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Rheumatology Faculty

Katarzyna Gilek-Seibert, MD, RhMSUS  (Program Director)
 Dr. Gilek earned her MD at the Silesian School of Medicine in Poland and completed medical residency at North Shore Medical Center in Salem Massachusetts, where she was selected to be Chief Medical Resident. She was a member of the academic medical faculty at North Shore for several years before entering Rheumatology Fellowship at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Gilek is fluent in English and Polish, and board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.  Her clinical and research interests include rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory myopathy, and vasculitis, and she is ACR certified in musculoskeletal ultrasound.

Edith Garneau, MD
Dr. Garneau is a graduate of McGill University and Ross University School of Medicine, and was an intern and resident at Roger Williams Medical Center.  She completed her Rheumatology Fellowship at McMaster University in Canada where she was exposed to a variety of specialized and combined clinics. Her clinical and research interests include systemic lupus erythematosus, Raynaud's disease, psoriatic arthritis, and intravenous therapy for rheumatic syndromes. Dr. Garneau is fluent in French and English and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Luke Barré, MD, MPH
Dr. Luke Barré completed his Rheumatology Fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, as well as his Residency in Internal Medicine at Roger Williams Medical Center in 2012. Dr. Barré believes in a patient -centered approach to clinical care and in collaborative approaches to improving patient outcomes. Dr. Barré is active in advocacy work on behalf of patients suffering from Arthritis and Rheumatologic disorders, and during visits with legislators on Capitol Hill. he has discussed strategies to reduce drug costs and improve access to care. He is an active member in the American College of Rheumatology, having represented the College at the American Medical Association House of Delegates, and serving on the Communications Subcommittee. In addition to his clinical training, he has additional expertise in public health and population management having completed his Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency, and MPH at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine in 2018. He also works as a Medical Director for Prospect CharterCARE to help improve the quality and value of care being delivered. Dr. Barré is an active member of the community, volunteering his time with the Rhode Island Department of Health in their efforts to curb the opioid epidemic. 

Bernard Zimmermann, MD (Professor Emeritus)
A graduate of Harvard College and the West Virginia University School of Medicine, Dr. Zimmermann completed medical and rheumatology training at the Roger Williams Medical Center. He has been an active member of the Rheumatology and Internal Medicine faculties for over 20 years. He has published articles on various topics including septic arthritis, spondyloarthropathy, and gout, and lectures frequently on many rheumatologic topics. He lives in Rhode Island with his family, and enjoys sailing and other water sports.

Brown/VA Medical Center faculty

Edward V. Lally, MD
Dr. Lally graduated from Brown University and received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine training at the Boston City Hospital and was a rheumatology fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Lally has authored or co-authored over 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as numerous book chapters and review articles. He is nationally known for his research and publications on scleroderma and related disorders. He lectures frequently on connective tissue disorders and is actively involved in the fellowship in both the outpatient and consultation services. Dr. Lally is the Director of the Division of Rheumatology at Rhode Island Hospital.

Anthony Reginato, PhD, MD
Dr. Reginato received both his PhD degree in anatomy and structural biology and medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his Internal Medicine training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and rheumatology fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. After completing his rheumatology training, he joined the faculty in the Division of Rheumatology at MGH. He brings a wealth of experience in teaching and research in the areas of cartilage biology, crystal diseases and application of musculoskeletal ultrasound to rheumatic diseases to the program. He has particular clinical interest in diagnostic imaging in early rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and crystal diseases. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, cooking, gardening and playing soccer with his son.

Stuart T. Schwartz, MD
Dr. Schwartz graduated from Duke University and UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School. He completed his medical training at Rhode Island Hospital and Rheumatology Fellowship in the Roger Williams Medical Center Program. In addition to his busy practice at Rhode Island Hospital, he is an active teacher at the Brown Medical School as well as the medical residency at Rhode Island Hospital, and is a key member of the rheumatology faculty. He has published and lectured on osteoarthritis, crystal diseases, and vasculitis among other topics. Dr. Schwartz enjoys biking and water sports and competes in local triathlons.

Joanne Szczygiel-Cunha, MD
Dr. Cunha completed her Internal Medicine residency at Brown University School of Medicine/Rhode Island Hospital, where she was also Fellowship-trained in Rheumatology. She received her medical degree from Albany Medical College. She received her undergraduate degree from Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, NY.

Deepan Dalal, MD
Dr. Dalal earned his medical degree from T.N. Medical College, a major teaching institution located in metropolitan Mumbai, India. He completed his internal medicine residency from Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH and rheumatology fellowship from Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA. He has also completed a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. His clinical interests are in general rheumatology and musculoskeletal ultrasound. In addition, his research interests are in the field of epidemiology of rheumatic diseases. Publications

Dr. Laura Amorese-O’Connell
Dr. Amorese-O’Connell is a Cum Laude graduate from Zulia University Medical School in Venezuela. Prior to residency, she performed as a research fellow at the Uveitis Foundation and Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institute in Cambridge, MA under Dr. C. Stephen Foster mentorship. During this period, she was exposed to an extensive wealth of inflammatory conditions affecting the eye which laid ground for her interest in Rheumatology. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at North Shore Medical Center where she spent an extra year as chief resident performing academic, administrative and hospitalist roles. As a resident, she had the opportunity to rotate through the Mass General Hospital Rheumatology department where she worked under Dr. John Stone’s tutelage and was exposed to IgG4 related disease patients. She also spent time with Dr. Minna Kohler at her Musculoskeletal Ultrasound clinic as well as worked with her on some projects. Dr. Amorese-O’Connell completed Rheumatology fellowship at Brown University School of Medicine/Rhode Island Hospital. In her spare time, she enjoys spinning/cycling classes and spending family time with her twin boys and husband.  

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