UTHealth Expert List

Autoimmune Disorders

Shervin Assassi, M.D.

Shervin  Assassi
  • Associate Professor of Rheumatology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
  • Sees patients at UT Physicians in the UT Professional Building clinic and the Harris County Hospital District's Lyndon B. Johnson 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, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
  • Linda and Ronny Finger Foundation Distinguished Chair in Neuroimmunologic Disorders, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
  • Director, Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunogenetics, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
  • 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
  • Assistant Professor of Allergy/Immunology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
  • 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
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

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. Xia can answer questions on priapism and cardiovascular diseases as well.


Xiaodong Zhou, M.D.

Xiaodong  Zhou
  • Associate Professor in the Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunogenetics at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

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.