Dr. Bermas is originally from New York. After graduating from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, she completed her residency in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Drawn to immunology and autoimmune diseases, she pursued fellowship training in Rheumatology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and at the National Institutes of Health. Following her training she joined the Rheumatology faculty of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School where she was promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine. During her tenure at BWH, Dr. Bermas was the Clinical Director of the Lupus Center and Co-Director of the Program in Pregnancy and Rheumatic Diseases. Dr. Bermas brings to UTSW her strong background in the management of complex systemic rheumatic diseases with a special focus in reproductive issues including pre-conception counseling and disease management during pregnancy. Outside of work, Dr. Bermas’ interests include her family, reading, cooking and biking.


New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Campus)) (1989), Internal Medicine
Medical School
Mount Sinai School of Medicine (1989)
Brigham and Women's Hospital (1990), Rheumatology
National Institutes of Health (1993), Rheumatology

Research Interest

  • Pregnancy and Rheumatic Diseases
  • Rheumatologic Manifestations of Check-point Inhibitors
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus


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Inflammatory myositis in systemic lupus erythematosus.
Bitencourt N, Solow EB, Wright T, Bermas BL, Lupus 2020 Jun 29 7 776-781
Statin Intolerance, anti-HMGCR Antibodies, and Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor-Associated Myositis: A "Two-Hit" Autoimmune Toxicity or Clinical Predisposition?
von Itzstein MS, Khan S, Popat V, Lu R, Khan SA, Fattah FJ, Park JY, Bermas BL, Karp DR, Ahmed M, Saltarski JM, Gloria-McCutchen Y, Xie Y, Li QZ, Wakeland EK, Gerber DE, Oncologist 2020 May
American College of Rheumatology Guidance for the Management of Rheumatic Disease in Adult Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Version 1.
Mikuls TR, Johnson SR, Fraenkel L, Arasaratnam RJ, Baden LR, Bermas BL, Chatham W, Cohen S, Costenbader K, Gravallese EM, Kalil AC, Weinblatt ME, Winthrop K, Mudano AS, Turner A, Saag KG, Arthritis & rheumatology (Hoboken, N.J.) 2020 Apr
2020 American College of Rheumatology Guideline for the Management of Reproductive Health in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases.
Sammaritano LR, Bermas BL, Chakravarty EE, Chambers C, Clowse MEB, Lockshin MD, Marder W, Guyatt G, Branch DW, Buyon J, Christopher-Stine L, Crow-Hercher R, Cush J, Druzin M, Kavanaugh A, Laskin CA, Plante L, Salmon J, Simard J, Somers EC, Steen V, Tedeschi SK, Vinet E, White CW, Yazdany J, Barbhaiya M, Bettendorf B, Eudy A, Jayatilleke A, Shah AA, Sullivan N, Tarter LL, Birru Talabi M, Turgunbaev M, Turner A, D'Anci KE, Arthritis & rheumatology (Hoboken, N.J.) 2020 04 72 4 529-556
Development of a Set of Lupus-Specific Ambulatory Care Sensitive, Potentially Preventable Adverse Conditions: A Delphi Consensus Study.
Feldman CH, Speyer C, Ashby R, Bermas B, Bhattacharyya S, Chakravarty E, Everett B, Ferucci E, Hersh AO, Marty FM, Merola JF, Ramsey-Goldman R, Rovin BH, Son MB, Tarter L, Waikar S, Yazdany J, Weissman JS, Costenbader KH, Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 2019 Oct
The prevention, screening and treatment of congenital heart block from neonatal lupus: a survey of provider practices.
Clowse MEB, Eudy AM, Kiernan E, Williams MR, Bermas B, Chakravarty E, Sammaritano LR, Chambers CD, Buyon J, Rheumatology (Oxford) 2018 07 57 suppl_5 v9-v17
Trends in use of hydroxychloroquine during pregnancy in systemic lupus erythematosus patients from 2001 to 2015.
Bermas BL, Kim SC, Huybrechts K, Mogun H, Hernandez-Diaz S, Bateman BT, Desai RJ Lupus 2018 Jan 961203317749046
An evaluation of the patient-administered Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Activity Index for assessing disease activity during pregnancy.
Bermas BL, Tedeschi SK, Frits M, Shadick NA Rheumatology (Oxford) 2017 Dec 56 12 2237-2239
Rheumatologic symptoms in oncologic patients on PD-1 inhibitors.
Kuswanto WF, MacFarlane LA, Gedmintas L, Mulloy A, Choueiri TK, Bermas BL Semin. Arthritis Rheum. 2017 Oct
Lactation and Management of Postpartum Disease.
Bermas BL Rheum. Dis. Clin. North Am. 2017 May 43 2 249-262


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Honors & Awards

  • Best Doctors in Boston
  • Best Doctors in America
  • Best Doctors in America
  • Compassionate Caregiver
    Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA (2011)
  • Best Doctors in America
  • Best Doctors in America
  • Best Doctors in Boston
  • Best Doctors in Boston
  • Best Doctors in Boston
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
    Medical Honor Society (1985)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Dallas County Medical Society (2017)
  • Texas Medical Association (2017)
  • American College of Rheumatology (1993)