Professor Steffen Gay graduated from the Medical School at the University in Leipzig. Holding office from 1976-1996 at the Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama in Birmingham AL, he served there as Professor of Medicine from 1984-1996. Since 1996 he is Professor of Experimental Rheumatology at the University Hospital of Zurich and serves since 2016 as a consultant to the Department of Rheumatology in Zurich.
Steffen Gay has published largely related to the molecular and cellular basis of rheumatic diseases. He is an Honorary Member of the American Association of Physicians (AAP) and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He became the Spinoza Professor for 2002 at University of Amsterdam and a member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina in 2004. In 2008, he received the Kussmaul-Medal from the German Society of Rheumatology and in 2011 he became Honorary Member of EULAR and in 2015 MASTER of the American College of Rheumatology.