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David R. Fernandez, MD, PhD

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About Dr. Fernandez


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Specialized Centers

Special Expertise

Polymyositis Inclusion
Body Myositis
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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Assistant Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery


American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine - Rheumatology


Lupus and Antiphospholipid Syndrome Center of Excellence Research Fund Award, 2016
F31 Predoctoral Fellowship, NIAMS, 2008-201


SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse


NewYork-Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York


NewYork-Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York


Hospital for Special Surgery, New York

State Licensure


English, Spanish

For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Fernandez

Professional Education

Selected Journal Articles


Research Interests

Currently studying the role of cell-free mitochondrial DNA in triggering interferon production and disease flares in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, as well as the effect of medications used to treat lupus patients on mitochondrial DNA release.

Additionally, working to identify clinical features in a large cohort of lupus patients that may allow us to better define subgroups of patients.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

As of May 11, 2024, Dr. Fernandez reported no relationships with the healthcare industry.

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.

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