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Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Scleroderma team. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards and honors.

  • 03.08.2022

    Join Dr. Carrie Richardson for a free virtual Scleroderma 101 meeting hosted by the Scleroderma Foundation of Greater Chicago.

  • 02.12.2022

    See Dr. Jane Dematte's recent webinar on New Drug Approvals for Use in Systemic Sclerosis Interstitial Lung Disease, hosted by the Scleroderma Foundation of Greater Chicago.

  • 01.13.2022

    We are excited to introduce Dr. Carrie Richardson as the new Co-Director of the Northwestern Scleroderma Program.  In addition to caring for scleroderma patients, she will be serving as Principal Investigator for ongoing scleroderma clinical trials and the CONQUER registry.  

    Dr. Richardson is originally from Oak Lawn, Illinois and completed her undergraduate training at Harvard University. As a medical student and then as a resident at Northwestern University, she worked closely with the Northwestern Scleroderma Program.   Very early in her residency, she decided to become a rheumatologist specifically to help to develop new treatments for scleroderma. She then moved to Baltimore to complete her rheumatology fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University.  While at Johns Hopkins she also obtained a Master of Health Science degree from the Bloomberg School of Public Health through the Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation.

    Dr. Richardson’s primary clinical interests are scleroderma and myositis.  Her research has focused on mechanisms of calcinosis in scleroderma.  She has published a variety of peer-reviewed journal articles in topics ranging from autoantibodies to interstitial lung disease.  Dr. Richardson's expertise in scleroderma and other complex autoimmune disorders will be invaluable to our patients, and we are thrilled that she has joined our program.   

    To schedule an appointment with Dr. Richardson, please contact Julie Holly, Scleroderma Patient Liaison, at 312-695-6119.

  • 12.17.2021
    Take a look at our recent publication in the peer-reviewed journal, Neurogastroenterology & Motility.  This collaborative article investigates primary and secondary peristalsis in Scleroderma, and includes faculty and staff in the Northwestern Division of Rheumatology, and Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
  • 12.03.2021
  • 10.22.2021

    Sarah Fantus, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Program Director for the Rheumatology Fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  Dr. Fantus attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and then moved to Chicago to complete an Internal Medicine Residency at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. During her residency, she was selected to be a part of the Resident Research Scholar program.  Following her residency, she was honored to be selected as a Chief Resident in the Department of Medicine.  She then joined the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where she completed her two-year Rheumatology Fellowship.  She served as Chief Fellow, assisting with curriculum development and participating in the Northwestern Leadership Program.

    In both residency and fellowship, Dr. Fantus was engaged in medical education through giving lectures, leading small groups, and mentoring medical students.  Dr. Fantus has authored several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.  As a faculty member at Northwestern, Dr. Fantus is expanding the reach of medical education in rheumatology; she works with medical students, internal medicine residents, and rheumatology fellows.  Dr. Fantus’ clinical and research interests include inflammatory myositis, interstitial lung disease, and scleroderma.  Outside of Northwestern, Dr. Fantus has served as Rheumatology Deputy Editor for, a peer-reviewed clinical forum that serves as a resource for rheumatologists with challenging clinical questions.  She is on an American College of Rheumatology committee focused on formulating questions to test the knowledge of trainees.  Selected honors include Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha, and Northwestern University Rheumatology Faculty Educator of the Year Award (2021).

    Dr. Fantus will play an integral role in the Scleroderma Program as Associate Clinical Director, and will care for patients with scleroderma.