Cynthia Aranow, MD

Professor, Center for Autoimmune, Musculoskeletal and Hematopoietic Diseases,
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Professor, Molecular Medicine and Medicine,
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Phone: (516) 562-3845

About the Investigator

Dr. Cynthia Aranow is a rheumatologist specializing in lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. She received her medical degree from NYU School of Medicine, and completed her internship, residency and rheumatologic training at Montefiore Hospital and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx New York.  She has received the Edmund  Dubois Memorial Award in recognition of excellence and accomplishment in the study of SLE.

At the Feinstein Institute, Dr Aranow is the Clinical Director of the LCTC (Lupus Clinical Trials Consortium) a philanthropically funded organization which promotes readiness for interventional studies of promising agents for SLE.  As a member of the Systemic Lupus International Cooperating Clinics (SLICC), she has contributed to multicenter international studies looking at clinical outcomes in lupus .

Dr. Aranow is involved with many patient organizations, including local chapters of the Lupus Foundation of America, and she is on the medical-scientific committee for the Arthritis Foundation.

Research Focus

Dr. Cynthia Aranow and Dr. Meggan Mackay are co-directors of the Clinical Trials Unit under their chairperson, Dr. Betty Diamond. Both Drs. Aranow and Mackay are specialists in Rheumatology with additional expertise in lupus. They have extensive experience in running and designing clinical trials as well as in other types of research studies. The Center for Autoimmune, Musculoskeletal and Hematopoietic Diseases is comprised of investigators in basic science and clinical medicine and the collaborative efforts between basic scientists and clinical investigators has resulted in the Center’s unique ability to study autoimmune disease using innovative methods.

Autoimmune Disease research

The Center for Autoimmune, Musculoskeletal and Hematopoietic Diseases focuses its research efforts on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis, in addition to other autoimmune diseases. They have established several clinics in St. Albans, Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan and Long Island (Garden City and at The Feinstein Institute in Manhasset) and are committed to caring for all patients regardless of reimbursement. All patients are encouraged to participate in clinical research efforts. Involvement in research can be a powerful means for patients to learn more about their disease and know that they are contributing to the fight for a cure. Clinical research does not always mean testing new medications; there are three kinds of clinical research; Observational Studies, Translational Studies and Clinical Trials.

Observational Studies

Observational Studies collect information on patient as they are followed regularly in the clinics and do not involve new medications or invasive procedures. These studies help determine how things like gender, age, environment, medications and ethnicity may affect outcomes of patients with autoimmune disease. All information collected in these studies is coded so that it is difficult for information to be linked directly to an individual patient and patient confidentiality is preserved.

Translational Studies

Translational Studies use blood, urine or tissue samples combined with clinical information from patients to study abnormalities in the immune system, discover how they contribute to autoimmune disease and identify targets for the development of new therapies. These types of studies can also include genetic testing to help understand why some individuals are at higher risk for developing autoimmune disease than others.

Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials are studies that are designed to test new medications or existing medications that have already been approved for a different disease.

Research projects currently ongoing in the Clinical Trials Unit include observational studies of brain involvement in lupus, many translational studies of immune dysfunction in Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis and many clinical trials of new medications for Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Scleroderma. We are happy to see any patients diagnosed with autoimmune disease or those who have been told they may have one of these diseases.

Although we specialize in adult medicine, adolescent and pediatric patients are welcome! Please call our Feinstein Lupus Hotline with any questions or to schedule an appointment: 1-877-33 LUPUS (1-877-335-8787)

Lab Members

Andrew Shaw
Research Assistant
Phone: 516-562-2591

Sanita Kandasami
Research Assistant
Phone: 516-562-2401