Back in 1999, Dr. Binstadt earned two advanced degrees: an MD from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and a PhD in immunology from the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, both in Rochester, Minn. His research focused on natural killer cells and the molecular biology of how they get activated.
As he learned more about the body’s immune system, he became interested in autoimmune diseases. But it wasn’t until his fourth year of medical school during a rotation in pediatric rheumatology that he really solidified his decision to become a pediatric rheumatologist.
During the next three years, he completed a combined residency program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center. From 2002 to 2005, he moved on to the next step in his career by completing a pediatric rheumatology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital.