Title: Medical Educator
Company: University of California, Los Angeles
Location: Canyon Country, California, United States
Philip Clements, Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of medical education.
An expert in the field of medicine and passionate about sharing his knowledge with others, Dr. Clements has dedicated his career to the betterment of others. He has been a professor emeritus of medicine for the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, since 2001 and has been affiliated with the institution since 1971. In preparation for his extraordinary career, Dr. Clements earned a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University in 1961 followed by a Doctor of Medicine from Indiana University in 1965. He completed a rotating internship with the University of California San Diego Medical Center from 1965 to 1966, a residency in internal medicine with the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from 1969 to 1971 and a fellowship in rheumatology with the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 1971 to 1974. Additionally, Dr. Clements earned a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1998.
Before furthering his career in the field of medicine, Dr. Clements served as a lieutenant commander of the US Navy in China Lake, CA, from 1966 to 1969. His first staff position with the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, was as an assistant professor of medicine in residence in the division of rheumatology, later working as an associate professor of medicine in residence in the same division. In 1990 he was promoted to professor of medicine in residence in the David Geffen School of Medicine. Additionally, he had a fellowship in rheumatology with the Southern California Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, was a fellow in clinical pharmacology with the University of California, Moffitt Hospital in San Francisco and has had a Philip and Jane Williams fellowship in scleroderma. Related to these pursuits, Dr. Clements worked as an associate at the Arthritis and Back Pain Center of Santa Monica, CA (1984-1987), has worked in the division of rheumatology for the Wadsworth Veterans Association Medical Center in Los Angeles and for the UCLA-Olive View Medical Center and has been associated with the Harbor General Hospital in Torrance, CA.
While invested in conducting clinical research, Dr. Clements has contributed to numerous esteemed publications. His research has revolved around rheumatology and systemic sclerosis, which he focused on when he was a fellow along with the professors who mentored him. He has co-authored “Joint Decisions (SSc)” for Rheumatology News, “Why everything (or nothing) seems to work in the treatment of scleroderma” for the Journal of Rheumatology and “Management of systemic sclerosis – a review,” for the Singapore Medical Journal. He has written, “Systemic Sclerosis: Natural history and management strategies” for the Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine, “Systemic Sclerosis: Treatment with immune modifiers,” for Rheumatology and edited 3 annual supplements about “Raynaud’s phenomenon, scleroderma, overlap syndromes, and other fibrosing syndromes” for Current Opinion in Rheumatology. He co-edited a textbook entitled, Systemic Sclerosis (two editions: 1996 and 2004). From 2003 to 2014 he served as a co-editor of “Scleroderma Care and Research”, a periodical produced by the Scleroderma Clinical Trials Consortium, a professional organization he helped co-found in 1994.
Recognized by other professionals in his field, Dr. Clements has been the recipient of multiple awards, receiving two research grants from the National Institutes of Health (1999-2005; and 2008-2015) and being named a Master of the American College of Rheumatology in 2006. He has been presented with the James R. Klinenberg Research Award, the Spirit of Hope Award from the Los Angeles Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation and has been named Doctor of the Year of the National Office with the Scleroderma Foundation. He has also been included as a listee with Top Doctors in America from 2001 to 2005 and The Best Doctors in America in 1992, 1994 and 1996. Bettering any organization with which he is affiliated, Dr. Clements was the president of the Scleroderma Clinical Trials Consortium from 2000 to 2004 and is a member of the American College of Rheumatology. An expert and elder in his field, he spends time training young doctors, particularly in the broad field of rheumatology, helping them perfect their diagnostic skills and treatment plans. He considers his best achievement as being part of the group that led the studies that convincingly demonstrated that two medications could modify the scarring of lung and skin caused by systemic sclerosis (results published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2006 and Lancet Respiratory Medicine in 2016). Widely accomplished and immensely successful, Dr. Clements has been awarded The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in Who’s Who in America.
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