Wael Jarjour, MD, FACP

Director, Division of Rheumatology and Immunology, Department of Internal Medicine
Associate Vice Chair for Ambulatory Subspecialty Medicine
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
The Martha Morehouse Chair in Arthritis and Immunology Research

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What do you like best about practicing medicine at OSU Medical Center?

There are many things that I love, but if I had to pick one, it would be our constant
effort to find ways to improve the care of our patients.

What excites you most about the future of medicine?

New cutting-edge discoveries in immunology are revolutionizing the face of medicine, allowing us to effectively treat devastating diseases that used to be a major cause of disability.

How do you think P4 Medicine (medicine that is more predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory) will change your specialty over the next 10 years?

The area that will see the most change and provide the most dramatic benefit for our patients will be pharmacogenetics: the use of specific genetic markers in a particular patient that enables us to avoid using drugs that would be ineffective and high-risk for them.

Name one of your medical career mentors and tell us what you learned from him/her.

Dr. Nortin Hadler with the University of North Carolina. One thing I learned from him was that, while it is critical to base one’s practice of medicine on available evidence, it is equally important to be able to accurately assess the validity of that evidence. Another thing that I admire about Dr. Hadler is his dedication to teaching. I will never forget the day in clinic when, as a new rheumatology fellow confronted with a very complicated patient, I felt the need more than ever to discuss the case with a seasoned rheumatologist. Dr. Hadler walked through a snowstorm from his home to come to the clinic to see this patient with me.

What advice do you have for young physicians early in their careers?

Medicine is a calling, not just a job. We need to approach each patient, each situation, each learning opportunity with a consistently high level of commitment and involvement. Our actions, and our interactions, need to always reflect our commitment to excellence in patient care.

Who in history would you most like to meet and why?

Albert Schweitzer was a great physician, educator and philosopher. It was his conviction that we who have received much have an ethical and moral obligation to care for those who have less. That sort of full-orbed life spent in the service of others is extraordinary.

What has been your greatest accomplishment outside of your work?

My wife and I have homeschooled our two sons. Seeing not only their academic success but their love of learning and the kind of men they have become is deeply rewarding. Our oldest is an Honors Collegium sophomore at OSU in the Biomedical Science program. He is a Beckman Scholar and was just inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. The youngest is still homeschooled and is a junior in high school. He has been accepted into The Ohio State University Academy program and is taking classes at Ohio State.

Rising star: Stacy Ardoin, MD,  clinical assistant professor of Immunology and Rheumatology. Her clinical and research interests focus on systemic lupus erythematosus, where she explores the reasons for the increased cardiovascular risk in these patients, particularly in those who develop the disease in childhood. She is also developing programs that help patients with chronic illnesses make the difficult transition from pediatric care to adult clinics.

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