & Rheumatism

Oregon Health Sciences University

3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Portland, OR 97239

Lianne Gensler, MD

Asst. Clinical Prof of Medicine

University of California at San Francisco

400 Parnassus Ave, Plaza Level
San Francisco, CA 94143

Robert D. Inman, MD

Professor of Medicine and Immunology, Department of Medicine/Rheumatology

Toronto Western Hospital

399 Bathurst St. RM 2E412a
Toronto, ON M5T 2S8 Canada

Muhammad Asim Khan, MD

Professor of Medicine Emeritus

Case Western Reserve University

1722 Coe’s Post Run
Westlake, OH 44145

Steve Lee, DO, FACR


Kaiser Permanente

9661 Sierra Ave.
Fontana, CA 92335

James Rosenbaum, MD

Casey Eye Institute

Oregon Health Sciences University

3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Portland, OR 97239

Judith A. Smith, MD, PhD

American Family Children’s Hospital

University of Wisconsin

1675 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53792

Joel Taurog, MD

Rheumatic Diseases Division: Department of Internal Medicine

UT Southwestern Medical Center

5323 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75390-8884

Jessica Walsh, MD

School of Medicine, Rheumatology

University of Utah

Room 4B200
50 N 1900 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Michael H. Weisman, MD, FACP

Dr., Div. of Rheumatology

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

8700 Beverly Bl. Rm. Becker 131
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Pamela Weiss, MD MSCE

Chief of Rheumatology

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

3535 Market St. 15th Fl. #1526
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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