Rheumatology Photo Strip


Dr. Santhanam Lakshminarayanan, Associate Professor of Medicine is a graduate of the University of Poona, India and a Board Certified Rheumatologist. He is the Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship Program. Dr. Lakshminarayanan areas of expertise are in lyme disease, gout and systemic rheumatic disease. He published papers on phospholipid antibody syndrome, Raynaud’s phenomenon, bone density and systemic lupus erythematous.

Dr. Kristen M. Logee, Assistant Professor of Medicine practicing rheumatology in the UConn Musculoskeletal Institute at UConn Health. She received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine and rheumatology fellowship at the UConn School of Medicine. She is a member of the American College of Rheumatology and the American Osteopathic Association. Her practice areas of focus include rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, gout and osteoarthritis. She also has an interest in the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound to aid in diagnosis as well as to guide placement of therapeutic injections.

Dr. Ranadeep Mandhadi, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and the UConn Musculoskeletal Institute. Dr. Mandhadi is a graduate of Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India and earned his M.B.B.S from the NTR University of Health Sciences, India. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Rosalynd Franklin University of Health Sciences, Illinois and rheumatology fellowship training at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He is on the medical advisory board for the Lupus Foundation of America, CT chapter and is a member of the clinical competency committee for fellowship education at UConn Health. He joined the rheumatology faculty in 2014. He is a board certified rheumatologist with interests in autoimmune connective tissue diseases including lupus, sjogren's syndrome and scleroderma and inflammatory arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis, seronegative spondylarthritis and gout. He is trained in musculoskeletal ultrasound examination. His research interests are in lupus, scleroderma, vasculitis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Dr. Ann Parke, Clinical Professor of Medicine (St Francis Hospital Medical Center) attended medical school in London at the Middlesex Hospital and completed her residency at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. She then returned to complete a fellowship in Rheumatology at the Royal Post Graduate School in London before joining the faculty at the University of Connecticut Health Center, where she has been for over 20 years. Dr. Parke an expert in Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, antiphospholipid syndrome, systemic lupus erythematous, spondylitis as well as pregnancy in patients with connective tissue diseases and is very active in teaching the residents and fellows.

Dr. William Traverse, Assistant Clinical Professor (St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center) is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica West Indies. He completed his residency and rheumatology fellowship at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He is a board certified internist and rheumatologist. Dr. Traverse is also a certified medical technologist with the American Society of American Pathologists. Dr. Traverse’s areas of interest are Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Sjogren’s Syndrome.

Dr. John Waterman, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatic Diseases, University of Connecticut Health Center and Rheumatologist and Academic Internist at the VA Medical Center, Associate Dean for Medical Education (VAH) as well as a Retired Colonel USAF MC FS. Dr Waterman is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine where he received his medical degree. Dr Waterman’s areas of expertise are in rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, joint and soft tissue injections and fibromyalgia. Dr. Waterman has published papers on biologics in the treatment of rheumatic disease, tender point injections in fibromyalgia, and B-cell lymphoma in Sjogren’s syndrome.

Faculty Teaching, Every year the faculty are involved in teaching medical and dental students as well as medical residents either during ward rotations or rheumatology electives. Rheumatology research months are also available for residents and students interested in pursuing a career in rheumatology.  Fellows are encouraged to develop continuity clinics in rheumatology in order to gain more experience and to learn more about managing patients with chronic disease.