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Jim Jarvis, MD

Professional Bio

Education and Training

  • B.A. – St John’s College, Annapolis, MD (1971-1975)
  • MD – University of Vermont College of Medicine (1975-1979)
  • Residency in Pediatrics – St Louis Children’s Hospital (1979-1982; Chief Resident 1985-1986)
  • Clinical Fellowship in Rheumatology – Barnes Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis (1984-1985)
  • Fellow in Rheumatology/Immunogenetics - Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis (1986-1989)

Research and Other Interests

Dr. Jarvis’s laboratory works on understanding genetic mechanisms that drive risk for juvenile idiopathic arthritis and other chronic inflammatory diseases that affect children.  They are particularly interested in the roles of enhancers and other non-coding regulatory elements, which we have shown are likely to harbor the largest number of risk-driving genetic variants.   They use a broad range of genetic and genomic techniques (massively parallel reporter assays, CRISPRi, MircoC, etc) to identify the true risk-driving genetic variants and the genes they affect {“target genes”) within known autoimmune disease risk regions.

Dr. Jarvis also holds an adjunct professorship in the Department of Family Medicine and serves as faculty within the University of Washington’s Center for Indigenous Health.  Dr. Jarvis has devoted a larger part of his career in mentoring indigenous students toward careers in science and/or medicine, a role he will continue to play in both the Department of Family Medicine and the Center for Indigenous Health.  He is partnering with indigenous nations to explore links between historical/ongoing trauma and health inequities, and the efficacy of culturally-based, trauma-informed approaches to reduce those inequities.