Michael D. Lockshin, MD

Michael D. Lockshin, MD


Michael D. Lockshin, MD

Office Locations

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1461
Fax: 212.774.2374

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1461
Fax: 212.774.2374

Dr. Michael Lockshin graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School; he did his residencies at Second (Cornell) Medical Service at Bellevue Hospital and Memorial-Sloan Kettering Hospital, and his rheumatology fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. A member of the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College and a staff rheumatologist at Hospital for Special Surgery and New York Hospital from the 1970s to 1989, he became Extramural Director, then Acting Director of the NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases in 1989.

He returned to Hospital for Special Surgery in April of 1997, and is now the director of the Barbara Volcker Center for Women and Rheumatic Disease at Hospital for Special Surgery and professor of medicine and obstetrics-gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is the author of nearly 300 research papers, book chapters, and books, most on the topic of lupus, pregnancy, antiphospholipid syndrome, and sex differences in disease. From 2005-2010 he was Editor-in-Chief of Arthritis & Rheumatism, rheumatology's premier journal.

His latest book, co-authored with his patient, Alida Brill, and entitled Dancing at the River's Edge: A Patient and her Doctor Negotiate Life with Chronic Illness, is a memoir about their shared experience in treating her autoimmune disease.

Back in the Game Patient Stories


Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Medicine and OB-GYN, Weill Cornell Medical College
Director, Barbara Volcker Center for Women and Rheumatic Disease, Hospital for Special Surgery
Co-Director, Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Research, Hospital for Special Surgery


Special Expertise

Gender and rheumatic disease
Pregnancy and rheumatic disease
Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome
Neurological systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)


Various national offices, national and international visiting professorships
Institute of Medicine Committee
"Best Doctors in New York," New York Magazine, 2010

Insurances Accepted


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MD, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1963


Second (Cornell) Medical Service, New York
Bellevue Hospital, New York
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, New York


Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York


Internal Medicine, 1969
Rheumatology, 1972
Chairman, Rheumatology Subspecialty Board, 1983-86

State Licensure

New York

Michael D. Lockshin, MD has contributed to the following educational materials:

For Patients - on HSS.edu

For Professionals - on HSS.edu

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Research Description

Clinical Aspects of Lupus, Antiphospholipid Syndrome, and Pregnancy

Dr. Michael Lockshin has a long-term interest in clinical aspects of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), and pregnancy in rheumatic disease patients. He is Director of the HSS unit participating in the multi-site Lupus Clinical Trials Consortium. With Dr. Melanie Harrison, and funded by the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Research and the National Institutes of Health, he is investigating prevalence, mechanisms, and potential treatments for cognitive dysfunction in SLE and APS. With Dr. Doruk Erkan, he participates in the Antiphospholipid Syndrome Registry (APSCORE), funded by NIH, and in a number of specific projects reflecting relative risks, outcomes, and treatments of APS. With Dr. Jane Salmon, he contributes patients to and participates in planning for an NIH-funded study of mechanisms of pregnancy loss in APS and SLE (PROMISSE), as well as in a now-completed study on atherosclerosis in SLE and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Lockshin also has a long-standing interest in sex differences in disease incidence; he convened a conference on this topic in 1999 and participated in an Institute of Medicine review of this topic.

Clinical Trials