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We are pleased to announce the recent appointment of three new faculty members.

Elizabeth Wahl, MD, MAS
Elizabeth Wahl, MD, MAS

Dr. Elizabeth Wahl, MD, MAS, was appointed as an Acting Instructor.  Elizabeth graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology in 1999.  In 2003, she completed a predoctoral fellowship in bioethics at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  She returned to Yale University for her medical school, residency in internal medicine, and clinical rheumatology fellowship training.  She comes to us from the University of California, San Francisco where she held the title of postdoctoral fellow/clinical instructor since 2013. Dr. Wahl’s primary clinical site of practice is at the VA-Seattle.  In addition to her clinical work, she will continue her research on Quality of care and Patient-reported Outcomes. 

Christian Lood, PhD
Christian Lood, PhD

Dr. Christian Lood, PhD was appointed as a Research Assistant Professor.  Christian has been working in the Elkon lab as a postdoctoral fellow for the past three years.  He obtained a PhD degree in the field of Biomedicine-Rheumatology from Lund University and has significant research experience in Immunology/Autoimmune disease. He worked with internationally renowned research scientists, Drs. Bengtsson and Sturfelt at the University of Lund. 

Dr. Lood has been extremely productive, including his most recent publication in Nature Medicine. Dr. Lood’s lab is based at South Lake Union.  His primary research focus is to identify the causes of neutrophil mediated inflammation and to find methods to block the inflammation.

Tal Gazitt, MD MsC
Tal Gazitt, MD MsC

Dr. Tal Gazitt, MD, MSc was appointed as an Affiliate Instructor. Tal recently completed her Rheumatology Fellowship in June 2016.  She received her MD/MSc from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel in 2009. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency Program at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA.  Tal has a clinical appointment at The Polyclinic.  She will also continue to work with the Division on her research project at SLU. She will participate in teaching and mentoring activities on an ad hoc basis providing lab mentoring to foreign visiting scientists, medical students, and Rheumatology fellows.