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Andrew Laster, MD, Rheumatology, Charlotte, NC, Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center

AndrewLasterMDFACR

Rheumatology Charlotte, NC

Arthritis & Osteoporosis Consultants of the Carolinas

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Summary

  • Rheumatologist trained at Johns Hopkins (undergrad, med school, housestaff) and Duke (fellowship) with established 10 physician, 4 APPs ( 1 PA; 3 NPs) independent rheumatology practice in Charlotte NC . Experienced in clinical trials, public policy and medical education. Specific interests in access to skeletal health assessment as well as management of osteoporosis, inflammatory arthritis and vasculitis.

Education & Training

  • Duke University Hospital
    Duke University HospitalFellowship, Rheumatology, 1982 - 1985
  • Johns Hopkins University
    Johns Hopkins UniversityResidency, Internal Medicine, 1980 - 1982
  • Johns Hopkins University
    Johns Hopkins UniversityInternship, Internal Medicine, 1979 - 1980
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineClass of 1979
  • Johns Hopkins University
    Johns Hopkins UniversityB.A, Natural Sciences, 1975 - 1975

Certifications & Licensure

  • NC State Medical License
    NC State Medical License 1982 - 2023
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Rheumatology

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • CMS Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification NextGen Ambulatory EHR, NextGen Healthcare, 2013
  • Paul D. Miller ISCD Service Award 2007
  • ISCD VFA Instructor of the Year Award. 2007
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Publications & Presentations

PubMed

Journal Articles

  • Production of a monoclonal antibody that defines a novel, saline extractable, chromatin bound, nuclear auto-antigen.  
    Laster, A.J., Haynes, B.F, Arthritis and Rheumatism 29: (1), S36
  • Use of a monoclonal antibody specific for keratohyalin granules (KHG) to characterize abnormal epithelial maturation in the skin and thymus.  
    Laster, A.J., Haynes, B.F., J.Invest. Dermatology 33:381A
  • Human thymic epithelium contains keratins of differentiated cornified epithelium.  
    Laster, A.J., Haynes, B.F, Clinical Research 33:381A
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Abstracts/Posters

  • Antibody 3-40 binds to keratin and vimentin intermediate filaments.
    Laster, A.J., Palker, T.J., Harden, E.A, Second International Workshop and Conference on Human Leukocyte Differentiation Antigens, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Positive fluorescent antinuclear antibody tests are uncommon in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in the absence of an associated connective tissue disease.
    Laster, A.J., Bembe, M.L., McCarty, G.A, Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Rheumatism Association, San Antonio, Texas
  • Previously unrecognized connective tissue diseases in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and positive fluorescent antinuclear antibody tests.
    Laster, A.J., Bembe, M.L., McCarty, G.A., Presented at the American Federation for Clinical Research, Washington, D.C
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Press Mentions

  • Osteoporosis Drug Costs Called into Question
    Osteoporosis Drug Costs Called into QuestionAugust 16th, 2017
  • Why Collaboration Is so Important in Autoimmune Disease
    Why Collaboration Is so Important in Autoimmune DiseaseMay 8th, 2019
  • Vaccinated yet Vulnerable: COVID-19 and the Immunocompromised Patient
    Vaccinated yet Vulnerable: COVID-19 and the Immunocompromised PatientOctober 21st, 2021

Committees

  • Chair, ISCD Public Policy 2006 - Present

Professional Memberships

Hospital Affiliations