The Sjögren’s Foundation was incredibly saddened to learn of the recent passing of Dr. Harry Spiera. A distinguished and highly-regarded rheumatologist, Dr. Spiera was a friend of the Foundation since its inception and beloved by the Sjögren’s patients he cared for during his nearly 60 years in practice.
Dr. Spiera was regularly recognized as one of the top doctors in the New York Metro Area and a leading Sjögren’s expert in the United States. He was part of the Mount Sinai Health System for more than 40 years where he helped begin the Division of Rheumatology at Mount Sinai Hospital and served as its first Chief. Dr. Spiera was also a founding member of the Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation, working closely with founder and patient, Elaine Harris. In subsequent years, he remained a loyal friend, contributor, and valuable resource for the Foundation.
Most importantly, Dr. Spiera was a tireless advocate for Sjögren’s and the Sjögren's patients he served throughout his long and distinguished career. To recognize this, as well as his role in forming the Foundation, we were proud to recognize Dr. Spiera as a “Sjögren’s Foundation Champion” in 2016.
The Foundation was honored to acknowledge and thank Dr. Spiera for his role in forming the organization and his never-ending support of Sjögren’s patients and the Foundation’s efforts. Dr. Spiera’s impact can also be seen in the online tributes posted by his patients since his passing, with many crediting their lives to his care and offering thanks for his endless concern, compassion and kindness.
The Sjögren’s Foundation mourns the loss of a true hero to the Sjögren’s community and sends our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones.