Francesco Boin


Director, Scleroderma Center
Passionate mountaineer, fast skier, scleroderma advocate

About me

Dr. Francesco Boin is a rheumatologist with a special focus on caring for patients with scleroderma, a chronic autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks one's body, driving the production of too much collagen, affecting skin, internal organs and blood vessels. He established and directs the UCSF Scleroderma Center, which aims to alleviate the suffering caused by scleroderma through the most advanced and compassionate care.

Boin also cares for patients with other fibrosing skin disorders (those caused by the excessive accumulation of scar tissue under the skin), including localized scleroderma (morphea), eosinophilic fasciitis and scleromyxedema. He also cares for patients with primary Raynaud's phenomenon (in which fingers and sometimes other body parts feel cold or numb) and other systemic rheumatic diseases.

In research, Boin is focused on discovering the genetic abnormalities and immune system mechanisms that drive the onset and progression of scleroderma. He has been investigating how certain immune cells can contribute to the inflammation that leads to scleroderma-specific organ damage. He is also interested in discovering new molecular or cellular markers to reliably measure disease activity and to predict outcomes for patients with scleroderma lung disease. In addition, he is involved in clinical trials of novel treatments for scleroderma, scleroderma lung disease, pulmonary hypertension and Raynaud's phenomenon.

Boin earned his medical degree cum laude from the University of Padua in Italy, where he also completed a fellowship in allergy and clinical immunology. He then completed a residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, and a fellowship in rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Boin is a member of the American College of Rheumatology and Scleroderma Clinical Trials Consortium.

In his free time, Boin is a volunteer physician with the ski patrol at the Sugar Bowl Resort in Norden, California. He loves the mountains and skiing.

  • Education

    University of Padua School of Medicine, 1993

  • Residencies

    Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Internal Medicine, 2003

  • Fellowships

    University of Padua School of Medicine, Allergy/Clinical Immunology, 1998

    IRCCS Fatebenefratelli, Immunogenetics, 2000

    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Rheumatology, 2006

There is always hope. We should never give up.

Scleroderma Clinic

400 Parnassus Ave., Floor B1
San Francisco, CA 94143

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