Fotios Koumpouras, MD

Specialty

Rheumatology

Conditions & Treatments

Lupus


Phone
(203) 680-7050
Accepting New Patients
Telehealth Visits

Biography

Fotios Koumpouras, MD, director of the Yale Lupus Program, specializes in difficult-to-diagnose rheumatic diseases, including lupus, which can cause damage, pain and inflammation in any part of the body. “These diseases are complex and require strong knowledge of medicine, and recognizing and treating them appropriately can have tremendous, positive impacts in people’s lives,” he says.

When he sees a new patient, Dr. Koumpouras likes to say, “Don’t worry. Let’s find out exactly what is going on and get it treated. Knowing is half the battle.” One of his most memorable patients has a rare form of lupus and can only receive medication through an IV. “But she always has a smile on her face and works tirelessly to get better. She travels over 600 miles to see me,” he says.

An assistant professor of medicine (rheumatology) at Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Koumpouras currently heads up three clinical trials to evaluate promising medications for patients with lupus. While the disease has been challenging for both doctors and researchers, he says that is changing with a growing knowledge about the role of hormones and environmental triggers, and the underlying mechanisms of inflammation. There is no cure for lupus, but he hopes this work will lead to better options for patients.

Gender

Male

Language(s)

English

Affiliated With

Yale Medicine

Locations

Education & Training

Education

St Georges University

Fellowship

Yale University School of Medicine

Accepted Insurance

Insurance coverage regularly changes, please contact the doctor’s office directly to verify that your specific insurance plan is accepted.

  • aetna
  • anthem bc/bs
  • berkeley care network
  • cigna healthcare
  • community care network
  • connecticare
  • corvel
  • first health network
  • focus healthcare
  • great west
  • husky
  • medicaid
  • medicare
  • multiplan
  • oxford health plans
  • railroad medicare
  • tricare/champus
  • united healthcare
  • us family health plan
  • wellcare