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Lesley Ann Saketkoo, M.D., MPH

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Director, Scleroderma and Sarcoidosis Patient Care and Research Center
Program Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program

1542 Tulane Avenue, Box T4M-2
New Orleans, LA  70112
Phone (504) 568.4498
Fax (504) 568.2127


Rheumatology Fellowship

LSU Health Sciences Center – New Orleans

July 2006 to June 2008


Internal Medicine Residency

Tulane University School of Medicine

July 2002 to June 2006


Pediatrics Residency

Tulane University School of Medicine

July 2002 to June 2006


Doctor of Medicine

Tulane University School of Medicine 

May 1998 to May 2002     


Master of Public Health, International Health &Development

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

 May 1998 to May 2002   


Bachelor of Arts, Theatre Arts in Education & Chemistry

Hunter College - City University of NY

June 1995 to May 1998

Summa Cum Laude       


Research Interests

Connective Tissue Disease Related Interstitial Lung Disease / Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Pulmonary Hypertension


Fibrosing Diseases / Systemic Sclerosis

Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies

Patient Perspective in Clinical Trials and Healthcare Delivery

Viral Rheumatic Disease

Quality of Life Measures

Development of Patient Reported Outcome Measures

Self-Management and Functional Performance in Chronic Illness

Psycho-social Aspects of Disability

Teaching Activities

Program Director of Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program, Junior Medical Students Clinical Lectures on Rheumatology, Science and Practice of Medicine (SPM), Medical Student Mentorship Program, Medical Ethics, Arthritis Foundation  –  Patient Lectures on Rheumatoid Arthritis bi-annually, Lupus Foundation – Patient Lectures annually provide symposia, Federation of European Scleroderma Associations - Patient Lectures, World Systemic Sclerosis Foundation - Patient Lectures on Scleroderma, Mentorship/Advisor in trainee research

Selected Publications

Avouac J, Huscher D, Furst DE, Opitz CF, Distler O, Allanore Y for the EPOSS group (medline: Saketkoo LA). Expert consensus for performing right heart catheterisation for suspected pulmonary arterial hypertension in systemic sclerosis: a Delphi consensus study with cluster analysis.  Ann Rheum Dis. 2013 Feb 20.

Saketkoo LA, Distler O.  Is there evidence for vasculitis in systemic sclerosis? Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2012 Dec;14(6):516-25.

Grewal HK, Saketkoo LA, Garcia-Valledares I, Espinoza LR.  Central nervous system involvement including visual loss in a systemic lupus erythematosis patient with posterior reversible leukoencephalopathy syndrome: Imaging studies. J Clin Rheumatol. 2012 Aug;18(5):263-4

Saketkoo LA, Espinoza LR. Axial Gout – the Cinderella of Gouty Arthropathy?  J Rheumatol. 2012 Jul;39(7):1314-6.

Saketkoo LA, Escorpizo R, Keen KJ, Fligelstone K, Distler O on behalf of EUSTAR.  International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) Core Set Development to Assist ICF Core Set Construction in Systemic Sclerosis and other Rheumatic Diseases: a EUSTAR Initiative.  Rheumatology (Oxford). 2012 August. 160-66.