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David R. Fernandez, MD, PhD

Rheumatology
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About Dr. Fernandez

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Departments

Specialized Centers

Special Expertise

Dermatomyositis
Polymyositis Inclusion
Body Myositis
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Patient Stories

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Insurance

If your insurance is not listed, please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out-of-network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.

Credentials

Appointments

Assistant Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery

Certification

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

Awards

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

Education

SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse

Internship

NewYork-Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York

Residency

NewYork-Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York

Fellowship

Hospital for Special Surgery, New York

State Licensure

Languages

English, Spanish

For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Fernandez

Professional Education

Selected Journal Articles

Research

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.

Patient Registries

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.

Dr. Fernandez in the News