Lesley Ann Saketkoo, M.D., MPH

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

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

Saketkoo LA, Magnus JH, Doyle MK. The primary care physician in the early diagnosis of systemic sclerosis: the cornerstone of recognition and hope. Am J Med Sci. 2014 Jan;347(1):54-63.

Saketkoo LA, Mittoo S, Frankel S, LeSage D, Sarver C, Phillips K, Strand V, Matteson EL.  Connective Tissue Disease-Interstitial Lung Diseases Working Group. Reconciling healthcare professional and patient perspectives in the development of disease activity and response criteria in connective tissue disease-related interstitial lung diseases.  J Rheumatol. 2014 Apr;41(4):792-8.

Saketkoo LA, Mittoo S, Huscher D, Khanna D, Dellaripa PF, Distler O, Flaherty KR, Frankel S, Oddis CV, Denton CP, Fischer A, Kowal-Bielecka OM, LeSage D, Merkel PA, Phillips K, Pittrow D, Swigris J, Antoniou K, Baughman RP, Castelino FV, Christmann RB, Christopher-Stine L, Collard HR, Cottin V, Danoff S, Highland KB, Hummers L, Shah AA, Kim DS, Lynch DA, Miller FW, Proudman SM, Richeldi L, Ryu JH, Sandorfi N, Sarver C, Wells AU, Strand V, Matteson EL, Brown KK, Seibold JR. Connective tissue disease related interstitial lung diseases and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: provisional core sets of domains and instruments for use in clinical trials.  Thorax. 2014 May;69(5):428-36. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2013-204202.

Saketkoo LA, Distler O.Is there evidence for vasculitis in systemic sclerosis.  Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2012 Dec;14(6):516-25. doi: 10.1007/s11926-012-0296-9.

Kirwan JR, Boers M, Hewlett S, Beaton D, Bingham CO 3rd, Choy E, Conaghan PG, D'Agostino MA, Dougados M, Furst DE, Guillemin F, Gossec L, van der Heijde DM, Kloppenburg M, Kvien TK, Landewé RB, Mackie SL, Matteson EL, Mease PJ, Merkel PA, Ostergaard M, Saketkoo LA, Simon L, Singh JA, Strand V, Tugwell P.Updating the OMERACT filter: core areas as a basis for defining core outcome sets. J Rheumatol. 2014 May;41(5):994-9