Francesco Boin, MD



Dr. Francesco Boin is the Director of the Rheumatology Division, Kao Autoimmunity Institute at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Boin received his M.D. degree from the University of Padova Medical School (Italy). He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota) and a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical and experimental rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland).

He had been Director of the Translational Research program at the Johns Hopkins Scleroderma Center for a decade before joining UCSF in 2015 and establishing the UCSF Scleroderma Center. His clinical activity is devoted to patients with fibrosing skin disorders including systemic sclerosis, eosinophilic fasciitis, scleromyxedema as well as primary Raynaud’s phenomenon and other systemic rheumatic diseases.

Dr. Boin’s research is focused on the genetic basis and biology of immune cells involved in the pathogenesis of systemic sclerosis. He has been investigating the role of effector T cells in driving pro-inflammatory and pro-fibrotic pathways leading to scleroderma-specific tissue damage. He is also interested in discovering new molecular or cellular markers to reliably measure disease activity and to predict clinical outcome in patients with systemic sclerosis.

Throughout his academic career, Dr. Boin has been involved with teaching and mentoring medical students, residents and post-doctoral fellows .