Fessler, Barri J., MD, MSPH

FesslerAssociate Professor of Medicine

Address:
 

Faculty Office Tower (FOT), Room 844
510 20th Street South
35294-3408

Telephone: (205) 934-2813
Fax: (205) 975-6769
Email: bjf@uab.edu

 
Education

 
BA (Biology), BA, Biology, Bryn Mawr College, 1984
MD, SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine, 1988
Internship, Graduate Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, 1989
Residency, Graduate Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, 1991
Fellowship, Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, SUNY, Stony Brook, NY 1991-1993
Post-Doctoral Training: National Institutes of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH

 
Research Description


Dr. Fessler's major research interests are: (a) Identifying factors that impact on outcomes in systemic lupus erythematosus; and (b) Studying the effect of new therapeutic agents on disease expression in scleroderma and myositis.

 

Selected Publications



Monach PA, Warner RL, Tomasson G, Specks U, Stone JH, Ding L, Fervenza FC, Fessler BJ, Hoffman GS, Iklé D, Kallenberg CG, Krischer J, Langford CA, Mueller M, Seo P, St Clair EW, Spiera R, Tchao N, Ytterberg SR, Johnson KJ, Merkel PA. 2012. Serum proteins reflecting inflammation, injury and repair as biomarkers of disease activity in ANCA-associated vasculitis. Ann Rheum Dis. 2012 Sep 12. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:22975753


Parker B, Urowitz MB, Gladman DD, Lunt M, Bae SC, Sanchez-Guerrero J, Romero-Diaz J, Gordon C, Wallace DJ, Clarke AE, Bernatsky S, Ginzler EM, Isenberg DA, Rahman A, Merrill JT, Alarcón GS, Fessler BJ, Fortin PR, Hanly JG, Petri M, Steinsson K, Dooley MA, Manzi S, Khamashta MA, Ramsey-Goldman R, Zoma AA, Sturfelt GK, Nived O, Aranow C, Mackay M, Ramos-Casals M, van Vollenhoven RF, Kalunian KC, Ruiz-Irastorza G, Lim S, Kamen DL, Peschken CA, Inanc M, Bruce IN. 2012. Clinical associations of the metabolic syndrome in systemic lupus erythematosus: data from an international inception cohort. Ann Rheum Dis. 2012 Sep 22. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:22945501


Petri M, Orbai AM, Alarcón GS, Gordon C, Merrill JT, Fortin PR, Bruce IN, Isenberg D, Wallace DJ, Nived O, Sturfelt G, Ramsey-Goldman R, Bae SC, Hanly JG, Sánchez-Guerrero J, Clarke A, Aranow C, Manzi S, Urowitz M, Gladman D, Kalunian K, Costner M, Werth VP, Zoma A, Bernatsky S, Ruiz-Irastorza G, Khamashta MA, Jacobsen S, Buyon JP, Maddison P, Dooley MA, van Vollenhoven RF, Ginzler E, Stoll T, Peschken C, Jorizzo JL, Callen JP, Lim SS, Fessler BJ, Inanc M, Kamen DL, Rahman A, Steinsson K, Franks AG Jr, Sigler L, Hameed S, Fang H, Pham N, Brey R, Weisman MH, McGwin G Jr, Magder LS. 2012. Derivation and validation of the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics classification criteria for systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Rheum. 64(8):2677-86. PMID:22553077


Hanly JG, Urowitz MB, Su L, Gordon C, Bae SC, Sanchez-Guerrero J, Romero-Diaz J, Wallace DJ, Clarke AE, Ginzler E, Merrill JT, Isenberg DA, Rahman A, Petri M, Fortin PR, Gladman D, Bruce IN, Steinsson K, Dooley M, Khamashta MA, Alarcón GS, Fessler BJ, Ramsey-Goldman R, Manzi S, Zoma AA, Sturfelt GK, Nived O, Aranow C, Mackay M, Ramos-Casals M, van Vollenhoven R, Kalunian KC, Ruiz-Irastorza G, Lim S, Kamen DL, Peschken CA, Inanc M, Theriault C, Thompson K, Farewell V. 2012. Seizure disorders in systemic lupus erythematosus results from an international, prospective, inception cohort study. Ann Rheum Dis. 71(9):1502-9. PMID:22492779


Monach PA, Tomasson G, Specks U, Stone JH, Cuthbertson D, Krischer J, Ding L, Fervenza FC, Fessler BJ, Hoffman GS, Ikle D, Kallenberg CG, Langford CA, Mueller M, Seo P, St Clair EW, Spiera R, Tchao N, Ytterberg SR, Gu YZ, Snyder RD, Merkel PA. 2011. Circulating markers of vascular injury and angiogenesis in antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis. Arthritis Rheum. 63(12):3988-97. PMID:21953143


Hanly JG, Urowitz MB, Su L, Bae SC, Gordon C, Clarke A, Bernatsky S, Vasudevan A, Isenberg D, Rahman A, Wallace DJ, Fortin PR, Gladman D, Romero-Diaz J, Sanchez-Guerrero J, Dooley MA, Bruce I, Steinsson K, Khamashta M, Manzi S, Ramsey-Goldman R, Sturfelt G, Nived O, van Vollenhoven R, Ramos-Casals M, Aranow C, Mackay M, Kalunian K, Alarcón GS, Fessler BJ, Ruiz-Irastorza G, Petri M, Lim S, Kamen D, Peschken C, Farewell V, Thompson K, Theriault C, Merrill JT. 2011. Autoantibodies as biomarkers for the prediction of neuropsychiatric events in systemic lupus erythematosus. Ann Rheum Dis. 70(10):1726-32. Erratum in: Ann Rheum Dis. 70(12):2240. Romero-Dirz, J [corrected to Romero-Diaz, J]. PMID:21893582

 
Matucci-Cerinic M, Denton CP, Furst DE, Mayes MD, Hsu VM, Carpentier P, Wigley FM, Black CM, Fessler BJ, Merkel PA, Pope JE, Sweiss NJ, Doyle MK, Hellmich B, Medsger TA Jr, Morganti A, Kramer F, Korn JH, Seibold JR. 2011. Bosentan treatment of digital ulcers related to systemic sclerosis: results from the RAPIDS-2 randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Ann Rheum Dis. 70(1):32-8. PMID:20805294

 
Fessler BJ, Bridges SL Jr. 2010. ANCA-associated vasculitis. Preface. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2010 Aug;36(3):xiii. PMID: 20688241

 
Atamas SP, Luzina IG, Ingels J, Choi J, Wong WK, Furst DE, Clements PJ; Investigators of the Oral Collagen Trial in Scleroderma, Postlethwaite AE. 2010. Stimulation with type I collagen induces changes in gene expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from patients with diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis (scleroderma). Clin Exp Immunol. 161(3):426-35. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2249.2010.04189.x. PMID: 20529088

 
Fernández M, McGwin G Jr, Andrade R, Bastian HM, Fessler BJ, Reveille JD, Vilá LM, Alarcón GS; LUMINA Study Group. 2008. Systemic lupus erythematosus in a multiethnic US cohort, LUMINA (XLIX): preliminary evaluation of the impact of statins on disease activity. J Clin Rheumatol. 14(3):178-80. PMID: 18525440

 
Postlethwaite AE, Wong WK, Clements P, Chatterjee S, Fessler BJ, Kang AH, Korn J, Mayes M, Merkel PA, Molitor JA, Moreland L, Rothfield N, Simms RW, Smith EA, Spiera R, Steen V, Warrington K, White B, Wigley F, Furst DE. 2008. A multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of oral type I collagen treatment in patients with diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis: I. oral type I collagen does not improve skin in all patients, but may improve skin in late-phase disease. Arthritis Rheum. 58(6):1810-22. PMID: 18512816

 
Distler O, Behrens F, Pittrow D, Huscher D, Denton CP, Foeldvari I, Humbert M, Matucci-Cerinic M, Nash P, Opitz CF, Rubin LJ, Seibold JR, Furst DE; EPOSS-Omeract Group. 2008. Defining appropriate outcome measures in pulmonary arterial hypertension related to systemic sclerosis: a Delphi consensus study with cluster analysis. Arthritis Rheum. 59(6):867-75. Erratum in: Arthritis Rheum. 59(8):1202. PMID: 18512721

 
Fernández M, Calvo-Alén J, Bertoli AM, Bastian HM, Fessler BJ, McGwin G Jr, Reveille JD, Vilá LM, Alarcón GS. 2007. Systemic lupus erythematosus in a multiethnic US cohort (LUMINA L II): relationship between vascular events and the use of hormone replacement therapy in postmenopausal women. J Clin Rheumatol. 13(5):261-5. PMID: 17921793

 
Khanna D, Lovell DJ, Giannini E, Clements PJ, Merkel PA, Seibold JR, Matucci-Cerinic M, Denton CP, Mayes MD, Steen VD, Varga J, Furst DE; Scleroderma Clinical Trials Consortium co-authors. 2007. Development of a provisional core set of response measures for clinical trials of systemic sclerosis. Ann Rheum Dis. 67(5):703-9. PMID: 17893248

 
Alarcón GS, McGwin G, Bertoli AM, Fessler BJ, Calvo-Alén J, Bastian HM, Vilá LM, Reveille JD; LUMINA Study Group. 2007. Effect of hydroxychloroquine on the survival of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus: data from LUMINA, a multiethnic US cohort (LUMINA L). Ann Rheum Dis. 66(9):1168-72. PMID: 17389655

 
Alarcón GS, McGwin G Jr, Petri M, Ramsey-Goldman R, Fessler BJ, Vilá LM, Edberg JC, Reveille JD, Kimberly RP; PROFILE Study Group. 2006. Time to renal disease and end-stage renal disease in PROFILE: a multiethnic lupus cohort. PLoS Med. 3(10):e396. PMID: 17076550

 
Vilá LM, Alarcón GS, McGwin G Jr, Bastian HM, Fessler BJ, Reveille JD; Lumina Study Group. 2006. Systemic lupus erythematosus in a multiethnic US cohort, XXXVII: association of lymphopenia with clinical manifestations, serologic abnormalities, disease activity, and damage accrual. Arthritis Rheum. 55(5):799-806. PMID: 17013840

 
Calvo-Alén J, Alarcón GS, Tew MB, Tan FK, McGwin G Jr, Fessler BJ, Vilá LM, Reveille JD; LUMINA Study Group. 2006. Systemic lupus erythematosus in a multiethnic US cohort: XXXIV. Deficient mannose-binding lectin exon 1 polymorphisms are associated with cerebrovascular but not with other arterial thrombotic events. Arthritis Rheum. 54(6):1940-5. PMID: 16729310

 

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