Prof. Nadera J Sweiss
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
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Professor Nadera Sweiss graduated from the University of Jordan (UJ) School of Medicine in 1990. She also completed a residency/Master's degree in Internal Medicine (1995) and post residency training in Rheumatology/Diabetes (1997) at the University of Jordan Hospital (JUH).
 
After arriving in the US in 1997, Prof. Sweiss joined St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, as a Resident in Internal Medicine (1997-1999), and then served as Chief Resident (1999-2000).
 
In 2000, Prof. Sweiss joined the University of Chicago’s Rheumatology Department as a Fellow, and then became an Instructor of Medicine for 2 years. Sweiss was an Assistant Professor in the Department for 7 years and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011. During that time at the University of Chicago, Prof. Sweiss expanded the scleroderma practice with the focus on scleroderma associated lung diseases and digital ischemia. She created a sarcoidosis clinic that served many patients from Illinois and its surrounding areas.
 
Prof. Sweiss is the first Jordanian woman physician to rise to the rank of a Tenured Professor of Medicine/ Rheumatology in the USA.
 
In addition to running a busy clinic, Prof. Sweiss was a principal investigator in numerous clinical trials in sarcoidosis, scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis in an attempt to improve the management of patients with refractory autoimmune diseases. Her research focused on management of sarcoidosis, particularly those with disease refractory to conventional treatment methods. She focuses on identifying novel biomarkers that will assist clinicians in predicting patients’ disease course and tailoring therapies old and new to meet individual patients’ needs. As such, she is particularly interested in characterizing the role of novel biologic therapies in the treatment of sarcoidosis.
 
She is the Director of the Rheumatology Clinical Research Program and Cold Hand Clinic and serves as the Director of the Bernie Mac Sarcoidosis Translational Advanced Research Center (STAR) that she established in partnership with Bernie Mac Foundation in 2012. She manages more than 1000 patients with sarcoidosis.
 
Throughout her distinguished career, Sweiss received many awards and honors. She was named Intern of the Year at St. Joseph Hospital (1998), Teaching Attending of the Year at Saint Joseph Hospital (1999), and was elected one of the chairs of the medical advisory committee for the National Sarcoidosis Society, USA. Dr. Sweiss was awarded the Young Investigator Award from the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research, USA, and was honored by all of the Arab American Family Services (AAFS) on Women’s Day as the first Jordanian physician to work in Academic Rheumatology and research in the USA, and the Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, in acknowledgment of work done by the UIC, STAR center and its importance to the USA and the proclamation of April as the sarcoidosis month in Chicago.
 
She was also invited as a distinguished graduate to be honored at the First Alumni Forum of the University of Jordan in 2015.
 
Prof. Sweiss has delivered tens of invited talks and tutorials, and served as invited external examiner for 6th year medical students at the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST).
 
She is also a member of numerous professional societies, including the Jordanian Medical Association, American Medical Association, American Society of Internal Medicine, World Association for Sarcoidosis and Other Granulomatous Disorders, and the Americas Association of Sarcoidosis and Other Granulomatous Disorders.
 
Prof. Sweiss serves as journal referee for 19 medical journals. She is the editor of the Arabic version of the journal of PVRI (pulmonary vascular research institute), and Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Clinical & Experimental Dermatology Research.
 
Prof. Sweiss has more than 100 published papers in top journals in the field with high impact factors, in addition to multiple abstracts and book chapters.
 
Every day, Professor Sweiss makes a difference in the world through serving her sarcoidosis patients and reducing their pain, and serving humanity in so many ways.
 
Prof. Sweiss lives by the principle: "One doesn't ask of one who suffers: What is your country and what is your religion? One merely says, you suffer. That is enough for me. You belong to me and I shall help you."
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