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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


Leatherwood C, Panush RS. Did King Herod suffer from a rheumatic disease? Clin Rheumatol. 2017 Feb 27. View in: PubMed

Hsieh EP, Hadler NM, Panush RS. Reflecting on Fellowship Training. The Difference between Training Rheumatology Fellows and Rheumatologists. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2016 Nov 11. View in: PubMed

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

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

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

Onishi K, Utturkar A, Chang E, Panush R, Hata J, Perret-Karimi D. Osteoarthritis: A Critical Review. Crit Rev Phys Rehabil Med. 2012; 24(3-4):251-264. 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

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