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West Penn Allegheny Taps Leading UPMC Physician to Serve as Medical Director of Lupus Program

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Pittsburgh, PA (January 25, 2011) - West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) today announced the appointment of Fotios Koumpouras, MD, as Medical Director of its Lupus Center of Excellence.

West Penn Allegheny’s Lupus Center offers advanced, comprehensive clinical care for patients with autoimmune and rheumatic diseases. Led by a pre-eminent team of physician scientists, the Center is at the leading edge of clinical and translational studies designed to advance the understanding and treatment of these diseases.

Dr. Koumpouras is the sixth physician-scientist with expertise in lupus and autoimmune diseases from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to join the West Penn Allegheny staff over the past twelve months. His recruitment follows that of internationally recognized lupus specialists Susan Manzi, MD, MPH, and Joseph Ahearn, MD, who serve respectively as Director of the Lupus Center of Excellence, and Chief Scientific Officer, Allegheny Singer Research Institute; Amy M. Kao, MD, MPH, Mary Chester Wasko, MD, MSc. and Chau-Ching Liu, MD PhD.

“Lupus is a mysterious disease. It is difficult to diagnose and sometimes difficult to treat. However, the gamut of care that exists at our Center is second to none. I am excited about the expansion of rheumatology services within WPAHS and throughout the greater Pittsburgh area. This hospital system has served the western Pennsylvania community with distinction for decades. We are in a unique position to bring multidisciplinary medical care to our patients across several regions,” said Dr. Koumpouras.

“Dr. Koumpouras is an outstanding physician, and we are extremely excited to welcome him to our team. Our mission at the Lupus Center is to provide a level of care unsurpassed by any institution here or nationally and with the excellent staff we have assembled we are well positioned to achieve that goal,” said Dr. Manzi, who also serves as Chair of the Department of Medicine for West Penn Allegheny Health System.

Prior to joining WPAHS, Dr. Koumpouras was Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

He completed a prestigious rheumatology fellowship training program, as well as a program in Investigative Rheumatology at Yale University School of Medicine. While at Yale he became a “Yale All-Star” for his outstanding patient care and received the Physician Scientist Development Award from the American College of Rheumatology.

Dr. Koumpouras has been involved with several clinical trials in systemic lupus, including Benlysta, which is a new biologic medication being considered by the FDA for the treatment of lupus; the role of vitamin D in systemic lupus, and the role of combination medications for patients with lupus of the kidney. He also has interest in lupus biomarkers, lupus and the heart, and the gender gap of autoimmune disorders.

“It is important to offer people with lupus different options in therapy. By participating in different clinical trials, our patients can be offered cutting edge therapy that would otherwise be unavailable to them,” Dr. Koumpouras explained.

Dr. Koumpouras is board certified in both internal medicine and rheumatology. He is an active member of the American College of Rheumatology, the Arthritis Foundation, and the Lupus Foundation of Pittsburgh. He has given several patient oriented seminars in SLE, and looks forward to expanding community outreach programs for the Western Pennsylvania region.

Dr. Koumpouras sees patients with SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus) and related disorders, Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, scleroderma, gout, and osteoarthritis. The group also has expertise in elusive diagnoses, he said.

“We have built a reputation for figuring out what’s wrong, even if it is not rheumatic, and that’s because all of our physicians are excellent doctors with knowledge beyond their areas of expertise,” said Dr. Koumpouras.
 

Dr. Koumpouras is seeing patients at Two Landmark North, 20397 Route 19, Cranberry PA, 16066, and can be reached at 412.578.1152.

 

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