Dr. Stojan is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins University Medical School and the co-Director of the Hopkins Lupus Center.
He earned his medical degree from the University of Belgrade School of Medicine, Serbia. Subsequently, he pursued a Master of Science degree in Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Belgrade. He completed fellowship training in rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and joined the Lupus Center of Excellence at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as an Instructor in Medicine at the Harvard Medical School in Boston in 2013. He then joined the Johns Hopkins Division of Rheumatology Faculty as Assistant Professor in Medicine in 2017 when he was named co-Director of the Hopkins Lupus Center.
Areas of Focus
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
A systemic autoimmune disease that results from the breakdown of the immune system’s ability to distinguish between self and non-self. The result of this is systemic inflammation that can potentially affect any organ system. Patients with systemic lupus have a highly increased risk of cardiovascular events, as well as a higher risk of infection and malignancy.
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus disproportionately affects minorities in the United States, including African American and Hispanic populations which are more severely affected by this disease. Dr. Stojan cares for patients with lupus from underserved communities in Baltimore, including pregnant patients with lupus and those with lupus kidney involvement.
Healthcare provider and patient education are the heart of our work in the Hopkins lupus Center. Medical residents and rheumatology fellows are part of our care team. We teach a yearly rheumatology course to practicing rheumatologists and have held the unique yearly Lupus Summit specifically organized for all the lupus patients seen at our center in order to focus on patient education and to provide patients an update on new lupus discoveries and avenues of treatment.
Dr. Stojan was awarded the Jerome L. Greene Foundation Scholar Award in 2018 for the project Cachexia in Lupus: Metabolomics, Lipidomics, and Body Composition, a study looking at weight loss and changes in body composition in patients with lupus, their association with disease activity and outcomes. Dr. Stojan also studies the effect of environmental and climate factors on lupus flares in collaboration with scientists from the Bloomberg School of Public Health. In collaboration with scientists at UCLA, Dr. Stojan is also working on identifying novel imaging markers of coronary atherosclerosis in lupus.