Joseph Lerman, MD

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Deerfield, Illinois

Where did you attend college/university? 
Brown University

Where did you attend medical school? 
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

What are your career goals? 
I am interested in Academic Cardiology, and cardiovascular clinical research.

What did you do the summer before internship? 
I spent one week in Belgium with my older brother, and my Mom, who taught us both how to drive stick shift, and I also traveled to Italy with my fiancé, who is an Orthopedics Resident at Duke. It was a blast!

Besides the clinical breadth that comes from being a national referral center, the true strength of the Duke program is the people. 

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
While I wanted to train at a top academic research-focused institution, like most applicants, I was also looking for a program where I really connected with the residents and the leadership.

What are the strengths of the Duke program? 
Besides the clinical breadth that comes from being a national referral center, the true strength of the Duke program is the people. From our leadership, to my co-residents/interns, the people here are some of the most intelligent, ambitious, humble, and kind doctors I have met.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
Thus far, the faculty/house staff relationships have been wonderful. My attendings have all emphasized teaching on the wards, and have made a real effort to get to know me.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect? 
My co-interns are fantastic! On the wards, they have been an amazing source of knowledge and support. On the weekends, whether it’s hiking, barbecuing, or going out, they have made intern year a ton of fun.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
Moving to Durham from New York City, I have really enjoyed the accessibility of Downtown Durham, and it’s proximity to nature. Durham has more restaurants and things to do than you could ever need to and it’s all affordable for residents. 15 minutes away there are beautiful hiking trails and lakes, and in just 2 hours you are at the ocean. 

Where did you choose to live, and why? 
I chose to live on 9th street because of all the restaurants in walking distance, and the close proximity to the hospital.

Parting thoughts? 
This is a great program to train in, and a great place to live. Come join us!


Joshi, Aditya A., Joseph B. Lerman, Amit K. Dey, Aparna P. Sajja, Agastya D. Belur, Youssef A. Elnabawi, Justin A. Rodante, et al. “Association Between Aortic Vascular Inflammation and Coronary Artery Plaque Characteristics in Psoriasis..” Jama Cardiology 3, no. 10 (October 2018): 949–56.

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Dey, Amit K., Aditya A. Joshi, Abhishek Chaturvedi, Joseph B. Lerman, Tsion M. Aberra, Justin A. Rodante, Heather L. Teague, et al. “Association Between Skin and Aortic Vascular Inflammation in Patients With Psoriasis: A Case-Cohort Study Using Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography..” Jama Cardiology 2, no. 9 (September 2017): 1013–18.

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Lerman, Joseph B., Aditya A. Joshi, Abhishek Chaturvedi, Tsion M. Aberra, Amit K. Dey, Justin A. Rodante, Taufiq Salahuddin, et al. “Coronary Plaque Characterization in Psoriasis Reveals High-Risk Features That Improve After Treatment in a Prospective Observational Study..” Circulation 136, no. 3 (July 2017): 263–76.

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Kabbany, Mohammad Tarek, Amit Dey, Parag Shukla, Abhishek Chaturvedi, Anshuma Rana, Joshua Rivers, Jonathan Chung, et al. “IMPROVEMENT IN CHOLESTEROL EFFLUX CAPACITY IS ASSOCIATED WITH A REDUCTION IN AORTIC WALL THICKNESS BY MRI INDEPENDENT OF TRADITIONAL CV RISK FACTORS.” In Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 69:1477–1477. ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, 2017.


Lerman, Joseph B., Ira A. Parness, and Rajesh U. Shenoy. “Body Weights in Adults With Congenital Heart Disease and the Obesity Frequency.” The American Journal of Cardiology 119, no. 4 (February 2017): 638–42.

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Joshi, Aditya A., Joseph B. Lerman, Tsion M. Aberra, Mehdi Afshar, Heather L. Teague, Justin A. Rodante, Parasuram Krishnamoorthy, et al. “GlycA Is a Novel Biomarker of Inflammation and Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease in Psoriasis..” Circulation Research 119, no. 11 (November 2016): 1242–53.

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Aberra, Tsion M., Aditya A. Joshi, Joseph B. Lerman, Justin A. Rodante, Asha K. Dahiya, Heather L. Teague, Qimin Ng, et al. “Self-reported depression in psoriasis is associated with subclinical vascular diseases..” Atherosclerosis 251 (August 2016): 219–25.

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Lerman, Joseph, Aditya Joshi, Justin Rodante, Tsion Aberra, Mohammad Tarek Kabbany, Taufiq Salahuddin, Qimin Ng, et al. “IMPROVEMENT IN PSORIASIS SKIN DISEASE SEVERITY IS ASSOCIATED WITH REDUCTION OF CORONARY PLAQUE BURDEN.” In Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 67:1918–1918. Elsevier BV, 2016.

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Mehta, Nehal N., Balaji Natarajan, Martin Playford, Joseph Lerman, Mohammad Tarek Kabbany, Tsion Aberra, Qimin Ng, Heather Teague, Justin Rodante, and Aditya Joshi. “SMALL DENSE LOW-DENSITY LIPOPROTEIN (LDL) PARTICLE NUMBER PREDICTS VASCULAR INFLAMMATION INDEPENDENT OF TRADITIONAL LIPID CARDIOVASCULAR RISK FACTORS IN PSORIASIS.” In Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 67:1916–1916. Elsevier BV, 2016.

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Mehta, Nehal N., Mohammad Tarek Kabbany, Mark Ahlman, Justin Rodante, Joseph Lerman, Tsion Aberra, Joanna Silverman, et al. “DETERMINANTS OF VASCULAR INFLAMMATION BY 18-FLUORODEOXYGLUCOSE PET/MRI: FINDINGS FROM THE PSORIASIS, ATHEROSCLEROSIS AND CARDIOMETABOLIC DISEASE INITIATIVE.” In Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 67:1692–1692. Elsevier BV, 2016.

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