Panelists- Arthritis


Leigh Callahan, PhD
UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center
Dr. Callahan is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Orthopaedics, and Social Medicine at the PlaceTypeUniversity of PlaceNameNorth Carolina at placeChapel Hill. Dr. Callahan has worked in arthritis outcomes research for over 20 years and is the recipient of numerous fellowships, grants, and awards. She brings a combination of epidemiological and health services research skills in arthritis, public health experience as a former epidemiologist at the CDC, and a thorough understanding of voluntary health agencies as a longtime Arthritis Foundation volunteer on both a Chapter and National level. In addition, Dr. Callahan has authored more than 100 publications and articles, and is a frequent presenter at conferences and meetings worldwide.

David Pisetsky, MD
Director, Duke University Arthritis Center
Dr. Pisetsky has a long-standing interest in medical ethics, having served for many years on the Ethics Committee of the Durham Veterans Administration (VA) PlaceNameplaceMedical PlaceTypeCenter. He has taught medicine for over twenty years and is currently Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Arthritis, and Clinical Immunology. In addition to his clinical and teaching work, he has published over 200 investigative scientific articles and dozens of abstracts, and has edited four scientific volumes. But Pisetsky has not limited himself to the strictly scientific line of investigation—he also brings the human realities of medical practice and the experiences of both doctor and patient to light in his published short stories and essays. These have appeared in journals ranging from the Annals of Internal Medicine and JAMA to the Journal of Medical Humanities.

Extremely active in committee work for the Arthritis Foundation, American Rheumatism Association, American College of Rheumatology, the VA, Time Life Medical publishers, and the National Institutes of Health, Pisetsky has also received a number of awards from these and other groups. He is currently Editor of Arthritis and Rheumatism. Dr. Pisetsky's long and active medical service combines with his first-person shared narrative experience to enrich the ongoing investigation into the importance of the relation between physician and patient.

Barrie Morganstein
Fibromyalgia Sufferer
Barrie Morganstein has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is in private practice in Charlotte. She works with client of all ages on issues like depression, anxiety, family and peer relationships, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, ADHD, and self-esteem & identity issues. She has been living with Fibromyalgia -- one of the many forms of arthritis -- for about four years now and has been volunteering for the Arthritis Foundation for about fifteen years. Despite her struggles with Fibromyalgia, she remains active through hobbies like walking her dog, roller blading, and hip hop dancing.

Dr. Alireza Nami, MD
Joint and Muscle Medical Care
Dr. Nami is a Rheumatologist in Charlotte. He has completed his residency and fellowship in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at Albany Medical Center in New York. Subsequently, his affiliation with the University of Alabama involved clinical trials which are ongoing. He also teaches at Carolinas Medical Center in the residency program. Dr. Nami is the founder of Joint & Muscle Medical Care, since June 2005. He is affiliated with the Arthritis Foundation and is the principal investigator on several Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus research protocols. In addition, he also has served on several advisory boards for numerous pharmaceutical companies.

John Winfield, MD
Rheumatologist, UNC-CH
Dr. Winfield is the Herman and Louise Smith Distinguished Professor of Medicine in Arthritis at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill and has a private practice in rheumatology in Lenoir, North Carolina. His education is as follows: B.A., Williams College, 1964; M.D., Cornell University Medical College, 1968; Post-graduate clinical & research training at New York Hospital, 1968-60, Laboratory of Immunology, NIAID, NIH, 1969-71, Univ. Virginia, 1971-73, and Rockefeller University, 1973-75. He was Chief, Division of Rheumatology and Immunology at UNC-CH from 1978-2000 and directed the Rheumatology Post-Doctoral Training Program during that period. He was Director, Thurston Arthritis Research Center from its founding in 1981 until 2002. His clinical interests are general rheumatology, fibromyalgia and related chronic pain and fatigue disorders, and autoimmune disorders. His current clinical research interests concern the nature and cause of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and related regional pain disorders, with special focus on the role of persistent stress and distress. He currently cares for more than 500 patients with fibromyalgia. He has published more than 135 peer-manuscripts in the medical and scientific literature. Eighteen recent publications concern fibromyalgia.

Cindy Johnson
Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferer