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Richard L. Lautzenheiser, M.D.

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Field of Practice: Rheumatology
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
Residency: Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana
Fellowship Training: Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine for Internal Medicine and Rheumatology
Professional Memberships: American College of Rheumatology, Arthritis Foundation, Indiana State Medical Society, Marion County Medical Society, American Society of Internal Medicine
Hospital and Surgery Center Affiliations: St. Vincent Hospitals and Methodist Hospital
Awards: Distinguished Teacher of the Year, Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana Chapter Volunteer of the Year, Arthritis Foundation Presidential Award Margaret Egan Chapter Award National Volunteer Service Citation Humanitarian of the Year
Publications: Living With Arthritis, Creative Street, Indianapolis and G.D. Searle Co., video for national sales.

Douglas B. Smith, M.D.

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Field of Practice: Osteoporosis, Rheumatology
Medical School: Tufts Univ. School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Residency: Internal Medicine, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Boston, MA
Fellowship Training: Rheumatology, IU Medical Center
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine for Internal Medicine and Rheumatology; Certified Clinical Densitometrist (C.C.D.), International Society for Clinical Densitometry
Special Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatology
Professional Memberships: American College of Physicians, American College of Rheumatology, Christian Medical Society, Indiana State Medical Society, Indianapolis Medical Society, Society for Clinical Densitometry
Hospital and Surgery Center Affiliations: St. Vincent, Methodist and Community North Hospitals
Additional Information: Assist. Clinical Professor-Rheumatology, Indiana School of Medicine; Member, National Speaker's Bureau-Osteoporosis-1996; Board of Directors, Arthritis Foundation-Indiana Chapter
Appointments: Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1983; Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1985; Memorial Hospital, Fremont, Ohio; Medical Executive Committee, 1987-88; Vice Chief of Staff, 1988; Chairman, Utilization Review Committee, 1988; Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine & Rheumatology, 1992; Arthritis Foundation, Indiana Chapter Board of Directors, 1998-99
Teaching Experience: Clinical Clerkship, Rheumatology – 3rd year IU School of Medicine students, 1995-96 Lecturer – 3rd year I.U.M.C. students, Rheumatology Section, 1992-present Professional Speakers Bureau – Rheumatology Searle Pharmaceuticals Wyeth Ayerst Pharmaceuticals Sandoz Pharmaceuticals Merck Pharmaceuticals Ortho Pharmaceuticals Sanofi Pharmaceuticals Metra Biosystems Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Medical Subspecialty, Grand Rounds – Osteoporosis Update Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, 9/96 Internal Medicine Grand Rounds – Mixed Connective Tissue Disease St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, 1995 Clinical Asst. Professor of Medicine, IU School of Medicine, 1997-present
Publications: Smith, D., Tyznik, J.: Desipramine Induced Conduction Disorder Mimicking Myocardial Infarction. Post. Med. 82 (4): 86-88, 1987. Smith, D., Braunstein, E., Brandt, K., Katz, B.: A Radiographic Comparison of Erosive Osteoarthritis and Idiopathic Nodal Osteoarthritis. Journal of Rheumatology, 1992; 19:896-904. Smith, D., Kalovidouris, A.: MHC Antigen Expression in Muscle of Patients with Polymyositis – Dermatovyositis. Presented at Central Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, April, 1991. Kalivodouris, A., Smith, D.: Aberrant Expression of Class II and Increased Expression of Class I MHC Antigens in Muscles of Patients with Polymyositis – Dermatomyositis. Presented at the Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Rheumatology, November, 1991.

Christopher Wu, M.D.

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Field of Practice: Rheumatology
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
Residency: Internal Medicine, McGraw Medical Center, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
Fellowship Training: Rheumatology, University of California at San Diego, San Diego, California
Board Certification: American Board of Rheumatology
Special Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatology
Professional Memberships: American College of Rheumatology, American College of Physicians, Rheumatology Network of Indiana Vice President
Hospital and Surgery Center Affiliations: St. Vincent Hospital, IU, Community North and Community East Hospitals (Courtesy Privileges)
Additional Information: Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
Awards: Dr. Susan Pearlman Award “for the senior resident who best exemplifies academic excellence, special leadership skills and compassion for patient”, Outstanding Teaching Award “for excellence in junior student teaching”, and William and Fern Hardiman Scholarship- Scholarship awarded for outstanding research and presentation.
Research Experience: 2013-2015 Goldpoint clinical research Sub-Investigator.

Eli Lilly protocol I4V-MC-JAD; Sub-investigator for baracitinib rheumatoid arthritis clinical trial.

6/2003-6/2005 Clinical Research Fellow At UCSD.

Research conducted under the guidance of Dr. Kenneth Kalunian, Associate Professor of Medicine. “Designing a clinical algorithm to differentiate Inflammatory versus non-Inflammatory Knee Osteoarthritis utilizing Ultrasound and Arthroscopy”.

6/1997-8/1997 Summer Research Student at IU School of Medicine.

Research conducted under the guidance of Dr. Ann Roman, PhD, Department of Microbiology at IU. “The Determination of the Human Papillomavirus E6 and E7 Protein Interactions via the Yeast Two-Hybrid System”.

6/1994-8/1994 Summer Research Student at IU School of Medicine.

Research conducted under the guidance of Dr. Peter Roach, PhD, Department of Biochemistry at IU. “Search for Self-Glucosylating Initiator Proteins for Glycogen Biosynthesis in Pneumocystis Carinii, Tobacco, and Arabidopsis Thaliana”.
Publications: Wu C and Kalunian K. Treatment of the Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome. Curr Rheum Reports 2004;6:463-468.

Wu CW and Kalunian K. New Developments in Osteoarthritis. Clin Geriatr Med. 2005 Aug:21 (3): 589-601.

Wu CW, Terkeltaub R, and Kalunian K. Calcium-containing Crystals and Osteoarthritis; Implications for the Clinician. Curr Rheum Reports 2005; 7(3): 213-219.

Wu CW and Terkeltaub R. Clinical Trials Report: What do epidemiologic studies tell us about hyperuricemia and cardiovascular disease and death? Curr Rheum Reports 2005; 7(3): 211-212.

Wu CW, Morrell M, Heinze E, et al. Validation of the American College of Rheumatology Classification Criteria For Knee Osteoarthritis Using Arthroscopically Defined Cartilage Damage Scores. Semin Arthritis Rheum 2005; 35(3):197-201.

Sun BH, Wu CW, Kalunian K. New Developments in Osteoarthritis (reprint). Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2007;34; 135-48.

Cassell S, Bieber J, Rich P, Tutuncu Z, Lee S, Kalunian K, Wu CW and Kavanaugh A. The Modified Nail Psoriasis Severity Index: Validation of an Instrument to Assess Psoriatic Nail Involvement in Patients with Psoriatic Arthritis. J Rheumatolo 2007;34: 123-9.

Randall Reed, M.D.

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Field of Practice: Adult Rheumatology
Medical School: Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Residency: Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, Indiana
Fellowship Training: Rheumatology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine for Internal Medicine & Rheumatology
Special Interests: Rheumatology, Osteoporosis
Professional Memberships: American College of Rheumatology, Rheumatology Network of Indiana, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
Hospital and Surgery Center Affiliations: St. Vincent, Community Hospital (courtesy)
Additional Information: President, Rheumatology Network of Indiana
Awards: Indianapolis Monthly Magazine Top Doctor 2014

Tracy Brenner, M.D.

Field of Practice: Rheumatology
Medical School: State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York
Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Aurora Healthcare, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Fellowship Training: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Board Certification: American Board of Rheumatology
Special Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, (SLE) Spondyloarthropathy, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Vasculitis, Systemic Sclerosis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Osteoporosis
Professional Memberships: American College of Rheumatology
Hospital and Surgery Center Affiliations: St. Vincent Hospital, IU, Community North and Community East Hospitals (Courtesy Privileges)
Additional Information: Prior Position: Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine


Jeremy Schue, M.D.

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Field of Practice: Rheumatology
Medical School: Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska
Residency: Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas
Fellowship Training: Rheumatology, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Program based out of Boston, Massachusetts 
Board Certification: American Board of Rheumatology
Special Interests: Rheumatology, Osteoporosis, Dermatomyositis, Polymyositis
Professional Memberships: AAmerican College of Rheumatology, American Board of Internal Medicine, International Society for Clinical Densitometry, Alpha Omega Alpha, Alpha Sigma Nu
Hospital and Surgery Center Affiliations: St. Vincent Hospital, IU, Community North and Community East Hospitals (Courtesy Privileges)
Publications:
Schue, J., Tawfic, O., Smith, D., Hinson, G., Bolce, R., Wick, J., and Lindsley, H.  Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis with Intraarticular Infliximab May Improve Knee Function and Reduce Synovial Infiltration by Macrophages. 2011 American College of Rheumatology Oral Presentations.

Schue, J.  Autoimmune Dementia. 2011 Mentoring in Rheumatology Fellows-In-Training Oral Presentations

Schue, J.  Atypical Presentation of Raynaud’s Disease.  2010 Mentoring in Rheumatology Fellows-In-Training Oral Presentations.
Schue, J., Awadh, B., Latinis, K.  Pituitary Mass and Central Diabetes Insipidus Secondary to Wegener’s Granulomatosis.  2008 Kansas Chapter Scientific Meeting of the American College of Physicians Poster Presentations.

Schue, J., Basavaraju, R., Latinis, K.  Rituximab May Prove an Adjunct Therapy for Antiphospholipid Syndrome: A Study of Ten Cases.  2008 National American College of Physicians Poster Presentations.

Basavaraju, R., Schue, J., Latinis, K., Katzenstein, P., Lindsley, H., and Stechschulte, D.  Rituximab as an Adjunct Therapy for Antiphospholipid Syndrome: A Study of Twelve Cases.  2007 American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting: Fellows-In-Training Poster Presentations.

Basavaraju, R., Lindsley, H., Schue, J., Narla, H., Stechschulte, D., and Ganguly, S. Assessment of Skin Thickness by High Frequency Ultrasound as a Measure of Disease Improvement in Two Patients with Systemic Sclerosis Treated with Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation.  2007 American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting: Fellows-In-Training Poster Presentations.

Schue, J., Basavaraju, R., Latinis, K.  Rituximab May Prove an Adjunct Therapy for Antiphospholipid Syndrome: A Study of Ten Cases.  2007 Kansas Chapter Scientific Meeting of the American College of Physicians Oral Presentations.

Kathleen Thomas, DO

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Field of Practice: Rheumatology
Medical School: SLake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Internal Medicine,Ball Memorial Hospital
Fellowship Training: Rheumatology, Indiana University School of Medicine
Board Certification: American Board of Rheumatology, American Board of Internal Medicine
Special Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, (SLE) Spondyloarthropathy, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Vasculitis, Systemic Sclerosis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Osteoporosis
Professional Memberships: American College of Rheumatology
Hospital and Surgery Center Affiliations: St. Vincent Hospital, Indiana University Hospital, Community Hospital (Courtesy Privileges)
Professional Achievements:
Arnold E, et al. “Physician Visits Create a Bottleneck in RA Management” The Rheumatologist. 2015 Jun:9(6): 44-46

David Sikes, James Bower, Drew Johnson, J. Timothy Harrison, Rafia Khalil, Edmund LaCour, Michael Naarendrop, Hillary Norton Kathleen Thomas, “Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Activity Assessment Frequencies in Clinical Practices Do Not Support Treat-To-Target Care” presented by David Sikes MD at 2015 ACR Annual Meeting.

Sikes D, Crump G, Thomas, K, et al. Population Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis in Rheumatology Practices (abstract 1355). 2014 ACR Annual Meeting
High Disease Activity Subcommittee Member, Rheumatoid Arthritis Practice Performance Project

Medical Honoree, Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run 2013
21st Annual Southwest Conference on Medicine, Tucson Osteopathic Medicine Foundation. “Appropriate Serologic Testing to Evaluate Rheumatic Complaints”