Dr. Brian Walitt, associate professor of Medicine, Georgetown University Medical Center, is the research director and associate director of the Division of Rheumatology at Washington Hospital Center. He is actively involved in both clinical and investigative rheumatology. His research foci include chronic pain disorders and the epidemiology of rheumatic disease. He is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology.
Training and Education
Dr. Walitt completed his medical training at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1998. He completed a categorical internal medicine residency at The George Washington University Hospital in 2001. He completed a clinical fellowship in rheumatology in 2004 and a research fellowship in rheumatology in 2006 at Washington Hospital Center. He completed a master of public health in epidemiology at The George Washington University in 2006.
Dr. Walitt has received several intramural and pharmaceutical research grants in the areas of fibromyalgia. He was selected as a Centocor Health Outcomes in Rheumatic Disease fellow. He was awarded an American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation Clinical Investigator Fellowship Award for his work with postmenopausal hormone therapy in rheumatic disease. He is currently a co-investigator in the Women’s Health Initiative and an active investigator for the Cochrane review. He is a member of the OMERACT fibromyalgia committee. He has performed several investigator-initiated studies in fibromyalgia using neuroimaging techniques and neuropsychological instruments. He is also actively involved with pharmaceutical trials for the treatment of fibromyalgia. He was most recently awarded the American College of Rheumatology Investigator Award for his study entitled ‘The effects of exercise therapy on brain function in fibromyalgia’.
Honors, Awards and Society Memberships
He is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and a member of the American College of Physicians. He has been awarded multiple honors at the local and national level in recognition of his research. He was chosen as a young investigator of the US Bone and Joint Decade.
American Board of Internal Medicine – Internal Medicine and Rheumatology
Practice Focus: pain syndromes, general rheumatology