Shervin Assassi, MD, MS, was the child of two physicians. His mother practiced obstetrics, and his father was a trauma surgeon. It gave him an appreciation for the hard work that goes into medicine and a fascination for joints. He developed an interest in immunology while in medical school.
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“It was natural for me to become a rheumatologist,” says Dr. Assassi, who is now an associate professor of rheumatology and clinical immunogenetics at McGovern School of Medicine at the University of Texas, and the newest chair of the ACR Committee on Journal Publications.
Dr. Assassi co-directs the Scleroderma Program at McGovern and has been involved with the ACR for several years. Initially, he served on the Committee on Research and still serves on the Annual Meeting Planning Committee. He joined the Committee on Journal Publications in 2018.