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Salahuddin Kazi, MD, Chair

Salahuddin Kazi, MDDr. Kazi, a board certified internist and rheumatologist, is the Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Internal Medicine and a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatic Diseases at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He is also the Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at UT Southwestern. Dr. Kazi is the Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Rheumatology Board. Dr. Kazi previously served as the Chair of the Registries and Health Information Technology Committee of the American College of Rheumatology overseeing the development of the RISE registry. Dr. Kazi continues to lead efforts in rheumatology to promote improvement in the delivery of healthcare through the principles of co-production.

Dr. Kazi earned his medical degree from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan, and completed his residency, chief residency and fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

As of July 2022, Dr. Kazi reported no ongoing external relationships

Elise Carlson, MD

Elise Carlson, MD

Dr. Carlson is a private rheumatologist at New Haven Rheumatology in New Haven, Connecticut and has been in practice for 18 years. She is board certified in Rheumatology. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University School of Medicine and works with rheumatology fellows a few weeks per year attending the rheumatology service. She also works with Yale medical students in her outpatient office during their Primary Care and Psychiatry clerkship providing rheumatology teaching. Dr. Carlson is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. She is the co-coordinator for the musculoskeletal block for the second- year medical students.

She designs the curriculum for the musculoskeletal block and delivers lectures on rheumatology to the students.

Dr. Carlson enjoys volunteering at the New Haven Health Project working with medical students, nursing students, physician assistant students, and master's in public health students providing health screenings to clients at the local food bank.

Dr. Carlson received her bachelor's degree in biology from Yale University and earned her medical degree from University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut. She completed her internal medicine residency training, chief residency and rheumatology fellowship at the University of Connecticut.

As of August 2022, Dr. Carlson reported the following ongoing external relationships:

Dr. Carlson helps design an exam for the Frank H. Netter M.D. School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University second-year medical students at the end of their musculoskeletal block. She also serves as co-coordinator for the musculoskeletal block.

Susan K. Chrostowski, DNP, APRN, ANP-C

Susan K. Chrostowski, DNP, APRN, ANP-C

Susan Chrostowski, DNP, APRN, ANP-C, is an Associate Clinical Professor at Texas Woman’s University in Dallas, Texas where she teaches in the graduate nursing program. Dr. Chrostowski earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. She went on to earn a Master of Science degree in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Texas Woman’s University in Dallas, Texas. For her doctoral program, she conducted a clinical research study on assessment instruments on fibromyalgia disease activity and presented those results at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in San Francisco, CA in 2015.

Dr. Chrostowski is certified as an Adult Health nurse practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners certification board and has been practicing exclusively in rheumatology since 2005. She has served on several national committees with the Association of Rheumatology Professionals organization. In addition to podium and poster presentations at local and national conferences on rheumatology and geriatric nursing practice, Dr. Chrostowski has published several articles related to rheumatology and nursing practice issues.

As of February 2023, Dr. Chrostowski reported no external relationships.

Carlos M. Gadea MD

Carlos M. Gadea MDDr. Gadea is a rheumatologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Medicine Multispecialty Clinic at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery, Alabama. As a clinical instructor, he works with internal medicine residents from the UAB-Montgomery Internal Medicine residency program on their rheumatology elective rotation. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Prior to his work at UAB, Dr. Gadea worked in a small private rheumatology practice in Seaford, Delaware, with two other rheumatologists. Before that, Dr. Gadea practiced in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). As a Clinical Instructor for the UPMC Division of Rheumatology, he worked as a rheumatologist in one of the division’s satellite rheumatology clinics caring for patients, and providing consultation at St. Clair Hospital and UPMC Mercy, where he also worked with internal medicine residents. After fellowship training, he practiced with a private rheumatology group with four other rheumatologists in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Dr. Gadea is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Rheumatology Board.

Dr. Gadea received his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Florida International University. He earned his medical degree from Universidad de Ciencias Medicas de Centro America in San Jose, Costa Rica. He completed his internal medicine residency training with the University of Connecticut Primary Care Internal Medicine program in Farmington, Connecticut, and his rheumatology fellowship at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

As of August 2022, Dr. Gadea reported no external relationships.

Maryah Mansoor, MD

Maryah Mansoor, MD

Dr. Mansoor, a board-certified internist and rheumatologist, Mansoor earned her medical degree as a class valedictorian from Aga Khan Medical University in Karachi, Pakistan. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Staten Island University Hospital (North well Health) and fellowship in rheumatology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.

Soon after her training she joined Christiana Care Hospital in Delaware, serving as rheumatology education liason for internal medicine residency and section chief. She was also titled Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and PCOM. She has recently taken the role of serving the underserved areas in US as an independent contrator.

Dr. Mansoor is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Rheumatology Board. She also volunteered for standard setting process for ABIM Rheumatology Certification Exam. She is also a Board Member of the Arthritis Foundation Delaware. Dr. Mansoor has also served in the ABIM Item writing task force.

As of August 2022, Dr. Mansoor reported the following external relationships:

Service on a research-related expert panel or advisory board for the following companies, with honoraria:

  • Boehringer Ingleheim
  • Cardinal Health
  • Pfizer

Shannon Scielzo, Ph.D

Dr. Scielzo is an Associate Professor, the Associate Director of Education in Internal Medicine and the Evaluation and Assessment Analyst for Graduate Medical Education at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. In her role, she works extensively with the oversight of resident and faculty physician training.

Her research has three main themes: psychometrics, mentoring/training, assessment and evaluation. In regards to psychometrics, Dr. Scielzo is well-versed in survey design and measurement best-practices to ensure the most reliable and valid inferences possible. Her mentoring/training research has helped to identify underlying mechanisms of successful skill and information transference, and her research in assessment/evaluation has helped effectively quantify the impacts of interventions. These three skillsets combined enable Dr. Scielzo to identify training needs, optimize training interventions, and ensure the highest quality inferences possible. Moreover, she also has some preliminary rheumatology-specific research.

Dr. Scielzo has previously held positions in the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas Arlington and at the Institute for Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She received her doctorate and master's degrees from UCF.

Finally, she herself is a rheumatic patient, and is passionate about her role and making a difference for other patients – and ensuring the highest quality of care is provided to them.

As of August 2022, Dr. Scielzo reported the following ongoing external relationships:

Funding for salary support, paid to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, from the following nonprofit healthcare-related organization:

  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund, serving as co-principal investigator of "The UT Southwestern TARDIS: Training Resident Doctors as Innovators in Science"

Philip Seo, MD

Philip Seo, MD Dr. Seo is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center and Director of the Johns Hopkins Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Dr. Seo has served the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) in a variety of capacities, including as a member of the Committee on Training and Workforce, the Annual Meeting Planning Committee, and the In-Training Examination Taskforce. He has served as a Co-Chair of both the ACR In-Training Examination Taskforce and Annual Scientific Meeting Review Course.

He is now serving the ACR as a Co-Chair of the non-ANCA Vasculitis Abstract Selection Committee for the Annual Scientific Meeting. Dr. Seo serves as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Rheumatology Board; he is also the Medical Editor of the Rheumatologist, an official publication of the ACR. He is a recipient of a Clinician Scholar Educator Award from the Rheumatology Research Foundation. Dr. Seo is a Medical Consultant for the Vasculitis Foundation, the largest patient support group for the systemic vasculitides in the United States.

Dr. Seo received a bachelor of arts degree in biochemical sciences from Harvard College, a medical degree from Columbia University, and a master in health science degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He completed his training in both internal medicine and rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he also served as an Assistant Chief of Service (Chief Resident).

As of March 2023, Dr. Seo reported the following  external relationships:

Service on data and safety monitoring boards for the following company, with honoraria:

  • Amgen
  • Janssen

Consulting on the design of new drugs or devices, clinical trials, the use of specific agents or other research-related activities for the following companies, with reimbursement for travel expenses and honoraria:

  • GlaxoSmithKline, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and honoraria.
  • Sanofi, receiving honoraria.
  • WebMD, receiving honoraria for a webinar.

Work funded by educational grants from industry, paid to Johns Hopkins University, from the following companies:

  • AbbVie, providing funding for research staff and expenses for a fellowship program.
  • Amgen, providing funding for research staff and expenses for a fellowship program.
  • Janssen, providing funding for research staff and expenses for a fellowship program.

Work as an author or editor for the following company, with compensation as listed:

  • The American College of Rheumatology, recipient of the Clinician Scholar Educator Award.

Mary C. Wasko, MD, MSc

Mary Wasko

Dr. Wasko is retired Division Director of Rheumatology for Allegheny Health Network. Under her stead, the Division grew from 4 members to over twenty practitioners, and opened a Rheumatology fellowship to train two fellows each year. She maintains board certification in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. Previously, Dr. Wasko served as a rheumatologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, Main Campus.

After 6 years on the ABIM Rheumatology Exam Writing Committee, she currently is a member of the ABIM Rheumatology Board Exam Approval Committee. She was voted annually to the Best Doctors in Pittsburgh list, 2012 to 2020, as well as voted Best Doctors in America, 2003 to 2020. She has fifteen years of external funding for investigator-initiated clinical research, serving as primary investigator and co-investigator on rheumatoid arthritis-related studies. Her work has resulted in a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Arthritis and Rheumatology and the Journal of the American Medical Association.

As of March 2023, Dr. Wasko reported the following external relationships:

Dr. Wasko provides lectures for a family medicine continuing medical education course, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and honoraria.