Doyt Ladean Conn, MD

Professor of Medicine

Department of Medicine


Born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Dr. Conn received his BA from Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, and his MD at the University of Nebraska, College of Medicine, Omaha. He interned at Wayne County General Hospital in Eloise Michigan (Detroit) and was in the United States Public Health Service, the Division of Hospitals in Galveston, Texas.

After taking his medicine residency and rheumatology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, he joined the staff of the Division of Rheumatology at Mayo in 1970. Dr. Conn served as Chair of the Division for 11 years, rose to Professor of Medicine, and was named the John Finn Minnesota Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation Professor of Medicine.

After 25 years he retired from Mayo in 1995 and became Sr. Vice President for Medical Affairs for the National Arthritis Foundation in Atlanta. Shortly thereafter he joined the Division of Rheumatology at Emory University School of Medicine and Grady Health System. Dr. Conn started working at Emory fulltime in 1998 and was named Professor of Medicine and Chief of Rheumatology at Grady. He became Division Director of Rheumatology in 1999 until 2007, then Interim Director from 2009-2012.

Dr. Conn was a member of the ABIM for Rheumatology from 1882-1988, member of ABIM Sep for Rheumatology 2006-2008. He was Editor of the Bulletin in the Rheumatic Disease, 1998-2004 and is currently Chair of the DSMB for NAIMS sponsored Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium(VCRC) studies.

Dr. Conn’s research focus has been in vasculitis and complications of RA. Since joining Emory his focus has been on outcome studies in African Americans with Rheumatoid Arthritis and on the use and misuse of prednisone in the treatment of RA. He has published over 200 papers and book chapters.


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