Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto 
Director, The Rebecca Macdonald Centre for Arthritis and Autoimmune Disease
Director, the Division of Advanced Therapeutics in Arthritis
Chairman, Canadian Rheumatology Research Consortium
Consultant, Rheumatology, Mount Sinai Hospital/University Health Network


Dr. Keystone obtained his Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of Toronto in 1969.  After a further five years of training in Rheumatology, he received his specialty degrees (or fellowships) in both Rheumatology and Internal Medicine in 1974. He then carried out his research training at the Clinical Research Centre in Harrow, London, UK until 1976. He was on staff as a consultant rheumatologist at The Wellesley Central Hospital, Toronto, Canada from 1976 to 1998 before taking up his current position at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Dr. Keystone is a professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a Senior Consultant in Rheumatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is the Chairman of the Canadian Rheumatology Research Consortium (CRRC), a national network of academic and community rheumatologists devoted to enhancing the scope and efficiency of clinical trials in Canada. Dr. Keystone founded the Arthritis and Autoimmunity Research Centre, a multidisciplinary research centre devoted to epidemiological and translational research studies in autoimmue diseases at the University Health Network. He is a senior scientist with the Arthritis and Autoimmunity Research Centre. In 2003, Dr. Keystone established The Rebecca Macdonald Centre for Arthritis and Autoimmune Disease - a centre devoted to research into genomics, therapeutics, and outcomes in autoimmune inflammatory joint disease. He is Director of the Centre and heads the Advanced Therapeutics Division which focuses on novel therapeutics in rheumatoid arthritis. He is a consultant to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry nationally and internationally, and is a member of numerous biopharmaceutical advisory boards.

Dr. Keystone is also actively engaged in laboratory research studies of immune system abnormalities in Rheumatoid Arthritis. He is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards and honours, including the Senior Investigator Award of the Canadian Rheumatology Association and most recently, in 2008, the American College of Rheumatology’s Grand Master Award. Dr. Keystone received The Big Kahuna Teaching Award at the Rheumatology Winter Clinical Symposium in Maui in January 2011. Most recently, he received the 2011 Congress of Clinical Rheumatology Outstanding Speaker Award.

Dr. Keystone is married with a son and two daughters, and two delightful grandchildren!