Biography

Bonnie Bermas, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of its Division of Rheumatic Diseases. She specializes in rheumatology disorders.

Dr. Bermas earned her medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and completed a residency in internal medicine at New York- Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. She then completed advanced training through fellowships in rheumatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Bermas is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in rheumatology. She joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2017.

Prior to joining UT Southwestern, Dr. Bermas was the Clinical Director of the Lupus Center and Co-Director of the Program in Pregnancy and Rheumatic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Bermas was previously a board member of the Lupus Foundation of New England. She is a member of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), where she was part of the core writing committee for the recently published guidelines for the management of reproductive health in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. She was also part of the ACR task force for the management of rheumatic disease patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2012, she earned the National Health Information Bronze Award from Arthritis Self-Management magazine.

Her research interests include pregnancy and rheumatic diseases, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), and rheumatic immune checkpoint inhibitor adverse events. She has delivered numerous international and national invited lectures, contributed to books such as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, and published a number of academic articles.

Personal Note

Outside of work, Dr. Bermas’ interests include her family, reading, cooking, and biking.


Education

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

Research Interest

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

Publications

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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

Books

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Honors & Awards

  • Best Doctors in Boston
    (2017)
  • Best Doctors in America
    (2016)
  • Best Doctors in America
    (2015)
  • Compassionate Caregiver
    Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA (2011)
  • Best Doctors in America
    (2010)
  • Best Doctors in America
    (2009)
  • Best Doctors in Boston
    (2008)
  • Best Doctors in Boston
    (2007)
  • Best Doctors in Boston
    (2002)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
    Medical Honor Society (1985)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

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