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John H. (John) Stone, MD, MPH

Director, Clinical Rheumatology

  • Phone: 617-726-7938
Departments
Rheumatology
Department of Medicine
Clinical Interests
IgG4-related systemic disease
Giant Cell Arteritis
Aortitis
ANCA-associated vasculitis
Systemic lupus erythematosus
Cutaneous vasculitis
Gout
Behcet's syndrome
Dermatomyositis
Rheumatoid arthritis
Locations
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Harvard Medical School
Residency, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Fellowship, University of California San Francisco
Board Certifications
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
Rheumatology, American Board of Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Patient Gateway
Yes, learn more
Foreign Languages
German
Patient Age Group
Adult
Accepting New Patients
Yes

Biography

Research: I co-founded the Vasculitis Center at Johns Hopkins University and directed a multi-center, randomized clinical trial in Wegener's granulomatosis. The results of this trial were published in The New England Journal of Medicine (2005). I am currently the Co-PI of a second multi-center clinical trial in ANCA-associated vasculitis: Rituximab in ANCA-Associated Vasculitis HRAVe). The primary results of this trial were recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine (2010).

My most current research interest pertains to an emerging disease known as IgG4-related systemic disease (IgG4-RSD). My research group at the MGH made the seminal observation that rituximab therapy leads to the targeted reduction of the IgG4 subclass of immunoglobulins in this disorder.

Teaching: I gave the Sir James Cameron Lecture at the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) in 2003. I delivered the Dunlop-Dottridge Lecture at the Canadian Rheumatology Association (2007), and gave the Woodbury Lecture at Dalhousie University in 2010.

Research

Research: I co-founded and directed the Vasculitis Center at Johns Hopkins University, where I directed a multi-center, randomized clinical trial in Wegener's granulomatosis. The results of this trial were published in The New England Journal of Medicine (2005). This trial, the first-ever NIH-funded randomized clinical trial in vasculitis, paved the way for subsequent trials and investigations in vasculitis on an international scale.

I am currently the Co-PI of a second multi-center clinical trial in ANCA-associated vasculitis: Rituximab in ANCA-Associated Vasculitis (RAVe). This trial, which includes 8 centers in both the United States and Europe, is sponsored by the Immune Tolerance Network (NIAID). The primary results of this trial were recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine (2010).

My most current research interest pertains to an emerging disease known as IgG4-related systemic disease (IgG4-RSD). My research group at the MGH made the seminal observation that rituximab therapy leads to the targeted reduction of the IgG4 subclass of immunoglobulins in this disorder, with maintenance of normal levels of other IgG subclasses.

Publications

Selected Research Investigation Publications

25. The WGET Research Group (Principal Investigator and Chairman, Writing Committee: Stone JH). Etanercept Plus Standard Therapy for Wegener's Granulomatosis. N Engl J Med 2005;352(4):351-61.

Khosroshahi A, Bloch DB, Deshpande V, Stone JH. Rituximab therapy leads to swift decline of serum IgG4 levels and prompt clinical improvement in IgG4-related systemic disease. Arthritis & Rheumatism 2010; 62:1755-62.

68. Stone JH, Merkel PA, Spiera R et al. Rituximab Compared With Cyclophosphamide For Remission Induction In ANCA-Associated Vasculitis. N Engl J Med 2010; 363:221-32.

Ramos-Casals M, Stone JH, Cid MC, Bosch X. The Cryoglobulinaemias. The Lancet (In press, February, 2011).

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Rheumatology Associates
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-726-7938
Fax: 617-643-1274

Rheumatology Associates
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-726-7938
Fax: 617-643-1274

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