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Stuart S. Kassan, MD, FACP, MACR - American College of Rheumatology Master

Inducted at the American College of Rheumatology Meeting, November 10, 2012

Stuart S. Kassan, MD, FACP, MACR

Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado, Denver School of Medicine
Practicing Rheumatologist
Colorado Arthritis Associates
Chief Medical Officer
Infusion Center of Denver and RV Infusion Partners Denver, Colorado

Stuart S. Kassan, MD, was born in White Plains, New York.  He received a B.A. at Case Western Reserve University and received his medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine.  He did his internship and residency training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  He was a Clinical Associate in the Clinical Immunology Section at the National Institutes of Health where he began research in the field of Sjögren's syndrome.  He received fellowship training in rheumatology at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell Medical Center, in New York City.  He is presently a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado, Denver, School of Medicine.  Dr. Kassan is the president of the Medical Alumni Association at The George Washington University School of Medicine and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the George Washington University.  He currently serves as president of the Colorado Rheumatology Association.  He is an immediate past president of the Arthritis Foundation, Rocky Mountain Chapter, and is a member of the National Board of Directors of the Arthritis Foundation.  He is a member of the board of directors of the Lupus Research Institute in New York City and is a co-author of the recently published book on systemic lupus erythematosus entitled Lupus, My Doctor and Me.  Dr. Kassan is also chair of the Mental Health America Colorado.  Dr. Kassan is presently in the private practice of rheumatology in Denver, Colorado, and is the Chief Medical Officer of the Infusion Center of Denver and RV Infusion Partners.

Dr. Kassan has testified before the U.S. Congress regarding Sjögren's syndrome research and lupus research.  He has consulted for numerous medical journals and has been an author or co-author of over 40 articles, chapters, and books concerning Sjögren's syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus and related diseases.  In 1978, he published a sentinel paper on the association of Sjögren's syndrome with lymphoma.

Dr. Kassan’s American College of Rheumatology activities have included serving as a network physician and a member of the Regional Advisory Committee of CORC.  He has served on the Corporate Relations Committee and has served as an ambassador and chair of the leadership council of the Within Our Reach Campaign of the REF.  He now serves on the REF board of directors and is a member of the Affiliated Societies Council representing the State of Colorado.

Dr. Kassan attributes his interest in rheumatology to his father, who practiced rheumatology in White Plains, NY, for 40 years and was awarded an ACR Mastership in 2002.  Dr. Kassan resides in Denver, Colorado, with his wife, Gail. He and his wife have two adult children and three grandchildren.




CURRICULUM VITAE


NAME:                                    Stuart S. Kassan, M.D., F.A.C.P., M.A.C.R.
DATE OF BIRTH:                   19 November 1946
PLACE OF BIRTH:                  White Plains, New York
MARITAL STATUS:                 Married, two children
OFFICE ADDRESS:                198 Union Boulevard, suite 150
                                                Lakewood, Colorado 80228
                                                Telephone:  (303)-892-6033

MEDICAL LICENSE:             Colorado (#21547)

EDUCATION:

1964                                         Horace Mann School, Riverdale, New York
1968                                         B.A., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
1972                                         M.D., George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C.
 

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:

1972  -  1973                 Intern in Medicine, Grady Memorial Hospital (Emory University), Atlanta, Georgia

1973  - 1974                  Assistant Resident in Medicine, Grady Memorial Hospital (Emory University), Atlanta, Georgia

1974  - 1976                  Clinical Associate, Clinical Immunology Section, Laboratory of Microbiology and Immunology, NIDR, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

1976  - 1978                  Fellow in Rheumatic Diseases, Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell University Medical Center, New York, New York                                                                                  

1978 – present                Private  rheumatology  practice,  Denver, CO


1978  - 1980                  Chief of Rheumatology Clinic, Veterans Administration Hospital, Denver, Colorado



1978  - 1984                  Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (Rheumatic Diseases), University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado

1984  - 1987                  Medical Director, Rehabilitation Center, Lutheran Medical Center, Wheat Ridge, Colorado

1984  - 1994                  Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine (Rheumatic Diseases), University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado

1987  - 1993                  Medical Director, Rehabilitation Center, Saint Anthony Hospital, Saint Anthony Pavilion, Denver, Colorado

1988  - 1993                  Medical Director, Physical Medicine Department, Saint Anthony Hospital, Saint Anthony Pavilion, Denver, Colorado

11/1994 - present          Clinical Professor of Medicine (Rheumatic Diseases), University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado

 11/2009                        Chief Medical Officer, Infusion Centers of America

 HONORS AND FELLOWSHIPS:

 1972                             The William G. Schafhirt Prize for best original essay on a medical subject, 1972, at the George Washington University School of Medicine

1977  - 1978                  The Polachek Fellowship awarded by the Arthritis Foundation, New York Chapter

1982                               Elizabeth Webb Wilson Visiting Alumni Scholar at George Washington University School of Medicine

1999  - Present              Namesake for the Stuart S. Kassan, M.D. Humanitarian Award, Lupus Foundation of Colorado
 
2001                              Invited to testify before the U.S. Congress House Appropriations Committee on Sjogren’s Syndrome Research

2002                             NIH Expert Panel for Review of Autoimmune Coordinating Committee’s Research Plan for 2002 - 2007 (NIAID sponsored)

2002                             Dr. Charley Smyth Award, Arthritis Foundation, Rocky Mountain Chapter

 
2004                             “Evening of Stars,” Annual Physicians Award, Arthritis Foundation, Rocky Mountain Chapter                                                                                                      

2004                               Elected  President, George Washington University School Of Medicine Alumni Association


2005                             Biography in Who’s Who in America

2005                 Honoree, Lupus Foundation of Colorado, Annual Event
 
2005                 Invited to present Congressional Briefing on Lupus research to members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Congressional Staff  hosted  by Congressman Sherwood  Bohlert, (R-N.Y.) Chairman of the House Science Committee                                                                                           

2006                  Elected to the Board of Trustees, National Arthritis Foundation                                                 

2006                  Awarded The Distinguished Alumni Service Award, The George Washington University

2007                 Deans Council, The George Washington University School of Medicine

2010                 Elected to the Board of Trustees of The George Washington University

2011                 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, George Washington University School of Medicine.

2012                     Awarded Master of the American College of Rheumatology
                                                                                            



BOARD CERTIFICATION:

1975                 Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine

1978                 Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine (Subspecialty: Rheumatology)
 
1988                 Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine (Added credentials in Geriatrics)


BOARD MEMBERSHIPS AND DIRECTORSHIPS:

Member, Board of Directors and Member, Executive Committee, Rocky Mountain Arthritis Foundation (1978-86), (2002-present)

 Member, Institutional Review Board, St. Anthony Hospital, Denver, Colorado (1990-97)

Member, Board of Directors, West Care IPA, Wheat Ridge, Colorado (1986-88)

Rheumatology Representative to Criteria Review Committee, Colorado Foundation for

Medical Care (1988-2002)

Member, Board of Directors, Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation (1996-2005)
 
Member, Medical Advisory Board, Lupus Foundation of Colorado (1993-present)



Member, Board of Directors, Lupus Foundation of Colorado (1993-2005)



Network Physician, Council on Rheumatologic Care, American College of Rheumatology (1990-1994)

Member, Medicare Advisory Committee(Consultant Advisory Committee) for the State of Colorado (1992-present)

Member, Admissions Committee, University of Colorado School of Medicine (2002-2006)

Member, Board of Directors, Mental Health America of Colorado (2003-present)(president-elect)

Member, Board of Directors, George Washington University Alumni Association(2004 – present)                       

Member, Regional Advisory Committee, American College of Rheumatology (2005- 06)

Member, Board of Trustees, Lupus Research Institute, NYC, 2005- present
                                                                                                                                                                  Member, Board of Trustees, National Arthritis Foundation (2006-2012)                                                     

Member, Board of Trustees, Mental Health AmericaColorado (2006-present)                                                                                                                                                       

Member, Committee on Corporate Relations, American College of Rheumatology, (20006-2008)               

Member, Board of Directors,Research and Education Fndn of American College of   Rheumarology(2008 to 2010) and 2012                                                                                                                

 Member, Affiliated Societies Council of the American College of Rheumatology (2010-present)

Member, Regional Board of Directors, Great West Region, Arthritis Foundation(2008 to present)                     
Member of the Board of Trustees, The George Washington University(2010 to present)
                                

PRESIDENCIES AND CHAIRMANSHIPS:

Chairman, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Committee, Saint Anthony Hospital, Denver, Colorado (1988-93)



Chairman, Medical Advisory Board, Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation, (1997-2003)

President, Metro West IPA, Denver, Colorado (1997-2002)

President, Board of Directors, Lupus Foundation of Colorado (1996-2005)

President, Rocky Mountain Rheumatism Society (1998-present)

Chairman, American - European Consensus Group for Criteria Development for Sjogren’s

Syndrome (Sponsored by The Sjogren’s Foundation) (1999-2000)

President, Colorado Rheumatology Association (2004-present)

President, George Washington University School of Medicine Alumni Association (2004- present)

Chairman, Medical Advisory Board, Lupus Foundation of Colorado (2005-present)

Chair, Arthritis Foundation, Rocky Mountain Chapter (2007-2009)



Chair, Leadership  Council , Within Our Reach Campaign, Research and Education Fndn of American College of Rheumatology  (2008  to 2010)   
 
Chair,  Mental Health America Colorado, 2010-2012 
                                                                                                                                                                        

JOURNAL CONSULTANTSHIPS:
 
Consultant, Annals of Internal Medicine, Philadelphia (1986-present)
 
Consultant, Arthritis and Rheumatism, Atlanta (1995-present)

Consultant, Journal of Rheumatology (1995-present)

Consultant, American College of Rheumatology, Sjogren’s Syndrome Guidelines for Diagnosis (1996)

 
SOCIETIES:

Fellow of the American College of Physicians, 1978

Master of the American College of Rheumatology, 2012

The William Beaumont Honorary Research Society at the George Washington University School of Medicine (1972)

The Harvey Society, New York City

New York Academy of Sciences

American Federation for Clinical Research

Rocky Mountain Rheumatism Society (President 1998-present)
 
Rocky Mountain Arthritis Foundation (Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee; Chairman, Public Relations Committee; Member, Medical and Scientific Committee; Member, Government Relations Committee) (1978-1986), Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee (2002-present)

Clear Creek Valley Medical Society (Member, Legislative Committee, 1990-92)



Colorado Medical Society

Medical Advisor, Sjogren’s Syndrome Support Group, Arthritis Foundation, Rocky Mountain Chapter (1990-2005)



Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C.

Cactus Club, Denver, Colorado




MEDICAL CONFERENCE CHAIRMANSHIPS:



Co-Chairman, Vail Internal Medicine Conferences (1979-83, 1986)

Chairman, Hilton Head General Medicine Conference (1981, 1983, 1984)

Co-Chairman, Vail Rheumatology Conference (1984, 1985)

Chairman, Mile High Sjogren’s Syndrome Conference, Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation,

Lupus Foundation of Colorado, Arthritis Foundation (1994, 1995, 1996, 1998)

Coordinator, Sjogren’s Syndrome Study Group, American College of Rheumatology (1997-2000)

Co-Coordinator, Lupus Foundation of Colorado Annual Symposium (1995-2002)




ARTICLES, CHAPTERS, AND BOOKS:

Chused TM, Kassan SS, Mosier D:  Microphage requirement for response to a thymic independent antigen in vitro

J. Immunol 116: 1579-1581, 1976

Kassan SS, Moss ML, Reddick RL:   Progressive hilar and mediastinal lymphadenopathy in systemic lupus erythematosus on corticosteroid therapy

N. Engl J Med 294: 1382-1383, 1976

Opelz G, Terasaki P, Vogten A, Schalm S, Summerskill W, Kassan S, Chused T, and Fye K:  Association of HLA-DW3 with chronic active liver disease and Sjogren’s disease

HLA and Disease, Editions Inserm, P. 209.  Paris:  Inserm, 1976

Kassan SS, Akizuki M, Steinberg AD, Reddick RL, Chused TM:    Antibody to a soluble acidic nuclear antigen in Sjogren’s syndrome

Am J Med, 63: 328-335, 1977

Kassan SS, Chused TM:    Impairment of primary in vitro response of New Zealand mouse spleen cells to a thymic-dependent antigen Cellular Immunology 30: 135-146, 1977

Chused TM, Kassan SS, Opelz G, Moutsopoulos HM, Terasaki P:    Increased association of HLA-DW3 with Sjogren’s Syndrome

N Engl J Med 296: 895-897, 1977

Moutsopoulos HM, Boehm-Truitt MJ, Kassan SS, Chused TM:  Early activation of B lymphocytes in New Zealand mice: Immunoradiometric assay for murine IgM

J Immunol, 119: 1539-1644, 1977

Akizuki M, Boehm-Truitt MJ, Kassan SS, Steinberg AD, Chused TM:    Purification of acidic nuclear protein and demonstration of its antibodies in subsets of patients with sicca syndrome

J. Immunol, 119: 932-938, 1977

Kassan SS, Kagen LJ:  Increased cerebrospinal fluid C-GMP in systemic lupus erythematosus

Am J Med 64: 732-741, 1978

Kassan SS, Gardy M:    Sjogren’s syndrome, an update and overview
Am J Med 64: 1037-1046, 1978
 
Kassan SS, Thomas T, Moutsopoulos HM, Hoover R, Kimberly RP, Budman DR, Costa J, Decker, JL, Chused TM:    Increased risk of lymphoma in sicca syndrome

Ann Int Med, 89: 888-892, 1978

Phillips PE, Kassan SS, Kagen LJ:  Increased toxoplasma antibodies in idiopathic inflammatory muscle disease–A case-control study

Arthritis Rheum, 22: 209-214, 1979

Kassan SS, Kagen LJ:    Central Nervous System lupus erythematosus

Arthritis Rheum, 22: 449-457, 1979

Brook I, Coutsoni G, Kassan SS, Moutsopoulos HM:    Lactic acid levels in cerebrospinal fluid from patients with systemic lupus erythematosus

J. Rheum, 1979

Kassan SS, Lockshin MD:    Central nervous system lupus erythematosus, the need for classification

Arthritis Rheum, 22: 1382-1385, 1979

+16.     Kassan SS:    Sicca Syndrome in Manual of Rheumatology and Outpatient Orthopedics, Little Brown Co., Boston, 1981

+17.     Kassan SS:    Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy in Manual of Rheumatology and Outpatient Orthopedics, Little Brown Co., Boston, 1981

Shasby DM, Schwarz MI, Forstot  JZ, Theophilopoulos AN, Kassan SS:   Pulmonary Immune Complex Deposition in Wegener’s Granulomatosis    Chest 81(3): 338-340, 1982 

+19.     Kassan SS, Moutsopoulos HM:   Sjogren’s Syndrome in Current Diagnosis (7th Edition), Saunders & Co., 1983



Grau RG, Kassan SS, Franks JJ, Kaplan H, Walker SH, Tan EM:    Fibrin(ogen)olysis in Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Temporal Arteritis: Association with Disease Activity, Ann Rheum Dis, 1983

Kassan SS, Rankow RM, Talal N, Wescott W:    Xerostomia  (Ed. S. Hines)

Patient care, Feb, 1984

+22.     Kassan SS:    Sicca Syndrome in Manual of Rheumatology and Outpatient Orthopedics, 2nd Edition, Little Brown Co., Boston, 1986

*23.      Talal N, Moutsopoulos HM, Kassan SS:    Sjogren’s syndrome–clinical and immunological aspects.  Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1987

+24.     Kassan SS, Talal N:    Renal Disease in Sjogren’s Syndrome–clinical and immunological aspects.  Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1987

+25.     Kassan SS, Talal N:    Sjogren’s Syndrome with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus/Mixed Connective Tissue Disease in Sjogren’s Syndrome–clinical and immunological aspects.  Springer-Verlag, Berlin 1987

+26.     Kassan SS, Moutsopoulos HM:    Sjogren’s Syndrome in Rheumatic Disorders in Clinical Practice, Summaries in Clinical Practice Series.  deCarvile Associates, Pennsylvania, 1992



+27.     Kassan SS, Moutsopoulos HM:    Sjogren’s Syndrome in Current Diagnosis (8th edition), 1992, Saunders & Co.

+28.     Kassan SS:    Sicca Syndrome in Manual of Rheumatology and Outpatient Orthopedics, 3rd edition, Little Brown Co., Boston, 1992


Kassan SS:    Immunogenetics of Sjogren’s Syndrome,

Ann. Med. Interne, 149:45-58, 1998       

Papiris SA, Kassan SS, Moutsopoulos HM: Lung Involvement in Sjogren’s Syndrome Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 1998

Kassan SS: Sjogren’s Syndrome in Manual of Rheumatology and Outpatient Orthopedics, 4th edition, Little Brown Co., Boston, 1998

Kassan SS, Kassan RJ: The Kidney in Sjogren’s Syndrome in the Sjogren’s Syndrome Handbook, 2nd Edition, 1998, Oxford University Press

Skopouli FM, Kassan SS, Moutsopoulous HM: Sjogren’s Syndrome: causes, detection, and management,

J. Musculoskeletal Med, 17:33-42, 2000

Kassan SS: Managing Dry Eyes and Dry Mouth in Sjogren’s Syndrome,

J. Managed Care, 7 (14) (Suppl) 544- 545, 2001

Vitali, C, Bombardieri, S, Jonsson, R, Moutsopolulos, HM, Alexander, EL, Carsones, SE, Daniels, T.E., Fox, P.C., Fox, R.I., Kassan, SS, Pillemer, SR Talol, N, Weisman, MH: The European Study Group on Classification Criteria for Sjogren’s Syndrome: Classification Criteria for Sjogren’s Syndrome: a revised version of The European Criteria proposed by The American-European Consensus Group,

Ann. Rheu. Disease 61: 554-558, 2002

Kassan, SS, Moutsopoulos, HM: Clinical Manifestations and Early Diagnosis of Sjogren’s Syndrome,

            Arch. Intern. Med.  164: 1275 - 1284, 2004

+ 37.    Solitis, FC, Kassan, SS, Moutsopoulos, HM: The Internal Organs in Sjogren’s Syndrome in The New Sjogren’s Syndrome Handbook, Oxford University Press, 2005, p. 68-80

+38.     Aikaterini, DC, Soliotis, FC, Kassan, SS, Moutsopoulos, HM: Systemic Therapies in Sjogren’s Syndrome in the New Sjogren’s Syndrome Handbook, Oxford University Press, 2005, p. 130-144

+39.     Tsoufas AF, Kassan SS, Moutsopoulous HM: Sjogren’s Syndrome an Expert Guide to  Rheumatology, American College of Physicians, 2005 p. 109-122

+40.     Kassan, SS: Sjogren’s Syndrome in Hospital For Special Surgery Manual of Rheumatology and Outpatient Orthopedic Disorders: Diagnosis and Therapy, 5th Edition, Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkens, 2005
                                                                                                                                                              *41.    Kassan, SS, Vierck Jr, CJ, Vierck, E, Chronic Pain for Dummies, Wiley Publishing, Inc, 2008


*42       Fricklas,A.A, Kassan, S.S.: Lupus, My Doctor, and Me; A Sacred Dialogue, Astutue Press, Denver 2010

+43.     Soliotis, FC, Kassan, SS, Moutsopoullos, HM, The Internal Organs in Sjogren’s Syndrome, in The Sjogren’s ; Book, 4th Ed., Oxfund University Press, 2011.

+44.     Mavragani, CP, Kasssan, SS, Classic Immuno Suppressive and Immunomodulatory Drugs in Sjogren’s Syndrome, Diagnosis and Therapeutics, Springer-Verlag, 2012

(* =Book, +=Chapter)


American College of Rheumatology Activities

-Network Physician, CORC, ACR (1990-1994)

-Member of Regional Advisory Comm., CORC, ACR (2005-2006)

-Member, Committee on Corporate Relations, ACR (2006-2008)

-Ambassador, Within Our Reach Campaign, REF/ACR (2006-2010)

-Member of Development Advisory Council, REF/ACR (2008-2011)



-Chair, Leadership Council, Within Our Reach Campaign, REF (2008-2010)

(American College of Rheumatology Activities, continued)

-Member, Board of Directors, REF/ACR (2008-2010)

-Member, Affiliated Societies Council, ACR (2010-present)

-Member, Board of Directors, REF/ACR (2012-2014)