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Lupus Center of Excellence

Fotios Koumpouras, MD

koumpourasFotios Koumpouras, MD

Dr. Koumpouras is Medical Director for the Lupus Center of Excellence and Associate Chief of the Division of Rheumatology for Allegheny Health Network.  He also serves as Medical Director of the Medical Short Stay unit at West Penn Hospital.  He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Temple University School of Medicine.

Prior to joining Allegheny Health Network, Dr. Koumpouras was Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Attending Physician Urgent Care at the Yale University Health Center.
Dr. Koumpouras was born and raised in New York City, New York, and is a graduate of the Stuyvesant School. He completed his college education at State University of New York with honors in Biology and Chemistry. Prior to beginning medical school, he was a member of the research team at the Wadsworth Center New York State Department of Health investigating cyclin E as a prognostic marker for breast cancer.
He graduated first in his class from medical school, completed post graduate training in internal medicine and was elected as Chief Medical Resident by his peers. He then completed a prestigious rheumatology fellowship training program, as well as a program in Investigative Rheumatology at Yale University School of Medicine. At Yale, he was mentored by Dr. Joseph Craft in the study of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Immunobiology.  Additionally, he was trained by Dr. Stephen E. Malawista, co-discover of Borrelia burgdorferi, the infectious agent responsible for Lyme Disease.
Dr. Koumpouras has been involved with several clinical trials in systemic lupus, including Benlysta, approved by the FDA in 2011 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, pregnancy in rheumatic disease, adolescent arthritis, lupus and the heart, and the gender gap of autoimmune disorders. 
Dr. Koumpouras is an expert in Lyme disease.  In addition to his training with Dr. Malawista, he trained with Drs. Dattweiler and Luft, the physicians who patterned treatment for neurologic Lyme disease.
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 been featured in numerous media reports on a variety of topics related to rheumatic disorders.
Dr. Koumpouras sees patients with SLE and related disorders, Sjögren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, scleroderma, gout, osteoarthritis, pediatric/adolescent arthritis and Lyme disease.
He sees patients at the Federal North and Wexford offices.
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