Education

Undergraduate
Pomona College , Zoology
Medical School
Tulane University (1977), Medicine

Research Interest

  • Biologic therapy of systemic onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Publications

Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Meta-analysis of shared genetic architecture across ten pediatric autoimmune diseases.
Li YR, Li J, Zhao SD, Bradfield JP, Mentch FD, Maggadottir SM, Hou C, Abrams DJ, Chang D, Gao F, Guo Y, Wei Z, Connolly JJ, Cardinale CJ, Bakay M, Glessner JT, Li D, Kao C, Thomas KA, Qiu H, Chiavacci RM, Kim CE, Wang F, Snyder J, Richie MD, Flatø B, Førre Ø, Denson LA, Thompson SD, Becker ML, Guthery SL, Latiano A, Perez E, Resnick E, Russell RK, Wilson DC, Silverberg MS, Annese V, Lie BA, Punaro M, Dubinsky MC, Monos DS, Strisciuglio C, Staiano A, Miele E, Kugathasan S, Ellis JA, Munro JE, Sullivan KE, Wise CA, Chapel H, Cunningham-Rundles C, Grant SF, Orange JS, Sleiman PM, Behrens EM, Griffiths AM, Satsangi J, Finkel TH, Keinan A, Prak ET, Polychronakos C, Baldassano RN, Li H, Keating BJ, Hakonarson H Nat. Med. 2015 Aug
Long-Term Safety, Efficacy, and Quality of Life with Intravenous Abatacept in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Up to 7 Years of Treatment.
Lovell DJ, Ruperto N, Mouy R, Paz E, Rubio-Pérez N, Silva CA, Abud-Mendoza C, Burgos-Vargas R, Gerloni V, Melo-Gomes JA, Saad-Magalhaes C, Chavez-Corrales J, Huemer C, Kivitz A, Blanco FJ, Foeldvari I, Hofer M, Huppertz HI, Deslandre CJ, Minden K, Punaro M, Block AJ, Giannini EH, Martini A Arthritis & rheumatology (Hoboken, N.J.) 2015 Jun
Rilonacept pharmacokinetics in children with systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
Autmizguine J, Cohen-Wolkowiez M, Ilowite N J Clin Pharmacol 2015 Jan 55 1 39-44
Epistasis amongst PTPN2 and genes of the vitamin D pathway contributes to risk of juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
Ellis JA, Scurrah KJ, Li YR, Ponsonby AL, Chavez RA, Pezic A, Dwyer T, Akikusa JD, Allen RC, Becker ML, Thompson SD, Lie BA, Flatø B, Førre O, Punaro M, Wise C, Finkel TH, Hakonarson H, Munro JE J. Steroid Biochem. Mol. Biol. 2015 Jan 145 113-20
Genetic sharing and heritability of paediatric age of onset autoimmune diseases.
Li YR, Zhao SD, Li J, Bradfield JP, Mohebnasab M, Steel L, Kobie J, Abrams DJ, Mentch FD, Glessner JT, Guo Y, Wei Z, Connolly JJ, Cardinale CJ, Bakay M, Li D, Maggadottir SM, Thomas KA, Qui H, Chiavacci RM, Kim CE, Wang F, Snyder J, Flatø B, Førre Ø, Denson LA, Thompson SD, Becker ML, Guthery SL, Latiano A, Perez E, Resnick E, Strisciuglio C, Staiano A, Miele E, Silverberg MS, Lie BA, Punaro M, Russell RK, Wilson DC, Dubinsky MC, Monos DS, Annese V, Munro JE, Wise C, Chapel H, Cunningham-Rundles C, Orange JS, Behrens EM, Sullivan KE, Kugathasan S, Griffiths AM, Satsangi J, Grant SF, Sleiman PM, Finkel TH, Polychronakos C, Baldassano RN, Luning Prak ET, Ellis JA, Li H, Keating BJ, Hakonarson H Nat Commun 2015 6 8442
Use of microarrays in the clinical practice of pediatric rheumatology: the future is now?
Punaro M Curr Opin Rheumatol 2014 Sep 26 5 585-91
Extension Study of Participants from the Trial of Early Aggressive Therapy in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.
Wallace CA, Ringold S, Bohnsack J, Spalding SJ, Brunner HI, Milojevic D, Schanberg LE, Higgins GC, O'Neil KM, Gottlieb BS, Hsu J, Punaro MG, Kimura Y, Hendrickson A J. Rheumatol. 2014 Sep
The randomized placebo phase study of rilonacept in the treatment of systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (RAPPORT).
Ilowite NT, Prather K, Lokhnygina Y, Schanberg LE, Elder M, Milojevic D, Verbsky JW, Spalding SJ, Kimura Y, Imundo LF, Punaro MG, Sherry DD, Tarvin SE, Zemel LS, Birmingham JD, Gottlieb BS, Miller ML, O'Neil K, Ruth NM, Wallace CA, Singer NG, Sandborg CI Arthritis & rheumatology (Hoboken, N.J.) 2014 May
IFN Priming Is Necessary but Not Sufficient To Turn on a Migratory Dendritic Cell Program in Lupus Monocytes.
Rodriguez-Pla A, Patel P, Maecker HT, Rossello-Urgell J, Baldwin N, Bennett L, Cantrell V, Baisch J, Punaro M, Gotte A, Nassi L, Wright T, Palucka AK, Banchereau J, Pascual V J. Immunol. 2014 May
Clinically Inactive Disease in a Cohort of Children with New-onset Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Treated with Early Aggressive Therapy: Time to Achievement, Total Duration, and Predictors.
Wallace CA, Giannini EH, Spalding SJ, Hashkes PJ, O'Neil KM, Zeft AS, Szer IS, Ringold S, Brunner HI, Schanberg LE, Sundel RP, Milojevic DS, Punaro MG, Chira P, Gottlieb BS, Higgins GC, Ilowite NT, Kimura Y, Johnson A, Huang B, Lovell DJ J. Rheumatol. 2014 May

Honors & Awards

  • Distinguished Clinician Scholar Award
    American College of Rheumatology (2018)
  • Nadine and Tom Craddick Professorship in Medical Education endowment
    UT Southwestern, Department of Pediatrics (2016)
  • Named Master of the American College of Rheumatology
    (2016)
  • Best Pediatric Specialists/Doctors in Dallas
    D Magazine (2015-2018)
  • Board Member, American College of Rheumatology
    (2015-2017)
  • Patricia and William L. Watson, Jr., M.D. Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine
    UT Southwestern Medical Center (2014)
  • Master, Fashena College, UT Southwestern Medical Center
    (2013-2018)
  • Silver Medal Kourir Award
    Pediatric Rheumatology European Society and Kourir (2013)
  • Visiting Professorship in Pediatric Rheumatology
    American College of Rheumatology/Amgen (2013)
  • Board Member, American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-board of Pediatric Rheumatology
    (2011-2016)
  • Best Doctors in America
    (2005-2018)
  • Texas Super Doctors
    Texas Monthly (2004-2018)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Rheumatology, Fellow (1982)