James J. Curran, MD

UChicago Faculty Physicians

James J. Curran, MD

Clinical Professor of Medicine

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

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Rheumatology

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American College of Physicians
  • Chicago Medical Society
  • American Rheumatism Association
  • Chicago Rheumatism Society
  • Scleroderma Foundation of Greater Chicago
  • Lupus Foundation of America
  • American Medical Association
  • Arthritis Foundation

Practicing Since

  • 1976

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine


  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center


  • National Naval Medical Center


  • University of Chicago Medicine

News & Research

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  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
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  • 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
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  • 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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