Rory M. Marks, M.B., B.S., was appointed Director of the Rheumatology Training Program in August 2004. Dr. Marks is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, received his undergraduate and graduate medical education at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia (1970-1976), trained in Internal Medicine, Clinical Immunology and Pathology from 1977-1986 and was a post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan from 1987-1990 before his appointment in the Division of Rheumatology. Dr. Marks is Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, and maintains his original certification in Clinical Immunology and in Pathology. Dr. Marks’s research program is focused on vascular biology. Most recently, Dr. Marks has become interested in the targeting of the microvasculature by hemorrhagic fever viruses, and has been investigating mechanisms that one of these viruses (dengue virus) uses to bind to and infect target cells, including vascular endothelial cells. Dr. Marks research is currently supported by a VA Merit Award. Dr. Marks maintains a strong interest in clinical care and Fellow education, including an interest in the teaching and quantitative evaluation of the Core competencies.
David A. Fox, M.D. has been Division Chief since 1990. He received his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1970-1974), and his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School (1974-1978). Following training in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital (1978-1982), he pursued a Research Fellowship with Drs. Stuart Schlossman and Ellis Reinherz at the Dana-Farber Cancer Center (1982-l985) in the area of human T cell activation. He was appointed Assistant Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Michigan in 1985, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1990 and Professor in 1995. He holds a joint appointment as a faculty member in the University of Michigan Programs in Immunology and in Cellular and Molecular Biology, and supervises pre-doctoral Ph.D. trainees in that capacity. Dr. Fox became Director of the University of Michigan NIH-MAMDC upon assuming the role of Chief of the Division of Rheumatology Division, and renewed this Center Grant twice. He is now Principal Investigator of the NIH Rheumatic Diseases Core Center (RDCC). He coordinates research and education activities related to arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases by over 100 faculty from a variety of Divisions, Departments and Schools at the University of Michigan. He also serves as Co-Director of the Hybridoma Core facility for the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Fox is also the Director of the University of Michigan NIH Rheumatology Training Grant and has been involved in the training of research scientists in Rheumatology since 1986. He will work closely together with Dr. Marks to assure the continued successful implementation of the Rheumatology Training Grant and its use to support the education of Rheumatology Fellows at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Marks and Dr. Fox are responsible for the overall conduct of the Training Program. There is a Rheumatology Fellowship Selection and Training Committee that assists the Program Director. Drs. Marks and Fox are permanent members of that Committee. The other members are Joseph Holoshitz, M.D., Associate Professor and Associate Chief for Research; W. Joseph McCune, M.D., Professor and Associate Chief for Clinical Activities; Mariana Kaplan, M.D., Assistant Professor; Raymond Yung, M.D., Associate Professor.
We currently have twelve full-time permanent clinically qualified faculty in the Division of Adult Rheumatology who principally participate in training our fellows. Eight faculty members have appointments as Physician-Scientists performing basic research (Fox, Holoshitz, Kaplan, Koch, Marks, Richardson, Roessler, Yung). Three faculty members have appointments as Clinician-Scholars performing clinical research (Clauw, Ike, McCune) and administration (Laing). Four faculty have appointments as clinicians (Phillips, Ognenovski, Cagnoli, Marder). Two Ph.D. faculty members participate fully in our educational programs (Williams, Ruth). Four Lecturers / Research Fellows / Research Investigators in Adult Rheumatology participate in our educational and/or clinical programs (Harris, Monrad, Schiopu, Somers).