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photo Yong Gil Hwang, MD


Assistant Professor of Medicine


Phone: 412-784-1466

Office: 600 Oxford Drive, Suite 210
Monroeville, PA 15146
Phone: 412-784-1466
Education and Training
MD, University of Ulsan, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea, 1999
Residency in Family Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan, Seoul, Korea, 2004
Internship/Residence in Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, 2009
Fellowship in Geriatrics, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, 2010
Fellowship in Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, 2012
Research Interest
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common immune-mediated disease. Patients with established RA indicate that 47% of patients continue to have widespread pain despite relatively low levels of inflammation. My current research interest is to identify subgroups of RA patients with distinct pain, inflammation, and psychosocial factors and to investigate whether there are different treatment responses among subgroups.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Hwang is clinically interested in Rheumatoid arthritis and hypermobility syndrome, and how these two diseases can impact patient reported outcomes.
Educational Interest
As our population is inexorably aging, medicine is faced with an ever growing number of older patients with multiple and complex problems. Although patients over 65 years still compose about 15% of the total population, they are consuming about 50% of rheumatology resources. My academic goals have a research focus with:
1. Understanding underlying mechanisms of frailty, immunosenescence, autoimmunity with aging and inflamm-aging (low grade chronic inflammation and inflammatory reactions in aging process) and expanding clinical applicability of these findings.
2. Developing a new curriculum for geriatric rheumatology which will help geriatrics and rheumatology trainees to prepare for future challenges in aging society.
Selected Publications:
Hwang, Y., Wasan, A., Feng, J., Lyons, J., Eng, H., Fabio, A., Moreland, L.W. Lower ratings of pain intensity in older adults lead to underestimation of disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Int J Clin Rheumatol. 2017; 12(2): 28-37.
Hwang, Y.G., Balasubramani, G.K., Metes, I.D., Levesque, M.C., Bridges, S.L. Jr., Moreland, L.W. Differential response of serum amyloid A to different therapies in early rheumatoid arthritis and its potential value as a disease activity biomarker. Arthritis Res Ther. 2016; 18(1): 108.
Hwang, Y.G., Saag, K. The safety of low-dose glucocorticoids in rheumatic diseases: results from observational studies. Neuroimmunomodulation. 2015; 22(1-2): 72-82.
Hwang, Y.G., Kwoh, C.K. The METEOR trial: no rush to repair a torn meniscus. Cleve Clin J Med. 2014; 81(4): 226-232.
Hwang, Y.G., Moreland, L.W. 4. Induction therapy with combination TNF inhibitor and methotrexate in early rheumatoid arthritis. Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2014; 16(5): 417.
Y Hwang, H Hsu, F Lim, Q Wu, P Yang, G Fisher, GR Hunter, JD Mountz. Increased vitamin D is associated with decline of naïve, but accumulation of effector, CD8 T cells during early aging. Advances in Aging Research. 2013; 2(2): 72-80.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Pilot Study Using PainDetect in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Pfizer Inc.
Grant Number: RES
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2018