Dr. Brahn received his MD degree with Honors from the University of Chicago in 1978 and did his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco. He then completed a Rheumatology & Immunology Fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women's Hospital and continued on as a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty prior to joining UCLA in 1986.
Dr. Brahn runs a biomedical research laboratory in molecular immunology as well as a clinical research program primarily interested in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. At the UCLA Medical Center, he is the Chair of the Clinical Laboratories Executive Committee and Director of the Rheumatology Training Program. Dr. Brahn has authored numerous biomedical publications and has served on the Editorial Board or as a scientific reviewer for 37 journals and organizations. He has worked in many capacities for the American College of Rheumatology, most recently a 3-year term as the web Editor and Chair of the Electronic Technologies Committee, Chair of the National Scientific Abstract Selection Committee (Rheumatoid Arthritis Models), as well as Advisory Editor Arthritis & Rheumatism.