Dr. Guillermo Ruiz-Irastorza

February 27, 2018 8:05 pm Published by

Dr. Guillermo Ruiz-Irastorza received his medical degree from the Universidad Autónoma, Madrid, Spain in 1990. During his training at Hospital Universitario Cruces in Barakaldo, the Basque Country, Spain, he spent five months at the Lupus Research Unit of St Thomas’ Hospital, UK, where he met Drs. Graham Hughes and Munther Khamashta. In 1996 he became specialist in Internal Medicine.

Upon completing his PhD at the University of the Basque Country in 1999, he went back to the Lupus Research Unit as a Research Fellow, where he stayed for one year. In 2001, he returned to Hospital Universitario Cruces as a Consultant Physician in Internal Medicine, becoming head of the Autoimmune Diseases Research Unit in 2010. He rose thru the ranks at the University of the Basque Country becoming a full Professor in 2004.

Guillermo is currently the coordinator of the Autoimmune, Inflammatory and Infectious Diseases Area of BioCruces Health Research Institute.

His clinical and research interests focus on systemic lupus erythematosus, antiphospholipid syndrome and pregnancy and autoimmune diseases. Studies by his group have contributed to re-define the role of hydroxychloroquine as a central therapeutic agent in lupus, to examine the association of glucocorticoids with organ damage and to study the efficacy of regimes containing medium-low doses of prednisone in treating patients with severe SLE. In all he has authored 150 peer-reviewed publications.

He has been member of SLICC since 2008.

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