University of Chicago
Associate Professor of Medicine
Program Director of Rheumatology Fellowship Program
“The LRI has a terrific model for supporting lupus research. Pilot project grants to provide the preliminary data for a federal grant application are direly needed to move the field forward and make more lupus investigators competitive for federal funding. The high rate of subsequent federal funding of LRI grantees indicates that their strategy works, and I fully support this mission.”
Since joining the faculty at the University of Chicago in 1998, Dr. Utset has developed a large clinical practice of patients with lupus who are devoted to her and the compassionate and expert care that she provides. Many participate in lupus clinical trials that she helps to run.
Additionally a teacher and mentor, Dr. Utset has helped to motivate and guide the careers of a new generation of rheumatologists through her work as program director of the university’s rheumatology fellowship program. Over the years she has taught Continuing Medical Education-credit courses on such topics as late lupus, lupus pregnancy, and CNS lupus as well as contributing to programs that educate lay people about the disease. A few years ago, Chicago’s Life with Lupus Guild presented her with the “Golden Butterfly Public Service Award” in recognition of her generous participation in this area.
Dr. Utset not only helped to co-found the LRI Chicago’s Lupus Study Group and has served as an advisory board member to the organization, but has long participated in groups, at one time serving as president of the Chicago Rheumatism Society and sitting on the Illinois Arthritis Foundation Medical and Scientific Committee. She also co-chairs Lupus International’s Medical Advisory Board and assists as an ad hoc reviewer for the journals Arthritis and Rheumatism, the Journal of Rheumatology, and Arthritis and Therapy.
The Minnesota native graduated with a BA in biology from the University of Virginia and studied medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine, where she worked as a research fellow in the laboratory of prominent lupus expert Joseph Craft, MD. She completed a fellowship in rheumatology and a masters in public health at Johns Hopkins University.