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Thirty-One Faces of Hope: Dr. Sim Lim

The lupus community includes people living with lupus, friends, family and supporters across Georgia. For Lupus Awareness Month, we would like to highlight some of our lupus heroes and champions. 


Dr. Sam Lim

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We can’t think of any better way to close out Lupus Awareness Month than to honor Dr. S. Sam Lim. Dr. Lim has dedicated his career to lupus research, patient care, and advocacy at the local, state, and federal level. 

Not a day goes by where we don’t appreciate the enormity of Dr. Lim’s gifts of time and talent to the lupus community, most recently with his Town Hall meetings with critical information about lupus as it relates to COVID-19. Here are a few of the comments we have received about his weekly Sunday night town hall meetings:

“I love how we have our own updates, tailored to Georgia and lupus.”
“Dr. Lim is a treasure!”
“Dr. Lim, thank you for your hard work and time invested in helping all of us who are lupus patients.”
“Dr. Lim, thank you so much for the weekly Virtual Town Hall Meetings.  These are so helpful, and I really feel like I have a community of support to help me through this crazy time.”
“Thank you for the Lupus Town Hall that you conduct every Sunday.” We agree with each and every one of these sentiments. Dr. Lim, thank you for all you do!

Dr. Lim is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at Emory University School of Medicine, Professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and Chief of Rheumatology for Grady Health Systems. His primary clinical and research interests center around improving care and reducing health disparities in lupus. He founded and directs the Grady Lupus Clinic, the only clinic for under- and un-insured lupus patients in Atlanta, where he has cared for thousands suffering from lupus for over 17 years. He was past president of the Georgia Society of Rheumatology, serves on both the Georgia chapter and national Lupus Foundation of America Medical Advisory Boards, and is a member of the Georgia Council on Lupus Education and Awareness. 

Dr. Lim is very active nationally and internationally in lupus. He is a member of the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics, an international lupus research group representing 30 centers from 11 different countries. Dr. Lim is Co-Principal Investigator of the Georgia Lupus Registry and Georgians Organized Against Lupus (GOAL) Research Cohort. He is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the role of psychosocial stressors and other social determinants of health on racial health disparities in lupus and is the site principal investigator for seven ongoing clinical trials studying the safety and efficacy of new treatments for lupus. He is the Consortium Chair of The Lupus Initiative in the American College of Rheumatology.

-Georgia Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America