Meet Our Residents & Fellows

A Program in Partnership With Duke Global Health Institute

Laura Lewandowski, MD, MSc-GH

GHP Graduate

Pediatric Rheumatology

Department of Pediatrics


Dr. Lewandowski completed the Global Health and Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship in 2015.  She also completed a Master of Science in Global Health at Duke. She completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and earned her MD from Penn State.

For her work exploring the burden of pediatric systemic lupus erythematosus in South Africa she received a Lupus Foundation of America Career Development Award as well as a Fogarty Global Health Fellowship

Building on the knowledge that African Americans are often afflicted with severe systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Dr. Lewandowski began investigating pediatric SLE in Africa. As a result, Dr. Lewandowski found that pediatric SLE patients in Africa are younger and present with severe SLE. Through establishing this cohort, she explored the role of race in SLE severity and studied how SLE can alter risk for HIV. Through her commitment to improving lives for patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, and dedication to understanding more about the role of race in disease severity through global collaborations, Dr. Lewandowski pursued a career in clinical research which led to better understanding of this debilitating disease and interventions which will impact SLE patients worldwide.

Representative Publications

Lewandowski, L. B.; Kaplan, M. J. "Update on Cardiovascular Disease in Lupus." [In Eng]. Curr Opin Rheumatol 28, no. 5 (Sep 2016): 468-76.

Lewandowski, L. B.; Schanberg, L. E.; Thielman, N.; Phuti, A.; Kalla, A. A.; Okpechi, I.; Nourse, P.; Gajjar, P.; Faller, G.; Ambaram, P.; Reuter, H.; Spittal, G.; Scott, C. "Severe Disease Presentation and Poor Outcomes among Pediatric Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Patients in South Africa." Lupus  (Aug 03 2016).

Lewandowski, L. B.; Scott, C. "Apartheid and Healthcare Access for Paediatric Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Patients in South Africa." SAJCH South African Journal of Child Health 9, no. 2 (April 2015): 36-37.

Lewandowski, L. B.; Watt, M. H.; Schanberg, L. E.; Thielman, N. M.; Scott, C. "Missed Opportunities for Timely Diagnosis of Pediatric Lupus in South Africa: A Qualitative Study." Pediatr Rheumatol Online J 15, no. 1 (Feb 23 2017): 14.

Roberts, T.; Stephen, L.; Scott, C.; di Pasquale, T.; Naser-Eldin, A.; Chetty, M.; Shaik, S.; Lewandowski, L.; Beighton, P. "Candle Syndrome: Orodfacial Manifestations and Dental Implications." Head Face Med 11 (Dec 28 2015): 38.

Spittal, G. W.; Lewandowski, L. B.; Scott, C. "A Clinical Update on Paediatric Lupus." S Afr Med J 105, no. 12 (Dec 2015): 1075.