Dr. James Louie will chronicle the lives and art of three inspiring artists: Pierre-Auguste Renoir with rheumatoid arthritis, Paul Klee with scleroderma, and Ruth Asawa who was inflicted with lupus. The talk will explore how these artists took charge of their respective diseases and continued to express themselves visually despite their medical and physical challenges.
Dr. Louie earned his medical degree at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, trained in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, and completed Fellowships in Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology at UCLA. He then served as Chief, Medical Resident in internal medicine at UCLA.
Following a sabbatical at the NIH, he served as Chief, Division of Rheumatology, at the Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California, and as faculty member in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine for 30 years. He then facilitated translational and clinical studies of biologic therapies at Amgen fro 2002 to 2007.
With expertise in inflammatory immune-mediated and infectious rheumatic diseases, Dr. Louie has authored or coauthored more than 60 peer-reviewed research papers, authored several chapters and co-edited texts. Dr. Louie is recognized as a Master of the American College of Rheumatology and as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Currently, Dr. Louie is Professor Emeritus of Medicine, teaching and assisting in clinical studies at the UCLA School of Medicine.