Dr. Reed received the B.A. degree in biology/zoology from the University of Kentucky and the M.D. degree from Medical College of Ohio. She completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron and a fellowship in clinical immunology/rheumatology at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She further completed a fellowship in the Division of Immunology/Rheumatology in the Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Medical School and a research fellowship in a molecular genetics laboratory at the University of Chicago.
Her work has helped to identify genes that predispose children to Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM) and to give a comprehensive understanding of the genetics of the disease. Her work also involves early detection and diagnosis with personalized treatment for JDM including improved markers of disease activity and prediction of treatment response. She is involved in international multicenter clinical trials which are working to establish outcome measures for JDM disease activity and chronicity and look for new agents to treat the disease in both adults and children. Dr. Reed is principal investigator on several research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Her findings have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Immunology, Muscle Nerve, The Journal of Rheumatology, Arthritis Care & Research, Arthritis & Rheumatism, Rheumatology and Lancet.
Dr. Reed has received many honors and awards including recent election into the Kunkel Society and Arthritis Foundation Career awards as well as two RO1s. She is chair of the Juvenile Myositis Group for the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance and past chair of the American Board of Pediatrics sub-board for Rheumatology. She supervises and advises fellows and junior faculty in their clinical and translational research projects, teaching sessions and monthly journal club.