The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Lupus Center provides expert collaborative clinical care from experienced and dedicated rheumatologists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of lupus and antiphospholipid syndrome, a related clotting disorder.
The BWH Lupus Center is made up of fourteen board-certified rheumatologists who care for more than 800 patients annually with lupus. Our Center also utilizes a cooperative clinical care model with many subspecialties at BWH, including dermatology, nephrology, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, and cardiology, allowing for timely, comprehensive and cutting-edge consultative care. Our rheumatologists also specialize in the transition of pediatric and youth care to adult care.
The expert clinical care of the BWH Lupus Center is part of our extensive BWH Lupus Program, focusing on advancing the understanding and care of patients with this complex autoimmune illness. We ensure rapid access, timely appointments for our patients and communication with their care providers.
What is Lupus?
Lupus is an autoimmune disease where connective tissues and organs can be attacked by the body's immune system, causing a variety of symptoms that include joint pain and swelling, fever, fatigue, skin rashes and headaches.
For mild cases, lupus treatment may be minimal or unnecessary, but for a small minority of patients, the disease may cause life-threatening health problems and require treatment with medication and significant lifestyle adjustments.
Of the one-half million to 1.5 million Americans diagnosed with lupus, most are women between age 15 and 45 – the disease affects roughly eight times as many women as men. The disease tends to be more common in individuals of Asian or African-American descent.
While there is no cure for the disease, effective lupus treatment can help manage and control the symptoms. For patients in the New England area, state-of-the-art lupus treatment can be found at the Lupus Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), where expert care can help many patients with the disease to live full and healthy lives.