Eric P. Gall, MD

  • Emeritus Professor of Medicine

Eric P. Gall, MD, MACP, MACR, is one of the founders of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.  Upon his retirement in December 2016, he was named as Professor Emeritus in the University of Arizona College of Medicine.  Dr. Gall has served as president of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, a division of the American College of Rheumatology, and is a master and founding member of the American College of Rheumatology, where he was a member of the board of directors. He is a master and laureate of the American College of Physicians and secretary of the Arizona chapter. He has served on the board of trustees of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. A national expert on innovative teaching methods, Dr. Gall has previously been active on many committees addressing teaching methods and curricula at the medical school level and in the specialty of rheumatology. He has maintained a strong interest in developing educational programs for training primary care physicians, medical students and residents. Dr. Gall is widely published on rheumatology, including articles in Arthritis and Rheumatism, the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Journal of Rheumatology, and American Family Physician. Dr. Gall is also emeritus professor of medicine with the Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, where he was chair of the Department of Medicine from 1994-2009. In 2010, he returned to The University of Arizona Arthritis Center to work with the fellowship program before accepting the position of interim director.  In 1978, the UA College of Medicine was among the first 11 institutions in the nation to receive a National Institutes of Health Multipurpose Arthritis Center (MAC) grant, authorized by Congress under the National Arthritis Act, laying the foundation for the Arizona Arthritis Center. In 1985, the Arizona Board of Regents approved the concept for the Arizona Arthritis Center as a Center of Excellence at the UA College of Medicine; Dr. Gall and Robert Volz, MD, were named founding directors. A UA College of Medicine faculty member from 1973-1994, Dr. Gall also served as chief of the Section of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Gall received an AB (artium baccalaureus) degree with honors in zoology in 1962 and his medical degree in 1966 from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed an internship at the University of Cincinnati in 1967 and residencies in medicine at the University of Cincinnati in 1968 and at the University of Pennsylvania in 1971. He completed a fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1973. He served as a major and a preventive medicine officer in the U.S. Army, including a year with the 4th Infantry Division in the Republic of Vietnam from 1968-70, and was awarded the Bronze Star.

Research Interests: 

New treatments for arthritis, the development of arthritis, metabolic bone disease and hemophilic arthritis (arthritis in hemophiliacs), diseases with abnormal collagen that result in hypermobility (joint movement beyond the normal range of motion). Serves as an expert consultant on hypermobility disorders, such as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

  • MD: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1966
  • AB, Zoology, University of Pennsylvania, 1962
Honors and Awards
  • Voted in "Best Doctors in America," 2001-2014
  • Freedom of Movement Award, Arthritis Foundation, 2012
  • Internal Medicine, the University of Cincinnati
  • Internal Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania
  • Rheumatology, Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine; Subspecialty, Rheumatology