- Internship: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
- Residency: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
- Post–doctoral Fellowship: Vanderbilt School of Medicine
Dr. Alan Baer graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1978 and completed his post-graduate medical training in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt University Hospitals. He was a faculty member at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, from 1986 to 2007, and served there as Chief of the Section of Rheumatology and Fellowship Program Director.
He joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 2007 and is currently Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Gout Clinic and the Jerome L. Greene Sjogren’s Syndrome Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He also serves as Chief of Rheumatology and Clinical Director of the Johns Hopkins University Rheumatology Practice at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Baer is engaged in a number of research studies in the area of both Sjogren’s syndrome and gout. He was the principal investigator of the NIH subcontract to Johns Hopkins to conduct the Sjogren’s International Registry (SICCA) and enrolled 300 patients into the registry. The SICCA registry was utilized to develop the 2012 ACR classification criteria for Sjogren’s syndrome. It has also been a rich source of clinical data and biospecimens for research that Dr. Baer is conducting with colleagues at both Hopkins and the University of California-San Francisco. He is conducting a longitudinal observational study of patients with Sjogren’s syndrome and is directing a clinical trial of baminercept in Sjogren’s syndrome at Hopkins organized by the Autoimmunity Centers of Excellence. He is collaborating with Dr. Mara McAdams DeMarco (Bloomberg School of Public Health) on epidemiologic studies of gout, using the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities cohort, and with Dr. John Carrino (Department of Radiology) on the utility of dual energy computed tomography in gout.