Alicia Rodriguez-Pla, MD, PhD, MPH

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - (Clinical Series Track)
  • Associate Director, Scleroderma Program

Dr. Rodriguez-Pla is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson. She earned her medical degree from the Universidad de Navarra in Spain, and went on to rheumatology training at the Hospital Santa Creu i Sant Pau and Hospital Malalties Reumatiques, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain). She then earned her Ph.D. from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, working in translational and epidemiological research on giant cell arteritis.

Her longstanding interest in vasculitis led her to pursue post-doctoral training in the United States, from 2003 to 2007, as a visiting post-doctoral research fellow at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Rodriguez-Pla gained further experience in translational research in vasculitis and had the opportunity to see many patients with vasculitis. During her last two years at Johns Hopkins, she was funded through a Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium (VCRC)/Vasculitis Foundation (VF) fellowship. She also received a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) degree at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2007.

After practicing as a clinical rheumatologist in Spain, she returned to the U.S. at the end of 2008 and worked in lupus research at Baylor Institute for Immunology Research in Dallas. She has devoted the last five years to complete a clinical fellowship in rheumatology at Boston University and residency in internal medicine at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Mass.

She has authored several case reports and research papers, primarily related to autoimmune conditions. Her clinical and research interests are vasculitis and scleroderma.

Research Interests: 

Vasculitis and scleroderma

  • MPH: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
  • PhD: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • MD: Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
  • Internal Medicine: Lahey Hospital, Burlington, Mass.
  • Rheumatology: Boston Medical Center/Boston University

Select Publications


Wang, H., A. Rodriguez-Pla, and A. Campagna, "Rapid and life-threatening heart failure induced by pazopanib.", BMJ Case Rep, vol. 2018, 2018 Aug 16. PMCID: PMC6101341  PMID: 30115717


Rodriguez-Pla, A., and P. A. Monach, "Primary angiitis of the central nervous system in adults and children.", Rheum Dis Clin North Am, vol. 41, issue 1, pp. 47-62, viii, 2015. PMID: 25399939


Rodriguez-Pla, A., P. Patel, H. T. Maecker, J. Rossello-Urgell, N. Baldwin, L. Bennett, V. Cantrell, J. Baisch, M. Punaro, A. Gotte, et al., "IFN priming is necessary but not sufficient to turn on a migratory dendritic cell program in lupus monocytes.", J Immunol, vol. 192, issue 12, pp. 5586-98, 2014 Jun 15. PMCID: PMC5467885  PMID: 24829414


Rodriguez-Pla, A., F. Martínez-Murillo, P. J. Savino, R. C. Eagle, P. Seo, and M. J. Soloski, "MMP-12, a novel matrix metalloproteinase associated with giant cell arteritis.", Rheumatology (Oxford), vol. 48, issue 11, pp. 1460-1, 2009 Nov. PMCID: PMC2782257  PMID: 19736181


Rodríguez-Pla, A., T. H. Beaty, P. J. Savino, R. C. Eagle, P. Seo, and M. J. Soloski, "Association of a nonsynonymous single-nucleotide polymorphism of matrix metalloproteinase 9 with giant cell arteritis.", Arthritis Rheum, vol. 58, issue 6, pp. 1849-53, 2008 Jun. PMID: 18512818