Dr. Eleni Tiniakou is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology. She earned her medical degree from the Medical School of University of Athens in Greece. She then completed both her internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at the Bridgeport Hospital/Yale University Program and stayed for another year to serve as a Chief Resident. Subsequently, she pursued a post-doctoral fellowship training in rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Tiniakou joined the Johns Hopkins Division of Rheumatology as full-time faculty in 2016. Dr. Tiniakou’s research focuses on identifying and describing specific T cells in myositis. Specific T cells are thought to be the immune cells that start and drive the autoimmune process in diseases like myositis. Describing these cells could be helpful in understanding how the disease starts, monitoring the disease progression, and ultimately developing targeted immunotherapies, which could be tailored for each patient. Dr. Tiniakou was awarded the Rheumatology Research Foundation Scientist Development Award in 2016 for her research project aiming to describe these specific T cells in statin-associated immune-mediated necrotizing myopathy.
The remainder of her academic time is allocated for patient care in the Johns Hopkins Myositis Center. Along with Dr. Christopher-Stine, Dr. Tiniakou is also co-president of the Maryland Society for Rheumatologic Diseases (MSRD). The goal of the society is to deliver the latest evidence-based treatments for the rheumatic diseases, train the next generation of rheumatology clinicians and research scholars, and support rheumatology research and advocacy.