James J. Curran, MD

Rheumatology | More

Professor of Medicine

UChicago Faculty Physicians hold faculty positions with the University of Chicago and provide care for patients on the academic health system’s main campus in Hyde Park and in care centers throughout the Chicago region.

James Curran, MD, is an expert rheumatologist, specializing in late onset rheumatoid arthritis. He was the first doctor to define therapeutic requirements and clinical outcomes of the disease, when he published the initial 50 cases in Seminars of Arthritis & Rheumatism in 1992. Dr. Curran also has expertise in inflammatory muscle diseases, including polymyositis and dermatomyositis.

Dr. Curran's research focuses on improving treatment options for patients with inflammatory diseases. In one study, he examined the use of IL6 and Rituxan to treat advanced rheumatoid arthritis. In another, he and his colleagues studied the impact of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors in patients with refractory sarcoidosis.

An accomplished author and speaker, Dr. Curran has published abstracts and articles in several peer-reviewed journals and is frequently asked to present at conferences on arthritis and autoimmune disease. For the past 10 years, he has been named one of the "Top Doctors in Chicago" by Chicago magazine and one of "America’s Top Doctors" by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.


Areas of Expertise

  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Vasculitis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Polymyositis

Medical Education

  • University of Illinois College of Medicine


  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center


  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center


  • University of Chicago Medicine

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • Lupus Foundation of America
  • Chicago Medical Society
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Rheumatism Association
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • American Medical Association
  • Chicago Rheumatism Society
  • Scleroderma Foundation of Greater Chicago
  • Aetna HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)
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At a Glance

Practicing Since1976

Board Certifications

  • Rheumatology
  • Internal Medicine

Languages Spoken

  • English