Scleroderma Foundation Names University of Michigan Physician and Researcher as "Doctor of the Year"
Dinesh Khanna, M.D., M.S., Honored at Annual Banquet in San Francisco
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DANVERS, MASS. (Aug. 19, 2011) – The Scleroderma Foundation named Dinesh Khanna, M.D., M.S., its 2011 Doctor of the Year during this year’s National Patient Education Conference held last month in San Francisco. The award recognizes a skilled physician or researcher for his or her involvement within the Foundation, and for helping provide guidance and support to the organization’s patient population.
“Those who know Dr. Khanna as a physician and caretaker know that he is a caring and compassionate doctor who does not lose sight of the fact those patients always come first,” said Scleroderma Foundation’s CEO Robert J. Riggs. “He is a highly-regarded researcher who is well respected among his peers in the medical community, and his patients also know him as a compassionate physician who always puts their well-being first and foremost.”
Dr. Khanna is the Marvin & Betty Danto Research Professor of Connective Tissue Research and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, and the newly-appointed director of the Scleroderma Program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He previously was the clinical director of the scleroderma clinic at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles.
He has authored more than 110 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters including a defining paper on gastrointestinal issues in scleroderma. Dr. Khanna received his medical training at the University College of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. He completed his residency at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio; and he completed his fellowship in rheumatology at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine.
The leadership of the Scleroderma Foundation is proud to honor Dr. Khanna for his dedication to individuals impacted by this disease. He has made powerful contributions to research aimed at unraveling the cause of scleroderma, and the search to find effective treatments to enhance the lives of people living with this complex autoimmune disease.
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