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Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology

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photo Rohit Aggarwal, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Medicine

Medical Director, Arthritis and Autoimmunity Center

Sub-Specialty Education Coordinator

Division of Rheumatology

Department of Medicine


Phone: 412-383-8861

Office: 3500 Terrace Street – BST S705A
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-383-8861
Fax: 412-383-8864
Administrative Assistant:
Margie Jones
Address: 3500 Terrace Street – BST S705A
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-383-8861
Fax: 412-383-8864
Education and Training
MD, University College of Medical Science, 2003
CRTP (clinical research), University of Pittsburgh, 2007
MS - clinical research, Rush University, 2009
Residency - Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 2007
Fellowship - Rheumatology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, 2009
Research Interest
Dr. Aggarwal’s research interests in myopathies including polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and inclusion body myositis. He is also interested in autoimmune or connective tissue disease related interstitial lung disease or pulmonary fibrosis.
Clinical Interest
General rheumatology, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjogren syndrome, vasculitis, psoriatic arthritis, sarcoidosis, Myositis, Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Inclusion body myositis, systemic sclerosis, mixed connective tissue disease. Also autoimmune or connective tissue disease related interstitial lung disease or pulmonary fibrosis.
Educational Interest
Myopathies including Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Inclusion body myositis and overlap syndrome and mixed connective tissue disease. Also autoimmune or connective tissue disease related interstitial lung disease or pulmonary fibrosis.
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Selected Publications:
Kocoloski, A., Aggarwal, R., Lienesch, D. Successful management of secondary cryofibrinogenaemia using bosentan therapy. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2018.
Schiffenbauer, A., Faghihi-Kashani, S., O'Hanlon, T. P., Flegel, W. A., Adams, S. D., Targoff, I. N., Oddis, C. V., Ytterberg, S. R., Aggarwal, R., Christopher-Stine, L., Shamim, E. A., Dellaripa, P. F., Danoff, S. K., Mammen, A. L., Miller, F. W. The effect of cigarette smoking on the clinical and serological phenotypes of polymyositis and dermatomyositis. Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2018; pii: S0049-0172(17): 30630-30633.
Aggarwal, R., Indiran, V., Maduraimuthu, P. Different etiologies of an unusual disease: Colouterine fistula - Report of two cases. Indian J Radiol Imaging. 2018; 28(1): 37-40.
Rider, L. G., Aggarwal, R., Machado, P. M., Hogrel, J. Y., Reed, A. M., Christopher-Stine, L., Ruperto, N. Update on outcome assessment in myositis. Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2018; 14(5): 303-318.
Doyle, T. J., Dhillon, N., Madan, R., Cabral, .F, Fletcher, E. A., Koontz, D. C., Aggarwal, R., Osorio, J. C., Rosas, I. O., Oddis, C. V., Dellaripa, P. F. Rituximab in the Treatment of Interstitial Lung Disease Associated with Antisynthetase Syndrome: A Multicenter Retrospective Case Review. J Rheumatol. 2018; 45(6): 841-850.
Oddis, C. V., Aggarwal, R. Treatment in myositis. Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2018; 14(5): 279-289.
Aggarwal R, Marder G, Koontz DC, Nandkumar P, Qi Z, Oddis CV. Efficacy and safety of adrenocorticotropic hormone gel in refractory dermatomyositis and polymyositis. Ann Rheum Dis. 2018; 77(5): 720-727.
Tjärnlund, A., Tang, Q., Wick, C., Dastmalchi, M., Mann, H., Tomasová Studýnková, J., Chura, R., Gullick, N. J., Salerno, R., Rönnelid, J., Alexanderson, H., Lindroos, E., Aggarwal, R., Gordon, P., Vencovsky, J., Lundberg, I. E. Abatacept in the treatment of adult dermatomyositis and polymyositis: a randomised, phase IIb treatment delayed-start trial. Ann Rheum Dis. 2018; 77(1): 55-62.
Schneider, F., Yousem, S. A., Oddis, C. V., Aggarwal, R. Pulmonary Pathologic Manifestations of Anti-Alanyl-tRNA Synthetase (Anti-PL-12)-Related Inflammatory Myopathy. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2018; 142(2): 191-197.
Aggarwal, R., Gautam, R., Jhamb, D., Sivasankar, R. Diagnosing thoracic venous aneurysm: A contemporary imaging perspective. Indian J Radiol Imaging. 2017; 27(3): 350-353.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Abatacept for the Treatment of Myositis-associated Interstitial Lung Disease (Attack My-ILD)
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Bristol Meyers-Squibb
Start Year: 2017
End Year: 2020
Title: Molecular Characterization of Fc Receptor Biology Index in Myositis Patients
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Grant Number: RES
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2017
Title: Novel Outcome Measures in Adult Myositis Using a Physical Activity Monitor and the PROMIS Physical Function Assessments
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Myositis Association
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2017
Title: Open Label Proof of Concept Study to Evaluate Efficacy and Safety of Adrenocorticotropic Hormone Gel in Refractory Dermatomyositis or Polymyositis (Clinical Trial)
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2016
Title: Tocilzumab in the Treatment of Refractory Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Genentech, Inc.
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2017
Notable Achievements
Distinguished Fellow Award, 2009