Dr. Saira Bilal is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
Dr. Bilal has more than 20 years of experience in clinical, research and educational medicine. She earned her medical degree from King Edward Medical University in Pakistan, completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, and sub-specialization in rheumatology at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, where she served as a Chief rheumatology fellow. Dr. Bilal moved to Washington DC in 2017 and joined George Washington University as an Assistant Professor. In this role she supervised and trained fellows, residents, and medical students. She also chaired several core committees.
Her clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis, seronegative arthritis, lupus, Sjogren's syndrome, vasculitis and joint injections. She has special interest in musculoskeletal ultrasound and has obtained the prestigious RhMSUS certification from the American College of Rheumatology.
Adomako, Emmanuel & Bilal, Saira & Liu, Yu-lun & Malik, Ayesha & Buren, Peter & Shastri, Shani & Sambandam, Kamalanathan. (2021). Idiopathic Hypokalemia in Lupus Nephritis: A Newly Recognized Entity. Kidney360.
Bilal, Saira & Shanmugam, K.. (2021). Enhancing rheumatology education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rheumatology International. 41.
McBride, Erica & Stern, Evan & Bilal, Saira. (2020). All in the Family: A Curious case of Aortopathy. Arthritis Care & Research. 74.
Ahmed, Mahboob & Raheel, Neelam & Bilal, Saira & Haroon, Nighat. (2021). Assessment of Variations in Sphenoid Sinus Pneumatization in Pakistani Population at Tertiary Care Hospital. A Retrospective Multidetector Computed Tomography Study. Pakistan Postgraduate Medical Journal. 32. 19-21.
Bilal S, Alkhatib A, Solow B, Kalva S, Segmental arterial mediolysis, mimic of Vasculitis. Journal of Clinical Interventional Radiology.
Arthritis in the Ankle: Treatments, Exercises, and Home Remedies,
Akhter E, Bilal S, Haque U. Prevalence of arthritis in India and Pakistan: a review. Rheumatol Int. 2011 Jul;31(7):849-55.
● Idiopathic Hypokalemia in Lupus Nephritis; A Previously Unrecognized Entity, ePoster Session, American Society of Nephrology (ASN), October 2020. ● Adomako E, Bilal S, Yu-lun Liu Malik A, Sambandam K
Phillpotts M, Alahmadi A, Bilal S. Acquired hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis: Identifying the Trigger in a rare hyperinflammatory disorder, GW Research Day, 2018.● Johnson A, Mcbride E, Majumdar A, Stern E, Bilal S. A curious case of Aortopathy. GW Research Day, 2018 and DC Rheumatism Fellows Forum, 2018.● Alkhatib A, Bilal S, Davila L, et al. Scleromyxedema: Importance of Keeping a Broad Differential. Seldin Research Symposium UTSW, Dallas, TX 2016.● Bilal S, Davila L, Syed N. Stroke of Bad Luck: Case describing Atypical TTP in Sjogren’s Patient. Seldin Research Symposium UTSW, Dallas, TX, 2016.● Alfreijat M, Bilal S. Catastrophic Antiphospholipid Syndrome: an extensive skin necrosis, American College of Physicians annual meeting; Baltimore, MD, 2012.● Bilal S, Campbell W. Infective Endocarditis of Patent Foreman Ovale Closure Device. American College of Physicians annual meeting; Baltimore, MD, 2012.● Bilal S, Quianzon C, Quje E, Alfreijat M, Yazaji E. Ectopic ACTH syndrome leading to tire diagnosis of Small Cell Lung Cancer. American College of Physician annual meeting; Baltimore MD, 2012.● Syed S, Akram S, Akram J, Bilal S. A Comparison of the Health of Working and Non-Working Women and that of their Children. Mayo Hospital; Lahore, Pakistan. July 2006.
The Scanning Rheum with Bilal: Ultrasound Knobology
The Scanning Rheum with Bilal: Knee Ultrasound
How to approach a patient with joint pain: Video series produced for asynchronous learning component of MSK medical student lecture series
Clinical manifestations of Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
Pathophysiology of osteoarthritis
Pathophysiology of Rheumatoid arthritis
Treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
Dr. Kempf is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
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