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Allen Caruthers Steere, MD

Director of Translational Research in Rheumatology

Dr. Allen Steere is known nationally and internationally for his expertise in the care of Lyme disease patients. He has been recognized as one of the "best doctors in Boston and in Americ" for many years.

  • Phone: 617-726-1527
Department of Medicine
Clinical Interests
Lyme disease
Rheumatoid arthritis
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Residency, St. Luke's Hospital
Fellowship, Yale University School of Medicine
Board Certifications
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
Rheumatology, American Board of Internal Medicine
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BiographyDr. Steere is a medical researcher and physician who is internationally recognized for his studies of Lyme disease. Dr. Steeres training was at Columbia University in New York. In 1976, while a post-doctoral fellow at Yale, he and his colleagues described Lyme arthritis. During his faculty period at Yale and subsequently at Tufts, he detailed the clinical features of Lyme disease, identified the spirochetal etiology of the infection in human patients, developed serologic, culture and PCR tests for diagnosis, conducted antibiotic trials, and was principal investigator of the SmithKline Beecham Phase III Lyme disease vaccine trial. Dr. Steere currently serves as Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of Translational Research in Rheumatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he studies Lyme disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

Study provides greater understanding of Lyme disease-causing bacteria

A new study finds that a particular strain of the bacteria that causes Lyme disease may be more virulent, leading to increased inflammation in joints that persists after antibiotic treatment.

Deer tick bacteria DNA in joint fluid not reliable marker of active lyme arthritis

New research shows that PCR testing for Borrelia burgdorferi DNA—the spirochetal bacteria transmitted by deer ticks—in joint fluid may confirm the diagnosis of Lyme arthritis, but is not a reliable indicator for active joint infection in patients whose arthritis persists.

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Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-726-1527
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