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Block
Joel
A.
MD
The Willard L. Wood, MD, Professor of Rheumatology
Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry
Director, Section of Rheumatology
Co-Director Rush Arthritis and Orthopaedics Institute
Biochemistry, Internal Medicine
GME, Rush Medical College
1611 W. Harrison St.
Suite 510
Chicago, IL 60612

(312) 942-8268
(312) 563-2267
jblock@rush.edu
MD, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1982

AB, College of the University of Chicago, 1978

Joel A. Block, MD, is the Willard L. Wood, MD, Professor of Rheumatology, and is a professor of medicine and biochemistry in Rush Medical College. He is director of the Section of Rheumatology and director of the Rush Center for Clinical Studies at Rush University Medical Center. Block is the principal investigator for a number of clinical research studies and has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Arthritis Foundation. Block serves as an attending physician at Rush University Medical Center.

Block is a diplomate in rheumatology of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is also a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American College of Rheumatology, the Central Society for Clinical Research and the Orthopedic Research Society. His work has been published in numerous scholarly journals, including the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Arthritis and Rheumatism, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Rheumatology and The Lancet.

Block received his medical degree from Washington University. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Chicago and his fellowship at Rush University Medical Center

Major Academic Community Activities

Editorial Boards

Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
 
Associate Editor
2008 to present
 
 
Journal of Clinical Rheumatology
 
“Co-Editor, “Rheumatology Rounds at Rush”
2004 to present
 
 
American Journal of Therapeutics
 
Rheumatology Section Editor
1998 to present

Study Sections

NIAMS/NIH ZAR1 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Ctrs (P60)
2011
NIH/CSR MOSS (Skeletal Muscle, Bone, Oral and Skin Sciences)
ZRG1 MOSS-C Conflict Reviews: Editorial Review Board
2011
NIAMS/NIH ZAR1 Clinical Trials
2011
NIAMS/NIH ZRG1 MOSS10 Large Clinical Trials, Chair
2011
NIH/CSR: Skeletal Biology and Structural Repair (SBSR)
2010
NIH/NIAMS Study Section: P30 Reviews
2009
NIH/CSR Study Section: Orthopedic Science SBIR/STTR
Chairman, 2006 to present.
2004 to present

Committees

Faculty Council
2011-present
 
 
Committee on Senior Faculty Appointments and Promotions
2010-present
 
 
Committee on Committees
2008-present
 
 
Conflict of Individual Interest in Research (COIIR) Committee
2008-present
 
 
Graduate Medical Education Committee
1999-present
 
 
Arthritis and Orthopedics Institute Research Planning Committee
1994-present

Invited Lectures

Moderator, “ACR Plenary Session”, Chicago, IL
2011
Sponsor: American College of Rheumatology
 
 
 
Grand Rounds, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Beverly Hills, CA
2011
“Osteoarthritis: Can We Modify the Disease Course?”
 
Sponsor: UCLA
 
 
 
Feinstein Institute, North Shore Health Systems, Great Neck, NY
2011
“Osteoarthritis: Can We Modify the Disease Course?”
 
Sponsor: Hofstra University-NSHS-LIJ Medical School
 
 
 
ACR National Research Workshop, Miami FL
2011
“Where is OA Research Headed?”
 
Sponsor: American College of Rheumatology
 
 
 
Abbott Osteoarthritis Workshop, North Chicago IL
2011
“Disease Modification in OA: Science or Science Fiction?”
 
Sponsor: Abbott
 
 
 
Abbott Osteoarthritis Workshop, North Chicago IL
2011
“Osteoarthritis: An Overview. From Pathophysiology to Disease Modification.”
 
Sponsor: Abbott
 
 
 
Segal North American Osteoarthritis Symposium, Panel Chair, Chicago, IL
2011
“Clinical Subsets of OA and Unique Pathways to Joint Failure.”
 
Sponsor: Arthritis Foundation
 
 
 
Segal North American Osteoarthritis Symposium, Chair, Session 1, Chicago, IL
2011
“OA: Classification, Risk Factors, Therapeutic and Clinical Trial Implications.”
 
Sponsor: Arthritis Foundation
 
 
 

Publications (selected from 157 peer-reviewed manuscripts and short reports)

  1. Shakoor N, Lee KJ, Fogg LF, Wimmer MA, Foucher KC, Mikolaitis RA, Block JA. The relationship of vibratory perception with dynamic joint loading, radiographic severity, and pain in knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 64:181-186, 2012. [PMID: 21898358].
     
  2. Roos EW, Herzog W, Block JA, Bennell KL. Muscle weakness, afferent sensory dysfunction and exercise in knee osteoarthritis. Nature Reviews Rheumatology 7:57-63, 2011. [PMID: 21119605].
     
  3. Block JA, Shakoor N. Lower limb osteoarthritis: biomechanical alterations and implications for therapy. Current Opinion Rheumatol. 22:544-550, 2010. [PMID: 20592605].
     
  4. Block JA, Oegema TR, Sandy JD, Plaas A. The effects of oral glucosamine on joint health: is a change in research approach needed?. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 18:5-11, 2010. [PMID: 19733270].
     
  5. Pincus T, Block JA. Pain and radiographic damage in osteoarthritis. BMJ 339:b2802, 2009. doi:10.1136/bmj.b2844. [PMID: 19700504].  

Grants

Block is the principal investigator for a number of clinical research studies and has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Arthritis Foundation.

Pharmaceutical Industry sponsored clinical trials
1995-present
Principal Investigator
Total: 197 projects
Co-Investigator
Total: 42 projects

Document Links/web links or videos

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