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Joseph Markenson, MD


Dr. Joseph Markenson completed his undergraduate A.B.  in Biology at Boston University, his Master’s Degree in Physiology and Biochemistry at Rutgers University and his Medical Degree at State University of New York – Downstate Medical Center Brooklyn, N.Y.  Following a year of Internship in Medicine at Kings County Hospital – Downstate Medical Center he spent two years under Dr. Llewellyn Barker, Lab of Viral Immunology, and Bureau of Biologics National Institutes of Health in Bethesda Maryland. His research focused on Hepatitis Virus. Medical Residency at New York Hospital – Cornell Medical School followed by research at the Rockefeller University under Dr. Henry Kunkel and Rheumatology fellowship with Dr. Charles Christian at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He then joined the Department of Rheumatology at The Hospital for Special Surgery – New York Presbyterian Hospital Cornell Medical School where he has taught medical students and house staff as well as conducted basic and clinical research for the past 35 years. He is currently Professor of Clinical Medicine at Joan and Sanford Weill Medical College; Attending Physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Hospital for Special Surgery and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as well as Associate Scientist in the Research Department at The Hospital for Special Surgery

Although presently his main focus is patient care and clinical teaching and research, he began his career as a Lupus Eythematosus Foundation fellow and conducted research on the viral etiology of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus as well as the role of macrophage function in the immune response in patients with SLE. For the past 25 years he has been involved in the conduct, design and reporting of clinical trials in Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus and Osteoarthritis. 

He is recognized in Rheumatology both nationally and internationally and is frequently invited to lecture and teach as well as a consult on the design and implementation of medical education programs.

Dr. Markenson has served as the Secretary-Treasurer and President of both the New York Rheumatism Association and the American College of Rheumatology -Northeast Section. He served two terms on the Board of the American College of Rheumatology and was the first Chairman -Fundraising Committee ACR Research and Education Foundation. He is a member of many professional societies including the American College of Internal Medicine, The Henry Kunkel Society, The American Association of Immunology, New York Academy of Medicine, and American Federation for Clinical Research and The American College of Occupational Medicine. He is a Master of the American College of Rheumatology.

Dr. Markenson is a proud father of eight children and six grandchildren, and he lives in New Jersey with his wife Barbara Marcus Markenson. Dr Markenson has had articles published in a number of scientific journals and his areas of research interest include immunology, microbiology, occupational medicine, and lupus.


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