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photo Siamak Moghadam-Kia, MD, MPH


Assistant Professor of Medicine and Staff Rheumatologist-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Staff Rheumatologist-VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System


Phone: 412-648-9782

Office: Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower-South
3500 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-648-9782
Fax: 412-383-8864
Administrative Assistant:
Kim Reynolds
Address: Biomedical Science Tower, South - 7th Floor
3500 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-648-9782
Fax: 412-383-8753
Education and Training
M.D., Tehran University of Medical Sciences, 2003
M.P.H., University of Pittsburgh, 2015
Residency: Internal Medicine, Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center, 2012
Fellowship: Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2014
Research Interest
Dr. Moghadam-Kia’s interests are inflammatory myopathies: biomarker clinical studies
Clinical Interest
Inflammatory myopathies
Cutaneous manifestations of systemic rheumatic disease
Connective tissue disease-associated interstitial lung disease (CTD-ILD)
Rheumatoid arthritis
Educational Interest
Teaching and training rheumatology fellows and medicine residents
For my complete bibliography, Click Here.
Selected Publications:
Moghadam-Kia, S., Charlton, D., Aggarwal, R., Oddis, C.V. Management of refractory cutaneous dermatomyositis: potential role of Janus kinase inhibition with Tofacitnib. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2019; 58 (6): 1011-1015.
Aggarwal, R., Moghadam-Kia, S., Malik, A., Lacomis, D., Qi, Z., Koontz, D., Burlingame, R., Oddis, C.V. Anti-Hydroxy-3-Methylglutary-Coenzyme A reductase (Anti-HMGCR): Treatment outcomes, cancer risk and role of autoantibody level. Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology. 2019; 1-7.
Moghadam-Kia, S., Oddis, C.V., Aggarwal, R. Modern Therapies for Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies (IIMs): Role of Biologics. Clinical reviews in allergy & immunology. 2017; 52(1): 81-87.
Moghadam-Kia, S., Aggarwal, R., Oddis, C.V. Biologics for idiopathic inflammatory myopathies. Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2017; 29(6): 645-651.
Moghadam-Kia S, Oddis CV, Sata S, Kuwana M, Aggarwal R. Antimelanoma Differentiation-Associated Gene 5 Antibody: Expanding the Clinical Spectrum in North American Patients with Dermatomyositis. J Rheumatol. 2017; 44(3): 319-325.
Moghadam-Kia, S., Oddis, C.V., Sato, S., Kuwana, M., Aggarwal, R. Anti-Melanoma Differentiation-Associated Gene 5 Is Associated With Rapidly Progressive Lung Disease and Poor Survival in US Patients With Amyopathic and Myopathic Dermatomyositis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2017; 68(5): 689-694.
Moghadam-Kia, S., Oddis, C.V., Ascherman, D.P., Aggarwal, R. Risk factors and cancer screening in myositis. Rheumatology Disease Clinical North American. In press. 2020.
Didem, S., Oddis, C.V., Moghadam-Kia, S., Rockette-Wanger, B., Neiman, N., Koontz, D., Aggarwal, R. Hand-held dynamometry for assessment of muscle strength in patients with inflammatory myopathies. Rheumatology (Oxford). In press. 2020.
Didem, S., Oddis, C.V., Marder, G., Moghadam-Kia, S., Nandkumar, P., Neiman, N., Dzanko, S., Koontz, D., Aggarwal, R. Long-term follow-up of myositis patients treated with H.P. Acthar gel. Rheumatology (Oxford). In press. 2020.
Charlton, D., Moghadam-Kia, S., Smith, K., Aggarwal, R., English, J.C., Oddis, C.V. Refractory cutaneous dermatomyositis with severe scalp pruritus responsive to apremilast. Journal of Clinical Rheumatology. In press. 2020.
Notable Achievements
Japan College of Rheumatology Award, 2015
Certificate of achievement for top oral presentation, Congress of Clinical Rheumatology Meeting, Destin, Florida, 2015
American College of Rheumatology Distinguished Fellow Award, 2014
Honorable mention-American College of Rheumatology Annual Image Competition, 2013
Caplan Research Award, University of Pittsburgh Arthritis Center, 2012-2013
Best Poster Award, American College of Physicians D.C. Chapter Annual Meeting, DC, 2010