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GME : Fellowship : Rheumatology

Rheumatology Fellowship

Steven Carsons, MD
Program Director's Message

The Winthrop-University Hospital-Nassau University Medical Center integrated Rheumatology fellowship strives to produce exceedingly well-trained consultants in rheumatic and immunological disorders. The wide spectrum of pathology seen at Winthrop and our affiliate serves as a foundation for our clinical educational curriculum. Our didactic basic science and research program enhances the clinical curriculum by emphasizing the pathophysiology and immunology of rheumatic diseases and by encouraging creative approaches to the diagnosis and therapy of rheumatic disorders.



  • Extensive clinical exposure to a wide range of rheumatic diseases at Winthrop and at a tertiary care county medical facility
  • One-to-one faculty to fellow ratio
  • Experience with immunologic aspects of rheumatic disease through the inclusion of allergy and immunology within the Division.
  • Opportunity to participate in bench research, with major area of investigation being vascular biology of inflammation
  • Individual MD/PhD faculty mentors for research projects
  • More than half of graduating fellows have entered academic positions in the last five years
  • Generous house staff benefits, including heavily subsidized housing and three complimentary meals per day



This is a two-year integrated fellowship, sponsored by Winthrop. Each fellow serves as the primary physician under supervision for inpatients admitted to the Rheumatology Service at Winthrop, and has responsibility for approximately 250 consults over the course of the year. In addition, fellows supervise the management and treatment of inpatients and perform consultations at Nassau University Medical Center. Fellows attend clinics at both Winthrop and Nassau University Medical Center, where it is expected, that under supervision, they will assume responsibility for all aspects of patient care.

Rotations in pediatric rheumatology at Schneider Children's Hospital (Long Island Jewish Medical Center) and in geriatric rheumatology at United Presbyterian Residence round out the spectrum of disorders seen by the fellow. The didactic program includes Grand Rounds lectures, Journal Club, imaging conference, core basic science lectures and rehabilitation conference. Clinical and bench research projects are chosen in consultation with the faculty.


Rotations in Months

Clinical Service
Nassau University Medical Center
Clinical Service
PGY 4 4 4 4
PGY 5 4 4 4


Key Faculty

  • Steven Carsons, MD, Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, and Program Director. Associate Professor of Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine. Research interests: Synovial-Extracellular Matrix Interactions, Clinical Aspects of Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Elise Belilos, MD, Attending Physician. Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine. Research interests: Giant Cell Arteritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Synovial Biology
  • Gary Rosenblum, DO, Attending Physician. Instructor of Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine. Research interests: Clinical Aspects of Elderly Onset Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Prachi Anand, MD, Chief, Rheumatology, Nassau University Medical Center. Research interests: Clinical Aspects of Systemic Lupus
  • Luz M. Fonacier, MD, Section Head, Allergy, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology. Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine. Research interests: Clinical and Immunologic Aspects of Contact Dermatitis and Drug Reactions
  • Mark Davis-Lorton, MD, Coordinator, Clinical Immunology. Instructor of Clinical Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine. Research interests: Immunodeficiency Disorders
  • Judy Maddox, DO, Attending Physician. Research interests: Giant Cell Arteritis

For further information, contact:

Steven Carsons, MD
Chief, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

Winthrop-University Hospital
259 First Street
Mineola, NY 11501

Tel: (516) 663-2097
Fax: (516) 663-2946

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