Teja Mahadeshwar Kapoor, MD

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Teja Kapoor, MD is a graduate of New York Medical College and completed her internal medicine residency at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. She completed her Rheumatology fellowship at Columbia-NY Presbyterian, before joining full-time academic faculty. Dr. Kapoor is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Program Director for the Columbia Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program.

Dr. Kapoor has clinical and research interests in Sjogren’s Disease and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), with years of experience in managing patients with complex multi-organ involvement of their autoimmune disease. She has lectured on SLE and Sjogren’s Disease at regional, national, and international conferences, with a multitude of book chapters and peer-reviewed article publications on the topics of autoimmune diseases. She is the recipient of the 2023-2024 Daniel V. Kimberg Memorial Junior Faculty Award for outstanding teaching of fellows, residents, and medical students.   She is the Course Co-Director for Rheumatology and Autoimmunity for medical students at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.


Areas of Expertise:

  1. Sjogren’s Syndrome
  2. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 
  3. Autoimmune Disease in Pregnancy
  4. Joint Injections
  5. Rheumatology

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Autoimmune Disease in Pregnancy
  • Joint Injections
  • Lupus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • SLE - Systemic Lupus Erythematosis
  • Trigger Finger Therapy

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital


  • Hindi
  • Marathi


  • Female

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3050 Corlear Avenue
Bronx, NY 10463
161 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MD, New York Medical College
  • Internship: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
  • Residency: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Committees, Societies, Councils

American College of Rheumatology

Board Certifications

  • Rheumatology
  • Internal Medicine


Dr. Teja Kapoor’s interest in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) began early in her career while caring for complex Lupus patients during her training at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). Her primary research interests in SLE include the establishment of the Columbia Lupus cohort and the use of large clinical databases to identify SLE patients treated at CUMC to evaluate their risk of infections, which have led to a publication evaluating the low prevalence of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. She has also presented multiple abstracts at national conferences on the risk of infections in SLE. Her overall aim in research is to find the best balance between immunosuppression while minimizing the infectious risk and complications. Her research interests also include serological biomarkers in SLE and Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease, and the LFA-REAL disease activity scoring instrument that allows for simple and efficient measurement of Lupus activity for use in clinical trials and clinical practices, which have led to abstract presentations at national conferences.


She has an interdisciplinary approach to managing her large cohort of patients with Sjogren’s Syndrome, working with Ophthalmology, Dental, ENT, Pulmonary, OB-GYN, and other specialists.

Selected Publications

Gartshteyn Y, Askanase A, Schmidt N, Bernstein E, Khalili L, Drolet R, Broderick R, Geraldino-Pardilla L, Kapoor T. COVID-19 and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: a case series. The Lancet Rheumatology.2020 May 26.

Tang, W., Khalili, L., Giles, J., Gartshteyn, Y., Kapoor, T., Guo, C., Chen, T., Theodore, D., & Askanase, A. The Rise and Fall of Hydroxychloroquine with the COVID-19 Pandemic: Narrative Review of Selected Data.  Rheumatology and Therapy. 2021 8(2), 681–691.   

Kapoor T, Mahadeshwar P, Hui-Yuen, J, Quinnies K, Tatonetti N, Gartshteyn Y, Guo C, Geraldino-Pardilla L, Askanase A. Prevalence of Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML) in adults and children with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Lupus Science and Medicine. 2020

Gartshteyn Y, Tamargo M, Fleischer S, Kapoor T, Li J, Askanase A, Winchester R, Geraldino-Pardilla L.   Endomyocardial biopsies in the diagnosis of myocardial involvement in systemic lupus erythematosus. Lupus. 2020 Feb;29(2):199-204

Geraldino-Pardilla L, Perel-Winkler A, Miceli J, Neville K, Danias G, Nguyen S, Dervieux T, Kapoor T, Giles J, Askanase A. Association between hydroxychloroquine levels and disease activity in a predominantly Hispanic systemic lupus erythematosus cohort. Lupus. 2019 Jun;28(7):862-867.

Geraldino-Pardilla L, Kapoor TM, Canto I, Perez-Recio T, Then J, Tineo C, Loyo E, Askanase A.  Damage accrual in systemic lupus erythematosus in Dominicans in New York City and the Dominican Republic. Lupus. 2018 Oct;27(12):1989-1995.

Askanase AD, Nguyen SC, Costenbader K, Lim SS, Kamen D, Aranow C, Grossman J, Kapoor TM, Baker-Frost D, Aberle T, Thanou-Stavraki A, Hanrahan LM, Kim M, Merrill JT. Comparison of the Lupus Foundation of America-Rapid Evaluation of Activity in Lupus to More Complex Disease Activity Instruments as Evaluated by Clinical Investigators or Real-World Clinicians. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2018 Jul;70(7):1058-1063.

Askanase AD, Nguyen SC, Costenbader K, Lim SS, Kamen D, Aranow C, Grossman J, Kapoor TM, Baker-Frost D, Aberle T, Thanou-Stavraki A, Hanrahan LM, Kim M, Merrill JT. A Rapid Evaluation of Activity of Lupus (LFA-REALTM) Correlates with More Complex Disease Activity Instruments Whether Evaluated by Clinical Investigators or Real-World Clinicians. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken), Oct 2017.

Kapoor TM., Mahadeshwar, P., Nguyen, S., Li, J., Kapoor, S., Bathon, J., Giles, J., Askanase, A. Low prevalence of Pneumocystis pneumonia in hospitalized patients with systemic lupus erythematosus: review of a clinical data warehouse. 2017. Lupus: 961203317703494.  

Kapoor T, Walker M, Sum M. Neurovascular Consequences of Systemic disease – Lupus and Primary Hyperparathyroidism, Neurovascular Neuropsychology, 2nd edition. Springer August 2020.

Kapoor T, Mahadeshwar P, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Absolute Rheumatology Board Review, 1st edition 2019. Springer; October 2019.

Kapoor TM, Bathon J.  Renal Manifestations of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America. 2018 Nov;44(4):571-584.

Wang S, Tanner S, Kapoor T, Perez T, D'Agati VD, Askanase A, Winchester R, Geraldino-Pardilla L. A Higher Activity Index at Initial Renal Biopsy Is Associated with Rapid Progression to Renal Failure in Patients with Refractory Lupus Nephritis [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2018; 70 (suppl 10).  

Danias, G, Kim Y, Marone A, Neville K, Frantz A, Kapoor T, Geraldino-Pardilla, Kymissis I, Hielscher A, Askanase A. Diagnosing SLE arthritis with Dynamic Optical Spectroscopy [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatology. 2018; 70 (suppl 10).

Epstein, H, Pena DP, Di Cocco B, Kapoor T, Askanase A. The Role of Hydroxychloroquine in the Treatment of Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2017; 69 (suppl 10).

Gartshteyn Y, Hui-Yuen J, Okado M, Kapoor T, Dervieux T, Askanase A. Cell-Bound Complement Activation Products as Markers of Disease Flares in Childhood Onset Systemic Lupus Erythematosus [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2017; 69 (suppl 10)

Kapoor T, Mahadeshwar P, Bhandari B, Li J, Bathon J, Nguyen S, Askanase AD.Herpetic Viruses in Lupus [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2016; 68 (suppl 10).

Neville K, Miceli J, Li J, Nguyen S, Kapoor T, Askanase A. Estimated Cost of SLE Hospitalizations [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2016; 68 (suppl 10).

Mahadeshwar T, Kim H, Tikotekar A, Parikh A. Timing of renal replacement therapy: is it when or how much? Crit Care. 2013; 17(4): 445