Department of Medicine
Faculty Profiles by Division

Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology

Faculty Profiles

Division Chief

Dana Ascherman, MD

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Systemic autoimmune disease, ILD, Autoimmunity, Applied and Innate Immunity, Biomarker discovery

Email: DASCHER@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-383-8123

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Antonio Achkar, MD

Rheumatology

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Treatment of rheumatic diseases

Email: achkaraa@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-682-2434

Rohit Aggarwal, MD, MS

Rheumatology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies (Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Inclusion Body Myositis) and Autoimmune Interstitial Lung Disease

Email: aggarwalr@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-383-8861

Dana Ascherman, MD

Rheumatology

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Systemic autoimmune disease, ILD, Autoimmunity, Applied and Innate Immunity, Biomarker discovery

Email: DASCHER@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-383-8123

Noah Bass, MD

Rheumatology

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Rheumatology

Email: bassns@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-682-2434

Alan M Berg, MD

Rheumatology

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: osteoporosis and gout

Email: bergam@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-784-1466

Julius Birnbaum, MD

Rheumatology

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine

Email: birnbaumj@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-586-3550

Mehret Birru-Talabi, MD, PhD

Rheumatology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: rheumatology, reproductive health, women's health

Email: birrums@upmc.edu

Partha S Biswas, BVSc, MVSc, PhD

Rheumatology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Systemic lupus erythematosus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Immunity, Autoimmunity, Inflammation, Cytokine, Interleukin -17, Chronic kidney diseases

Email: psb13@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-8708

Jennifer Brackney, DO

Rheumatology

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Gout, Pseudogout

Email: jennifer.brackney@va.gov

Phone: 412-360-6146

Deborah Jane Co, MD

Rheumatology

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Rheumatoid Arthritis and osteoporosis and gout

Email: codj@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-784-1466

Andreea Coca, MD, MPH

Rheumatology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Epidemiology of rheumatic diseases, systemic lupus, erythematosus, Sjogren’s syndrome, uveitis and inflammatory eye disease

Email: cocaa2@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-864-7054

Robyn T. Domsic, MD, MPH

Rheumatology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Systemic sclerosis or scleroderma, Diffuse scleroderma, Raynaud phenomenon, Clinical trial, Risk prediction, Risk stratification, Endothelial function, Vascular imaging

Email: rtd4@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-383-8000

Patrizia Fuschiotti, PhD

Rheumatology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Human inflammatory skin diseases; Systemic sclerosis; Cutaneous T cell lymphoma; Human T cell differentiation; Molecular pathways of IL-13 in fibrosis and cancer

Email: paf23@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-9385

Sarah L. Gaffen, PhD

Rheumatology

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Biology of IL-17 and Th17 cells, autoimmunity, signal transduction, oral mucosal immunology, fungal infections, psoriasis

Email: sarah.gaffen@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-383-8903

Kenneth Gold, MD

Rheumatology

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Email: goldkn@upmc.edu

Phone: 724-935-1130

David J. Helfrich, MD

Rheumatology

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Autoimmune disease, inflammatory arthritis, osteoporosis, metabolic bone disease

Email: helfrichdj@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-854-3491

Yong Gil Hwang, MD

Rheumatology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Rheumatoid arthritis, Immnosenescence, Patient reported outcome, Geriatric rheumatology, Immunosenescence, Autoimmunity with aging

Email: hwangyg@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-784-1466

Robert Lafyatis, MD

Rheumatology

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Systemic Sclerosis, Scleroderma, autoimmunity, biomarkers, TGF Beta, myofibroblast, macrophage activation

Email: lafyatis@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-383-8123

Kimberly P. Liang, MD

Rheumatology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Cardiovascular disease in rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, Vasculitis

Email: liangkp@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-383-8846

Mandy J McGeachy, PhD

Rheumatology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Autoimmunity, Th17 cells, Inflammation, IL-23 and other cytokines that modulate inflammation, In vivo modeling of human autoimmune disease such as multiple sclerosis, arthritis, colitis

Email: mmcgeach@pitt.edu

Thomas A. Medsger Jr., MD

Rheumatology

Emeritus Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Scleroderma (systemic sclerosis) and related diseases

Email: tmedsger@verizon.net

Phone: 412-383-8765

Siamak Moghadam-Kia, MD, MPH

Rheumatology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Inflammatory myopathies, Rheumatoid arthritis, Rheumatology

Email: moghaddamkias@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-383-8000

Niveditha Mohan, MD

Rheumatology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: clinician educator for fellows and residents, autoimmune eye disease

Email: mohann2@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-383-8000

Chester V. Oddis, MD

Rheumatology

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Myopathies, polymyositis, dermatomyositis

Email: cvo5@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-383-8861

Christine Peoples, MD

Rheumatology

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Rheumatology care provided through telemedicine, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Sjogren syndrome

Email: peoplesc2@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-383-8861

John Steuart Richards, MBBS

Rheumatology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Email: richardsjs@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-360-6146

Terence Starz, MD

Rheumatology

Clinical Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: General rheumatology, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, low back disorders

Email: starztw@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-682-2434

Jeremy Tilstra, MD, PhD

Rheumatology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Lupus

Email: tilstraj@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-586-3550