David Fox, MD – Video Profile

David Fox, MD – Video Profile


– I’m in rheumatology, and
rheumatology is a subspecialty of internal medicine. And I originally got
interested in rheumatology when I was in medical
school back in the 1970s. And at that time, immunology
was a relatively new field, but you could see that it was starting to make rapid progress, or
at least it had the promise of finding out how the
immune system worked, and how it was related to diseases. And at the same time,
rheumatology, which encompasses the autoimmune diseases,
wasn’t yet a very modern branch of medicine, but there were
big challenges in the field. And it seemed to me that the
two areas could come together, and that’s why I went into it, because I saw the potential connection. And that’s really what’s
happened over the past 35 years. Back in the late 1970s when
I first got into medicine, a patient with rheumatoid arthritis was not expected to do well. That patient was expected
to end up disabled, possibly wheelchair-bound,
and to have their life basically wrecked by their disease. But by lots of progress in
research, both basic research and understanding the disease,
and especially new medicines and the ability to combine
various types of medicines, our approach to treatment
of rheumatoid arthritis has changed dramatically, and the outcome for patients is now much better.

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