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Laura Christine Cappelli, M.D., M.H.S., M.S.

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  • Assistant Professor of Medicine


Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

Research Interests

Arthritis; Rheumatology; Inflammation


Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

5200 Eastern Ave.
Mason F. Lord Building, Center Tower Suite 4100
Baltimore, MD 21224 map


Dr. Laura Cappelli is an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include internal medicine and rheumatology. 

Dr. Cappelli earned her M.D. from Johns Hopkins. She completed her residency in internal medicine and performed a fellowship in rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Cappelli's research focuses on different forms inflammatory arthritis. Specifically, she studies a new type of inflammatory arthritis due to immunotherapy treatments for cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. more


  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor of Oncology

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2010)


  • Internal Medicine; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2013)


  • Rheumatology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2016)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (2013)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Rheumatology) (2016)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Cappelli has started a research program to evaluate the rheumatologic adverse effects of cancer immunotherapy.  New agents, called immune checkpoint inhibitors, work to boost patients’ own immune systems to fight their cancer, leading to great advances in treatment. However, they can also lead to adverse events as a result of their mechanism of action.  Rheumatologists are seeing patients with inflammatory arthritis, immune-mediated dry mouth and dry eyes, myositis, vasculitis and other adverse events due to cancer immunotherapy. Dr. Cappelli is investigating several different aspects of these adverse events including the clinical characteristics, epidemiology, impact on patients, and the biologic mechanisms. Her work involves collaborations with oncologists and laboratory investigators in rheumatology and oncology. Through this research, guidelines for evaluation and management of adverse events can be developed and those at greatest risk for adverse events may be identified.  

Dr. Cappelli also has a research interest in rheumatoid arthritis. She focuses on the use of autoantibodies as biomarkers and on patients with seronegative rheumatoid arthritis. 

Selected Publications

Cappelli LC, Gutierrez AK, Baer AN, Albayda J, Manno RL, Haque U, Lipson EJ, Bleich KB, Shah AA, Naidoo J, Brahmer JR, Le D, Bingham CO 3rd. Inflammatory arthritis and sicca syndrome induced by nivolumab and ipilimumab. Ann Rheum Dis. 2017 Jan;76(1):43-50. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2016-209595. PMID: 27890174

Cappelli LC, Gutierrez AK, Bingham CO 3rd, Shah AA. Rheumatic and musculoskeletal immune-related adverse events due to immune checkpoint inhibitors: A systematic review of the literature. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2016 Dec 20. doi: 10.1002/acr.23177. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27998041

Cappelli LC, Shah AA, Bingham CO 3rd. Immune-Related Adverse Effects of Cancer Immunotherapy- Implications for Rheumatology. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2017 Feb;43(1):65-78. doi: 10.1016/j.rdc.2016.09.007. PMID: 27890174

Cappelli LC, Shah AA, Bingham CO 3rd. Cancer immunotherapy-induced rheumatic diseases emerge as new clinical entities. RMD Open. 2016 Sep 28;2(2):e000321. PMID:27752360 

Cappelli, L and Wigley, F. Management of Raynaud's Phenomenon and Digital Ulcers. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2015 Aug;41(3):419-38.

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Arthritis Emerges After Cancer Immunotherapy, Medpage Today, (June 17, 2016)

Checkpoint Inhibitors Linked to Inflammatory Arthritis, Medscape (June 29, 2016)

Checkpoint Inhibitor Biologics Linked To Inflammatory Arthritis and Sicca Syndrome, (June 27, 2016) 

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