Bonnie Bermas, M.D.

  • Dr. Morris Ziff Distinguished Professorship in Rheumatology
  • Internal Medicine - Rheumatology Diseases
  • Rheumatology Disorders


Bonnie Bermas, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in rheumatology disorders.

Dr. Bermas earned her medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and completed a residency in internal medicine at New York- Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Drawn to immunology and autoimmune diseases, she then pursued fellowship training in rheumatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Bermas is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in rheumatology. She joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2017.

Prior to joining UT Southwestern, Dr. Bermas was the Clinical Director of the Lupus Center and Co-Director of the Program in Pregnancy and Rheumatic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Bermas was previously a board member of the Lupus Foundation of New England. She is a member of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), where she was part of the core writing committee for the recently published guidelines for the management of reproductive health in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. She was also part of the ACR task force for the management of rheumatic disease patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2012, she earned the National Health Information Bronze Award from Arthritis Self-Management magazine.

Her research interests include pregnancy and rheumatic diseases, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), and rheumatic immune checkpoint inhibitor adverse events. She has delivered numerous international and national invited lectures, contributed to books such as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, and published a number of academic articles.

Personal Note

Outside of work, Dr. Bermas’ interests include her family, reading, cooking, and biking.

Education & Training
  • Residency - New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Campus)) (1986-1989), Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship - National Institutes of Health (1990-1993), Rheumatology
  • Fellowship - Brigham and Women's Hospital (1989-1990), Rheumatology
  • Medical School - Mount Sinai School of Medicine (1982-1989)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American College of Rheumatology
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor 2020-2022
  • National Health Information Bronze Award 2012, Arthritis Basics Series: “Systemic Lupus Erythematosus," Arthritis Self-Management magazine
  • Society of Teaching Scholars 2002, Harvard Medical School
  • Reproductive Immunology Special Interest Group Prize Paper 1997, American Society of Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting
  • Lange Book Award for Clinical Excellence 1986, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Lambda Chapter 1985-1986, Medical Honor Society
Books & Publications
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Rheumatologic Manifestations of Checkpoint Inhibitors
  • Pregnancy and Rheumatic Diseases

Clinical Focus

  • Rheumatology Disorders

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