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Daniel E. Furst is the first Carl M. Pearson Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Medical Center. Dr. Furst received his MD from Johns Hopkins University and two fellowships (Rheumatology in clinical pharmacology). Dr. Furst has been on a number of national committees concerned with rheumatic therapeutics. He recently was co-leader of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) recommendations for the use of non-biologic and biologic therapies in rheumatoid arthritis and is a Master of the ACR. Dr. Furst has published more than 660 articles and 15 books, including more than 320 research articles. Dr. Furst’s areas of research interest include the clinical pharmacology of anti-rheumatic drugs and biologics, and the pathophysiology and treatment of systemic sclerosis.