Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) is a chronic disease that can affect almost any organ in the body. People with mild lupus may only have skin rashes and/or joint pain. In more severe lupus patients, important organs like the kidneys, heart, blood vessels, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, and brain can be involved. 

Physicians and researchers at National Jewish Health are working hard to learn more about the causes, treatment and prevention of lupus. The goal of treatment is to control inflammation and prevent damage to vital organs.

Lupus research here and around the world investigates genetics, immunology, environmental triggers and new medicines. Because of past research advances, most people with lupus are leading active lives. We are hopeful that current research will provide an even brighter future for people with lupus and other autoimmune diseases.

Dr. JoAnn Zell has started a dedicated lupus clinic at National Jewish Health. She has extensive clinical and research experience involving lupus, and in conjunction with Dr. Kozora of the Neuropsychology Program, has an ongoing clinical trial involving the neurocognitive aspects of lupus. Dr. Zell also specializes in women’s health and reproductive aspects pertinent to lupus.

 

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  • Barbara L. Goldstein
    Barbara L. Goldstein, MD, MMSc
  • JoAnn Zell
    JoAnn Zell, MD

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Reasons to Visit National Jewish Health

  • The leading respiratory hospital in the nation and the only one devoted fully to the treatment of respiratory and related illnesses
  • Ranked as one of the top two hospitals in pulmonology every year since U.S. News & World Report included this category in its annual “Best Hospitals” survey
  • Ranked in the top 1 percent of hospitals in the nation by HCAHPS
  • Physicians frequently recognized as among the best in the nation by multiple services, including Best Doctors in America and Castle Connolly
  • Among the top 8 percent of organizations funded for research by the NIH, providing patients access to the latest clinical trials
  • 117-year history of focus on care, research and education serving thousands of patients with lung, heart, immune and related disorders

 

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