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Richard S Panush, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Training Program Director
IRD 427 Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 1946


Dr. Richard Panush was born in Detroit, Michigan. He received his undergraduate (BA 1965) and medical school (MD 1967) education at the University of Michigan (AOA medical honorary society (1966). Dr. Panush completed his internal medicine residency training at Duke University Medical Center. He undertook fellowship training in rheumatology and clinical immunology at the Robert Breck and Peter Bent Brigham Hospitals at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Panush went to the University of Florida in 1973, where he was Chief of the Division of Clinical Immunology, Rheumatology and Allergy at the University of Florida College of Medicine and affiliated Veterans Administration Medical Center from 1976 to 1988, and subsequently was the Clinical Arthritis Scholar Professor of Medicine. In 1989 Dr. Panush accepted an appointment as Chairman and Program Director, Department of Medicine, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey (the nation’s 13th best hospital in a recent survey); he was Professor (1989- present) and Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine (1989-1998), University of Medicine and Dentistry – New Jersey Medical School, Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1999- 2008, Professor of Medical Humanities, Drew University.

In October 2010 he accepted an appointment as Professor of Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. Dr. Panush has been President, Southeast Region American College of Rheumatology; Editor of Postgraduate Advances in Rheumatology; Editor-in-chief of the Yearbook of Rheumatology; on the editorial boards of Arthritis and Rheumatism, The Bulletin on the Rheumatic Diseases, and the Journal of Rheumatology; an editor of the rheumatology section of the Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Program of the American College of Physicians and Associate Editor of their Physician Information and Education Resource Project; Associate Editor of ACR News; has edited the American College of Rheumatology Hotline; has been features editor of the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology; writes a column for The Rheumatologist; served on the Arthritis Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration; served on the Alternative Medicine Program Advisory Council, National Institutes of Health, served on American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting, Education, Communications and Marketing, Industry Relations, Curriculum, and Planning Committees; chaired the American College of Rheumatology Sponsored Programs, Public Forum, Complementary and Alternative Remedies, and Board’s Ethics Committees; was on the American College of Rheumatology Board of Directors; was a member of the American Board of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation Board of Directors; was recipient of the American College of Rheumatology Distinguished Service Award (2005); is a Master of the American College of Physicians (2007)and of the American College of Rheumatology (2008); was a member of other committees of the Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine, American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, American College of Physicians and American Board of Internal Medicine; and was a member of the founding Organizational Work Group, Council, President of the Association of Chiefs and Chairs of Medicine, and recipient of their first Distinguished Service Award, and President-Elect of the National Society of Clinical Rheumatologists.

He was honored by Saint Barnabas Medical Center for his distinguished service as Department Chair for 22 years with establishment of the Rena and Richard Panush endowment for Medical Humanities and the Richard S. Panush, MD, Annual Medical Humanities Lecture series. The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey recognized him with its Leadership Award for Humanism in Medicine. He has written over 500 scientific publications and is widely recognized for his expertise on various aspects of rheumatic diseases and clinical immunology, and for his perspectives on medicine. Dr. Panush’s research has been cited in Time magazine, he has been invited to write about arthritis for Encyclopedia Britannica, and he has been listed in the Best Doctors in America.


Veterans Administration : Preceptor, Clinical Investigator Award, 1980-1983

Saint Barnabas Medical Center: Richard S. Panush, M.D., Lecture Series for Medical Humanities, 2010

Phi Beta Kappa: Member, 1963

Veterans Administration: Preceptor, Clinical Investigator Awardee, 1985-1988

American College of Rheumatology: Master, 2008

Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey : Leadership Award for Humanism in Healthcare, 2010

Alpha Omega Alpha: Member, 1966

American College of Physicians: Master, 2008

University of Michigan Medical School: Outstanding Students' Scholarship Award, 1963-1967

Veterans Administration: Merit Review Grant Award, 1977-1980

Association of Chiefs and Chairs of Medicine: Distinguished Service Award, 2010-2011

Saint Barnabas Medical Center : Panush Fund for Medical Humanities, 2010

American College of Rheumatology: Distinguished Service Award (Award of Distinction), 2005


Johnson JA, Yu SS, Elist M, Arkfeld D, Panush RS. Rheumatologic manifestations of the "MonoMAC" syndrome. a systematic review. Clin Rheumatol. 2015 Sep; 34(9):1643-5. View in: PubMed

Savvas S, Panush RS. Should all rheumatologists study musculoskeletal anatomy? Clin Rheumatol. 2015 Jul; 34(7):1153-6. View in: PubMed

Kaptein AA, Smyth JM, Panush RS. Wolf-living with SLE in a novel. Clin Rheumatol. 2015 May; 34(5):887-90. View in: PubMed

Rosenstein RK, Panush RS, Kramer N, Rosenstein ED. Hypereosinophilia and seroconversion of rheumatoid arthritis. Clin Rheumatol. 2014 Nov; 33(11):1685-8. View in: PubMed

Mofrad A, Rajbhandary R, Panush RS. The art and science of tapering glucocorticoids in patients with rheumatic diseases. J Rheumatol. 2014 Jun; 41(6):1252. View in: PubMed

Romain PL, Dorff EN, Rajbhandary R, Panush RS. Ethics, professionalism, and rheumatology. Arthritis Rheum. 2013 Oct; 65(10):2533-6. View in: PubMed

Kreitenberg AJ, Quismorio FP, Hsieh EP, Ben-Ari R, Panush RS. Improving the care of patients with rheumatic diseases who have cardiovascular risk: comment on the article by Gossec et al. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2013 Sep; 65(9):1548-9. View in: PubMed

Perret D, Chang EY, Pang W, Shinada S, Panush RS. Reflecting on pain management for patients with osteoarthritis and other rheumatic disorders: there's more to pain management than managing pain. Pain Manag. 2013 Jul; 3(4):295-301. View in: PubMed

Panush RS. C'mon, CAM. J Rheumatol. 2013 May; 40(5):544-6. View in: PubMed

Kovacs D, Torralba KD, Fox DA, Solomon DH, Panush RS. Reflecting on early arthritis. J Rheumatol. 2012 Nov; 39(11):2059-61. View in: PubMed

Quismorio A, Brahmbhatt B, Houng M, Panush RS. Etanercept allergy and anaphylaxis. J Rheumatol. 2012 Nov; 39(11):2225-7. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Quismorio FP, Fox DA. Epilogue: how will we care for patients with early arthritis? Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2012 May; 38(2):427-9. View in: PubMed

Torralba KD, Panush RS, Quismorio FP. Early arthritis: a race to the starting line. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2012 May; 38(2):xiii-xv. View in: PubMed

Bhangle S, Panush RS, Berman EL, Schumacher HR. Clinical images: Synovial fluid clues to ochronosis. Arthritis Rheum. 2012 Feb; 64(2):473. View in: PubMed

Ortiz EC, Torralba KD, O'Dell JR, Panush RS. Later comes earlier, nowadays. J Rheumatol. 2011 Nov; 38(11):2287-9. View in: PubMed

Rajbhandary R, Khezri A, Panush RS. Rheumatoid cachexia: what is it and why is it important? J Rheumatol. 2011 Mar; 38(3):406-8. View in: PubMed

Rajbhandary R, Bhangle S, Patel S, Sen D, Perlman A, Panush RS. Perspectives about complementary and alternative medicine in rheumatology. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2011 Feb; 37(1):1-8. View in: PubMed

Sen D, Rajbhandary R, Carlino A, Anderson RJ, Schur PH, Panush RS. Are there patients with inflammatory disease who do not respond to prednisone? J Rheumatol. 2010 Aug 1; 37(8):1559-61. View in: PubMed

Panush RS. Ethics: Privilege and principle: gifts and industry relationships revisited. Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2009 Aug; 5(8):421-3. View in: PubMed

Bhangle SD, Sapru S, Panush RS. Back pain made simple: an approach based on principles and evidence. Cleve Clin J Med. 2009 Jul; 76(7):393-9. View in: PubMed

Bhangle SD, Houng M, Rezai F, Panush RS. What is the "exercise prescription" for patients with knee osteoarthritis? Clin J Sport Med. 2009 May; 19(3):243-4. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Wallace DJ, Dorff RE, Engleman EP. Retraction of the suggestion to use the term "Reiter's syndrome" sixty-five years later: the legacy of Reiter, a war criminal, should not be eponymic honor but rather condemnation. Arthritis Rheum. 2007 Feb; 56(2):693-4. View in: PubMed

Panush RS. Why I no longer accept pens (or other "gifts") from industry (and why you shouldn't either). J Rheumatol. 2004 Aug; 31(8):1478-82. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Paraschiv D, Dorff RE. The tainted legacy of Hans Reiter. Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2003 Feb; 32(4):231-6. View in: PubMed

Panush RS. An unusual synovial fluid as a clue to a cause of ankle monoarthritis. J Clin Rheumatol. 2002 Oct; 8(5):284. View in: PubMed

Perlman A, Panush RS. It's a dirty job but someone has to do it: thoughts about mud and other complementary and alternative therapies. J Clin Rheumatol. 2002 Aug; 8(4):187-8. View in: PubMed

Shine D, Jessen L, Bajaj J, Pencak D, Panush R. Actual and potential effects of medical resident coverage on reimbursement for inpatient visits by attending physicians. J Gen Intern Med. 2002 Jun; 17(6):428-34. View in: PubMed

Panush RS. Not for sale, not even for rent: just say no. Thoughts about the American College of Rheumatology adopting a code of ethics. J Rheumatol. 2002 May; 29(5):1049-57. View in: PubMed

Panush RS. Shift happens: complementary and alternative medicine for rheumatologists. J Rheumatol. 2002 Apr; 29(4):656-8. View in: PubMed

Wernicke AG, Panush RS. Running and the musculoskeletal system. Bull Rheum Dis. 2001; 50(11):1-4. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Mihailescu GD, Gornisiewicz MT, Sutaria SH, Wallace DJ. Sex and arthritis. Bull Rheum Dis. 2000 Jul; 49(7):1-4. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Levine ML, Reichlin M. Do I need an ANA? Some thoughts about man's best friend and the transmissibility of lupus. J Rheumatol. 2000 Feb; 27(2):287-91. View in: PubMed

Perlman AI, Eisenberg DM, Panush RS. Talking with patients about alternative and complementary medicine. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 1999 Nov; 25(4):815-22. View in: PubMed

Pyasta RT, Panush RS. Common painful foot syndromes. Bull Rheum Dis. 1999; 48(10):1-4. View in: PubMed

Wallace DJ, Shapiro S, Panush RS. Update on fibromyalgia syndrome. Bull Rheum Dis. 1999; 48(5):1-4. View in: PubMed

van Solingen RM, Ritter JM, Panush RS. When it's not a rheumatic disease. Bull Rheum Dis. 1998 Oct; 47(6):2-4. View in: PubMed

Sood A, Panush RS, Pinals RS. Case management study: polyarthritis with fever. Bull Rheum Dis. 1998 May; 47(3):1-4. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Schur PH. It is lupus? Bull Rheum Dis. 1997 Oct; 46(6):3-8. View in: PubMed

Solomon DH, Bates DW, Panush RS, Katz JN. Costs, outcomes, and patient satisfaction by provider type for patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions: a critical review of the literature and proposed methodologic standards. Ann Intern Med. 1997 Jul 1; 127(1):52-60. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Arend WP. Rheumatology. JAMA. 1997 Jun 18; 277(23):1899-900. View in: PubMed

Kachroo A, Tello C, Bais R, Panush RS. Giant cell arteritis: diagnosis and management. Bull Rheum Dis. 1996 Aug; 45(5):2-5. View in: PubMed

Panush RS. Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose. J Clin Rheumatol. 1996 Jun; 2(3):172. View in: PubMed

Pensabeni-Jasper T, Panush RS. Review: corticosteroid usage: observations at a community hospital. Am J Med Sci. 1996 May; 311(5):234-9. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Thoburn R. Should minocycline be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis? Bull Rheum Dis. 1996 Apr; 45(2):2-5. View in: PubMed

Castro SM, Berman E, Chang PC, Kintiroglou M, Rickert RR, Sostowski R, Panush RS. Factitial illness mimicking rheumatic disease with panniculitis. J Clin Rheumatol. 1996 Apr; 2(2):79-84. View in: PubMed

Panush RS. Upon finding a Nazi anatomy atlas: the lessons of Nazi medicine. Pharos Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Med Soc. 1996; 59(4):18-22. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Kaplan H. Who will care for our patients? J Rheumatol. 1995 Dec; 22(12):2197-9. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Carias K, Kramer N, Rosenstein ED. The solution should include those physicians providing care that best leads to healthy, satisfied patients. J Clin Rheumatol. 1995 Oct; 1(5):309. View in: PubMed

Panush RS. My son, the chairman. J Clin Rheumatol. 1995 Aug; 1(4):245-8. View in: PubMed

Panush RS. The new academic year. Am J Med. 1995 Jul; 99(1):98. View in: PubMed

Panush RS. Some reflections of a rheumatologist about medical education. J Fla Med Assoc. 1995 May; 82(5):358-9. View in: PubMed

Chuzhin Y, Panush RS. CPPDDD: what is it and why is it underrecognized? Bull Rheum Dis. 1995 Apr; 44(2):3-5. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Carias K, Kramer N, Rosenstein ED. Acute arthritis in the hospital: comparison of rheumatologic with nonrheumatologic care. J Clin Rheumatol. 1995 Apr; 1(2):74-80. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Hanson CS, Caldwell JR, Longley S, Stork J, Thoburn R. Is Running Associated with Osteoarthritis? An Eight-Year Follow-up Study. J Clin Rheumatol. 1995 Feb; 1(1):35-9. View in: PubMed

Panush RS. A higher standard. Am J Med. 1995 Feb; 98(2):211-2. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Veloso ML, Weiss S, Bielory L. Mechanisms in adverse reactions to food. The joints and muscles. Allergy. 1995; 50(20 Suppl):74-7. View in: PubMed

Carias K, Panush RS. Acute arthritis. Bull Rheum Dis. 1994 Nov; 43(7):1-4. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Holtz HA. Is exercise good or bad for arthritis in the elderly? South Med J. 1994 May; 87(5):S74-8. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Cai P, Chuzchin Y, Cintron M, Kramer N, Paolino J, Rosenstein ED, Janelli M, Smith L. Nutritional therapy for active arthritis in pregnant or breast feeding women. Preliminary observations. J Rheumatol. 1994 May; 21(5):967-8. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Lane NE. Exercise and the musculoskeletal system. Baillieres Clin Rheumatol. 1994 Feb; 8(1):79-102. View in: PubMed

Holtz HA, Kramer N, Paolino JS, Rosenstein ED, Panush RS. Arthritis: it ain't necessarily so. Compr Ther. 1994; 20(4):244-52. View in: PubMed

Panush RS. My mother, the patient. Arthritis Rheum. 1993 Dec; 36(12):1754-6. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Reynolds RC, Benson JA, LaCombe MA. Clinical medicine: perspectives for the future. Am J Med. 1993 Jul; 95(1):1-12. View in: PubMed

Panush RS. Is there a role for diet or other questionable therapies in managing rheumatic diseases? Bull Rheum Dis. 1993 Jun; 42(4):1-4. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Greer JM, Morshedian KK. What is lupus? Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 1993 Feb; 19(1):223-34. View in: PubMed

Panush RS. Reflections on unproven remedies. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 1993 Feb; 19(1):201-6. View in: PubMed

Panush RS. You can break your contract but not my heart. Pharos Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Med Soc. 1993; 56(3):21-2. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Kramer N, Rosenstein ED. Assessment and prognosis of rheumatoid arthritis. Curr Opin Rheumatol. 1992 Jun; 4(3):355-64. View in: PubMed

Panush RS. American College of Rheumatology position statement: diet and arthritis. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 1991 May; 17(2):443-4. View in: PubMed

Panush RS. [Food, diets and rheumatoid arthritis]. Rev Rhum Mal Osteoartic. 1991 Apr; 58(3 ( Pt 2)):35S-42S. View in: PubMed

Panush RS. Monocytes in rheumatoid arthritis. Regulatory, effector, and phenotypic properties. J Rheumatol. 1985 Dec; 12(6):1053-61. View in: PubMed

Schneider HA, Yonker RA, Katz P, Longley S, Panush RS. Rheumatoid vasculitis: experience with 13 patients and review of the literature. Semin Arthritis Rheum. 1985 May; 14(4):280-6. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Delafuente JC, Katz P, Johnson J. Modulation of certain immunologic responses by vitamin C. III. Potentiation of in vitro and in vivo lymphocyte responses. Int J Vitam Nutr Res Suppl. 1982; 23:35-47. View in: PubMed

Schur PH, Bianco NE, Panush RS. Antigammaglobulins in normal individuals and in patients with adult and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Rheumatology. 1975; 6:156-66. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Bianco NE, Schur PH, Rocklin RE, David JR, Stillman JS. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Cellular hypersensitivity and selective IgA deficiency. Clin Exp Immunol. 1972 Jan; 10(1):103-15. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Bianco NE, Schur PH. Serum and synovial fluid IgG, IgA and IgM antigammaglobulins in rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 1971 Nov-Dec; 14(6):737-47. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Alpert E, Schur PH. Absence of Australia antigen and antibody in patients with rheumatic diseases. Arthritis Rheum. 1971 Nov-Dec; 14(6):782-3. View in: PubMed

Bianco NE, Panush RS, Stillman JS, Schur PH. Immunologic studies of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 1971 Nov-Dec; 14(6):685-96. View in: PubMed

Panush RS, Franco AE, Schur PH. Rheumatoid arthritis associated with eosinophilia. Ann Intern Med. 1971 Aug; 75(2):199-205. View in: PubMed

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