Dr. Michael George, MD MSCE, is a rheumatologist and epidemiologist at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also assistant professor of medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and an assistant professor of epidemiology in biostatistics and epidemiology.
Dr. George’s research is focused on pharmacoepidemiology, with a particular interest in the risk of infections with immunosuppression in patients with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. He studies the risk of infections and other adverse outcomes with low doses of glucocorticoids, which are commonly used in the treatment of many autoimmune diseases, and is interested in how this compares to risk with newer targeted therapies. His research includes evaluating the use of immunosuppression in high risk populations, such as patients undergoing major surgical procedures.
In addition, Dr. George is currently recruiting patients from an online patient registry to study how different therapies impact the risk of common colds and other outpatient infections and the impact of these on patient reported outcomes.
Content Area Specialties - Rheumatology, rheumatoid arthritis, immunosuppression, interstitial lung disease
March 14th, 2020 | Season 1 | 35 mins 56 secs
arthritis, autoimmune disease, biologics, coronavirus, covid-19, high risk, immunosuppressed, increased risk for infection, infections, lupus, methotrexate, osteoarthritis, prednisone, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis
The public health crisis surrounding the coronavirus – COVID-19 – has everyone concerned and anxious, especially those living with a chronic condition like arthritis. This special edition episode (recorded March 12, 2020) features Dr. Michael George, a rheumatologist and epidemiologist at the University of Pennsylvania, who studies infections in patients with autoimmune disease. He helps answer questions for people living with arthritis, especially those who are immune suppressed or have an autoimmune condition, based on what is known today.
Visit the Live Yes! With Arthritis podcast site to read the host blogs and get show notes: https://arthritis.org/liveyes/podcast