Rheumatology Fellowship

Faculty

Christopher M. Wise, MD
W. Robert Irby and Taliaferro-Scott Professor of Medicine, VCU
Director, Ambulatory Care Center Practice


Dr. Wise was educated with a B.S. and M. D. degrees from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, he completed his fellowship in rheumatology at VCU. He was a rheumatology faculty member at Wake Forest/Bowman Gray School of Medicine from 1982-1992, and has been a rheumatology faculty member at VCUHS since 1992. He is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology. He is active as a clinical rheumatologist at VCUHS in the faculty practice and fellowship teaching clinics and on inpatient consultation service and serves as the director of the clinical practice. His educational roles for fellows include:

  • to supervise and precept in rheumatology clinics and on inpatient consults
  • to regularly attend conferences at which fellows present and learn
  • organize quality improvement efforts in the clinical practice
  • to encourage and guide scholarship among fellows

His research and publication interests include clinical aspects and clinical therapeutic studies in gout, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, systemic lupus, and various types of vasculitis. He also serves on the Continuing Assessment Review Evaluation Committee of the American College of Rheumatology.


Beth K. Rubinstein, MD
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, VCU


Dr. Rubinstein was educated with a B. S. degree from the University of Michigan and received her M. D. degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology fellowship at VCU, and joined the faculty in 2007 as a clinician educator. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. She has been awarded with the recognition of “Top Doc” by the Richmond Magazine for the past few years for her dedication to providing her patients with great care. Dr. Rubinstein serves as a board member of the Medical Scientific Advisory Council of the Lupus Foundation of America (DC/MD/VA chapter), and she is an executive committee member of the Virginia Society of Rheumatologists.

Dr. Rubinstein has also dedicated her career to educating medical students, residents and fellows. She serves as the course director for the VCU School of Medicine Movement (Musculoskeletal) course, where she is involved in developing new teaching modules and creating innovative learning opportunities for medical students. She has been the recipient of “Best Teacher” awards for her work in this arena. She looks forward to working with Rheumatology fellows who are interested in teaching and who may have an interest in becoming a clinician-educator. She supervises and precepts in rheumatology clinics and on inpatient consults and attends the VCU fellow conferences.


Nehal R. Shah, MD
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, VCU

 

Dr. Shah attended medical school at N.H.L. Municipal Medical College, India and then residency in internal medicine at St Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac, MI. She did a rheumatology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. She is passionate about providing excellent patient care and teaching. She enjoys working with medical students, residents and fellows and strives to guide them in deciding their career path. She is interested in developing musculoskeletal ultrasound program for clinical and educational use. Her clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis, SLE, myositis, and systemic sclerosis. Her scholarly interests include clinical outcome and quality improvement projects.


Huzaefah Syed, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, VCU



Dr. Syed completed her B.S. Degree at University of Maryland, College Park, MD and then went on to obtain her Master’s in Public Health at George Washington University. She obtained her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and went on to complete her residency in Internal Medicine at VCU as well. She worked for one year as an academic hospitalist before going on to complete her Rheumatology Fellowship under Dr. W. Neal Roberts at VCU. Dr. Syed is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. She joined the Rheumatology Faculty at VCU in 2012 as a clinician educator. In addition to her clinical duties, she participates in the education of the rheumatology fellows and internal medicine residents. She has been involved in teaching the first- and second-year medical students in the musculoskeletal course. Her research interest is the presence of anti-phospholipid antibodies and their role in clinical rheumatic disorders.


Stamatina Danielides, MD
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, VCU



Dr. Danielides joined the VCU faculty in the fall of 2014 as a clinical rheumatologist and educator and teaches and precepts in the outpatient clinics and on inpatient consult service. She received her medical degree from the University of Padua (Veneto, Italy) and then did internal medicine residency at Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center and rheumatology fellowship at Columbia University/ New York Presbyterian Hospital. After rheumatology training, she completed a clinical fellowship on Sjögren’s syndrome, and worked as the rheumatologist overseeing the care of Sjögren’s syndrome patients at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. In addition, she was a clinical faculty member for the NIH Rheumatology training program. Her interests include clinical care of patients with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome and other rheumatic diseases, as well as teaching of students, residents and fellows. Academic interests include studying the natural history of Sjögren’s syndrome, and the development of autoimmunity in the setting of predisposing treatments. She supervises and precepts in rheumatology clinics and on inpatient consults and attends the VCU fellow conferences.


Tangada Prema Sudha Rao, MD
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, VCU
McGuire VAMC Rheumatology Section Chief


Dr. Rao received premedical training at Nrupatunga Junior College, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India and her MD from Gandhi Medical College, Andhra Pradesh, India. Following internship at Gandhi Hospital, Andhra Pradesh, India, she did her residency in internal medicine and fellowship in rheumatology at Wayne State University, Detroit MI. Dr. Rao holds an appointment as a staff rheumatologist and participates in fellow education by precepting in the VAMC clinics and supervising the inpatient rheumatology consult team. She also instructs fellows through her attendance at VAMC clinical journal club and zebra conferences and the Division grand rounds at VCU.


Faizah P. Siddique, MD
Staff rheumatologist, McGuire VAMC
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, VCU


Dr. Siddique joined the McGuire VAMC in early 2015 as staff rheumatologist with her duties including supervising fellows in outpatient clinics and on inpatient consults. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park MD, and her medical degree from Weill-Cornell Medical College, Dohar, Qatar. She did housestaff training and fellowship in rheumatology at VCU. She supervises and precepts in VAMC-based rheumatology clinics and on inpatient consults, instructs fellows at board review sessions, VAMC clinical journal club and zebra conference, and attends VCU division journal club and grand rounds.


Seema Kumar Patel, MD
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, VCU




Dr. Patel attended the American University of Antigua, St George, Antigua and Barbuda for medical school and did internal medicine residency at Mountainside Hospital, Montclair, NJ. Her rheumatology fellowship was at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda. She supervises and precepts in rheumatology clinics and on inpatient consults and attends the VCU fellow conferences. She joined the Division in fall 2016.


Lane B. Scheiber, MD
Staff Rheumatologist, McGuire VAMC
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, VCU



Dr. Scheiber joined the McGuire VAMC in late 2015 as a member of the VAMC rheumatology staff. He received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He did his internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He served as a fulltime clinician in the Henry Ford Health System for nine years. Dr. Scheiber then established and directed a private solo rheumatology practice in southeastern Michigan for fifteen years. He has been certified as a clinical densitometrist. He has experience in osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. He has special interest in the study of the human genome in an effort to develop a strategy to manage osteoporosis medically. He supervises and precepts in VAMC-based rheumatology clinics and on inpatient consults, instructs fellows at the VAMC clinical journal club and zebra conference, and attends VCU division journal club and grand rounds.


Sarah E. Hoffman, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Rheumatology
Department of Pediatrics, VCU



Dr. Hoffman attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, then did a pediatrics residency at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital. She then did her pediatric rheumatology fellowship at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York. Her clinical interests are juvenile idiopathic arthritis, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and systemic lupus erythematosus. Her research interests include lupus nephritis and shared decision making. She supervises pediatric rheumatology inpatient consults done by our fellows and provides a selective experience in pediatric rheumatology clinics.


Harry L. Gewanter, MD
Community-based pediatric rheumatologist



Dr. Gewanter has supervised pediatric rheumatology inpatient consults done by our fellows and provides a selective experience in pediatric rheumatology clinics. He holds pediatric rheumatology clinics both onsite at VCUHS (twice monthly) and at his community-based clinic. He attended Duke University for undergraduate studies and then Wayne State University School of Medicine. He did pediatrics training and pediatric rheumatology fellowship at the University of Rochester.