Bernardo Antonio Pons-Estel is Head of Rheumatology at the Cardiovascular Institute of Rosario, Rosario, Argentina.
Professor Pons-Estel obtained his medical degree from the National University of Rosario and received a Rheumatology Scholarship from the Rosario University Medical Centre before completing a Fellowship within the Division of Rheumatology at the Bellevue Hospital, New York University Medical Centre, New York, USA in 1982.
In 1983–1984, Professor Pons-Estel completed his MD at the Division of Rheumatology and Immunology, University of Missouri Cancer Research Centre, Columbia, Missouri and Irvington House Institute, University Hospital, New York University Medical Centre, New York.
Professor Pons-Estel is the Principal co-ordinator for the Latin American Group for the Study of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (GLADEL) and the Genomic Study of Latin-American Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. He is also President of the Argentine Rheumatology Society for 2011–2013 and is an International Member of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).
Professor Pons-Estel has authored and co-authored more than 65 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Genetics, American Journal of Human Genetics, Lupus, Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, Rheumatology, Journal of Rheumatology, Arthritis and Rheumatism and Genes and Immunity.