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Leading Dermatologist Michael P. Heffernan, M.D. And Renowned Rheumatologist Alisa E. Koch, M.D. Join Lilly Autoimmune Team

About Michael P. Heffernan, M.D.A board-certified dermatologist, Heffernan has been the principal investigator for more than 80 research studies on disorders of the skin.

Prior to his tenure in private practice, Heffernan held faculty positions at established academic institutions. At Washington University School of Medicine, he was an assistant and associate professor and director of the Dermatology Clinical Research Fellowship. He was honored at the university twice as Dermatology Teacher of the Year. More recently, he served as the chair, Department of Dermatology, at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. While there, he was appointed to the board of directors and sat on both the clinical chairs committee and executive committee.

Among his accomplishments, Heffernan served as a dermatologist in the United States Air Force and the Air Force Reserves. He has authored more than 60 publications and textbook chapters and serves on the editorial boards for leading industry publications such as the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and Archives of Dermatology.

Heffernan graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in pre-professional studies. He received his M.D. from the University of Michigan. He was a dermatology resident at Stanford University, where he served as chief resident and started his focus in clinical trials and complex medical dermatology.

"I want to thank Lilly for giving me the opportunity to help patients all over the world with life-altering skin diseases find a better quality of life," said Heffernan.

About Alisa E. Koch, M.D.Prior to holding an endowed chair at the University of Michigan, Dr. Koch held an endowed professorship, the Gallagher Professor of Arthritis Research, at Northwestern University. While there, she was awarded with the Northwestern University Distinguished Faculty Recognition. She also served as the chief of rheumatology at the Veterans Administration Chicago Health Care System, Lakeside Division, for 13 years.

Koch's research interests in the field of rheumatoid arthritis have spanned the length of her career. She is a member of more than 15 professional societies, including the Association of American Physicians. She has published more than 225 articles in a number of scientific journals, including Arthritis and Rheumatism, Science and Nature. For more than a decade, she has been the managing editor for Frontiers in Bioscience, while also sitting on a number of other editorial boards.

A board-certified rheumatologist, Koch is a member of several professional societies including the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American College of Rheumatology. In 2011, she received the Lee C. Howley Sr. Prize of the Arthritis Foundation, one of the most esteemed awards in research in her field.

Koch attended Northwestern University Medical School's honors program in medical education, where she received her bachelor's and M.D. degrees together in six years. She completed her fellowship in rheumatology at the Northwestern University Medical School.

"I'm extremely excited about being at Lilly and look forward to working with everyone to move novel therapies forward to combat rheumatic diseases," said Koch.

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