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Shervin Assassi, M.D.

Shervin  Assassi

Shervin Assassi, M.D.

  • Associate professor of rheumatology at the UTHealth Medical School
  • Sees patients at UT Physicians in the UT Professional Building clinic and the Harris County Hospital District's Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital.

Shervin Assassi, M.D., is available to discuss the genetic and clinical risk factors for various complications of scleroderma, specifically pulmonary fibrosis. He is also able to discuss the clinical and genetic factors behind occurrence of ankylosing spondylitis and spondyloarthritis in families.


John Reveille, M.D.

John  Reveille
  • Director, Frank C. Arnett, M.D., Center for Autoimmunity and Immunobiology, UTHealth
  • Professor, George S. Bruce, Jr. Professorship in Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases, UTHealth Medical School
  • Linda and Ronny Finger Foundation Distinguished Chair in Neuroimmunologic Disorders at the UTHealth Medical School
  • Director, Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunogenetics at the UTHealth Medical School
  • Chief of Rheumatology, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

John D. Reveille, M.D., is an internationally-known expert in ankylosing spondylitis.  He can answer questions about ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, scleroderma and HIV-associated rheumatic diseases.


Dat Tran, M.D.

Dat  Tran

Dat Q. Tran, M.D.

  • Assistant professor of allergy/immunology at the UTHealth Medical School
  • Allergy/immunology specialist for Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital

Dat Q. Tran, M.D., is available to discuss the involvement of immune cells in allergy, autoimmune and auto-inflammatory diseases and the therapeutic applications of these cells, particularly regulatory T cells, to control inflammation, immune dysregulation and autoimmunity.


Yang Xia, M.D., Ph.D.

Yang  Xia

Yang Xia, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the UTHealth Medical School

Yang Xia, M.D., Ph.D., provided pre-clinical evidence suggesting that a potentially deadly pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia could be an autoimmune disease. Her research has appeared in major publications. Co-investigators include Rodney E. Kellems, Ph.D., professor and chairman of UT Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Xia can answer questions on priapism and cardiovascular diseases as well.


Xiaodong Zhou, M.D.

Xiaodong  Zhou

Xiaodong Zhou, M.D.

An associate professor in the Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunogenetics at the UTHealth Medical School

Xiaodong Zhou, M.D. is researching the impact of silica and other environmental factors on the development of scleroderma. He is in the midst of 4-year study comparing scleroderma patients and healthy men and women. He can answer questions about systemic sclerosis and ankylosing spondylitis with particular emphasis on gene-environment interactions and complex genetic networks.