Maximilian F. Konig MDDivision of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Dr. Konig is a rheumatologist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. He received his medical degree from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital and fellowship in rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has a long-standing interest in mechanisms of disease initiation and propagation in autoimmune rheumatic disease, particularly the role of periodontitis in rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
In his work with Dr. Felipe Andrade, they identified Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans leukotoxin A as a driver of neutrophil hypercitrullination in periodontitis, linking Aa to the immunopathogenesis of RA (Konig MF et al. Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans-induced hypercitrullination links periodontal infection to autoimmunity in rheumatoid arthritis. Sci Transl Med. 2016;8(369):369ra176. doi:10.1126/scitranslmed.aaj1921).