Josef Smolen, MD

Medical University of Vienna

Josef Smolen received his MD degree from the University of Vienna, Austria, and trained there in Immunology, Medicine and Rheumatology. In addition, he served as a research fellow at the Arthritis Institute at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA. From 1989 to 2017 he has been Chairman of the 2nd Department of Medicine, Hietzing Hospital, Vienna. From 1995 to 2018, he was Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Division of Rheumatology, Medical University of Vienna, where he also served as Chairman of the Department of Medicine 3 from 2007 to 2018. He is now Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria.

An author of several hundred original publications and lead investigator of many clinical trials, his major scientific interests concern elucidation of the pathogenesis of rheumatic diseases, translational research, outcomes and epidemiologic research, as well as novel therapies and therapeutic strategies in rheumatic diseases. He has been active in the elucidation of pathways to and prevention of joint damage in arthritis. He has developed clinical scores for rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis as well as systemic lupus erythematosus and has led or participated in task forces for the elaboration of a number of management recommendations for several rheumatic diseases (RA, PsA, SLE) and consensus finding activities for various targeted therapies.

Josef Smolen served as President of the EULAR from 2003 to 2005. He also served as a President of the Austrian Society of Rheumatology and Austrian Society of Immunology and as a Treasurer of the International Union of Immunological Societies.  Dr Smolen is a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), an honorary member of several national rheumatological societies, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) and Honorary Doctor of Lund University, Sweden, Leiden University, Netherlands, and Semmelweis University, Budapest. He is also a co-editor of the textbook “Rheumatology” whose 7th edition has been recently published. He currently serves editor-in-chief of Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.