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Cynthia Aranow, MD

Cynthia Aranow, MD

Professor of Medicine, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Dr. Cynthia Aranow is a Professor of Medicine and of Molecular Medicine at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Hofstra School of Medicine in New York and she co-directs the Feinstein Lupus Center of Excellence. Dr Aranow received her medical degree from New York University and completed her rheumatology training at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in Bronx, NY. She is a recipient of the American College of Rheumatology Edmund Dubois Award in recognition of her research in SLE. She has also received the Collaborative Women in Science Award on two occasions from AWSM (Advancement of Women in Science and Medicine). 

A rheumatologist and lupus expert, Cindy has cared for hundreds of patients with this complex disease and believes that patients and their physicians must partner together in order for there to be significant progress. In addition to serving on the Lupus Foundation of America’s Medical Scientific Advisory Council, she has leadership roles in SLICC (Systemic Lupus International Cooperating Clinics) which focuses on international studies looking at clinical outcomes in lupus, LuCIN (Lupus Clinical Investigators Network) and DORIS (Definitions of Remission in SLE) an initiative to define remission in lupus. She is Principle Investigator of the NIH funded Clinical Autoimmunity Center of Excellence at the Feinstein Institute. Her research focuses on lupus outcomes as well as both translational projects which include studies investigating the pathogenesis of lupus and of neuropsychiatric lupus, and clinical trials of novel agents and approaches for the treatment of SLE. These trials are both pharmaceutically sponsored and investigator initiated. She has extensive experience in designing and conducting lupus clinical trials and is currently a protocol chair of an NIH-funded clinical trial investigating an innovative approach for treatment of lupus nephritis. She has published over 100 publications and chapters focused on different aspects of lupus.