Leadership

Chief, John Varga, MD

John Varga, MD
John Varga, MD
A Message From Our Chief

John Varga, MD, Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of Rheumatology and Professor of Internal Medicine, was named Chief of the Division of Rheumatology in September 2020. Dr. Varga is also the Associate Director of the Michigan Medicine Scleroderma Program.

Dr. Varga earned his BA at Columbia University and his MD from New York University. He completed Internal Medicine residency at Rhode Island Hospital, and fellowship in Rheumatology at Boston University. Following postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in the laboratory of Sergio Jimenez studying collagen biochemistry, Dr. Varga held junior faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He was later appointed Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Illinois Chicago, and in 2004 joined the faculty at Northwestern University as the John and Nancy Hughes Distinguished Professor of Medicine, where he established and directed the multidisciplinary Scleroderma Program.

For the past three decades, Dr. Varga’s translational research has focused on scleroderma and fibrosis, and he is known for his work on defining TGF-beta-mediated fibrosis. Dr. Varga’s research work is funded by the NIH, and foundation and industry grants. Dr. Varga has been published extensively, having authored more than 350 journal articles and book chapters, and three textbooks.

In addition to his research, Dr. Varga's passion is education. He has mentored trainees at all levels, several of whom have gone on to develop successful academic careers.

Dr. Varga is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and a Master of the American College of Rheumatology. In 2017, Dr. Varga received the Scleroderma Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2019, he was recognized as Faculty Mentor of the Year by the Feinberg School of Medicine and as Top Doctor by Chicago Magazine.

Dr. Varga has served as a charter member of the NIH ACTS Study section and co-editor of Arthritis and Rheumatology, and is currently a member of the American College of Rheumatology Board of Directors.

Dr. Varga is married to Julie Varga, MD, Chair of Emergency Medicine at Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago. They have two adult children who live in Chicago and Brooklyn.

Faculty Leadership

U-M Rheumatology Division, J. Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD
J. Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD

J. Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD
Giles G. Bole, MD and Dorothy Mulkey, MD Research Professor
of Rheumatology
Associate Professor, Department of of Internal Medicine
Associate Division Chief, Basic and Translational Research
 
 
 
 
 
 

U-M Rheumatology Division, Dinesh Khanna, MBBS, MS
Dinesh Khanna, MD, MSc

Dinesh Khanna, MD, MSc
Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of Rheumatology
Professor, Department of of Internal Medicine
Director, Scleroderma Program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

U-M Rheumatology Division, Puja Khanna, MD, MPH
Puja Khanna, MD, MPH

Puja Khanna, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Department of of Internal Medicine
Medical Director, Rheumatology Taubman Center ACU
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

U-M Rheumatology Division, Wendy Marder, MD
Wendy Marder, MD

Wendy Marder, MD
Associate Professor, Department of of Internal Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ambulatory Care Clinical Chief (ACCC), Michigan Medicine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rory M. Marks, MB BS
Rory M. Marks, MB BS

Rory M. Marks, MB BS
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

U-M Rheumatology Division, W. Joseph McCune, MD
W. Joseph McCune, MD

W. Joseph McCune, MD
Michael H. and Marcia S. Klein Professor of Rheumatic Diseases
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Director, Lupus Program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

U-M Rheumatology Division, Vivek Nagaraja, MBBS
Vivek Nagaraja, MBBS

Vivek Nagaraja, MBBS
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Division Service Chief

Division Administrator

Gary Smith
Division Administrator
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
300 North Ingalls Building, Room 7C27
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5422
Phone: 734-936-9539
garyms@med.umich.edu

Operations Manager

Jacqui Crawford
Operations Manager
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
300 North Ingalls Building, Room 7C27
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5422
Phone: 734-647-6623
jmflater@med.umich.edu