2009 - Karen H. Costenbader, MD

On October 16, 2009, the Lupus Foundation of America announced Karen H. Costenbader, M.D., as the 2009 recipient of the inaugural Mary Betty Stevens, M.D., Young Investigator Prize. Dr. Costenbader is a staff rheumatologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Costenbader specializes in the treatment of connective tissue disease and is the Associate Director of the Center for Lupus within the Center for Arthritis and Joint Diseases. Her research investigates risk factors associated with the development of rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. She has authored more than 35 research manuscripts, chapters, and reviews. She is a musculoskeletal disease section editor for the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making and for The International Journal of Clinical Practice. She sits on several grant review committees and acts as a reviewer for multiple journals.

Dr. Costenbader received her MD from Harvard Medical School, a Master's degree from Cambridge University in England, and her MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. She did her internal medicine internship and medical residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and her training in rheumatology at both the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham and Women's Hospital.