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Fotios Koumpouras, MD

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Patient type treated
Child, Adult
Accepting new patients
Referral required
From physicians only
Board Certified in
Internal Medicine and Rheumatology


Fotios Koumpouras, MD, director of the Yale Lupus Program, specializes in the treatment and management of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and related disease. He also sees patients with difficult-to-diagnose rheumatic diseases, including ones with dermatologic manifestations. These disorders can cause damage, pain, and inflammation in any part of the body. “These diseases are complex and require up-to-date and specialized knowledge as well as medical experience to recognize and treat them appropriately, which in turn can have tremendously positive impacts on people’s lives,” he says.

When he sees a new patient, Dr. Koumpouras likes to “find out exactly what is going on and get it treated. Knowing is half the battle.” Many of his patients travel long distances to receive their care with Dr. Koumpouras and at Yale. “Having telemedicine as an option has really helped many of my patients continue their care even though they live far away or out of state,” he says.

An assistant professor of medicine (rheumatology) at Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Koumpouras currently heads up several clinical trials to evaluate promising medications for patients with lupus. This offers patients access to cutting-edge clinical therapeutics under investigation. “I have worked diligently to develop a clinical trial portfolio that addresses the many facets of SLE disease, including trials focused on pain, or rash, or kidney disease, for example,” he says. “Being part of the Lupus Clinical Investigator Network places us among top-flight lupus centers that are focused on lupus care.”   

There is no cure for lupus, but he hopes this work will lead to better options for patients.


  • Assistant Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)
  • Grand Rounds Course Director, Rheumatology
  • Director Yale Lupus Program
  • Fellowship Program Director, Rheumatology

Education & Training

  • Investigative Fellowship
    Yale University (2007)
  • Fellowship
    Yale University School of Medicine (2006)
  • Chief Residency
    University Hospital and Medical Center (2004)
  • Residency
    University Hospital and Medical Center (2003)
  • MD
    St. George’s University School of Medicine (2000)
  • BS
    University at Albany (1994)

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