People who suffer from arthritis can’t wait for a cure. Our team offers improved access to help find relief as soon as possible via the many new therapies now available. We provide care to adult rheumatology patients at our south Tucson outpatient clinic along with a full infusion service delivering state-of-the-art biologic therapies and intravenous osteoporosis medication, also available for outside referrals. Bone density measurements are available onsite as is a full service phlebotomist...

C. Kent Kwoh, MD
Chief, Division of Rheumatology

Rheumatology

Dedicated to eradicating arthritis as a cause of human suffering through biomedical research, teaching and patient care, the Division of Rheumatology and its affiliated UA Arthritis Center were among the first to employ a multidisciplinary approach to combat arthritis and bone and connective tissue disease.

The Center’s research areas include innovative surgical techniques, use of new drug and other therapies, reduction of costs related to arthritis care, development of artificial joints and major new treatments in rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, osteoarthritis, scleroderrna, vasculitis and other related diseases.

The University of Arizona Division of Rheumatology began as the Clinical Immunology Section of the UA Department of Medicine in 1968 and was led by John “Jack” Boyer, MD, until 1983, at which point it was the Section of Rheumatology/Allergy & Immunology. It now operates largely through the UA Arthritis Center, which was founded in 1985 by then section chief Eric P. Gall, MD, and Robert G. Volz, MD. A renowned expert in joint diseases, C. Kent Kwoh, MD, became chief of the Division of Rheumatology and Center director in 2013, coming from the University of Pittsburgh Arthritis Institute where he had been director of clinical research and headed three related National Institutes of Health-funded projects.

Integrating research and patient care continues as a major emphasis for the Division of Rheumatology. Much of the work is collaborative with a multidisciplinary focus that also draws upon the strengths of other divisions, departments and colleges within the UA Health Sciences, including geriatric and orthopedic medicine and surgery.

News

UA Mobile App Tracks Zika Virus For Summer Travelers

Now available in Spanish, Kidenga is the free smartphone app that allows users to report symptoms of illness and mosquito activity. The app was created by researchers at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health to detect outbreaks of Zika, dengue and chikungunya.


UA Geriatrician Receives Award to Improve Health Outcomes of Seriously Ill Elders

UA Center on Aging member Monica Vandivort, MD, will use a $50,000 start-up grant from the Arizona Area Health Education Centers (AzAHEC) for a clinical research initiative to improve health outcomes of seriously ill elders in Sierra Vista.


Grant will Help UA Evaluate if Telemedicine Effective for Insomnia Patients

Sairam Parthasarathy, MD, director of the UA Health Sciences Center for Sleep and Circadian Sciences, has received a $250,000 grant from the American Sleep Medicine Foundation to evaluate how telemedicine can assist in the delivery of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia.


Events

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25
Endocrinology Fellows Conference
Conference or Symposium

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26
PD Lab - Hands on Practicum
Lecture or Seminar