Dr. Taher Mahmud wants to eradicate osteoporosis!
Q - Dr. Mahmud, tell me how you decided to become a Rheumatologist? Why did you select that specialty?
A - I was always interested in research and immunology and was fortunate to do a research project while a clinical medical student; the findings were presented in scientific meetings and published in Rheumatology journals (characterization of auto-antibodies in scleroderma). I actually ended up doing clinical rheumatology as a stop gap, while waiting for funding for a research project in gastroenterology. By chance, I attended the American College of Rheumatology meeting in San Antonio and came across a lot of exciting treatments for inflammatory disease, that allowed patients to have a normal quality of life. I was then awarded a research grant to study the effects of NSAIDS (aspirin / diclofenac-like drugs) on the gut, and mechanisms of toxicity in experimental lab models and in different ethnic groups.