Richard S. Panush


Areas of treatment:



  • Rheumatology


  • Department of Medicine


  • English
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Richard S. Panush, MD

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • USC Healthcare Center 2

About this doctor:

Dr. Richard Panush was born in Detroit, Michigan. He received his undergraduate (BA 1965) and medical school (MD 1967) education at the University of Michigan (AOA medical honorary society (1966). Dr. Panush completed his internal medicine residency training at Duke University Medical Center. He undertook fellowship training in rheumatology and clinical immunology at the Robert Breck and Peter Bent Brigham Hospitals at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Panush went to the University of Florida in 1973, where he was Chief of the Division of Clinical Immunology, Rheumatology and Allergy at the University of Florida College of Medicine and affiliated Veterans Administration Medical Center from 1976 to 1988, and subsequently was the Clinical Arthritis Scholar Professor of Medicine. In 1989 Dr. Panush accepted an appointment as Chairman and Program Director, Department of Medicine, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey (the nation’s 13th best hospital in a recent survey); he was Professor (1989- present) and Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine (1989-1998), University of Medicine and Dentistry – New Jersey Medical School, Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1999- 2008, Professor of Medical Humanities, Drew University. In October 2010 he accepted an appointment as Professor of Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. Dr. Panush has been President, Southeast Region American College of Rheumatology; Editor of Postgraduate Advances in Rheumatology; Editor-in-chief of the Yearbook of Rheumatology; on the editorial boards of Arthritis and Rheumatism, The Bulletin on the Rheumatic Diseases, and the Journal of Rheumatology; an editor of the rheumatology section of the Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Program of the American College of Physicians and Associate Editor of their Physician Information and Education Resource Project; Associate Editor of ACR News; has edited the American College of Rheumatology Hotline; has been features editor of the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology; writes a column for The Rheumatologist; served on the Arthritis Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration; served on the Alternative Medicine Program Advisory Council, National Institutes of Health, served on American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting, Education, Communications and Marketing, Industry Relations, Curriculum, and Planning Committees; chaired the American College of Rheumatology Sponsored Programs, Public Forum, Complementary and Alternative Remedies, and Board’s Ethics Committees; was on the American College of Rheumatology Board of Directors; was a member of the American Board of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation Board of Directors; was recipient of the American College of Rheumatology Distinguished Service Award (2005); is a Master of the American College of Physicians (2007)and of the American College of Rheumatology (2008); was a member of other committees of the Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine, American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, American College of Physicians and American Board of Internal Medicine; and was a member of the founding Organizational Work Group, Council, President of the Association of Chiefs and Chairs of Medicine, and recipient of their first Distinguished Service Award, and President-Elect of the National Society of Clinical Rheumatologists. He was honored by Saint Barnabas Medical Center for his distinguished service as Department Chair for 22 years with establishment of the Rena and Richard Panush endowment for Medical Humanities and the Richard S. Panush, MD, Annual Medical Humanities Lecture series. The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey recognized him with its Leadership Award for Humanism in Medicine. He has written over 500 scientific publications and is widely recognized for his expertise on various aspects of rheumatic diseases and clinical immunology, and for his perspectives on medicine. Dr. Panush’s research has been cited in Time magazine, he has been invited to write about arthritis for Encyclopedia Britannica, and he has been listed in the Best Doctors in America.


Doctor of Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, 1967


Duke University Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 1967 - 1968


Duke University Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 1968 - 1969


Harvard Medical School, Robert Breck and Peter Bent Brigham Hospitals, Rheumatology - Immunology, 1969 - 1971


Board Certified, Internal Medicine
Board Certified, Rheumatology


Phi Beta Kappa
Outstanding Students, Scholarship Award, University of Michigan Medical School
Alpha Omega Alpha
Research Associate, Veterans Administration
Merit Review Grant Award, Veterans Administration
Preceptor, VA Clinical Investigator Awardees, Arthritis Health Professions Association Doctoral Fellowship-Research
Grant Awardee, ACR Fellow Awardees, Young Investigator Awardee, Preceptor, ACP Associate Awardees
Featured in Time Magazine, NY Times, Washington Post, USA Today, ABC Nightly News, NBC Nightly News, Physicians J
Journal Update (Lifetime Medicine Television);
Contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica
The Best Doctors in America
How to Find the Best Doctors: New York Metro Area, Profile
The Best Doctors in New York
America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals
Numerous Visiting Professorships, Guest/Invited Lectures
The Distinguished Service Award (Award of Distinction), American College of Rheumatology
Director, Education Innovation Project participating program, RRC-Medicine, ACGME
Master, American College of Physicians
Master, American College of Rheumatology
Leadership Award For Humanism in Healthcare, Healthcare Foundation of NJ
Panush Fund For Medical Humanities, established by Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Richard S. Panush, MD, Lecture Series for Medical Humanities, established by Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Distinguished Service Award (first recipient), Association of Chiefs and Chair of Medicine (ACCM/AAIM)