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Division of Rheumatology & Immunology

Division of Rheumatology and Immunology

Division Director: Richard Silver, M.D.
Rheumatology Faculty

Associate Division Director: James Oates, M.D.
Division Administrator: Rebekah Shinta
Rheumatology Staff

Patient Care: 

The division of Rheumatology & Immunology has a long tradition of providing outstanding care to patients of all ages who suffer from rheumatic diseases. The Division has earned an international reputation for its care and research relating to two autoimmune connective tissue diseases - Scleroderma and Lupus.  Our patients are seen in specialized clinics located in the Rutledge Tower at MUSC, as well as off-campus locations at the East Cooper Medical Pavilion, North Charleston Medical Pavilion and West Ashley Medical Pavilion. We staff a Rheumatology Clinic at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and provide in-patient consultation services at each of the hospitals served by MUSC Health University Hospital, Ashley River Tower, MUSC Children's Hospital, and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.  A wide range of services is provided, including comprehensive consultative care, infusion therapies, bone density assessments and musculoskeletal ultrasound.  In Rutledge Tower, patients are seen in conjunction with the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care and Cardiology to have pulmonary function testing and echocardiograms performed on the day of their clinic visits. 

A unique aspect of the Division is our close relationship with and longstanding commitment to Pediatric Rheumatology.  Two board-certified Pediatric Rheumatologists, Dr. Natasha Ruth and Dr. Robert Warren, share dual appointments in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine.  Together, we strive to provide outstanding care to children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. The Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program was launched in 2011.


The Division is engaged in both clinical and basic research.   Members of the Division receive funding from the American College of Rheumatology, Arthritis Foundation, Lupus Foundation, and Lupus Clinic Trials Consortium.  More than 50 articles/abstracts were authored by Division faculty last year, including papers in leading medical and scientific journals, e.g., Journal of Biological Chemistry, Arthritis & Rheumatism, and the Journal of Rheumatology.  Faculty members serve on numerous federal and private scientific review committees, editorial boards, and as officers of state and national organizations. The Division was recently approved for the creation of the MUSC Inflammation and Fibrosis Research Center of Economic Excellence through the South Carolina Centers of Economic Excellence Program which focuses on clinical and translational research related to both scleroderma and lupus.    

For more information visit our Research page.


The Division is proud to be training the next generation of physicians and investigators who will study and care for patients who suffer from rheumatic diseases.  Faculty members actively participate in educating medical and graduate students, residents, clinical fellows and postdoctoral research fellows. The Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program, under the outstanding leadership of Dr. Faye Hant, Associate Professor, is fully accredited and comprised of 6 clinical and research fellows selected from a competitive pool of candidates. Fellows are supported in part by a NIH Training Grant (Gary Gilkeson, PI).  The Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program offers fellows the opportunity to see a wide array of rheumatic disease patients in a variety of clinical settings, to participate in clinical and basic research, and to obtain advanced training leading to a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research.

For more information visit our Fellowship page.

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