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James J. Curran, MD

Professor of Medicine

James Curran, MD, is an expert rheumatologist, specializing in late onset rheumatoid arthritis. He was the first doctor to define therapeutic requirements and clinical outcomes of the disease, when he published the initial 50 cases in Seminars of Arthritis & Rheumatism in 1992. Dr. Curran also has expertise in inflammatory muscle diseases, including polymyositis and dermatomyositis.

Dr. Curran's research focuses on improving treatment options for patients with inflammatory diseases. In one study, he examined the use of IL6 and Rituxan to treat advanced rheumatoid arthritis. In another, he and his colleagues studied the impact of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors in patients with refractory sarcoidosis.

An accomplished author and speaker, Dr. Curran has published abstracts and articles in several peer-reviewed journals and is frequently asked to present at conferences on arthritis and autoimmune disease. For the past 10 years, he has been named one of the "Top Doctors in Chicago" by Chicago magazine and one of "America’s Top Doctors" by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

150 East Huron, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60611

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Internal Medicine

Medical School

University of Illinois College of Medicine

Internship and Residency

National Naval Center, Bethesda, MD


The University of Chicago Medicine


American College of Physicians
American Medical Association
American Rheumatism Association
Arthritis Foundation
Chicago Medical Society
Chicago Rheumatism Society
Lupus Foundation
Scleroderma Foundation of Greater Chicago

Language Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 702-1232

Office Fax

(773) 702-8702

Office Postal Address

James J. Curran, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 0930
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

  • Rheumatology
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Polymyositis
  • Vasculitis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus

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Read More About Dr. Curran

Dr. Curran was named one of Chicago's top physicians in the January 2008 issue of Chicago magazine.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Curran's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.