C. Kent Kwoh, MD

  • Director, University of Arizona Arthritis Center
  • Chief, Division of Rheumatology
  • Professor of Medicine and Medical Imaging
  • The Charles A.L. and Suzanne M. Stephens Endowed Chair in Rheumatology

Dr. Kwoh’s clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and gout. His research interests include outcome assessment and the examination of risk factors for the development and progression of a broad spectrum of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. His current work focuses on the identification of biomarkers – most notably MRI imaging biomarkers – for the development and/or progression of knee osteoarthritis and the characterization of knee pain patterns in osteoarthritis. Another line of research targets the elimination of ethnic/racial disparities in the care of patients with osteoarthritis. A third area of interest is the evaluation of state-of-the-art imaging techniques (for example, 3D imaging and thermography) to quantify inflammation in juvenile idiopathic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. His research has been funded by grants from NIAMS, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Arthritis Foundation and other organizations. He is a co-holder of three patents for a method using thermal, laser and other state-of-the-art imaging to assess the extent of arthritis in joints. Dr. Kwoh has mentored more than 30 trainees and junior faculty in the areas of epidemiology and health services research related to rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Dr. Kwoh’s professional memberships include the Arthritis Foundation, where he serves on the Public Health Committee, and the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI), where he serves as a member of the OARSI Treatment Guidelines Committee. He was a member of the OARSI Publications Committee and the Steering Committee for the OARSI-FDA initiative for the revision of the guidance document for osteoarthritis. He is a founding fellow of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and has served on the board of directors for the ACR and the Rheumatology Research Foundation. He was a member of the National Arthritis Data Workgroup sponsored by NIAMS, co-chair of the Rheumatoid Arthritis Working Group of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), which developed quality measures for rheumatoid arthritis, and co-chair of the ACR Guideline Development Subcommittee for Guidelines on the Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Currently, he serves on a Data and Safety Monitoring Board for the NIAMS and the Rheumatology Field Advisory Committee for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also is a member of the ISIS Fund Network of the Society for Women’s Health Research and has been a grant reviewer for the National Health Research Institute, Taiwan; the Arthritis Society of Canada; the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Kwoh is the author or co-author of more than 200 scientific journal articles and book chapters. He has served on the editorial board of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage and Arthritis Care and Research. He also is an ad hoc reviewer for numerous other professional journals, including Arthritis and Rheumatism, Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, Journal of Rheumatology, Genetic Epidemiology, Arthritis Care and Research, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. Dr. Kwoh has been a speaker at numerous national and international meetings, including conferences in China, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Taiwan. Dr. Kwoh received his bachelor’s degree in honors biology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1975 and his medical degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 1979. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Illinois Hospitals in 1982 and a fellowship in rheumatology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, N.H., in 1984. He also was a scholar with the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn., from 1984 to 1986. He is board-certified in internal medicine and rheumatology.

  • MD: University of Illinois - Chicago, 1979
  • BS: University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, Honors Biology, 1975
Honors and Awards
  • The Northeast Region Senior Rheumatology Scholar Award
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Award
  • Finalist - post-doctoral competition from the Society for Medical Decision Making
  • The University of Arizona Asian-American Faculty, Staff and Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award Winner
  • Internal Medicine, University of Illinois Hospitals, 1982
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Rheumatology
  • Yale University School of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar (Veteran's Administration)
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine - General
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology - Subspecialty