Sung Sam Lim, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology Clinical Director, Division of Rheumatology


Emory Healthcare clinical profile

Dr. Lim received his undergraduate education at Duke University with a B.A. in Chemistry and his medical degree from the State University of New York at Brooklyn. He did his internal medicine training and rheumatology fellowship at Emory and remained on as faculty since 2002. He also has a MPH in epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory. He spends the majority of his clinical, research, and teaching time at Grady Memorial Hospital, an indigent care hospital that serves as Emory’s main teaching hospital. His main interest is outcomes and epidemiology of systemic lupus erythematosus. He is the PI of several grants, the largest of which is the CDC-funded Georgia Lupus Registry. This population-based registry will more accurately determine the prevalence and incidence of lupus in Atlanta. He is the director and primary clinician of the Grady Lupus Clinic, where over 400 patients are treated. He is the Center Director for the Emory site in the Lupus Clinical Trials Consortium and is involved in several lupus clinical trials. Dr. Lim is also the recipient of the American College of Rheumatology’s Clinical Investigator Fellowship Award.

Dr. Lim is involved in several research projects that seek to understand the epidemiology and outcomes of systemic lupus erythematosus, particularly as it impacts lower socioeconomic African-Americans. He hopes to continue this research program by furthering the success of the Georgia Lupus Registry and Grady Lupus Clinic.

Dr. Lim has a particular interest in lupus epidemiology and outcomes, especially as it relates to African-Americans and disparities. He is the PI of the CDC-funded Georgia Lupus Registry and several lupus clinical trials.

Dr. Lim is involved in teaching courses for the 2nd and 3rd year medical students, particularly topics related to lupus. He has regularly given talks to various departments, including Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Medicine. He primarily is involved in clinical education at Grady Hospital to both Emory and Morehouse medical students, residents, and fellows.

He chairs the Early Career Subcommittee of the Faculty Development Committee in the Department of Medicine. He is also a member of the Faculty Development Committee itself. He sits on the Young Investigator Subcommittee of the Committee on Research (ACR) and is moderating a special session for young investigators at this year’s annual conference. He is on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America and chairs the Medical Advisory Committee.


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