Meenakshi Jolly, MD, MS

Rush University Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director of Rush Lupus Clinic
Associate Director of Fellowship Program

“My clinical and research efforts are focused on improving overall quality of life and health outcomes for lupus patients. LRI’s zest for collaborative creativity in the exploration of uncharted territory in lupus inquiry parallels my own goal of expanding the scope of lupus treatments from that of mainly pharmaceutical interventions to one that also incorporates screening, early diagnosis and treatment of psycho-social effects of lupus—and treatment of the disease through interdisciplinary collaborative efforts.”

Meenakshi Jolly, MD, MSSince arriving at the University of Chicago in 2001, Dr. Jolly has cared for people with lupus and other rheumatologic problems, and continues to be actively involved in educating lupus patients and their families about the disease.

She is not only director of the Rush Lupus Clinic at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center, but serves as the associate program director of the university’s rheumatology fellowship program and as an assistant professor of medicine in the department of behavioral medicine’s rheumatology section. A committed teacher and mentor, Dr. Jolly has numerous postdoctoral fellows working for her, and sits on various graduate student thesis committees.

Dr. Jolly is particularly interested and involved in researching quality of life, health outcomes, body image, and sexual health in lupus, and has presented her work on these and other topics at local and international lupus meetings dozens of times.

She has had nearly 50 research articles published, many in such esteemed medical journals as the Journal of Rheumatology and Arthritis & Rheumatism. Dr. Jolly also sits on the editorial board of Arthritis Care and Research.

A native of Delhi, India, Dr. Jolly completed her bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery at the University of Delhi—ranking first in her bachelor of sciences class there—and arrived in the United States, at the University of Cincinnati Hospital, to do an externship in internal medicine in 1995. She completed a residency in internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1999. She completed her rheumatology fellowship and Masters in Health Studies at the University of Chicago, and then served as chief of rheumatology at Christ Medical Center in Chicago.

An involved and active physician and champion for people with lupus, Dr. Jolly is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and a member of such organizations as the International Society of Quality of Life, the Chicago Rheumatism Society and the Central Society for Clinical Research.