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Dr. Jorge Sanchez-Guerrero, M.D., MSc

Dr. Jorge Sanchez-Guerrero took on the position of Rheumatology Division Chief for both UHN and Mount Sinai Hospital in July, 2011. Born and raised in Mexico, Dr. Sanchez-Guerrero received his medical degree from the University of Guadalajara, and trained in internal medicine and rheumatology at the Instituto Nacional de la Nutrition (National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition). Moving to Boston, he completed a Master of Science Degree from Harvard Medical School, and finished post-doctoral training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard.

Returning to Mexico as staff Internist and rheumatologist at the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition, Dr. Sanchez-Guerrero took over as head of the hospital’s Department of Immunology and Rheumatology between 2002 and 2011.

Dr. Sanchez-Guerrero is now thrilled to be working in Toronto, overseeing several clinics, top-tier specialists, and an in-patient unit caring for patients from across Ontario with complex rheumatic diseases. Recognizing the escalating need for effective treatments, he is focused on improving our understanding of rheumatic and related disorders. “Systemic, autoimmune diseases are chronic and severe, and may involve almost any organ,” he elaborates. “Early diagnosis is very important in order to start treatment on time. Once this is achieved, the disease can be controlled.”

With his main area of research being connective tissue diseases, Dr. Sanchez-Guerrero is targeting lupus in particular; measuring its causes and breaking down how to best diagnose and treat the disease. Dr. Sanchez-Guerrero’s many accolades include the Edmund L. Dubois Award for lupus research from the American College of Rheumatology in 2001. Over 100 of his articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals.

Juggling a busy work schedule split between teaching, patient care, and a host of administrative tasks, Dr. Sanchez-Guerrero looks forward to driving rheumatology efforts forward.