Karen H. Costenbader, MD

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Karen H. Costenbader received a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, a master’s degree from Cambridge University in England, and a master's in public health from Harvard School of Public Health. She completed an internal medicine internship and medical residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, as well as training in rheumatology at both the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Costenbader is a rheumatologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She specializes in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus and is the Associate Director of the Center for Lupus within the Center for Arthritis and Joint Diseases. She teaches at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. Board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology, Dr. Costenbader holds membership in several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American College of Rheumatology, the American College of Physicians, and the Massachusetts Medical Society. Among her honors are the Arthritis Foundation’s Physician Scientist Development Award (2002) and Arthritis Investigator Award (2005). In 2009, Dr. Costenbader was selected by the Lupus Foundation of America as the recipient of the inaugural Mary Betty Stevens, MD, Young Investigator Prize, and in 2011, The Henry Kunkel Young Investigator Award from the American College of Rheumatology. Dr. Costenbader is an editor for The International Journal of Clinical Practice and Arthritis Care and Research. She sits on several grant review committees and acts as a reviewer for multiple journals. Her research investigates risk factors associated with the development of rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus and outcomes among those who have these diseases.