Dr. Darrah works day in and day out in the translational science lab to study mechanisms of rheumatic diseases. Her interest stems from questioning why certain people are prone to autoimmune diseases and others are not. She values the ability to impact people’s lives by delving deep into these complex diseases at a molecular level.
Vicky Ruffing, a Nurse at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, is in charge of professional and patient education. She enjoys the relationships she builds with her patients and the impact her role has on their lives.
Dr. Clifton O. Bingham III, the Director of Arthritis, shares his story on how he became interested in rheumatology as a specialty. Limitations in rheumatic therapies and research during his time as a medical school student sparked a deep intrigue for Dr. Bingham to dedicate his life to understanding these complicated diseases.
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research gives patients the ability to tell their story.
Dr. Bingham, the Director of the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, started his career as a laboratory scientist. He then moved on to working with Rheumatoid Arthritis patients and obtaining their samples directly. He came into this field at its inception — when new drugs were coming into the market and arthritis patient care was becoming more important.
The clinical research team at the Johns Hopkins Division of Rheumatology is one comprised of dedicated, understanding and talented researchers who truly know the hardships rheumatic patients have to live with on a daily basis. They record data and information which in turn leads to better medical care patients receive in our clinic.