Ernest R. Vina, MD, MS

  • Associate Professor, Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
  • Program Director, Rheumatology Fellowship

Dr. Vina is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He joined the University of Arizona College of Medicine and the UA Division of Rheumatology in 2014. Prior to coming to the UA, Dr. Vina served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and as a staff rheumatologist in the Veteran’s Administration Pittsburgh Healthcare System.  He was also the core investigator at the VAPHS Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, a VA Center of Excellence.

Research Interests: 

Dr. Vina’s research interests include racial disparities in systemic lupus erythematosus, treatment preferences,  racial disparities in osteoarthritis quality of care and health services. He is a member of the American College of Rheumatology, the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association and the Society for Medical Decision Making. He has authored numerous publications on racial and ethnic disparities and treatment preferences in systemic lupus erythematosus among other subjects.

Research Project: Addressing Racial Differences in Osteoarthritis Treatment

  • BS: Psychobiology, UCLA
  • MS: Health Studies, University of Chicago
  • MD: Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University, 2004
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 2008
  • Health Services Research, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2008
  • Rheumatology, Chicago Medical Center, 2011
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine - General
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology - Subspecialty