Dr. Makris is originally from Los Angeles, CA and received her medical training at the George Washington University Medical Center followed by residency in Internal Medicine at University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Drawn to both Rheumatology and Geriatrics, Dr. Makris completed her fellowship in Rheumatology at Yale University with a clinical research focus on degenerative, musculoskeletal conditions that affect older persons. She is particularly interested in elucidating the epidemiology of back pain in older persons with the goal of, ultimately, improving outcomes of back pain in this population. Dr. Makris brings to UTSW a strong background in general Rheumatology clinical practice and a unique clinical research interest that bridges Geriatrics and Rheumatology. Outside of medicine, Dr. Makris enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, traveling to visit extended family, outdoor activities, and nature.