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 Diane L. Kamen, MD
 Division of Rheumatology

 Complete Biographical Sketch

Dr. Diane Kamen is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology and is Director of Clinical Research for the Division. She completed her undergraduate training at Northwestern University. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1999 and completed her Internal Medicine residency and a three-year rheumatology fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina in June 2005. In 2004, she completed a two-year Master of Science in Clinical Research program and she joined the faculty in July 2005.

Dr. Kamen has had a longstanding interest in the clinical treatment of and research in understanding the natural history of autoimmune disorders. Her clinical and research interests remain focused on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and she is an active member of the M.U.S.C.L.E. Research Group. She has headed several large observational investigations, including studies of the prevalence, characteristics, and genetics of SLE within the Sea Island African American Gullah population (the S.L.E.I.G.H. Study). The SLEIGH cohort continues to grow and has led to many important collaborations and discoveries about the genetic and environmental contributions to the development of autoimmunity and autoimmune diseases. Dr. Kamen has had several NIH funded grants to investigate the role of vitamin D in lupus and potential environmental triggers of autoimmunity. She is also involved in multiple interventional clinical trials in lupus, both industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated. She serves as the Center Director for the Lupus Clinical Trials Consortium at MUSC. Dr. Kamen promotes clinical research at a national level as a member of the Lupus Foundation of America Medical-Scientific Advisory Council, and on the international level as a member of the Systemic Lupus Collaborating Clinics (SLICC).

Dr. Kamen’s career goals include gaining insight into the pathogenic mechanisms responsible for autoimmune diseases such as lupus and improving the quality of life for patients.


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