John Varga, MD, and Michael H. Weisman, MD

Dr. Varga is director of the Northwestern Scleroderma Program and the John and Nancy Hughes Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. He is an internationally recognized expert in the diagnosis, treatment and study of fibrosis and scleroderma. Among numerous professional distinctions, he chairs the scientific and medical advisory board of the Scleroderma Foundation and the Basic Science Subcommittee of the American College of Rheumatology Planning Committee. He was also recognized as one of 50 “heroes” of the Arthritis Foundation and was the Scleroderma Foundation’s “doctor of the year” in 2006.

Dr. Weisman is director of the Division of Rheumatology and professor of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His academic and research interests involve the genetic risk, epidemiology, treatment and outcome of rheumatic diseases. He is also an investigator for National Institutes of Health-sponsored studies in lupus, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Dr. Weisman is a reviewer and editor for many journals in the field of rheumatology, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Arthritis and Rheumatism, Journal of Rheumatology, Annals of Rheumatic Diseases and more.