APSFA Medical Advisory Board

The APSFA is proud to introduce our Medical Advisory Team. These doctors and other professionals help make sure the APSFA provides the most complete and accurate information on our website as well as in our newsletters. Our advisory board members are selected as highly respected experts to provide both depth and range of experience in their specialties.

If you are a physician or researcher and wish to join our Medical Advisory board, please contact us. Thank you.


Thomas L. Ortel, MD, PhD
Director Duke Clinical Coagulation and Platelet Immunology Laboratories
Director Anticoagulation Management Service

Dr. Ortel's clinical interests include inherited thrombotic and hemorrhagic disorders, antiphospholipid antibody syndromes, heparin induced thrombocytopenia, coagulation factor inhibitors, anticoagulant therapy management, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders.


Robert A. S. Roubey, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology & Immunology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Roubey's laboratory focuses on the antiphospholipid syndrome, an autoimmune disease in which autoantibodies with an apparent specificity for anionic phospholipids are associated with arterial and venous thrombosis, pregnancy failure, and certain other manifestations. Dr. Roubey is also the Principle Investigator of the Antiphospholipid Syndrome Collaborative Registry (APSCORE), an NIH-funded multicenter disease registry based here at UNC-CH. APSCORE is collecting detailed clinical data and tissue specimens from 2,000 patients with antiphospholipid antibodies and the antiphospholipid syndrome. Registry data and resources will support numerous immunological studies, genetic analyses, and clinical trials.


Gale A McCarty, MD, FACP, FACR
President, Rheum.Ed Consulting, Harborside, ME 04642

Dr. McCarty's lifelong academic clinical and research interests involve the clinicoserologic correlations of general autoantibodies important in SLE, but over the last decade, she have specialized in antiphospholipid (anticardiolipin) antibodies, and the antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS). Her clinical interest include: Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS), Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), Vasculitis, Scleroderma, Polymyositis, Clinical Immunology, and Medical Informatics.


Keith R McCrae, MD
Professor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Dr. Keith McCrae's interest in the causes of abnormal blood clotting in the antiphospholipid syndrome, particularly the interactions of the antiphospholipid antibodies with blood vessels, as well as the roles of circulating microparticles in APS. He is involved in both the clinical care of patients with APS, as well as research into the causes of the disease. He also is interested in other aspects of the APS, including the management of patients with low platelets (thrombocytopenia) and obstetrical disorders.


Silvia Pierangeli, PhD
Professor, Internal Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology

Dr. Pierangeli is an APS researcher at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). She recently chaired the 13th International Congress on Antiphospholipid Antibodies in Galveston, Texas.


Audra Ford, MD

Dr. Ford is in private practice in Augusta, Georgia. Her specialty is Family Medicine and she is also an APS patient.


Sheldon Paul Blau, MD
Clinical Professor, School of Medicine, State of New York at Stony Brook
Fellow of the American College of Physicians
Founding Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology

Dr. Blau is co-author (with Dodi Schultz) of Living with Lupus: The Complete Guide (Da Capo Press; second edition, 2004) and other books. He practices on Long Island.


Al Lodwick, RPh, MA
Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider
Founder of the Warfarin Institute of America


Adedayo A. Onitilo, MD, MSCR
Master of Clinical Science Research, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Assistant Director of Clinical Research-Eastern Division, Marshfield Clinic, Weston, WI
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Weston, WI

Dr. Ontilio is currently practicing at Marshfield Clinic.



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